Alternate 3 planes Carrier, Air oriented for G40 or 1942.2 with TacBs


  • 2017 '16

    Hi, everyone,
    since a long time with the help of Uncrustable, Razor and more recently Narvik, and a few comments of Knp7765 and Der Kuenstler,
    I hoped to develop within A&A system a game which introduce more planes and better reflect and depict their historical use in Air, Earth and Sea battles.

    @Narvik:

    Fighter cost 8, att 2, def 3, move 2, can scramble, intercept and escort bombers, land on carriers and newly captured territory.

    AIR COMBAT
    1. One round only of Air-to-air dogfight
    Escort fighters att at 2, intercepting fighters def at 3.
    All types of attacking Bombers roll 1 in the dogfight. Def Bombers roll 0

    @knp7765:

    … I think they more reflect how strategic bombers worked. One thing that always bothered me is someone sending transports for an amphibious assault escorted by bombers to fight any scramble planes. For the game it does make sense, bombers attack @4 so they would be great to deal with scrambling fighters and/or tacs. However, in reality, it is just ludicrous.

    I found that is with Fleet Carrier able to hold on board up to three planes that it works better to keep an high combat value for Carrier group while giving much lower values to each individual plane unit. Lower values which are required to provide a still balance direct attack between planes instead of always picking up ground fodders before them.

    My last attempt was here:
    Alternate 3 planes CV, more Air oriented A&A for G40 or 1942 with TacBs
    http://www.axisandallies.org/forums/index.php?topic=33334.msg1268768#msg1268768

    A different approach was develop here:
    Rethinking Air units simulating historical air-to-air combat
    http://www.axisandallies.org/forums/index.php?topic=34667.msg1337965#msg1337965

    And was grounded on these previous threads:
    Alternate 3 planes CV, more planes oriented A&A for G40 or 1942 HR with TacBs
    http://www.axisandallies.org/forums/index.php?topic=33226.msg1262224#msg1262224
    Alternate 3 planes CV, more Air oriented A&A for G40 or 1942 with TacBs
    http://www.axisandallies.org/forums/index.php?topic=33334.msg1268768#msg1268768

    Here are the principles I tried to put in this House Rule on Tactical Bombers and Fighters.
    http://www.axisandallies.org/forums/index.php?topic=33229.msg1262286#msg1262286

    I also develop a simple roll “1” and hit a plane system for 1942.2 (the thread also included some Charts to judge the worthiness of different SBR HRs values):
    A simplified dogfight and SBR House Rule for 1942 2nd Edition
    http://www.axisandallies.org/forums/index.php?topic=34227.msg1317357#msg1317357

    To summarized them:
    Fgs and TcBs must have their own capacities:
    Fighter being smaller, faster but weaker against ground targets but always have the better hand in dogfight against any bombers (TcB or StB).

    Tactical Bomber being a bigger, slower and heavier hitter against ground targets but clumsier against Fighters in air-to-air combat.

    In addition, attacking Fighters should be less effective than defending ones. At least, in some specific situations, such as similar to Battle of Britain.
    And this principle, I think, should be maintain for TcB: at least a defending TcB should not be more effective than an attacking one.
    Because, the same reasoning applied to TcBs and pilots about distant targets, less fuel, less time in the air above targets, more tired pilots, less accurate bombing, etc.


    I believe that I have maintain balance between units and this is a better depiction of air combat than my last attempts.
    It is intended to be played with the starting board with a few change on planes set-up (such as: any full carrier complement received an additionnal plane units).

    FIGHTER
    Attack 2, same in SBR
    Defense 2 or 3, same in SBR
    Move 4
    Cost 8
    1 hit
    Air combat unit, Fighter as an Air Superiority aircraft:
    All hits are allocated to aircraft units first, if any available, (choose your own casualty still applies).

    Combined Arms Bonus, Fighter as a close-escorting aircraft for Dive or Torpedo Bombers:
    Gives +1 Attack/Defense to any Tactical Bomber paired 1:1 with, if TcB is able to attack Ground or Naval units or defend against them.

    Fighter as part of an extended Air Defense System:
    Up to 3 Fighter units receive +1 Defense when paired with one AAA unit,
    All Fighter units receive +1 Defense if protecting a territory with an operational Air Base, (or 1 Fg for a Victory City if playing 1942.2)
    Up to 3 scrambled Fighters from an operational Air Base received +1 Defense.
    _Only this unit can intercept in SBR or TBR*_**: Attack @2 / Defense @2, or @3 for up to 3 Fgs if an Air Base is present or +1 Defense per any AAA unit paired with.

    Up to 2 Fighter units can land on a newly captured territory, if it has still 1 movement point left. (Max: 2 units, 2 Fgs or 2 TcBs or 1 Fg & 1 TcB)

    Fighter as part of Carrier Air Group:
    EDIT: Up to 3 Fighter units receive +1 Defense if paired with an Aircraft Carrier unit
    Carrier operations: up to three units can be on board a fleet Carrier (Max.: 3 units whether Fgs or TcBs per fleet Carrier.)

    TACTICAL BOMBER
    Attack 2 or 3 or 4, SBR @1
    Defense 2 or 3 or 4
    Move 4
    Cost 8
    1 hit
    Combined Arms Bonus with Fighter support, Tactical Bomber as a less vulnerable “Dive Bomber” or “Torpedo Bomber” when escorted:
    Gain +1 Attack / +1 Defense, when paired 1:1 with a Fighter and, also, attacking or defending against any Ground or Naval units.
    Said otherwise: if there is only enemy’s aircrafts units remaining in a SZ or a Territory, Combined Arms bonus doesn’t apply.

    Air Supremacy Bonus, Tactical Bomber as a “Dive Bomber”:
    Gain +1 Attack / +1 Defense when no ennemy’s aircraft is present.
    These two bonuses can be added to raise up to Attack @4 or Defense @4.

    Combined Arms Bonus in Tank support, Tactical Bomber as a “Tank Buster”:
    Gives +1 Attack / +1 Defense to any Tank paired 1:1 with if also attacking or defending against any Ground units.
    Said otherwise: if there is only enemy’s aircrafts units remaining in a Territory, Combined Arms bonus doesn’t apply.
    Air Supremacy Bonus can be added to this Combined Arms Bonus.
    In this case, a lone TcB reach Attack @3 or Defense @3 while the paired Tank reach Attack @4 or Defense @4.

    Can do a Tactical Bombing Raid (TBR**) vs Air Base and Naval Base.
    Tactical Bombing Raid: Attack @1
    TBR damage: 1D6 on Air Base or Naval Base
    On SBR can also do escort mission*: Attack @1

    Up to 2 TcBs can land on a newly captured territory, if there is still 1 movement point left. (Max: 2 units, 2 Fgs or 2 TcBs or 1 Fg & 1 TcB)

    Carrier operations: up to three units can be on board a Fleet Carrier (Max.: 3 units whether Fgs or TcBs per fleet Carrier.)

