Jagger wrote:What determines when early infantry/cavalry converts to late infantry/cavalry?
When does it normally happen--63??
McNaughton wrote:One thing I found was that at 35%, virtually all units had converted before 1862 arose. The % chance happens every round until the unit upgrades, so after about 3-4 turns a unit pretty much upgrades, based upon the early upgrade pattern, later upgrades have a much greater % chance.
I found that upgrades were too quick, with units changing to late war while the game was still in 1861. Here's what I did...
Change the start date of the early upgrade to January 1862 (so no unit can upgrade at all in 1861).
Reduce the % chance from 30-35% to 5% for 1862 (takes about 15-20 turns for a unit to upgrade), meaning by the end of 1862 most units have upgraded. Late 1862, early 1863 seemed to be the turning point in tactics and equipment.
Reduce the % chance to 30-40 for 1863. This pretty much catches other units, but takes about 2 months for new builds to get re-trained to late war standards.
Kept the % chance at 100 for 1864 and later.
This way you actually keep the early war units around for a good deal of time, making the difference between the types much more practical and noticable (because you actually get to use early war infantry).
Jagger wrote:McNaughton, I did something very similiar.
I want the change from early war to late war infantry to represent the overall tactical changes which developed through the war as both leaders and troops realized the deficiencies in their tactics. I don't want the conversion to represent troops developing from conscript to average to seasoned troops which could happen relatively quickly. I see those changes represented by the experience stars. For me, I want the change to represent an understanding and implementation of new, more effective tactics appropriate to their weapons and the typical American terrain.
So I ended up using the following time frames and percentages for conversion of both infantry and cavalry.
Phase I ------ 1862/10/01-1863/09/31-----3%
Phase II------ 1863/10/01-1864/09/31----35%
Phase III------1864/01/01- end of war----40%
As you can see, I used a later transition point. I decided on Gettysburg as my boundary line for the change from early war tactics to late war tactics at least in the East. When massed troops marched over a mile across an wide open field directly into the teeth of massed troops and guns, I am thinking the same early war tactics used at Fredericksburg, Antietam, 2nd Bull Run, etc. So I used 63 as the primary transition point.
The percentages above will produce an overall 48% chance of troops available in Oct 62 converting to late war infantry by July 63. 52% by Oct 63. But then in October, 1863, all troops will do a very quick conversion. Newly recruited troops will convert very quickly in 64 and 65.
Basically I have half the troops convert to late war infantry from end of 62 through 63-with all converted by end of 63.
One thing I have to check is whether any units are ever recruited directly as late war infantry.
McNaughton wrote:I don't believe that they are, but, I haven't been using the original files in a while. However, I think the CSA was artificially improved by having 1 or 2 late war elements in some of their brigades. I do remember seeing that under the original method, that there would be elements converted before the unit even trained up!
Our rates are pretty similar, and will probably get a similar result (albiet yours much later). I will keep you informed on anthing else I have noticed in regards to this aspect.
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