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by Gray Fox
Mon Feb 24, 2014 3:43 pm
Forum: Civil War II
Topic: USA:The Civil War Scenario: Strategy and Tips for a semi-intermediate player
Replies: 29
Views: 8182

Lord Wellington, the victor at Waterloo, thought that Winfield Scott was the greatest general of his time. Scott's plan to slowly strangle the South was a benign way to get them to rejoin the Union without slaughtering fellow Americans by the tens of thousands or burning great cities to the ground. ...
by Gray Fox
Mon Feb 24, 2014 3:20 pm
Forum: Civil War II
Topic: My take on forming Divisions
Replies: 77
Views: 12846

A Division with 16 infantry elements will beat a Division with fewer infantry elements. If a Division with less infantry might win, then a Division with more certainly will. Infantry rout armies. That's what the bayonets are for. Artillery soften up targets for your infantry. Due to frontage, 6 lber...
by Gray Fox
Mon Feb 24, 2014 2:05 pm
Forum: AGEod's American Civil War
Topic: My thoughts on Division make-up
Replies: 16
Views: 6808

I checked around and couldn't find the game anywhere in a store. My internet connection can DL it...in just under 40 hours. Spring break is next week. Hmmm...
by Gray Fox
Fri Feb 21, 2014 5:07 pm
Forum: Civil War II
Topic: USA:The Civil War Scenario: Strategy and Tips for a semi-intermediate player
Replies: 29
Views: 8182

Ignore the west. Blow up every depot that you don't absolutely need east of Pennsylvania. Hold a line of port cities on the Missouri and Ohio rivers from St. Louis to Pittsburg. Garrison the cities with an entrenched Division each. Let your cavalry run down any partisans. Your riverine fleet should ...
by Gray Fox
Wed Feb 19, 2014 3:40 pm
Forum: AGEod's American Civil War
Topic: My thoughts on Division make-up
Replies: 16
Views: 6808

I've checked the history of the "conventional wisdom" and it goes like this. About 6 years ago, the thoughts on Corps/Army (C/A) artillery boiled down to one simple conclusion. Four batteries of C/A artillery cost 4 Command Points. A Division costs 4 CP's. Therefore, a Division with 4 batteries of a...
by Gray Fox
Tue Feb 18, 2014 2:27 pm
Forum: AGEod's American Civil War
Topic: My thoughts on Division make-up
Replies: 16
Views: 6808

You're most welcome! From the Wiki: "Combat is resolved in a series of one hour rounds between engaged troops at sub-unit level ." (my italics) But not supra-unit level? So, perhaps two Divisions don't attack one Division during the same round. It's rather vague. "Sub-units unable to deploy will be ...
by Gray Fox
Mon Feb 17, 2014 2:28 pm
Forum: AGEod's American Civil War
Topic: How often do you use All Out Attack/Hold at All Cost
Replies: 54
Views: 49277

AOA/HAAC cause your men to lose more casualties than your opponent in battle. The end effect of this is that your units/leaders gain no experience. So, you train up your opponent and do nothing for your own side. I use this very seldom.
by Gray Fox
Mon Feb 17, 2014 2:08 pm
Forum: AGEod's American Civil War
Topic: Anybody won the "Seeing the Elephant" scenario as the Confederates in 1.17a?
Replies: 5
Views: 3187

Well I tried this a few times on Colonel difficulty setting with the latest patch. The first turn, I just send IIRC Johnston's stack on Assault right at D.C. through Fulton VA and Montgomery MD. Even when I am told that I lost the battle, the bluebellies withdraw before Honest Abe can grab his hat. ...
by Gray Fox
Mon Feb 17, 2014 2:00 pm
Forum: AGEod's American Civil War
Topic: My thoughts on Division make-up
Replies: 16
Views: 6808

I appreciate the honest discussion. Yes, the Wiki says the artillery stop firing, so they most likely do assault damage. However, they are not a 600 man infantry unit. I think that a two Division Corps might bring in the second Division if the first routed. Isn't that what is happening in a long bat...
by Gray Fox
Fri Feb 14, 2014 2:22 pm
Forum: AGEod's American Civil War
Topic: My thoughts on Division make-up
Replies: 16
Views: 6808

Agreed. I think more players should look at this objectively and find evidence that is undeniable. Rather than wait for me to fight 100 battles, 100 players could fight several battles and produce more results. Something else to bear in mind is that according to the Wiki, Division/Brigade artillery ...
by Gray Fox
Thu Feb 13, 2014 6:38 pm
Forum: AGEod's American Civil War
Topic: My thoughts on Division make-up
Replies: 16
Views: 6808

