Simple clean card. With a defibed niche that isnt attached to a sideline like installations
I disagree, the last things the US needs is another Cap4 Carrier giving already powerful planes even more Expert SAs.
I would prefer to see:
AirField Strike: Once per game, you can deploy a Fighter to your opponent's land airbase during the air mission phase. That Fighter can make an Antiair attack against one enemy aircraft deployed at the base
Installation Strike: Once per turn, when a friendly Dive Bomber damages and enemy Installation, that Installation gets -1 on each attack die when making Gunnery attack rolls this turn
Especially since we are seeing more and more installations available.
If we look at the USN fleet of Essex's what have you got ?
2 with EB-- 2 with EDF and 1 with ET along with your everyday Installation and Airfield Strike
Only 1 has a double expert ability;
I think if your looking to add an Essex your better off with diversity than just over powering the game with a 3 expert 4 cap cv.
The USN in the game and rightly so is not a big Torpedo giant, but if any Carriers gave them credence it was the Essex's especially at Leyte;
Just ask MUSASHI;; A ET and EFD with Torpedo defense gives you clean non redundant Essex with added simple fleet build SA options.
Can't understand why Hancock 4 battles stars and some how was there, but missed most of the fighting at Leyte Gulf
Sorry for the side note just puzzles me.
She missed Leyte cause she was attacking Formosa and Ryukyu islands and couldn't get back in time
NO;; Actually after being transferred from Task Force 38.2 to 38.1 Halsey sent 38.1 back to Ulithi to rearm [Hancock/ Wasp and Hornet] they did not make it back in time to stop Kurita's escape. Halsey only had 4 Essex class to fight in the Sibuyan Sea and Cape Engano-- Intrepid/Essex/Lexington/Franklin/ along with the Iconic Enterprise and a bunch of Independence CVL's. Bunker Hill part of TF 38 was sent to the states for overhaul on 10/23 Sorry for the history but as i said there are better choices.
I didn't see a proposal with 3 experts, but I agree that would be way over the top. I like texasarcher's proposal with Flag 2. We already have a Flag 1 Essex class. Flag 2 should put the unit solidly at a 28 point cost. Which I think is the minimum for an Essex class.
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