    STRATEGIC BOMBER
    Attack 4 or 1, SBR @1
    Defense 1
    Move 6
    1 hit
    Cost 10

    Naval combat restriction against aircrafts: when no more enemy’s warships, combat value get down to Attack 1
    Said otherwise: if there is only enemy’s aircrafts units remaining in a SZ, then Attack factor is reduced to @1.
    Strategical Bombing Raid (SBR*): Attack @1
    SBR damage: 1D6+2 on Industrial Complex, Air Base or Naval Base

    The Naval combat restriction will limit somehow the aberration of Strategic Bombers doing high Attack @4 against Fighters above a Sea-Zone.
    Now in such situations, aircrafts will be fighting each others with more logical values, almost the same as SBR values below (not considering the exception that TacBs have a basic A/D @2 in regular combat):

    Fighter: Attack 2 Defense 2 or 3
    Tactical Bomber: Attack 1 Defense 0
    Strategic Bomber: Attack 1 Defense 0

    DEFENSIVE MANEUVERS allowed for all 3 types of aircraft:

    • Aerial Retreat for attacking planes (all aircrafts can retreat while letting ground units pursuing battle),

    • Limited Aerial Withdrawal of 1 space in a friendly territory after first combat round for defending planes up to 2 StBs or 2 TcBs or 2 Fgs.

    FLEET CARRIER G40
    Attack 0
    Defense 2
    Move 2
    Cost 16
    2 hits
    Hold up to 3 planes : 3 Fgs / or 2 Fgs and 1 TcB / or 1 Fg and 2 TcBs / or 3 TcBs.
    A damaged Aircraft Carrier still allowed flight operation for 1 plane unit.

    Combined Arms Bonus:
    Gives +1 Defense to up to 3 Fighter units if paired with.

    FLEET CARRIER 1942.2
    Attack 1
    Defense 3 (Needed to balance against attacking Full Carrier, it keeps similar odds with OOB full Carrier against OOB full Carrier.)
    Move 2
    Cost 14
    1 hit
    Hold up to 3 planes : 3 Fgs / or 2 Fgs and 1 TcB / or 1 Fg and 2 TcBs / or 3 TcBs.

    Combined Arms Bonus:
    Gives +1 Defense to up to 3 Fighter units if paired with.

    ESCORT CARRIER
    Attack 0
    Defense 1
    Move 2
    Cost 9
    1 hit
    Hold 1 plane : 1 Fg OR 1 TcB.
    ASV: Anti-Sub Vessel, same as Destroyer against Submarine

    Combined Arms Bonus:
    Gives +1 Defense to a Fighter unit if paired_1:1 with_.


    Here is basics principles and one of the starting points of all these refined and rethinked Air units threads:
    @Uncrustable:

    @Uncrustable:

    Option 2

    **Fighters-**cost 8 A2D2. On all hits an air unit must be chosen first(choose your own casualty applies)
    -Fighters defend at 3, if there is an operational friendly airbase present
    Tac bombers- cost 10 A3D3, no SBR
    -Tac bombers A4D4 if there are no enemy aircraft, and atleast 1 friendly fighter is present (Air supremacy bonus)
    Strat bombers- -SBR at one D6 (no more adding to dice)
    No other change

    I really like this.

    Fighters- cheap, aircraft killers, good defense with AB
    Tacbombers- best fighting air unit, needs fighters
    Stratbombers- long range, good offense, SBR, poor defense

    One needs fighters to both screen for their own bombers and attack enemy planes
    Fighters have a clear advantage on defense with an AB (see: Battle of Britain)
    Tacs are potentially deadly vs ground units (when their is no enemy air)
    Strategic bombers for long range and SBR

    This rule set combines historical realism and simplicity.
    Aircraft are balanced amongst themselves, as well as with the other units.

    Another influence post from Oztea:
    @oztea:

    Why wouldn’t you go:
    Fighter 8 2/2/4
    Defends at 3 when at a friendly operational air base or has an available landing spot on a carrier.

    Tactical Bomber 9 3/3/4
    Attacks at 4 when paired with a friendly fighter, defends at 4 when no enemy air units are present.
    Strategic Bomber 10 2/1/6
    Attacks at +2 when launched from a friendly operational air base
    +2 to strategic attack die when launched from a friendly operational air base


  • 2017 '16

    In addition with the incentive of providing a +1 Defense Combined Arms Bonus to Fighter, Anti-Aircraft Artillery should be reduced by 1 IPC due to the lower cost of his main targets: Fgs and TcBs.
    OOB Fg was at 10 IPCs while AAA was at half this price: 5 IPCs.
    Now that Fighter is at 8 IPCs, AAA cost should still be halved to 4 IPCs.

    ANTI-AIRCRAFT ARTILLERY
    Attack 0
    Defense 0
    NCM 1
    Cost 4
    1 hit
    On first round, get up to three preemptive @1 vs up to 3 planes whichever the lesser.
    Combined Arms Bonus:
    Gives +1 Defense to up to 3 Fighter units per AAA unit paired with.


    Another point, Carrier operations combat values will be similar to OOB situations ranging between A6 D8, A7 D7 and A6 D6:
    2 Fighters: Attack 6 Defense 8, sum 14 points, cost 20
    1 Fighter + 1 TacB: Attack 7 Defense 7, sum 14 points, cost 21
    2 Tactical Bombers: Attack 6 Defense 6, sum 12 points, cost 22.


    Let’s suppose these three units at 8 IPCs (sum: 24 IPCs) are on board a Fleet Carrier…

    3 Fighters, sum 15 points:
    Attack 6 (2+2+2) Defense 9 (3+3+3), and all three units always target planes.
    Stay at Attack 6 or Defense 9 (15 points) in Air Supremacy conditions.

    2 Fighters & 1 Tactical Bomber (Fg/Fg/TcB), sum 15 points:
    Attack 7 (2+2+3) Defense 8 (3+3+2) or (3+2+3), two units always target planes first.
    Can reach Attack 8 or Defense 9 (17 points) in Air Supremacy conditions.

    1 Fighter & 2 Tactical Bombers (Fg/TcB/TcB), sum 14 points:
    Attack 7 (2+3+2) Defense 7 (3+2+2) or (2+3+2), one unit always target planes first.
    Can reach Attack 9 or Defense 9 (18 points) in Air Supremacy conditions.

    3 Tactical Bombers, sum 12 points:
    Attack 6 (2+2+2) Defense 6 (2+2+2),
    but can reach Attack 9 or Defense 9 (18 points) in Air Supremacy conditions.

    As you can see, all the Combined Arms and Air Supremacy rules were necessary to keep up with the high value (from 6 to 8, 12 to 14 pts) of OOB Fg and TacB units.

