I would like to add to this thread in hopes to bring more to the current "AA" platforms we (or the lack of) as players have at our disposal (until their depleted)
I moved over to this game from playing many years on AH/AH2, although AH lends itself to more of a WW2 combat flight sim than a ground game it does offer some unique variations for the ground war. Although it doesn't really offer a first person shooter element like WW2 online it does have some of the best tank and AA platforms of any MMO.
The reason I bring this up and hope that the CR is paying attn is the fact that the AA platforms (mainly 20mm single and 40mm single) guns are nearly useless in this game unless you were to deploy every single one in your inventory to combat EA.
Being a big AA guy (my fav to do in the game) there is a major imbalance between what we get to defend with and what the EA can attack with. With the typical scenario that plays out night after night (I dealt with the same issue 4yrs and 2yrs ago when I played) commonly referred to as "Air Quake"
There is a few factors that play out here. One, is that the defender only has so many Flak28's or Flak30's to work with. As they get bombed into oblivion (happened twice last night) it is removed from inventory. Now, before someone jumps up and says the same old cliche'd response (I've heard um all) "tow it out of the base" "be a better shot" "hide it in the trees" and so on, save your breath.
Most don't realize that to have a effective Flak battery (one thing the Germans did really well) realistically you need 5-6 guns per every one EA. Now, I know what you're going to say "my buddy and I setup and shoot down every plane that flies over) well, maybe (a BIG maybe) you do that, not saying it can't be done. However, that's like hitting a running EI in a field at 500 yrds, can you? maybe, very often, hell no.
Another big issue with attempting to be an AA gunner, is there is practically no way to protect it. Any EI running by can simply pull out a pistol or rifle and shoot the crew and boom, your done. I guess you could request 20 soldiers surround your gun and keep it safe, but in reality this would never take place.
This brings me to what was recently post by CR that they are trying to apply and maintain "balance" within the game. I realize there are a few trade offs that have to be applied because this is after all a game and not real life. What I'm trying to propose is a balance between trying to defend your base against an onslaught of EA that seem to have never ending bombs under their wings and the lowly AA trying to defend against it.
If CR can make bunkers only destroyable by satchel charges and the like, then maybe have that the AA platforms can on;y be taken out by bombs, tank shell or grenades. It takes one or two EI to camp out near the AB and just shoot the crew of an AA gun once they spawn in. Meanwhile the Havoc's, DB7's , Hurri's and Blens are bombing the AB into oblivion.
I would really like to know why we don't have multi-barreled AA guns (Dual & quad mounts) ? In AH (I know it's a diff game) they had the M16 and the German Whirbelwind, along with the Ostwind. Also at the airfields they had manable AA guns.
It just seems to me that there should be a better balance for defending against EA and the Air Quake scenario that seems to always play out.
Let the rants begin