Well it’d be a simulation of the traditional war plan created by the United States and Japan in preparation for war. The strategy was that the fleets would meet somewhere in the central pacific as the US rallied to retake the Philippines.
Well I want to create a historically accurate but balanced battle. The Plan Orange strategy called for the US to rally it’s fleet before engaging the IJN so it won’t just be Pacific fleet units. As for the IJN it ought involve all prewar forces.
USN: West Virginia - 47 Maryland x2 (team deck) - 92 (46 each) Tennessee - 43 California - 45 Arizona x2 (note Pennsylvania while in the team decks in portrayed in her post-reconstruction configuration) - 88 (44 pts each) Nevada x2 - 84 (42 pts each) Lexington - 24 Saratoga - 26 Enterprise - 25 Yorktown - 23 Wasp - 19 (for the sake of argument, Yorktown and Wasp would have been sent to Pacific in preparation for battle in War Plan Orange, while Hornet, still working up at this time, would have stayed in the Atlantic with Ranger) Northampton x3 (team deck) - 36 (12 pts each) Salt Lake City - 14 New Orleans (team deck) x2 - 30 (15 pts each) San Francisco x2 - 32 (16 pts each) Indianapolis x2 (team deck) - 26 (13 pts each) Boise x2 - 26 (13 pts each) Phoenix x2 - 24 (12 pts each) Helena (team deck) - 14 pts Richmond x3 - 27 (9 pts each)
USN total: 745 pts
Interestingly the USN is at the points disadvantage.
I guess we could go to 1000 points from current totals to balance it? For destroyers and subs you can only use '41 units.
Yeah, or we could play three 300-point games and the winner is whoever wins two of the three? Build 3 different fleets using class limits across the whole of them and play the 3 games in order. That might be fun. If so we could do some interesting things with the series (or not).
Battle of Midway - US defending, US gets a Forward Airstrip at no cost that doesn’t count toward unit limits, Japan gets -2 capacity to the Land Airbase. Battle of Luzon - relatively neutral site, no changes Battle of Truk - Japan defending, Japan gets a FAS at no cost that doesn’t count toward unit limits, US gets -2 capacity to the Land Airbase.