If you read the Wiki and put the pieces together, Corps and Army heavy artillery is the route to go for an attacking army. Lone divisions do better with internal artillery because of the CP cost. I'm curious, does CW2 use the same mechanic? I still read about the "4 artillery elements in a division"...
by Gray Fox
Thu Feb 13, 2014 6:34 pm
Forum: AGEod's American Civil War
Topic: Jackson's Rolling Thunder
Replies: 3
Views: 2542

Nice to know. It works with just mortars and Columbiads too.
by Gray Fox
Thu Feb 13, 2014 6:31 pm
Forum: AGEod's American Civil War
Topic: My thoughts on Union depots
Replies: 4
Views: 2820

The early Confederate 3-stars only have a 2 in offense. With the frontage for a clear region like D.C. and perfect weather, that allows an army of 113 combat elements and 24 support elements. That's about 7 infantry Divisions with 24 batteries at Corps/Army level. These Divisions might start entrenc...
by Gray Fox
Thu Feb 13, 2014 2:20 pm
Forum: AGEod's American Civil War
Topic: My thoughts on Union depots
Replies: 4
Views: 2820

Thank you! I'm looking forward to getting the newer version, but I thought that the classic game deserved a last look. As the Confederates, if I accept about 40-50% inflation, then my army in 1862 will be the equal of the Union, about 20+ Infantry Divisions and a Cavalry Division or two. If the Unio...
by Gray Fox
Wed Feb 05, 2014 4:06 pm
Forum: AGEod's American Civil War
Topic: My thoughts on Union depots
Replies: 4
Views: 2820

My thoughts on Union depots

"If he prepares to defend everywhere, everywhere will be weak." Sun Tzu The Union has an abundance of depots that serve no purpose. Most of these are out west (KS, MO, IA, IL, IN and OH) and are magnets for raiders, Indians and trouble. These should be blown up at the earliest convenience. A large C...
by Gray Fox
Wed Feb 05, 2014 3:01 pm
Forum: AGEod's American Civil War
Topic: Jackson's Rolling Thunder
Replies: 3
Views: 2542

Jackson's Rolling Thunder

Jackson has the special ability of "Fast Mover". I suppose that this ability would give his Corps a boost with Marching to the Sound of the Guns. I have an additional use. As the South, I purchase three of the Coastal Artillery, all of the Columbiads and a few Siege Mortars. These batteries would no...
by Gray Fox
Wed Jan 29, 2014 3:00 pm
Forum: AGEod's American Civil War
Topic: My thoughts on Division make-up
Replies: 16
Views: 6808

Sorry for the long post, but just exactly how big is huge? "In open terrain only (clear/prairie/desert/wood), the Units Quotas are modified by leader (rank)*(offensive/defensive rating) depending whether in offensive or defensive posture: Combat Units Quota: (+25 points)*(rank)*(off/def rating) Supp...
by Gray Fox
Tue Jan 28, 2014 6:30 pm
Forum: AGEod's American Civil War
Topic: My thoughts on Division make-up
Replies: 16
Views: 6808

"Finally, - all elements from one unit will target elements from the same enemy unit in a given round. If the unit is destroyed before everyone shoots at it, the extra attacks are "lost" (rare case)." This supports the view that Division (or Brigade for that matter) artillery fire at the "unit" targ...
by Gray Fox
Tue Jan 28, 2014 3:28 pm
Forum: AGEod's American Civil War
Topic: My thoughts on Division make-up
Replies: 16
Views: 6808

My thoughts on Division make-up

I used the frontage table from the Wiki with the latest patch for my analysis. Let's say that you have one Division in a Corps with the usual 4 batteries of artillery, although the artillery can be any number. In combat, this Division's elements all fire at one target. If the target routs or is dest...
by Gray Fox
Wed Aug 29, 2012 6:27 pm
Forum: AGEod's American Civil War
Topic: Why are We Missing Department Commanders?
Replies: 29
Views: 10559

As Napoleon said, "An army of lions led by a rabbit, will always be overcome by an army of rabbits led by a lion."
by Gray Fox
Tue Aug 28, 2012 4:56 pm
Forum: AGEod's American Civil War
Topic: Union or Confederates?
Replies: 172
Views: 58187

I prefer to play the CSA. I don't believe that the AI has a chance as the CSA. Plus, I am a Gray Fox. :D
by Gray Fox
Mon Aug 27, 2012 7:27 pm
Forum: AGEod's American Civil War
Topic: Excellent Job!
Replies: 157
Views: 49343

Great game! I tried it out and was really amazed, so I updated to the 1.16a version and it is even better. So far I've won my first two games as the CSA and I just took Richmond as the Union, which knocked the CSA down to a NM of 37. I'll probably try the CSA again. Thanks to everyone.

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