    Of course, full Carriers are now a little costlier than OOB (2 to 4 IPCs), this can compensate for the increase in combat value because Carrier Group gains an additionnal hit now that it can load up to three aircrafts.

    The defensive value of Carrier (giving 3 times +1 Def bonus) with 3 Fighters is increase to up to 9 pts on Defense, to keep the same defensive advantage of a Full Carrier with 2 OOB Fgs compared to attacking Carrier with 1 Fg and 1 TcB.

    This is the optimal defensive configuration.
    But this increase on defense and additional plane on the Aircraft Carrier will make Cruiser and Battleship even more outmatched.
    I strongly suggest to put Cruiser at 10 IPCs and Battleship at 18 IPCs to keep a similar OOB hit ratio/IPCs and % on Battlecalc against aircrafts and carrier. So, Strategic Bomber and Cruiser can still have the same cost (but 2 IPCs lower from OOB).

    It is also clear that the best Carrier configuration mixing Offense and Defense is:
    2 Fighters with 1 Tactical Bomber (Att 7 Def 8, 3 hits) for 15 pts.


    We can also add that hitting planes first isn’t such a big deal in Naval Combat because Fg and TcB have same cost as Destroyer at 8 IPCs.
    However, Fighters and Tactical Bombers get higher attack or defense value, so it is still a small advantage to reach Aircraft first.
    Also, I don’t think Tactical Bomber should be rise to 9 IPCs.
    First, the high air attrition rate implied by Fg special attack.
    Second, there main bonus results from Combined Arms bonus.
    Third, 2 or 3 Tactical Bombers adds a large distance between OOB Carrier with full TcBs (22 IPCs) and 3 TcBs at 9 IPCs (27 IPCs).
    Keeping at 8 IPCs make full Carrier more affordable.


    What do you think of the interaction between Fighters against Tactical Bombers?
    Fgs only against TcBs only, both are @2 offence and defense.
    When attacking planes only, TcBs can not rise above other planes values. Stay @2.
    Even TcBs, attacking with ground units against defending Fgs only, will not rise to @3 even if some Fg are also escorting them.

    It is only possible to get @3 for TcBs when attacking ground units and having some Fg escort.
    Fgs get a very good defense @3 in specific advantageous situations.
    (Such as operational Air Base, also an incentive to bombard Air Base…)
    And, because of Fg capacity to always hit planes first, Fgs get a better roll than TcB when both are even @2.

    Don’t you find it has more historically accurate values?


  • 2017 '16

    I forgot to provide the rule of thumb for additionnal plane units.
    Also I provide the starting set-up and additional placement on the board due to weaker Fg and TcB units compared to OOB.

    On average in combat values and IPCs worth,
    2 OOB Fgs A3 D4 M4 C10 = 3 Fgs A2 D2-3 M4 C8,
    and
    3 OOB TcBs A3-4 D3 C11 = 4 TcBs A2-3 D2-3 C8

    In G40, you simply put 1 Fg unit where there is only 2 OOB Fgs units.
    Make the sums of all Fgs units and keep this ratio of 2 OOB Fgs give 1 additional Fg.

    Then, you need to add 1 Fg sculpt where there is already 2 Fgs unit.
    We can take for granted that a full carrier with 1 TcB and 1 OOB Fg, will stay full with 1 TcB and 2 Fgs.
    For the rest, it will need mutual agreement on the placement of the remaining additional Fg units.

    In G40, you simply put 1 TcB unit where there is 3 TcBs units.
    Makes the count and find an approriate zone to put it.

    Allies must share their numbers of TcB to get the additional ones.
    You will have to chose which Power receive it. I suggest Russia or UK.

    For instance:
    Italy will get another 1 Fg in Southern Italy.

    Germany gets 2 Fgs and 2 TcBs.
    Will get another 1 Fg unit and 1 TcB unit in Western Germany.
    Put 1 additionnal TcB in Poland.
    And must put another 1 Fighter between: Slovakia, Norway or Belgium.

    Soviet Union will get an 1 additional Fighter in Novgorod or Russia.

    UK gets 3 Fgs and 1 TcB.
    Will get 1 Fg in UK and another 1 whether in Malta or Gibraltar.
    And also 1 Fg in India.
    It gets 1 Tactical Bomber in SZ 98 on board the Carrier with the 1 TcB already there.

    France will get 1 additional Fg whether in France or in UK.

    Anzac will get 1 Fg and no TcB in New Zealand.

    China will get another 1 Fg in Szechwan.
    (Willing to give a better survival odds to the Flying Tigers.
    An AAA unit could have replace it but it is forbid as a regular placement for China.)

    USA gets 3 Fgs and no TcB.
    Will get 1 Fg in Hawaii and 1 Fg on board carrier in SZ 10.
    And also put 1 Fg in Philippines.

    Japan gets 5 Fgs and 3 Tactical Bombers.
    1 Fg on each carrier in (2) SZ 6 and (1) SZ 33.
    1 Tactical Bomber in Kiangsu.
    1 Fg and 1 TcB in Manchuria.
    1 Fg and 1 TcB in Japan also.


  • 2019 '15 '14

    The 3 planes per carrier concept is an interesting way to approach a reduced cost/attack/defense value for the standard fighter. I had seen some suggestions before about a lowered cost/ability for fighters, and the thing that seemed to be problematic for it was the effect on carrier warfare. 3 spots on the deck seems to offer some interesting opportunities. I’d be curious to see how it plays out.


  • Customizer

    I’ll move past the aircraft and move toward the 3 plane carrier concept HBG has several models of carriers that may work well for this “super carrier” concept.

    The issue I have; historically speaking, with most of the HR topics regarding aircraft, is that the TB is being portrayed as almost as a modern-day multi-role aircraft. I really, really wish that some in-depth book research into aircraft was being done before proclaiming a rule is “historical” and true to the role each aircraft sculpt is portrayed in the game. The material is easily found. Dive bombers and torpedo bombers were even weaker defensively than a strategic bomber. They were slow, lumbering and many, many times missed their target entirely, or had defective bombs or torpedoes. Research into all aircraft that participated in the war would help anyone creating their own HRs rather than a few scattered examples.

    I think the fault is mostly due to the naming conventions used by the producers of the game which may mislead house-rulers. The fighter’s OOB stats could well represent not just what we think of as a fighters, but fighter/bombers as well as other sub categories of aircraft. The same could be said for the other two categories of OOB aircraft.

    If I were going to implement a more historical feel. I would use custom sculpts to portray the various “sub-types/categories” of aircraft. Tall Paul has done this with great success. Â

    Added content*

    I’m not discrediting the work put forth, but I would suggest If one is to move into such specialization, that custom sculpts are a must and more categories of aircraft must be introduced with such a heavy re-vamp of the OOB rules.


