So an update on campaign:
I wanted to restart and restarted after a few days because I wasnt organized well enough and it would only spiral for worse, so I set up a tracker, really only to get "LCU reached destination" notifications, installed some fresh new ART mods and Im trucking forward. Date is currently March 7th 1942 and situation is as follows:
Nothing going on aside from slow base building at Adak.
Midway is raided by CVL TF fairly regularly, though nothing to worry about for now. Saratoga and Enterpries sortied to intercept them a few times, one time scoring a few bomb hits on Ryujo and sinking a pair of CAs, other time eating a torpedo each and now both are currently being patched up in PH. Baker and Canton have been lost, I tried defending them but as soon as I spotted 2x2CV TFs coming to support landings I pulled out my reinforcement convoy, not much I can do. Other than that a few CV raids on Japanese held Gilberts and Wake have been success, all combined about 20-25 of various support ships sank, at the cost of only few aircraft.
Building up Suva and Pago Pago as fallback positions and refueling stations, not much more.
Now the most eventful theater so far. Noumea is progressing really nice as my main SWPAC base, Lugainville is being built up as jumping off point for ineviteable invasion of Solomon chain. Port Moresby has about 600 AV of garrison, along with 50 fighters, with another division ready to reinforce it if need be. Milne Bay was invaded in the middle of being built up, so I rushed some troops there and now it has been stalemate for some two weeks. Problem is, I dont have any good aircraft or pilots to interdict their resupply convoys, and sending SCTF in Betty range even with some CAP is not a risk I would take yet. Lexington and Yorktown raided a few reinforcement convoys but aircraft groups suffered hard, and now are in port in Sydney waiting for much needed replacements. Japan controls pretty much entire West part of NG aside from PM and Milne Bay. There had been a few Betty raids on Townsville, Cairns, Darwin but all were repulsed without major issues.
China has been really uneventful last month. In Burma, Pegu is lost and Rangoon is under attack, 1000AV behind lvl 4 forts is holding out without much problems so far. Behind that defensive line is being manned and build on Ledo, Kohima, Imphal, Dimapur, Akyab line, with Cox Bazar and Chittagong as fallback points. For now, Allies have full supremacy in air over Burma.
Singapore fell mid to late February, and with it all resistance in Malaya ceased, apart of isolated garrison of Georgetown. In Philippiness Clark Field held up until few days ago, and now Manila and Baatan are only bases that could offer proper resistance. In Baatan I have about 800-900 AV but supplies are critical. Manila is far worse, and expected to fall within a few turns. In DEI, Borneo doesnt have any organized resistance, in Sumatra Palembang has been besieged for past two weeks, firmly holding on, Jakarta fell, Baatavia and Soerebaja are holding firmly as well for now.
Some extra notes:
Fuel situation in Australia is slowly starting to be worrying. There is tanker TFs reorganization happening at the moment and most of the WC fuel will be directed to Australia in the next few weeks/months.
Some LCUs are very slowly starting to prep for Solomon landings. Heavily depending on future recon, but I plan on landing entire Marine division + some arty tanks and combat engineers on Guadalcanal, Regiment or so at Tulagi, and then individual regiments/battalions at smaller weakly garrisoned islands like Vella Lavella and Pavuvu.
And on a side note, God do US CV fighters suck against Zeroes, I dont want to go anywhere near them again till I get something better. For some reason I missed that and I ended up engaging Zeroes with Buffalo CV fighters...
All in all very fun experience and Im really enjoying this game so much.
So for pretty much my first try at GC, any comments, tips, things to keep in mind?