From: California, United States
My apologies, I took longer to reply that I would have liked to.
Yes, I understand that much of the issues demonstrated here can be resolved with coding tweaks to the engine. The point of this is not to show how WWII cannot be done, but to have a detailed discussion of the issues that need to be overcome for WWII to be portrayed accurately.
I don't think WWII cannot be done, it can, but not at this time, and it would be good to have a general understanding of the specific limits that need to be overcome to reach that point where WWII can be done accurately.
Since WWII comes up quite a bit with CMANO, I think it would be good to have such a thread to refer back to in other discussions.
Regarding Wood's comments:
1) I didn't realize the weather conditions when I posted this thread. That would easily explain my destroyers getting so close with no fire coming down upon them. Since there is no dynamic weather in the engine yet, that is another limitation. The real Battle off Samar was indeed affected by patches of rains squalls moving around. Having total rain coverage like in this scenario would make it more akin to something like Cape Esperance, which I think was fought in the rain.
Fun fact, in the real battle, due to visibility issues, Kurita thought Taffy 3 may have been the main US battle fleet, in fact one of the IJN ship logs, I think from the BB Kongo, recorded a Baltimore Class cruiser exploding at the same time that the DD USS Hoel exploded.
That being said, the destroyers and destroyer escorts in the real battle were able to get so close because they maneuvered quite a bit. My ships didn't maneuver, just a mad dash.
The weather could also explain me being frustrated with my Torpedo bombers' decision making, although the HVAR and bomb armed aircraft didn't seem to have much issue attacking, and I don't remember if the "Night and Weather affecting Air Ops" was enabled or not.
I think it would be worth it to run this again with ether clear weather or scattered clouds, basically the closest conditions possible to the real Samar battle that doesn't put rain everywhere, even if no rain at all.
2) Regarding the aircraft armament, yes I know that is the result of the scenario designer, I said so in the OP. I basically put those two notes down initially as suggestion feedback to Kevin, and I decided to include them here for anyone who is familiar with the battle like I am understand these inaccuracies before loading up the scenario.
3) If gun strafing is doable, would it do damage to the 'soft' parts of the ships such as exposed AAA guns and sensors. In the case of this engagement we are talking about .50 cal machine guns being used.
Finally, on thing i forgot about when I posted the OP. I think the IJN ship's radars were detected by my forces, with a fair amount of accuracy. I don't know much of radar detection capabilities at the time, but would that have been possible in most of WWII? I know the Kriegsmarine had the Naxos that was installed on U-boats, but did other navies have them widely?
I ask because is CMANO setup for it to be impossible to detect enemy radar signals?
< Message edited by HalfLifeExpert -- 10/16/2017 2:51:03 AM >