  • Customizer

    toblerone77,
    I think I understand your issue regarding what we commonly refer to as tactical bombers. For example, using Kate or Avenger torpedo bombers to attack land targets. Of course, you don’t launch a torpedo at a tank.
    One thing you have to remember is that not all players are going to have the varied and numerous different sculpts that is currently or will soon be available from HBG. It’s entirely possible that some players may have gotten the Japanese Supplement set but for whatever reason didn’t get the Japanese Expansion set. As a result, all they may have is Kate torpedo bombers to use for tac bombers.
    I am wondering if you are also wanting to assign different values and/or abilities to the different fighter sculpts we are getting. Like naval versus land based planes, or early war versus mid- or late war fighters.
    While I understand your wish for more historical accuracy, you could end up flooding your game with too many different values. I was in danger of doing that myself a while back when someone here on the Forum reminded me that you don’t need to assign different values and/or abilities to every different sculpt available. In some cases, it’s simply a different type of plane to represent the “fighter” piece.


  • Customizer

    @knp7765:

    toblerone77,
    I think I understand your issue regarding what we commonly refer to as tactical bombers. For example, using Kate or Avenger torpedo bombers to attack land targets. Of course, you don’t launch a torpedo at a tank.
    One thing you have to remember is that not all players are going to have the varied and numerous different sculpts that is currently or will soon be available from HBG. It’s entirely possible that some players may have gotten the Japanese Supplement set but for whatever reason didn’t get the Japanese Expansion set. As a result, all they may have is Kate torpedo bombers to use for tac bombers.
    I am wondering if you are also wanting to assign different values and/or abilities to the different fighter sculpts we are getting. Like naval versus land based planes, or early war versus mid- or late war fighters.
    While I understand your wish for more historical accuracy, you could end up flooding your game with too many different values. I was in danger of doing that myself a while back when someone here on the Forum reminded me that you don’t need to assign different values and/or abilities to every different sculpt available. In some cases, it’s simply a different type of plane to represent the “fighter” piece.

    Very much agreed. In my current FTF games everything is OOB, HRs have taken a side-step. I’m trying to get a new regular group started.

    My problem with many of the HRs regarding aircraft are that the TB is basically being turned into some “super plane” the strategic level but using tactical level justification to weaken the fighter and using singular examples to also justify weakening both the Fighter and STB but making the TB a cheap alternative to both.

    If that’s how someone wants to run their game I’m totally okay with that. But claiming it’s historical and solves flaws in the OOB game IMO is totally incorrect.

    As far as custom units, I know many don’t own or may not be able to obtain them, but they do help those who want to customize.

    Also I want to emphatically state that I’m pro house rules. I’m a firm believer that this game benefits from people doing things to make the game even better than what comes in the box.


  • 2020 2019 2018 2017 '16 '15 '14 Customizer '13

    I have no problem with 3 plane carriers. Have that in one of the games. But Dive bombers can’t attack ground troops and  naval fighters, fighters and tacs from carriers should have a lower att-def value against ground troops. If planes leave from a carrier they have to land back on carrier.
    In one of my games, planes can scramble from carriers and defend against a ground attack next to the territory thats being attacked. but get to use the same defense value for dive bombers, naval fighters and fighters ( that get to attack or defending against ground or ships at any time ) which for me is wrong. But I will request that to be changed.

    You could house rule the dive bomber A1D1 against ground but ?


  • 2020 2019 2018 2017 '16 '15 '14 Customizer '13 '12 '11 '10

    @toblerone77:

    The issue I have; historically speaking, with most of the HR topics regarding aircraft, is that the TB is being portrayed as almost as a modern-day multi-role aircraft. I really, really wish that some in-depth book research into aircraft was being done before proclaiming a rule is “historical” and true to the role each aircraft sculpt is portrayed in the game. The material is easily found. Dive bombers and torpedo bombers were even weaker defensively than a strategic bomber. They were slow, lumbering and many, many times missed their target entirely, or had defective bombs or torpedoes.

    I very much agree, and in one or two earlier discussion threads I’ve given some historical examples of the TB weaknesses to which toblerone77 refers.  And he makes a good point about the problem originating at least in part from that fact that the OOB “tactical bomber” (which can be thought of as a kind of generic surface-attack aircraft in trems of the game rules) is depicted by OOB sculpts which are modeled on eight actual aircraft which in some cases had very different roles and capabilities.

    I guess the thing that should be kept in mind when designing HRs for TBs is the question of whether the HRs are meant to govern the TB as a generic unit (in which case the combat values of the unit can plausibly be generic too, as long as they’re credible) or whether it’s meant to represent realistically a specific historical subtype of TB (in which case a finer degree of combat value modeling will be needed).  Either approach is perfectly okay, since the two approaches serve different purposes: simplicity and ease of play versus detail and enhanced unit variety.  But either way, the combat values of the TB need to be historically credible.  Handling the TB as a generic unit is fine, but there’s a difference between giving it generic abilities and giving it exaggerated abilities.


  • 2017 '16

    Hi Marc,
    just retrieve your post on how you defined each category of aircrafts, including the better named Strike Aircraft (instead of Tactical Bomber):
    Here is the link for others which can be interested your post:
    Tactical Bombers and their use
    http://www.axisandallies.org/forums/index.php?topic=33181.msg1269224#msg1269224

    I also found these historical examples serving as a comments about Tactical Bombers having a low basic Defense @2, from Uncrustable’s G40 Enhanced thread:
    @CWO:

    @Uncrustable:

    I do not feel tactical bombers should be so weak on defense (2), as they are a fighter/bomber essentially and this makes no logical sense. And being so weak on defense they would no longer be the best all around fighting air unit.

    Some WWII tac bombers were quite weak on defense. The Stuka is perhaps the best example: it did great in Poland and France, where the Luftwaffe had air supremacy, but the Stukas that participated in the Battle of Britain were cut to pieces by RAF fighters (and were soon withdrawn from action) because they weren’t operating in a secure environment. Torpdedo bombers such as the TBD Devastator were likewise extremely vulerable because their attack runs required them to fly low, level and straight towards their target; at Midway, the American TBDs who attacked the Japanese fleet had (as I recall) close to 100% casualties. Both the TBD and the Stuka had rear-cockpit machine gunners for self-protection, but those gun positions didn’t seem to make much difference in their survivability.



  • I have no problem with 3 plane carriers. Have that in one of the games. But Dive bombers can’t attack ground troops and  naval fighters, fighters and tacs from carriers should have a lower att-def value against ground troops. If planes leave from a carrier they have to land back on carrier.
    In one of my games, planes can scramble from carriers and defend against a ground attack next to the territory thats being attacked. but get to use the same defense value for dive bombers, naval fighters and fighters ( that get to attack or defending against ground or ships at any time ) which for me is wrong. But I will request that to be changed.

    Amen brother….



