Thus is a large weakness of the “forum” format when it comes to sharing information.
In time, and a short time at that, knowledge is buried and forgotten. That great, informative post you wrote last year is hopelessly impossible to find by anyone that doesn’t know exactly where it is.
This also causes the cyclic nature of forums. A body of people come together to discuss a topic. Over time they cover all the points and nuances. New people are told “we talked about that topic here” or the less friendly “learn to use the search tool”. Eventually, the old guard has run out of things to talk about and leave the board because it is boring. Then in time a core of new people come together to discuss the topic. They re-hash all the old topics, more or less from scratch.
If you want information to endure, I recommend putting it in a Wiki. They are remarkably less fun than a forum, but the information is easily accessible to all. Especially if it is cross-linked well. Take a look at tvtropes.org and how that Wiki is designed. Lots of cross-linking not only limited to things directly discussed as part of the topic definition, but also to things that are similar for comparison and to things that are opposites for contrast.
Just wondering what unit combinations anyone has found that are particularly useful…
The reason I ask is because in a recent game I played, I found that the US M1 81mm Mortar is now one of my favorite units, and I found that one of the best things to pair with it would be a Hunting Sniper.Â But really, with Improved Indirect Fire, any US unit can act as spotter for it.
Anyone find anything else?
Depends on what you mean by combos. I don’t particularily see the US 81mm mortar and another spotting unit as a combo, but just part of the ability (kind of like saying spotter & indirect fire is a combo… technically I suppose it is…). The US 81mm and a Red Devil Captain’s pinpointer is more a combo to me. Throw in a plane than can instantly spot anywhere in the map and now you’re going somewhere.
Other combos: KV-1 & Cossack Captain: The classic combo which gives you a practicially immune Cossack Captain on the KV-1; enemy infantry will have an extremely hard time hitting the KV-1 (or most anything else for that matter), and if the KV-1 starts getting pounded the captain can (usually) easily just jump off.
SS-Determination/Veteran Crew/Hero units and minefields: Heros are completely immune to them and SS-Determination/Veteran Crew are somewhat immune, letting you escape/advance/maneuvre relatively unhindered depending on what is needed.
Imperial Sergeant & SS-PGs: tons of dice hitting on at least 3+ (2+ if enemy is disrupted), and difficult for some infantry and most vehicles to stop.
Commanders & Transports: Any commander on a transport is usually good, as it allows him to spread his CA around to distant troops. Tally-Ho! and Angriff/Banzai are especially good with this. The Canadian Eagle-Eyed NCO is a good example of this - your opponent sets up his units range 5+ from yours, normally out of range, until your Jeep-mounted NCO rushes over.
Transported units and Angrif/Banzai: Speaking of Angriff/Banzai… Drive up, jump out, charge in. Excellent for Panzerfausts or other AT units to assault vehicles with, but also extremely expensive. Best used in larger games.
Gurkhas & Tally-Ho (& Elan): The Gurkhas can be deadly up close, and Tally-Ho! gives you the mobility to get their. Elan can help even more to get into the same hex vs undisrupted units, but the cost starts adding up.
(Partial Combo) Commissar & KMT Riflemen: The Commissar offs the cheap riflemen to pump up whatever unit you wish. Fanatical Snipers are always good for this, but it works well on other units like the Bofors or mortars.
Artillery, Gun Transport, Cavalry/Motorcycle: If you’re in a rush to set up an artillery (eg 88 on a hill or bunker) postion first turn then take these units. Start the artillery loaded in the transport. Move the fast infantry unit and the transport to the same hex, then unload the artillery into the adjacent hex you want it. Not exactly an outstanding combo, but it can be useful.
Tiger I & SS-PG: The Tiger overruns an infantry, which the SS-PG can then be ruthless against. Overruning during the movement is best, but if the Tiger isn’t that effective against the soldier (and has nothing better to do) it can do it in both phases.
There are TONS more, and the ones I’ve listed aren’t all necessarily the best there are. Also I prefer to keep to the single 2 unit combos, as larger ones are usually easy to disrupt / hard to pull off.
Also cleveland, I think spending over half your army on what’s basically one unit is… beyond excessive. It depends somewhat on what you would use with the units, but I don’t see it as being that great at all. Even despite all that all I may need is one attack to take out the depot. Or even just kill your spotters. I’ll have 2:1 odds on your other units while the rest just sit back. Fallschirmjager, Defiant PTs, and Screaming Eagle PTs especially shouldn’t have all that much problem against it either.
OK, here’s another question:Â If someone said you must fight in a war, and offered you one of 3 fighting vehicles to use, which one would you choose - a tank, a fighter jet, or a small, armed, water-craft?
I chose the tank, if only because it seems really cool to be heavily protected, while being able to dish out quite a bit of damage.Â :mrgreen:
If I had to, I would choose:
1. The medical van. Because nobody really wants to shoot the medical van.
2. The fighter jet. Puke and pass out, but whee!
3. The tank. Because if I get blown up, hopefully the munitions will ignite and my end will be quick. Also, I can pretend I didn’t hear orders. “wuzzat, the tank was too loud . . . retreat, you say?”
4. The small, armed, water-craft. Because of chemicals that can burn your skin in the water, and if you survive that, the fishies that like to eat you, and if you survive that, the dehydration and the sunburn.
Yeah, speaking of learning the game, and also of aircraft, I have been playing this game since it came out. But I didn’t even begin factoring in airplanes until I went on leave this past New Year’s, so… 😐
I was just thinking abou the 88 again. The 88’s wheels actually came off and it was set up in a cross bolted into the ground. So this is making more and more sense. I think it should be maybe 2 turns to load.
“The Allies can’t lose , you just park aircraft over the central city and annihilate anything that tries to get into it.The other two cities are either swamped by the British , or cut off by the Americans….”
this is what i found. Allies park 4 planes into caen and 4 planes into St lo literally the entire game. half of all german artillery sent in is anihilated by the straffing the other half his cleared by the ground forces before the germans even get the chance to fire at them. the only advantage is the allies run out of reinforcements faster but its evened out by the carnage the germans suffer from the airplanes
Umm…let’s see. Lately my friends and I have been claiming that Mike’s Hard Lemonade is what perverts and pedophiles buy to get their victims drunk. I can’t drink the stuff…but a friend of mine was having a party, and I asked him if he was getting a keg. He said yes, so I asked if it was going to be Mike’s Hard Lemonade.