Are you saying the defender cant bring in more planes than the attacker? Also why the limitations on escorts?
The UK should be able to bombard Germany with reasonable odds. If Germany has 3 or 4 fighters in their IC and you have no limit to interceptions, attacking is suicide. My proposed limit is a representation that all fighters were not allocated to interceptions and it will nicely represent the historical scenario that the more bombers the Allies throw in the more fighters Germany will defend with and risk losing.
OK i see your idea. Your trying to fix the issue of overwhelming odds of some nations to bring in tons of planes against weaker ones, so that everybody has a fair possibility of using SBR, even if its Italy. I both like this idea and don’t like it.
But i see how its balancing. good.
Whats the deal with enemy bombers? They don’t fire when jets are around, but fire when piston aircraft are? huh?
i don’t get it.
The Me 262 was so quick that bombers had very little chance of defending with their on-board machine guns. From wikipedia:
ok i guess. yes.
The standard approach against bomber formations, which were traveling at cruise speed, called for the Me 262 to approach the bombers from the rear at a higher altitude, diving in below the bomber’s flight level to get additional speed before gaining altitude again and, on reaching the bomber’s level, opening fire with its four 30 mm cannon at 600 m (656 yard) range.
Allied bomber gunners found that their electric gun turrets had problems tracking the jets. Target acquisition was difficult because the jets closed into firing range quickly and had to remain in firing position only briefly using their standard attack profile.
Also I wanted to have a strong defensive tech vs. SBR that is strong so you have something to hope for if the enemy gets Heavy bombers.
OK i now think like you do on this. I will alter my proposal to reflect this development.
I don’t like this. Escorts should protect bombers and take the loses. If you have jets then i can see the ability to evade air support and head straight for the bombers. But the 1 fighter 1 bombers combat lose allocation seems real artificial to me.
It’s a balance thing. If you only hit on a ‘1’ you will almost never score two hits anyway and it would be very strange if even those two hits always will be versus fighters. Even with my rule escorts will in 90% of combats protect bombers vs. hits. It would be historically awry if interceptors never could hit bombers directly since they did all they could to do just that.
I am not convinced on this. I would say the escorts are taken as loses to protect bombers. If a player has jets they can select the plane they want to die for each hit.
But all in all I think escorts are a very dangerous thing in this ruleset since you will be losing more fighters as the defender and also most of the time not shooting down the bombers. It also boosts the Long-range aircraft tech and makes areas like Libya and Norway more important to fight over as fighter bases. When I think of it maybe fighters must be forced to be based with the bombers to be able to escort in order to avoid carrier fighters to escort?
Yes its a worry, but AAE didnt seem to have problems in this area, which we are both using as a reference for escort rules.