  • While I understand your wish for more historical accuracy, you could end up flooding your game with too many different values. I was in danger of doing that myself a while back when someone here on the Forum reminded me that you don’t need to assign different values and/or abilities to every different sculpt available. In some cases, it’s simply a different type of plane to represent the “fighter” piece.

    Never had this problem…no ‘‘flooding’’ in our group…

    AL


  • 2017 '16

    @crusaderiv:

    I have no problem with 3 plane carriers. Have that in one of the games. But Dive bombers can’t attack ground troops and naval fighters, fighters and tacs from carriers should have a lower att-def value against ground troops. If planes leave from a carrier they have to land back on carrier.
    In one of my games, planes can scramble from carriers and defend against a ground attack next to the territory thats being attacked. but get to use the same defense value for dive bombers, naval fighters and fighters ( that get to attack or defending against ground or ships at any time ) which for me is wrong. But I will request that to be changed.

    Amen brother….

    BTW It is very useful to have your set of house rules. Thanks.
    I better understand your standing POV.
    I’m sure that you can aknowledge that your House Games are not for everyone and have a high level of historical and tactical details with much more different types of aircrafts than all the regular A&A versions.

    Actually, I’m just trying to make all the three genuine aircrafts from the A&A franchise working together more consistently and as much as possible balance and historically accurate.

    In fact, the basic Attack 2 Defense 2 values for both Fighter and Tactical Bomber are also consistent with the aircraft unit of the new A&A 1914 game.
    In this game, the planes are also fighting each others.
    I think it is two steps foward on the issue about aircraft mostly hitting ground units, as the usual casualty, instead of taking down some units amongst them.


  • 2017 '16

    @toblerone77:

    My problem with many of the HRs regarding aircraft are that the TB is basically being turned into some “super plane” the strategic level but using tactical level justification to weaken the fighter and using singular examples to also justify weakening both the Fighter and STB but making the TB a cheap alternative to both.

    If that’s how someone wants to run their game I’m totally okay with that. But claiming it’s historical and solves flaws in the OOB game IMO is totally incorrect.

    As far as custom units, I know many don’t own or may not be able to obtain them, but they do help those who want to customize.

    Also I want to emphatically state that I’m pro house rules. I’m a firm believer that this game benefits from people doing things to make the game even better than what comes in the box.

    Do you have the impression that the above rules are making Tactical Bombers into a monster compared to Fighter units?

    It is not the case, in fact, Fighter units are much more interesting in most cases because of this specific rule:
    Air combat unit: All hits are allocated to aircraft units first, if any available.

    This makes Fighter able to shoot down enemy’s Tactical Bomber while the reverse is not possible as long as there is some ground or naval units on the Fighter’s side to pick as casualty.
    Basically, each round with a mix on both sides of ground units, Fgs are rolling @2 and even @3 to destroy TacBs while the TacBs are virtually unable to touch them since they roll regular @2 or even a regular roll @3 (if paired to a friendly fighter).

    IMO, it is as closely as it can a description of what you said here:

    Dive bombers and torpedo bombers were even weaker defensively than a strategic bomber. They were slow, lumbering and many, many times missed their target entirely, or had defective bombs or torpedoes.

    Don’t you think?

    I think you provided a very good summarized description of the role of Fg and TcB in this post. I probably take some past inspirations (or reminiscence) when I tried to draw the actual aircraft HHR.:
    @toblerone77:

    A tactical bomber or any bomber of WWII is only as good as it’s air cover. The only reason any bomber of WWII was able to inflict maximum damage/firepower was because of ability to dominate airspace over enemy territory, either through air superiority or absence of sufficient defensive air-cover on the part of the defender.

    TBs and StBs rely on the ability to bomb/attack at will. That will is only provided by the absence or inferior defensive measures of fighter aircraft on the part of the defender. Fighter aircraft are the essential key of air superiority. Bomber aircraft are strong because of their ability to attack ground targets from above, if they are harassed in the air, than they cannot be effective against ground targets. Hence the fighter, the defender of the airspace, can hamper the effectiveness of ground attack aircraft because any bomber is easily bested in any air-to-air combat, because their primary job is to harass ground targets not to dogfight with or against aircraft to whose primary job is to destroy other aircraft whether they are bombers of any type or fighter aircraft.

    This is a point that I clearly remembered when I developed this actual HR on Fgs and TcBs:
    @toblerone77:

    As I’ve said before and many a time. HRs are HRs I as well as anyone else can love them or hate them; use them or leave them, and do what they please. You will never convince me at the tactical or strategic level that at tactical bomber is better at defense than a fighter. Just my opinion, but trying to bend the TB as this multi-role aircraft (IMO seems to be a modern connotation) is neither historical nor game balancing in any way and does not fit in any way to the game historically or balance-wise, even for the sake of just imagination. I’ve loved and studied WWII especially aircraft all of my life, there is no way in hell that any tactical bomber in WWII is better than a fighter of the same era in dogfighting than a fighter of the same era.


  • 2017 '16

    From all your comments people, I’m happy to see that the 3 planes Carrier doesn’t seem a major issue.


  • 2017 '16

    @CWO:

    @toblerone77:

    The issue I have; historically speaking, with most of the HR topics regarding aircraft, is that the TB is being portrayed as almost as a modern-day multi-role aircraft. I really, really wish that some in-depth book research into aircraft was being done before proclaiming a rule is “historical” and true to the role each aircraft sculpt is portrayed in the game. The material is easily found. Dive bombers and torpedo bombers were even weaker defensively than a strategic bomber. They were slow, lumbering and many, many times missed their target entirely, or had defective bombs or torpedoes.

    I very much agree, and in one or two earlier discussion threads I’ve given some historical examples of the TB weaknesses to which toblerone77 refers. And he makes a good point about the problem originating at least in part from that fact that the OOB “tactical bomber” (which can be thought of as a kind of generic surface-attack aircraft in terms of the game rules) is depicted by OOB sculpts which are modeled on eight actual aircraft which in some cases had very different roles and capabilities.

    I guess the thing that should be kept in mind when designing HRs for TBs is the question of whether the HRs are meant to govern the TB as a generic unit (in which case the combat values of the unit can plausibly be generic too, as long as they’re credible) or whether it’s meant to represent realistically a specific historical subtype of TB (in which case a finer degree of combat value modeling will be needed). Either approach is perfectly okay, since the two approaches serve different purposes: simplicity and ease of play versus detail and enhanced unit variety. But either way, the combat values of the TB need to be historically credible. Handling the TB as a generic unit is fine, but there’s a difference between giving it generic abilities and giving it exaggerated abilities.

    Thanks for your analysis, it helps me better understanding where I’m going with this actual House Rule on Aircrafts.
    For now, I’m more at the generic level, trying to make it as historically credible inside the actual games parameters to balance all the three units values and abilities.

