From: PDX (and now) London, UK
The fundamental problem with Judy is range, until the D4Y4 and Grace. It gives the allies a real advantage in a CV fight, one that almost always turns out costly for the IJ.
For me, after Oct '42, I really don't want a CV duel as IJ. I want to fight allied CV's with LBA using KB as bait. The KB is very brittle, I've lost so many CV's to a single hit.
SBD-5 is 9 hex with 1000lb, SBD-6 is 10 hex. AND their fighters have better range than the A7M Ö after 10/42 you are fighting with a range DISADVANTAGE, which mean they can hit you and you cannot retaliate. THat is the scenario you enjoy right now until 10/42.
Not sure what you mean here Pax. CV battles are limited regardless of airframe range, right? Allies to 7 hexes and IJ to 8 hexes. So range is not so important as long as planes can cary their biggest bomb to those ranges, and the Judy can with drop tanks.
No, there are always probabilities for longer range IF the aircraft are capable. There was a dev discussion way, way back about this. You can have combat at up to 10 hex, but probabilities are low. DL has a lot to do with it, other factors as well. The discussion was triggered IIRC, but a 9 hex strike Ö.
If there are probabilities they certainly haven't been shown in AARs I've read or in games I've played. Has this ever happened with you?
I've made numerous 8 hex strikes as Japan, completely confident (and as it turned out rightly so) that the Allies could not respond. Jockmeister was particularly upset by this feature, and I've heard other Allied players rail against it too. So until shown otherwise I will take the 7 hex Allied and 8 hex IJN as solid and predictable range lints to act upon.
Now, reaction can move Allied CVs closer, but many Allied commanders do not use reaction as it also threatens to break up the DS and fragment CV strikes. I've definitely seen that happen too.
If you find a link to that discussion (or if Alfred can be summoned for his extensive knowledge and magical ability to find the exact thread referenced) then maybe I'll have to reconsider.
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