From: The Land Downunder
Greetings everyone, newbish player here (longtime lurker, got the game on the holiday sale)
I'll cut to the point:
New standard campaign against Allied AI, January 1942:
After minmaxing my resource CS convoys to haul stuff into the Home Islands, I've captured a few of the DEI oil centres and refineries. Since I have to get those onto Honshu as well, I wanted to check with you, how do you organize your tanker convoys?
Do you pile all oil and fuel in a single base (Palembang or Surabaya or Balikpapan) and haul it from there, do you have each oil centre with its own dedicated Honshu outward convoy? How much ASW is really enough? Expand port and fortify which locations?
I recommend checking Port size, docking limits and load/unload rates tables in the manual.
If Palembang is captured with industry intact it is the most difficult base to keep drained of Fuel. You need small enough task forces to dock and enough of them to load and move the good stuff to wherever you want to stockpile it for the larger TK to haul home.
My priorities for Fuel are:
1. Keep Heavy Industry going
2. Keep TK convoys moving fuel so they can keep Heavy industry going
3. Whatever is left is for IJN Fleet ops
So I try to keep Palembang, Soerabaja, Balikpapan drained of Oil (leaving just enough for the refineries there to produce some fuel for local use) and move Fuel not needed for the Fleet home. I don’t go directly from those bases to Japan.
There are enough ASW capable ships to escort if you convert some (lots) of the xAK that can to PB.
You don’t have to expand many ports for oil/fuel hauling purposes but I do expand some to improve export flow rates from key bases.
Fusan for me is a must for Resources, plus a few others like Ominato, Miri, Palembang; but not many other than that.
I try to protect all oil producing bases from the obvious threats like subs, mines, air/sea bombardments.
I’ll post a few more details in my AAR in the next few days to try and avoid CrackSabbath getting any more info than that!
< Message edited by jdsrae -- 1/9/2020 7:08:16 AM >