I have been working on the Rise of the Dragon battleset from the Taiwan side. The first scenario, Spratly Incident, was mainly an exercise in maintaining a distance away from the Chinese task force.
Not true for the second scenario, Brothers In Arms, the all out first strike by the Chinese against Taiwan. You better have some computing horsepower for this scenario, I have a 2.4 GHz P4, 1 Gig RAM and it still the scenario really got slow at times when all the missiles were flying.
This is a scenario where you will feel powerless most of the time at the beginning, overwhelmed with tasks at other times and cursing Chinese Flanker fighters and their Adder missiles the rest of the time.
To see all your pretty little F-16s, Mirage 2000s and some Taiwanese homegrown interceptors sitting in their hangers when literally hundreds of SSM's coming streaking across the straights will make even the most hardened Harpooner cringe. While it looks like you have an impressive amount of SAM batteries, it's misleading. Most of these batteries are HAWK-Is that will not intercept SSMs traveling at 3000-5000 mph.
The main task at hand is to get as many aircraft in the air as possible to stop further damage to your airfields from ground strike aircraft. If your Hawkeyes survived, getting them in the air is essential. Some of your aircraft are in ready status at the scenario start, others are at 30 minute wait and then scores of aircraft are down for maintenance.
My technique was to get as many aircraft in the air to intercept all the incoming aircraft. I kept my aircraft close to my shoreline to prevent SAM fire from the Chinese coast taking down more of my precious remaining aircraft. Did I mention you will be cussing the Flankers with the Adder missiles? Oh yes, they flush out of the northern bases thick as thieves and their missiles are devastating. I stayed weapons free the whole scenario, I let my aircraft fire at whatever the AI wanted, it was a very target rich environment, everyone was getting a piece of the action.
Micro-management is impossible, something that was hard for me to get used to. It just wasn't possible with all the aircraft you are sending up and with all the enemy aircraft incoming. The only thing I would have done differently was to have all my Falcon fighters recover to the air base on the eastern coast, away from the fray. I lost too many of my best fighters with their AMRAAM missiles, that were in hangers near the coastline and I couldn't stop all the ground attack aircraft. All my aircraft aloft were Winchester and returning to base, my aircraft on the ground were not ready and my SAMs couldn't cope with the volume of incoming.
To be honest, I was shocked when the victory screen came up. I was thinking, how can this be? I have lost almost 200 aircraft and many airport facilities lay in ruins. Victory conditions were for me to destroy 150 enemy aircraft, no conditions were set for the status of my own forces. This scenario is probably what the Taiwanese leaders wake up in a sweat over on a regular basis. While I destroyed 150 aircraft, the Chinese gutted my Air Force and the future is very much in doubt for the brave island..
On to the next scenario of the series... Invasion!!