People's Commissar of the Navy
- Jan 3, 2010
Chapter 5: Who will win? An elephant or a horse?
If you didn't catch our last thrilling update, I had declared war on Siam for not being Japanese. (That should really be a CB, shouldn't it?) I'll learn them good! (Note: bad grammar intentional for comedic effect.)
February 8, 1858: We re-enable trade in Clipper Convoys. Whiny sailors, complaining about huge holes in their ships.
March 8, 1858: Our first combat with Siam can help illustrate two points. Note the blacked out squares? It's because we're using my combat width. It won't make a huge difference for this battle, since our armies are too small.
There's also a handy tooltip that AHD offers if you hover over your flag or the enemies.
Nice, isn't it? These are just relative tech levels, but it at least lets you eyeball any advantages you might have. I'm feeling good about this battle!
March 16, 1858: And I had reason to feel good.
(I'm going to try to cut down on meaningless battle screenshots, so you won't see too many after this one; a failing my earlier AARs fell prey to all too often.)
March 29, 1858: We pursue and eliminate the enemy. Take that, Siam! Your elephant isn't so big now, is it? IS IT?! I'm going to spread out my armies so I can occupy as quickly as possible; I'm on the clock, after all.
May 12, 1858: Those sneaky Siamese invade Bonin. The AI in AHD is much improved in this regard, in my opinion -- it's more aggressive about amphibious invasions.
July 30, 1858: We take our first province from Siam. I can practically taste victory!
August 3, 1858: Bonin falls, mostly because I forgot about it. Time to put an end to that.
September 11, 1858: British are still at Cordial. Stay there!
September 16, 1858: First naval battle!
In naval combat, you'll notice there's no combat width. That's intentional. Each ship fires at the ship across from it. The percentage is hull strength; when it gets to zero, no more ship. If a ship's org gets to zero, it moves to the end of the line and another ship takes it's place. Not likely to happen here, with frigates fighting transports. The result is what you'd expect.
No more sneaking around for you!
October 2, 1858: We win the first battle of Bangkok. The terrain is a bit rough, so I take a little more of a pounding than I'd hoped. Still, we press on.
October 19, 1858: Bonin is retaken.
December 14, 1858: Another province falls. Nobody can stop us now!
December 28, 1858: More and more progress. I wish I'd brought along more cavalry. Something to remember for next time.
January 12, 1859: Another victory at the battle of Nakhon Si Thammarat. If the sides are even slightly close, I'll win most battles, thanks to my tech edge and the fact I have Infantry fighting Irregulars.
February 13, 1859: The hits keep on coming as another Siamese army surrenders.
March 2, 1859: Uh oh. My high infamy probably triggered this; I certainly hope they don't want to attack me! (Note to self: build more ships.)
March 29, 1859: I've got most of the Siamese peninsula; I'm moving farther inland, into the mountains.
April 28, 1859: Chanthanburi is now Japanese. Victory is in sight!
June 23, 1859: If I lose this war, it'll be because occupation is taking too long. Learn from my mistakes: have plenty of Cavalry! (Ratchaburi falls.)
July 15, 1859: It turns out that 2:1 odds triumphs a minor tech edge.
This will be the only battle I lose in the entire war.
August 1, 1859: Udon Thani falls.
August 19, 1859: Things are heating up with the US! :wub:
September 4, 1859: Revenge is sweet!
October 3, 1859: Sisaket has fallen to our glorious army! With Bangkok already in our possession, how much longer could the Siamese possibly last?
November 11, 1859: To quote my new worst enemies, "Bugger."
I have one hope; get enough provinces from Siam to force them to surrender before the British can bring much to bear. Piece of cake, right?
November 30, 1859: Lopburi falls. Maybe I'll just pull this out!
December 28, 1859: Blast. The British retake Pattani. At least they aren't invading Japan!
March 7, 1860: Some commies set up the Marxist party in Edo. Good for them. The Siamese continue to be jerks; it's like they know the British won't sell them down the river.
April 15, 1860: Well played, Britain.
April 24, 1860: The longer this war lasts, especially when I can't win, the worse off I'll be.
If the tooltip confuses you, remember that it's from the British perspective.
That brings this update to an end, but I did get some clarification on how combat works from grommile in the Quick Questions/Quick Answers thread. Your attack value is applied against the enemy's defense value; their attack value is applied against your defense value. (Of course, the modifiers are added in.)
Our next update (and the last I've actually played through) will feature some pretty exciting stuff.