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  1. This was fixed and should be working fine now.
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    Confederate Legendary Campaign

    In this video I bring my first Legendary Confederate Campaign to a close. I discuss why it failed and where I made some very fundamental mistakes. I also explain why it is important to "kill" and hopefully soon will be posting videos of my 2nd try at this campaign commencing after the battle of 2nd Bull Run.
  3. I was thinking about doing a Confederate Legendary Campaign and decided to step my toe in. I don't know if I have the time (it's summer and I work in the tourist industry) or inclination (I've played this game to death) but we will see how it goes. As with my Union Legendary Campaign (which I completed), I will NOT be using the scaling technique. The minimum average Brigade in the ACW was 1,000 men, so I just can't bring myself to create 500 man brigades as I view this as fantasy. So off we go... the first scenario Battle of Potomac Fort. This battle took me a number of times to win because it is really hard on legendary. I destroy 2 skirmisher units and 1 infantry brigade before assaulting the fort and then when I do; I capture 1 skirmisher unit and 1 infantry brigade. My defense was less stellar as one of my brigades that carry over to the camp was annihilated, but I did capture their Supply wagon and kill the commander. Overall, I received 1,000 reinforcements for the 800+ prisoners, so that more than made up for the loss of one heavily battered brigade. Potomac Fort:
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    Confederate Legendary Campaign

    I made some fundamental mistakes in my first campaign (as I did with my first Union Legendary campaign). I have backtracked to just after 2nd Bull Run. I have corrected course in a couple directions and have seen some very good results. When I have gotten back to Gettysburg and given that things are going better, I will then start re-posting videos. It should be a little while, however, as it is August... summer... and all that.
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    Work in progress: Dreadnoughts

    That all depends, of course, on when the developers care to begin the game. If they also include the pre-dreadnought era you have a number of battles occurring in various wars, such as the First Sino-Japanese war, the Spanish-American war and the Russo-Japanese war. My feeling is since this is going to have a strategy overlay, it probably won't start on the date that HMS Dreadnought was commissioned.
  6. Give it another shot. Took me 2 shots at it to win as the Union. The difference between the two campaigns was how I spent my career points. When I won first I max'ed out medicine, then Economy, followed by Training and lastly I maxed out Politics. Like the real war, your problem isn't men and money. You problem is poor recruits that you need to turn into veterans (medicine) that you need to arm with the best weapons possible (economy). My first shot as the South on Legendary was lost as well. So, I've started another CSA campaign, and when I have confidence that I have things more under control, I will start posting the videos. Once again, I think the reason that I failed my first try was because I did not spend my career points wisely. We'll see.
  7. By the time I got to Chancellorsville it became obvious that my Union Campaign was not going to succeed... So I did a lot of re-thinking about the campaign, how I conducted it, used my Career Points, equipped my army and watched a lot of videos. I watched a lot of videos, premier of which were those of Aetius and decided to relaunch my campaign yet again. In my first campaign I put a lot of emphasis on Politics and artillery and in the end my infantry just didn't have the power to meet the challenge. Now I am trying a much more balanced approach with an emphasis on rifles and artillery. I have also started using sharpshooters. I also started renaming my units just before playing Seven Pines so I had a much clearer understanding of which infantry units were carrying what kind of weapon. The results have been pretty good so far. Here is a comparison of my 2 campaigns (I restarted my second campaign at the Battle of Bull Run): 1st Campaign 2nd Campaign Battle US Losses CS Losses K/D R. US Losses Cs Losses K/D R. Train Station 2,467/06 4,965/05 2.01 2,467/06 4,965/05 2.01 Distress Call 1,915/00 6,662/22 3.48 1,915/00 6,662/22 3.48 1st Bull Run* 11,515/02 23,162/34 2.01 7,479/05 23,312/32 3.11 River Crossing 2,888/02 9,851/20 3.41 3,900/03 7,129/17 1.82-- Crossroads 4,478/02 11,874/19 2.65 1,094/00 9,160/18 8.37 Shiloh* 19,257/19 42,511/120 2.21 12,687/11 41,199/115 3,24 Secure River 3,260/02 6,007/14 1.84 1,971/01 7,052/17 3.57 Rendezvous 3,413/00 9,745/00 2.85 1,429/00 6,522/00 4,56 Seven Pines 4,776/06 12,780/10 2.67 5,105/03 10,506/10 2,05-- Gaines Mill* 7,891/01 23,254/27 2.94 5,035/02 23,633/03 4.69 Mulvern Hill* 10,757/08 25,718/08 2.39 12,552/07 32,859/12 2,61 Kettle Run 3,514/00 10,649/16 3.03 4,903/00 10,127/16 2.06 Thoroughfare Gap 8,869/03 22,234/32 2.50 4,562/02 16,131/29 3.53 85,000/51 209,412/327 2.46 65,099/40 199,257/296 3.06 * Major Battle -- Less well than 1st campaign The really big difference so far is not only a far better K/D ratio, but far less losses with far more troops armed with rifles. I also won Mulvern Hill this time around instead of the draw in my first campaign. For those who have subscribed to my poor channel, they already know that I have published 8 videos of my new campaign. I will soon post them all here. But for a taste here is the video I informally call "The Slaughter in the Water" (The Battle of Gaines Mill). Hope you like it.
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    Confederate Legendary Campaign

