From: Republic of Cascadia
This is a small mod I made based on discussions with Stockwellpete, Chernobyl, and others concerning the weaknesses the Austro-Hungarians have on their border with Italy.
1) Made Trento a Fortress.(ent 3)
2) Made one hex of the Alta Adige High Mountains. (ent 3)
Will be testing this out from the Central Powers p.o.v. in a hotseat first, then the Entente second.
After that, it will be me vs the AI to see what happens.
copied from another thread, with a new update. thought it would be more relevant here:
I'm still in the process of running my mini-mod making Trento a Fortress. I've rolled into mid 1915 as Italy gets in the war. I'm doing this solo and running both sides to see what happens, but I haven't compiled enough data to see any unexpected outcomes..yet . I have not run the AI against with this also...so have no idea how it would react to this simple change on the map.
One concern I have..but not tested yet, is if placing a fort there will make Trento an unassailable point that the CP can use to snipe every unit, particularly Italian units, that are in the early stages of their research and are camped out around it. What I wonder is if click/shifting 2 or 3 CP units on the road from behind or on either side of Trento and attacking one defending unit could eliminate it easy. While moving in and out of the fortress will diminish the forts entrenchment value for the next turn, I'm not sure yet if that would off set the damage that such a tactic could do on a turn by turn basis, and if it will be balanced or not. Like I said though..it needs more testing.
So far though in the first stages of my test, at least from the Central Powers perspective, having Trento as a Fortress does alleviate by a small measure the anxiety of holding the place. Since I'm running the rest of the campaign, I haven't felt compelled to get a German corp in there as much as I normally do. But then again, this is just an initial observation.
Also, at least for now, with the Fortress placed on Trento, I personally don't think adding an Austro-Hungarian Corp to the OOB or as an extra unit is necessary. I think that the CP player should still have to make the determination of what he places in Trento with the original forces at hand, be it Austro-Hungarian or German.
Anyway, sorry I can't add anymore or answer any questions regarding balance or other possible problems that would warp the existing model. My gut feeling says this change could be ok, and it looks and feels right so far, but more testing needs to be done with this. This has been fun...and I will be working on it and will post what I have discovered.
So far in hotseat mode running both sides, my concerns regarding Trento being an unassailable sniping roost for the CP to damage any surrounding Italians hasn't been a problem as long as the Italians entrench in the mountain hexes around Trento...and invest in trench research also. (which I'm assuming most players have as a priority anyway). I'm still in mid 1915 and the Italians are catching up to their allies with trench tech slowly.
Placing an Austro-Hungarian corp not under a HQ attachment seems to resist better against early Italian attacks of 4-5 corps under a It Hq 6 then previously. Also, the Italians lose some of their entrenchment value as they shift out of their positions for the second wave, which makes them more prone to counter attack.
The high mountain hex (white blotch) I placed on the Alta Adige isn't impassable like I initially believed, it can be moved on from a neighboring 'normal' mountain hex, and gives a max entrenchment value of 3, instead of 2 of a 'normal' mountain hex. Supply up to that hex is low, which is desirable, and it also works to split the Alpine Front into two sectors somewhat, as Stockwellpete wished would happen. As a test there, I also tried to run a supplied cavalry unit up and over it but it was stopped as soon as it moved in to that hex from an adjacent one. So, at least for now, this change of terrain feels alright.
Still have a lot more testing to do as the campaign winds on and I can get artillery, HQ support, and mountain troops into the fray. Also, I will be going back to earlier saves to try other early Italian/Entente efforts to take Trento by storm, which is relatively easy against Austro-Hungarian units anyway with vanilla. Also, I will put up some screen shots as time allows, as its a bit of a fiddly process for me at least.
< Message edited by OldCrowBalthazor -- 1/7/2021 8:28:11 AM >