- Aug 5, 2007
That's something that has seemed to change that I don't like. Once there are no supplies in the province (you can view that in the supply mapmode), your unit is DONE. From 100% supply to 0% in one day. That wouldn't be so bad if it didn't render your units largely useless in combat and unable to attack even an empty province.
I built about 15 ports and finally managed to supply my troops in China in the game I mentioned earlier, but it's definitely a hassle. I miss the 'offensive' button from HoI 2; it would be really nice to take my armor back to a depot, load up and then have them blitzkrieg without stalling if they hit a patch without supplies. Sometimes you can have a nice run where you take enemy supplies and keep driving, but if you go into some empty provinces or go into puppet territory, you can usually forget about it. Shouldn't supply decay a little bit slower? Having a unit go from 100% supply to 0% and completely useless in combat in an hour (from 23:00 to 0:00) seems a little unrealistic. I've had times where I won a battle over the same province 20 times, but the unit ran out of supply before it could move into the empty province vacated by retreating armies. It'd be nice if they:
a) put the 'offensive' button back in, letting a unit load up on x days for supply at double the cost
b) allow supply to decay slowly over a period of time, rather than instantly crippling a unit
c) limit the 'out of supply' penalties on a unit, in particular their inability to attack or move into empty enemy provinces
I just want to make sure everyone is researching those supply technologies. Start early and keep going. That and research the delay technologies. Many a supplies are lost waiting for the stupid 6-day delay for attacks to be over. While those six days are happening, put them on prepare, that way they will at least stockpile some supplies.
Also, if you are playing as Japan or China, check out my mod in the mods section called Mirehn's Manchurian Mod. It allows you to add a buffer zone as Japan, eliminating some of the over-exagerated supply problems.