    The best I could do at Gettysburg was to win with 14,000 casualties and my army just couldn't handle that. I believe I committed various fundamental mistakes during the campaign, which I am attempting to remedy in a new go. @Mukremin You should continue. I would like to see someone complete the Confederate Campaign on Legendary.
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    Confederate Legendary Campaign

    I have given up on this campaign. It was a shot in the dark anyway in how I wanted to use my strategic assets. I have started another Legendary campaign and we'll see how that one goes. If it seems to be panning out, I will begin posting the videos... but on another thread. Right now I am at 1st Winchester and moving quickly through the scenarios.
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    Work in progress: Dreadnoughts

    Please, no aircraft. There are plenty of wars during this time frame and aircraft are just too much of a distraction and almost certainly in the end will be used as an exploit.
  11. Personally I was hoping for Ultimate General: Civil War Zombie Apocalypse. However, it appears that the developers were having a lot of problems with the Zombies, so that was ruled out. I think.
  12. That is from the Age of Steel forum and refers to a separate game which appears to going to be named "Ultimate Admiral: Dreadnoughts." Check it out here:
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    Mukremin's CSA Legendary Campaign

    Well fought at Chickamauga! Darn, the Yankee army is just about all 3 stars. What is their training level?
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    Civil War Uniforms of Blue & grey the evolution.

    Great videos! Thanks.
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    Confederate Legendary Campaign

    Since I am now on the march to Gettysburg thought I would post a short video by the American Battlefield Trust on the Gettysburg Cyclorama. I have seen it in person on a visit to Gettysburg and it is truly wonderful. I didn't do much of a tour of the battlefield as I consider these places to be and in fact are cemeteries.
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    Confederate Legendary Campaign

    From most of the videos I have seen of Gettysburg, your strategy of surrounding the Union forces on Day 1 is probably the best I have ever seen. You get a lot of unit wipe outs there and that is very important in keeping his training levels low. Not sure what I will do at Gettysburg, but your battle was very well executed.
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    Confederate Legendary Campaign

    Yep, the 2nd Corps was weaker at Chancellorsville for 2 reasons. The first was because I knew that I had to clear the open ground and especially the right flank to enable me to march up and take the farm. So it was not only the assault force, but a flanking force as well. You see in the assault that I first move against the Yanks confronting my 2nd Corps in defense and after I have destroyed that force, I then shift everything left and attack the objective. The second was to be sure I had a strong force going into Salem Church. My Intelligence Service says I am facing 67K Union forces for the Gettysburg campaign, but as can be seen, with all the really Great Battles of the war, the Union always has much more men then the expected. I think this is programmed into the game. The really important part about the Intelligence Service is not really the amount of men (unless it starts going North of 80,000), it is the training and armory levels of your opponent. What most folks don't appreciate is that if you can keep his training in the low 50's, you are going to face a lot less 3 star regiments in battle. You do this by wiping out his army at every chance. So while army wipe outs will keep his army at a lower level you are still going to see large armies for important battles, but their quality will be lower and thus easier to win. As for the History Guy getting more rewards... dunno, they should be the same. I once started a "legendary" campaign and after a few battles thought it was too easy and forgot to click the "legendary" box at the start screen.
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    Confederate Legendary Campaign

