The problem with this is, a guy could figure the odds that Japan would average two hits, then just send three destroyers in with the transports, still saving all his carriers, cruisers, and BBs. I like option one best - option two seems too artificial and unrealistic.
Japanese commander: “We have to stop this invasion by any means possible! Send in the Kamikazis!”
Subordinate: “But sir, they cannot target transports.”
Japanese commander: “Why not?”
Subordinate: “I don’t know - they just can’t!”
Something else that needs addressing in the OOB rules is that Japan can use Kamikazes at any time, regardless of their status in the game. Historically, Kamikazes were used only when things began to go badly for Japan. We have a house rule that Japan can only use kamikazes when it has less than 30 IPCs on hand for spending.
Yeah, I see what you are saying. Still, even just sending 3 destroyers is at least a warship escort and not just a fleet of transports. I was just wanting to prevent a nasty loophole and have transports escorted properly. Personally, I try to never send transports anywhere without some type of protection even if it’s just one destroyer.
Also, like CWO Marc said, the Japanese historically put more emphasis on attacking warships rather than unarmed transport or merchant ships. It’s the same reason the Japanese submarine force did not do so well, or at least one of the reasons, while the US submarines choked off the imports to Japan so well that by mid 1944 they were running out of targets.
That is a good idea about limiting the Japanese Kamikaze use until they are kind of pounded down to a low income. The Kamikaze was a weapon born out of desperation after all. Although, I have seen games where Japan was making in the high 60s and due to a placement error of his own and perhaps misjudging the available Allied strength ended up losing their capital. One in particular was very weird. Here is Japan more or less taken out of the game, I think it was early like round 3 or 4, with a still sizable fleet that was all south around the DEI and a good size army all on the continent. By the time they massed their fleet and got within range of Japan, the US had reinforced both the sea zone and Japan itself enough that they just couldn’t take it back. Axis lost that game by the way. A failed Sealion and a stubborn Russia saw to Germany’s demise.