Cheesehead wrote:(I've been taking a break to play Rise of Prussia, Alea Jacta Est, and Birth of America II...)
I've been trying to take Tsarytsin with a large force. I think I might be assaulting prematurely before the siege is complete? Taking huge losses. Can someone explain how a siege works? When do I assault? What siege level?
Tsarytsin was the antecesor of Stalingrad so no doubt you have such losses... Try to open one or two breaches. For that you should from the very first turn train/build siege artillery and attach it to one of your best generals.
Another great tip:
If you want to start a siege on a difficult city, aka Moscow, Petrograd, Helsinki(depends on how that scenario goes), Tsarytsin, Sebastopol, Huliapole... Send your troops always on a defensive behaviour. The problem is, that if you send your troops to siege, sometimes they will automatically enter in combat with the enemy garrison, so I recomend you to use all the possible decisions to make your troops arrive at Tsarytsin without starting a fight the very first siege turn, becouse the assaulter is likely to fail and take big losses, plus if you want to make sure the divisions arrive at the same time, so the chances to support any first-battle improves, coordinate their movements or keep them one region close.
In most of these scenarios is better to siege till the enemy surrenders or weak him enough to crush their defenses and gather experience for your troops. But as for Tsarytsin is a complicated thing, becouse you need that city before December if you want to ally with the Ukrainian Nationalists, so speed is important, and so is caution if you dont fancy rebuilding those divisions and corps manually.