    That’s why I added this to Tactical Bombers bonuses:

    Combined Arms Bonus in Air Supremacy situation:
    **_Gives +1 Attack / +1 Defense to any Tank paired 1:1 with, when no enemy’s aircraft is present.
    Both Air Supremacy associated bonus can be added.
    In this case, a lone TcB reach Attack @3 or Defense @3 while the paired Tank reach Attack @4 or Defense @4.

    I’m reviewing the thread on Tactical Bombers and their use, it helps understanding why Fighter units have a better defensive role.
    http://www.axisandallies.org/forums/index.php?topic=33181.0

    Here is another interesting description of the Tactical Bombers compared to Strategic Bombers by kcdzim, I present here for completeness and better comparison between the three generic units:

    Part of this stems from simplified game mechanics and part of it certainly stems from earlier versions.

    In the previous games, they weren’t called Strategic Bombers. They were bombers.
    And “Bombers” certainly included more than just high altitude heavy bombers.

    The nomenclature changed but their roles haven’t: Strategic Bombers still include medium bombers. The fact that Tactical bombers are compatible with carriers, implies they represent smaller planes. Yes, the Mitchell flew off a carrier for the Doolittle Raid, but that was a VERY specialized use of a medium bomber that was essentially stripped to even get off the flight deck. So Strategic bombers still include medium bombers like the Mitchell, and Tactical bombers are more akin to heavy fighters, ground attack, dive bombers, torpedo bombers, etc., which were more often single engine or single pilot or pilot/navigator, and not manned with a substantial crew, didn’t carry substantial loads.

    Historically, medium Bombers like the Mitchell, Invader, Havoc, etc., were effective in low altitude bombing/torpedo attacks on naval units. Torpedoes obviously worked well, but Skip bombing was also very effective against transport and warship alike and used extensively by the allies in the south pacific (battle of the Bismarck sea being a good example). B17’s even got in on the action. It’s just not a high altitude bombing run that you imagine from “strategic bombers” and movies like Memphis Belle.

    Look at the Tac bombers we have: a ground attack tank killer (Sturmovik), 3 dive bombers (Stuka, Dauntless, Val) and a Mosquito, which is a blurred recon/day and night fighter/torp bomber/fast bomber/pest. None of those are really close to the role of the Mitchell (which is certainly a “tactical bomber” by any standard definition EXCEPT this game). There’s no good single name that covers the roles of aircraft in between Air superiority Fighter and Strategic Bomber. Tactical Bomber is what we have, but you NEED to imagine it means heavy fighter/dive bomber/torpedo bomber/ground attack/night fighter/fighter-bomber as well. And NOT medium bomber.

    Until the game differentiates further with medium bombers vs high altitude bombers (it’s not likely to as that favours the allies), then “strategic bombers” is still somewhat accurate as they don’t simply represent Heavy Bombers alone and it’s acceptable to use them to represent the role of Medium bombers in Naval warfare.

    http://harrisgamedesign.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=40&t=5629_**


  • 2017 '16

    @Black_Elk:

    The 3 planes per carrier concept is an interesting way to approach a reduced cost/attack/defense value for the standard fighter. I had seen some suggestions before about a lowered cost/ability for fighters, and the thing that seemed to be problematic for it was the effect on carrier warfare. 3 spots on the deck seems to offer some interesting opportunities. I’d be curious to see how it plays out.

    Thanks for your opening post.

    I played it quite a few times but only with 1942.2.
    My previous play-test were more restrictive because a Fleet Carrier was up to 3 Fgs or 2 TcBs Max, or a mix of 2 Fgs with 1 TcB.

    This time, this 3 planes carrier HR is simpler, each plane need the same room on the deck, there is no difference whether it is a Fg or a TcB unit.

    Another bothering aspect was the combat value given to Fg on attack: @1 First strike.
    This proved to be a disturbing procedure to segregate the special values amongst all planes rolling dices. Always starting with AAA, then attacking Fighters, then defending Fgs, finally regular planes attack and defense.
    This time, with all simple combat values 2-3-4, the attacker and defender Fgs rolls can be done simultaneously.

    I also tried on the Battlecalc some simulations of full Carrier against full Carrier with different complement units and it is almost the same odds as full 2 planes Carrier against 2 full planes Carrier.

    The new Carrier at 40 IPCs (16 IPCs + 24 IPCs) and 5 hits is necessarily better than OOB Carrier at 36-38 IPCs (16 IPCs+ 20-22 IPCs) and 4 hits. Compared to other naval units, this means that 3 places Carrier get an increase in combat values.

    Does the other inferior Capital ships (Battleships or Cruisers) on the Battlecalc need more than ever an adjustment cost? IDK. At most, this should be 20 to 18 IPCs and 12 to 11 IPCs.


    From a physical perspective on a real board, there was enough physical space on a carrier sculpt for 3 Fgs or 2 Fgs and 1 TcB or just 2 TcBs.
    However, putting 3 TcBs sculpts on 1 Carrier plastic sculpt will probably be an impossible challenge.


  • 2017 '16

    @toblerone77:

    I’ll move past the aircraft and move toward the 3 plane carrier concept HBG has several models of carriers that may work well for this “super carrier” concept.

    The issue I have; historically speaking, with most of the HR topics regarding aircraft, is that the TB is being portrayed as almost as a modern-day multi-role aircraft. I really, really wish that some in-depth book research into aircraft was being done before proclaiming a rule is “historical” and true to the role each aircraft sculpt is portrayed in the game. The material is easily found. Dive bombers and torpedo bombers were even weaker defensively than a strategic bomber. They were slow, lumbering and many, many times missed their target entirely, or had defective bombs or torpedoes. Research into all aircraft that participated in the war would help anyone creating their own HRs rather than a few scattered examples.

    I think the fault is mostly due to the naming conventions used by the producers of the game which may mislead house-rulers. The fighter’s OOB stats could well represent not just what we think of as a fighters, but fighter/bombers as well as other sub categories of aircraft. The same could be said for the other two categories of OOB aircraft.

    If I were going to implement a more historical feel. I would use custom sculpts to portray the various “sub-types/categories” of aircraft. Tall Paul has done this with great success.

    Added content*

    I’m not discrediting the work put forth, but I would suggest If one is to move into such specialization, that custom sculpts are a must and more categories of aircraft must be introduced with such a heavy re-vamp of the OOB rules.

    The idea of using various specific sculpts for different type of aircrafts is good advice. But with small scale sculpts, often it is needed to make marks unto them to recognize the difference at first glance, for example: OOB Destroyers can be taken for Cruiser (or the reverse) because some are almost similar in length or have similar features on the top of the hull.

    Actually, I mainly see a visible difference between Medium and Heavy bombers based on the number of engines on the wings.


    I cannot pretend to have “THE” historically accurate HR, I would just say that I try to be more accurate than OOB rules on TcBs and Fgs.
    It’s more a relative comparison than an absolute statement.

