From: LI, NY
I would tend to agree, but in my last game as Allied I couldn't rearm a 14" gun BB with an AKE--needed an AE. I can't remember the exact reason why, which is why I went digging in the manual. The manual implies the AKE could do it, but my experience says otherwise, and I vaguely remember their being some note somewhere about it. Not a big deal for Allied side, since I always had plenty of AE's to sprinkle around, but IJ is only allowed AKE's. This is my first game as IJ, and I've been slow to realize what a big deal this is--ports expand at a glacial rate with their lack of engineers and dozers, so tenders are desperately needed.
In a nutshell look at table 188.8.131.52 on p 284 of the manual. So, you have a rearm cost column and then the port sizes. In order for an AE/AKE to reload a 14" BB it needs a load capacity of 3180 (minimum) for the Allies. For the IJN a 36cm (approx. 14') requires a vessel with a load capacity of 2970. Insert the reason why these numbers are chosen here, but there it is. Oh, and the rearm vessels must be loaded.
BTW you say you just started a game as Japan, look at those Yamatos. They have a reload cost of 6440 and the largest vessel that I've been able to find for the IJN has a load capacity of 4990 (as an AKE, remember convert a ship and load sizes change), not gonna work. Now I don't know if Japan doesn't have any bigger, I'm just saying I can't find 'em. So if that's the case and you want to use these monsters in the SE (Solomons area) you'll need a size 7 port with 188 naval support to reload your 46cm cannon. Any port smaller than that and you need boatloads of naval support. Only two ports in that area that can get there Truk and Rabaul (unless you want to go running around in OZ and New Caledonia). Just an FYI if you haven't already looked.
Oh, one other thing if you don't already know. A smaller vessel will load smaller arms, like secondary guns and AA up to its rearm capacity. At least this way you won't be running around totally naked.
< Message edited by rustysi -- 2/12/2014 3:06:39 AM >