    I slaughter the Yankees attacking me at Salem Church. Playing the game at double normal time, I inflict 12,328 casualties on the Union forces will my men only lose 2,080 casualties. The campaign now moves into 1863.
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    Confederate Legendary Campaign

    At Rio Hill I spare with Yankee Cavalry and well equipped skirmishers. I lose 4,354 men and 1 gun to their 5,990 men and 31 guns. Not the greatest win, but I'll take it. At Chancellorsville I win on day 2, inflicting loses of 28,682 men and 136 guns on the Blue Bellies to my 15,572 men and 14 guns. My army of 47,000 was outnumbered by the Yankees who brought 100,000 men to the battle.
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    Confederate Legendary Campaign

    So here are my latest casualty figures... my K/D ratio took quite a hit at Chancellorsville (dropping from 3.33 to 3.10): CSA Campaign Losses Battle CSA Losses USA Losses USA Missing+ Potomac Fort 2,466/05 5,337/11 846 Newport News 1,652/02 4,925/00 0 1st Bull Run* 7,500/12 23,909/42 2,957 Ambush Convoy 283/00 1,870/00 308 Stay Alert 4,085/00 14,769/27 1,419 Shiloh* 9,471/05 28,449/62 0 1st Winchester 3,759/01 12,151/24 553 Cross Keys 3,690/01 15,149/00 0 Port Republic 2,769/00 11,451/50 1,069 Gaines Mill* 5,626/02 13,063/64 237 Malvern Hill* 12,467/10 32,040/104 1,190 Cedar Mountain 6,849/03 22,716/48 120 Manassas Depot 5,118/00 7,824/02 327 2nd Bull Run* 10,337/01 43,360/102 1,482 Chantilly 5,938/05 18,166/14 111 Weapons Factory 2,010/00 8,526/55 0 Antietam* 19,833/14 61,975/122 759 Corinth 2,947/01 11,234/50 0 Prairie Grove 3,799/00 13,586/41 0 Fredericksburg* 12,469/12 49,981/27 120 Everettsville 6,374/00 17,859/48 974 Stones River* 12,111/14 24,775/55 309 Blackwater Heights 5,968/00 21,949/48 1,196 Rio Hill 4,354/01 5,990/31 65 Chancellorsville* 15,572/14 28,682/136 208 Salem Church 2,080/00 12,328/00 0 Totals 160,206/103 497,204/823 13,276 K/D Ratio: 3.10 Will be posting videos for Rio Hill, Chancellorsville and Salem Church tomorrow, hopefully.
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    Mukremin's CSA Legendary Campaign

    That was a great battle, mate! Well done!
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    Confederate Legendary Campaign

    Haven't really thought about Chancellorsville, to be quite honest. It can be a long, long battle... and Salem Church tacked on. I've got 5 three star artillery batteries though and they will probably play a predominant factor in how I play the battle.
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    Confederate Legendary Campaign

    1st Franklin is done. Played it a bit different then most, but basically the same. Will have the video up soon.
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    Confederate Legendary Campaign

    I just continued... At Blackwater Heights I wipe out the Union army. The Yanks suffer losses of 21,949 men and 48 guns to my 5,968 men. Probably should have been happy with just taking the objective, however, wiping out the Blue Bellies ensures their army quality does not improve. Blackwater Heights:
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    Mukremin's CSA Legendary Campaign

    Very nice battles! Really aggressive at Stones River... thought you were going to cut them off for a bit... almost. But very well played. I'll probably use your tactic at Blackwater Heights. Nice use of artillery Am surprised you didn't bring at least one piece of artillery to Rio Hill, but the Cavalry... yep! Awesome, mate!
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