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Battle of The Santa Cruz Islands

Battle of The Santa Cruz Islands

This is a map I came up with that is a slightly modified version of the Pacific single player map. I finally worked everything out, so here it is!

US Player 1: Enterprise (CV), Maury (DD), Cushing (DD), Preston (DD)
US Player 2: Hornet (CV), Morris (DD), Russell (DD)
US Player 3: South Dakota (BB), Pensacola (CA), San Juan (CL), Smith (DD)
US Player 4: Northampton (CA), Juneau (CL), San Diego (CL), Mustin (DD), Anderson (DD)

Japan Player 1: Jun'yo (CV), Hayashio (DD), Kuroshio (DD)
Japan Player 2: Zuikaku (CV), Hamakaze (DD), Hatsukaze (DD), Yukikaze (DD)
Japan Player 3: Haruna (BB), Hiei (BB), Kagero (DD), Oyashio (DD)
Japan Player 4: Chikuma (CA), Tone (CA), Isuzu (CL), Shikishima (DD)

All US DD's are Fletcher
All Japan DD's are Fubuki
All US CL's are Atlanta
South Dakota is Iowa class

Each carrier will have 4 slots.
The US will have 30 Dauntlesses, 30 Avengers, and 30 Wildcats (90 per CV)
Each Japanese carrier will have 30 Vals, 30 Kates, and 30 Zeroes (90 per CV)

Feedback is appreciated.

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Here are the map placements. The Japanese forces are all to the north, with US forces to the south (Historically, Japan owned the northern Solomons, with the US holding the southern half. Each player has his own independent "group" of ships. Starting with the US: Player one starts with the Enterprise group slightly west of the southeast corner of the map, with her Maury, Preston, and Cushing forming a triangular "cap" in front of Enterprise. Next, player 2 has Hornet in slightly east of the southwest corner of the map. Morris and Russell flank Hornet on either side. US player 3 starts in the southeast corner of the map, with Enterprise and her escorts to the immediate west. San Juan is to the east of SD, Smith to the west, and Pensacola steaming ahead of South Dakota. Finally, US player 4 starts directly aft oh Hornet's group. Northampton starts in the middle of a square formation, with Juneau and San Diego in the front, and Mustin and Anderson in the back (Historically Northampton was trailing Hornet during the battle).

Japan player 1 starts with Jun'yo in the northeast corner of the map, with Hayashio and Kuroshio flanking the carrier. Japan player 2 has Zuikaku in the northwest corner of the map, with Hamakaze, Hatsukaze, and Yukikaze forming a similar triangular cap in front of Zuikaku. Japan player 3 starts in the center of the map north side. Haruna and Hiei have Kagero and Oyashio in front of them, but slightly closer together than the two battleships. The final group, Japan player 4, is in between Zuikaku's and Hiei's groups, but farther south. Tone and Chikuma are steaming side by side, with Isuzu in the center rear and Shikishima in the center front.

Feedback is appreciated.

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Re: Battle of The Santa Cruz Islands

Finally, with a little work, i was able to create the map for the mission.
http://battlestations.eu/components/com_agora/img/members/3178/mini_Modified-Santa-Cruz.jpg
Hope you like it!

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Re: Battle of The Santa Cruz Islands

What do you think about carrier slots & stock ?

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Re: Battle of The Santa Cruz Islands

I put it in so you can see it.

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Re: Battle of The Santa Cruz Islands

It's a great job

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Re: Battle of The Santa Cruz Islands

Aw shucks. I'm glad you like it. I hope it will be in Mappack 3.

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Re: Battle of The Santa Cruz Islands

Looks like a real good strategic map

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Re: Battle of The Santa Cruz Islands

Thanks.The only really feasable map that went past the idea stage.

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Re: Battle of The Santa Cruz Islands

Just saying the US looks a little bit undergunned

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Re: Battle of The Santa Cruz Islands

What should I add?

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Re: Battle of The Santa Cruz Islands

I just saw an episode of Battle 360, Santa Cruz part 5/6. Poor Hornet, abandoned by her sister, then attacked later while nearly defenseless. That is the harsh realities of war.

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Re: Battle of The Santa Cruz Islands

You said that historically Northampton was trailing Hornet during the battle, so maybe it would be interesting to remove player's steering control and give both ships same paths and speed.

But again it will weaken the US side, already under gunned by the on more Japanese battleship. On the other hand, US anti air defenses are much better with 3 Atlanta-classes, I think.

Objectives would be to strike both carriers for each faction, I suppose ?

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The trailing Hornet theory, like you said, is bad, It would effectively  neutralize it. And what do you mean by strike both carriers for each faction?

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I was asking about objectives, is it to sink the Hornet and Enterprise for Japanese and sink Jun'yo and Zuikaku for american forces ?

About the towing, it will of course create a balance issue, because removing steering control for the Hornet would of course help Japanese air strikes, but isn't that exactly what happened in the historic reality of the battle ?

It is only a matter of balancing to see if it could be possible.

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