    For example, I can say that this one HR better depict TcB against Fgs than my previous one (TcB A3-4 D3-4, Fg A1 D2) when fighting above a SZ.
    It happens quite often that German’s player have only 2 or 3 TcBs remaining against UK’s scrambled Fgs and Destroyers.
    In this case, 3 TcBs got basic @3 against Fgs Def @2. The UK’s player choose to save his Destroyers and loose all Fighters.
    This appear contrary to historical accuracy that TcBs have higher combat value and destroyed Fighters and no ships.

    With my new HR, such 3 TcBs can only attack @2 while one of the Fg will defend @3 and others @2.
    This weaker combat value seems more consistent with history than the previous one. Don’t you think?

    Also, if a Fg is escorting 1 TcB, thus rising is attack factor to @3, and TcB rolls a hit which the defender put on a Fg unit instead of a warship.
    This can be credited somehow to the Combined Arms bonus of being escorted by Fg.
    It still makes sense somehow under the general A&A rules: each player choose his own casualties.

    Of course, going further, maybe it can be possible to find a way to forbid a defending player to use his planes as casualty if the hit resulted from a TcB roll.
    For now, it seems too detailed and over complexifying.

    But, who knows?
    Maybe this can become a special capacity for a specific Torpedo Bomber unit, in which any hit must applied against a Naval Unit first, and to a plane when there is no other choice…


    About Fighter-bomber, I can see that Fighters making hits upon ground or naval units should certainly imply some kind of air-to-ground ordnance (such as rockets or smaller bombs) to be really effective.
    So an Air Dominance only Fighter unit is probably too specific compared to the OOB Fg unit.

    At the actual generic-level depiction of aircraft units, do you see Fighter-bomber more in the Fighter category or in the TacB category?

    You put this elsewhere, I think it is still correct:
    @toblerone77:

    A tactical bomber is nothing more than a small bomber. In reality they are large and lightly armed compared to a fighter. They are also very much less maneuverable than a fighter. Planes like the Thunderbolt were already designed as fighters but could function in the role of a tactical bomber.

    As for stats the tac bomber should absolutely never be equal to fighters on defense.



  • BTW It is very useful to have your set of house rules. Thanks.
    I better understand your standing POV.
    I’m sure that you can aknowledge that your House Games are not for everyone and have a high level of historical and tactical details with much more different types of aircrafts than all the regular A&A versions.

    No problem…

    AL



  • _Actually, I’m just trying to make all the three genuine aircrafts from the A&A franchise working together more consistently and as much as possible balance and historically accurate.

    In fact, the basic Attack 2 Defense 2 values for both Fighter and Tactical Bomber are also consistent with the aircraft unit of the new A&A 1914 game._

    I understand that but you know we started to play World at war 20 years ago. We make some evolution but progressively.  Play the same game with the same during so many years….it must be boring…

    AL.


  • 2017 '16

    @crusaderiv:

    _Actually, I’m just trying to make all the three genuine aircrafts from the A&A franchise working together more consistently and as much as possible balance and historically accurate.

    In fact, the basic Attack 2 Defense 2 values for both Fighter and Tactical Bomber are also consistent with the aircraft unit of the new A&A 1914 game._

    I understand that but you know we started to play World at war 20 years ago. We make some evolution but progressively.  **Play the same game with the same during so many years….it must be boring…**AL.

    Probably not possible to always play it with the same set of rules. A&A seems a game which constantly appeal to develop House Rule one way or another.


  • 2017 '16

    Do you think these different bonuses can be accurately described by the associated underlined comments?

    FIGHTER
    Attack 2, same in SBR
    Defense 2 or 3, same in SBR
    Move 4
    Cost 8
    1 hit
    Air combat unit, Fighter as an Air Superiority aircraft:
    All hits are allocated to aircraft units first, if any available.

    Combined Arms Bonus, Fighter as a close-escorting aircraft for Dive or Torpedo Bombers:
    Gives +1 Attack/Defense to any Tactical Bomber paired 1:1 with, if TcB is able to attack Ground or Naval units or defend against them.

    Fighter as Carrier Air Patrol or as part of an extended Air Defense System:
    Receive +1 Defense if paired 1:1 with an Aircraft Carrier unit or paired 1:1 with an AAA unit.
    Up to 3 Fighter units receive +1 Defense if protecting a territory with an operational Air Base, (or 1 Fg unit for a Victory City if playing 1942.2)
    1 scrambled Fighter from an operational Air Base received +1 Defense.

    _Only this unit can intercept in SBR or TBR*_**: Attack @2 / Defense @2, or @3 for up to 3 Fgs if an Air Base is present or +1 Def per any AAA unit paired with.

    TACTICAL BOMBER
    Attack 2 or 3 or 4, SBR @1
    Defense 2 or 3 or 4
    Move 4
    Cost 8
    1 hit
    Combined Arms bonus, Tactical Bomber as a less vulnerable “Dive” or “Torpedo” Bomber when escorted by Fighter:
    Gain +1 Attack / +1 Defense, when paired 1:1 with a Fighter and, also, attacking or defending against any Ground or Naval units.
    Said otherwise: if there is only enemy’s aircrafts units remaining in a SZ or a Territory, Combined Arms bonus doesn’t apply.

    Air Supremacy Bonus, Tactical Bomber as a “Dive Bomber”:
    Gain +1 Attack / +1 Defense when no ennemy’s aircraft is present.
    These two bonuses can be added to raise up to Attack @4 or Defense @4.

    Combined Arms Bonus in Air Supremacy situation, Tactical Bomber as a “Tank Buster”:
    Gives +1 Attack / +1 Defense to any Tank paired 1:1 with, when no enemy’s aircraft is present.
    Both Air Supremacy associated bonus can be added.
    In this case, a lone TcB reach Attack @3 or Defense @3 while the paired Tank reach Attack @4 or Defense @4.


  • 2017 '16

    @toblerone77:

    I’ll move past the aircraft and move toward the 3 plane carrier concept HBG has several models of carriers that may work well for this “super carrier” concept.

    The issue I have; historically speaking, with most of the HR topics regarding aircraft, is that the TB is being portrayed as almost as a modern-day multi-role aircraft. I really, really wish that some in-depth book research into aircraft was being done before proclaiming a rule is “historical” and true to the role each aircraft sculpt is portrayed in the game. The material is easily found. Dive bombers and torpedo bombers were even weaker defensively than a strategic bomber. They were slow, lumbering and many, many times missed their target entirely, or had defective bombs or torpedoes. Research into all aircraft that participated in the war would help anyone creating their own HRs rather than a few scattered examples.

    I think the fault is mostly due to the naming conventions used by the producers of the game which may mislead house-rulers. The fighter’s OOB stats could well represent not just what we think of as a fighters, but fighter/bombers as well as other sub categories of aircraft. The same could be said for the other two categories of OOB aircraft.

    If I were going to implement a more historical feel. I would use custom sculpts to portray the various “sub-types/categories” of aircraft. Tall Paul has done this with great success.

    Added content*

    I’m not discrediting the work put forth, but I would suggest If one is to move into such specialization, that custom sculpts are a must and more categories of aircraft must be introduced with such a heavy re-vamp of the OOB rules.

    Toblerone,
    do you think this can reduced the impression that TacB is like a multi-role aircraft?
    Is it what you were criticizing about my Tactical Bomber unit?

    TACTICAL BOMBER: Torpedo Bomber Example: IJN “Kate” Nakajima B5N or TBF Avenger or TBD Devastator (Midway’s celebrity)
    Attack 2 or 3, or 4 / SBR @1 No SBR
    Defense 2 or 3, or 4
    Move 4
    Cost 8 7
    1 hit
    Combined Arms bonus, Tactical Bomber as a less vulnerable “Torpedo Bomber” when escorted:
    Gain +1 Attack / +1 Defense, when paired 1:1 with a Fighter and, also, attacking or defending against any Naval units only.
    Said otherwise: if there is only enemy’s aircrafts units remaining in a SZ , Combined Arms bonus doesn’t apply.

    Air Supremacy Bonus, Tactical Bomber as a “Dive Bomber”:
    Gain +1 Attack / +1 Defense when no ennemy’s aircraft is present.
    These two bonuses can be added to raise up to Attack @4 or Defense @4.

    ~~Combined Arms Bonus in Air Supremacy situation, Tactical Bomber as a “Tank Buster”:
    **_Gives +1 Attack / +1 Defense to any Tank paired 1:1 with, when no enemy’s aircraft is present.
    Both Air Supremacy associated bonus can be added.
    In this case, a lone TcB reach Attack @3 or Defense @3 while the paired Tank reach Attack @4 or Defense @4.

    Can do a Tactical Bombing Raid (TBR**) vs Air Base and Naval Base.
    Tactical Bombing Raid: Attack @1
    TBR damage: 1D6 on Air Base or Naval Base
    On SBR can also do escort mission*: Attack @1

    Up to 2 TcBs can land on a newly captured territory, if there is still 1 movement point left. (Max: 2 units, 2 Fgs or 2 TcBs or 1 Fg & 1 TcB)

    Carrier operations: up to three units can be on board a Fleet Carrier (Max.: 3 units whether Fgs or TcBs per fleet Carrier.)

    Torpedo launcher unit:
    _Any hit must applied against a Naval Unit first, and to a plane when there is no other choice.__**~~


  • 2017 '16

    And is this also to your taste Toblerone?

    TACTICAL BOMBER: Naval Dive Bomber Example: SBD Dauntless or IJN “Val” Aichi D3A
    Attack 2 or 3 or 4, SBR @1
    Defense 2 or 3 or 4
    Move 4
    Cost 8
    1 hit
    Combined Arms bonus, Tactical Bomber as a less vulnerable “Naval Dive Bomber” when escorted:
    Gain +1 Attack / +1 Defense, when paired 1:1 with a Fighter and, also, attacking or defending against any Ground or Naval units.
    Said otherwise: if there is only enemy’s aircrafts units remaining in a SZ or a Territory, Combined Arms bonus doesn’t apply.

    Air Supremacy Bonus, Tactical Bomber as a “Naval Dive Bomber”:
    Gain +1 Attack / +1 Defense when no ennemy’s aircraft is present.
    These two bonuses can be added to raise up to Attack @4 or Defense @4 against Naval Target only.

    ~~Combined Arms Bonus in Air Supremacy situation, Tactical Bomber as a “Tank Buster”:
    **_Gives +1 Attack / +1 Defense to any Tank paired 1:1 with, when no enemy’s aircraft is present.
    Both Air Supremacy associated bonus can be added.
    In this case, a lone TcB reach Attack @3 or Defense @3 while the paired Tank reach Attack @4 or Defense @4.

    Can do a Tactical Bombing Raid (TBR**) vs Air Base and Naval Base.
    Tactical Bombing Raid: Attack @1
    TBR damage: 1D6 on Air Base or Naval Base
    On SBR can also do escort mission*: Attack @1

    Up to 2 TcBs can land on a newly captured territory, if there is still 1 movement point left. (Max: 2 units, 2 Fgs or 2 TcBs or 1 Fg & 1 TcB)

    Carrier operations: up to three units can be on board a Fleet Carrier (Max.: 3 units whether Fgs or TcBs per fleet Carrier.)


    TACTICAL BOMBER: Dive Bomber or Ground Attack aircraft Example: Sturmovik Il-2 or Stuka Ju 87 or UK’s Mosquito or Hawker Typhoon
    Attack 2 or 3 or 4, SBR @1
    Defense 2 or 3 or 4
    Move 4
    Cost 8
    1 hit
    Combined Arms bonus, Tactical Bomber as a less vulnerable “Dive Bomber” when escorted:
    Gain +1 Attack / +1 Defense, when paired 1:1 with a Fighter and, also, attacking or defending against any Ground units.
    Said otherwise: if there is only enemy’s aircrafts units remaining in a SZ or a Territory, Combined Arms bonus doesn’t apply.

    Air Supremacy Bonus, Tactical Bomber as a “Dive Bomber”:
    Gain +1 Attack / +1 Defense when no ennemy’s aircraft is present.
    These two bonuses can be added to raise up to Attack @4 or Defense @4 against Ground and Naval units.

    Combined Arms Bonus in Air Supremacy situation, Tactical Bomber as a “Tank Buster”:
    **_Gives +1 Attack / +1 Defense to any Tank paired 1:1 with, when no enemy’s aircraft is present.
    Both Air Supremacy associated bonus can be added.
    In this case, a lone TcB reach Attack @3 or Defense @3 while the paired Tank reach Attack @4 or Defense @4.

    Can do a Tactical Bombing Raid (TBR**) vs Air Base and Naval Base.
    Tactical Bombing Raid: Attack @1
    TBR damage: 1D6 on Air Base or Naval Base
    On SBR can also do escort mission*: Attack @1

    Up to 2 TcBs can land on a newly captured territory, if there is still 1 movement point left. (Max: 2 units, 2 Fgs or 2 TcBs or 1 Fg & 1 TcB)

    Carrier operations: up to three units can be on board a Fleet Carrier (Max.: 3 units whether Fgs or TcBs per fleet Carrier.)****~~


  • Customizer

    Okay Baron in answer to your PM, here’s an analogy.

    You have three big boxes of A&A/HBG sculpts one or two of every type of aircraft in WWII along with a real world historical description. Each box represents a class/type of unit bomber, tactical bomber and fighter. Now that you have a sculpt representing every aircraft that served in WWII, you must decide which box each plane will go in. Once you have decided what each box means game-wise. You must pick one sculpt from each box that represents all the other planes in each box the best.

    That is how you will find your answer.


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