From: Chicago, Illinois
I bet I found it.
My screen cut off the # in Rifle squad on the first shot, but that particular Rifle Squad had a pool on T-54 of exactly 2000. On T-55, it had a pool of 60,541!
Now, we only built 3,500 of the new Rifle Squads....supposedly. But if I click on that and look at the Commander's Report, we have 64,000 of those squads now. Building 64,000 of those would cost about 448,000 Armament points. That would explain it.
I would like Helpless's take, but I a bet I am right.
So, all Soviet players can expect a huge Armament drain when the Rifle Squads upgrade. If that's WAD, I'll move on. It probably isn't, but games can probably stay balanced anyway. It just is a quirk.
In my game, there are another 40,000 squads that still need to be converted; that will be another 280,000 in the next few turns, with a total expenditure of approx. 700,000 on re-equipping Rifle Squads
The Germans, BTW, have the same problem, just in early 1943; every Wehrmacht Infantry, Mot INf, and Panzer Gren squad upgrades. On 30,000+ squads, that's at least 270,000, call it 300,000 in expenditure. Maybe that's one reason the Wehrmacht struggles with armaments in the late game.
On top of that, the 1/42 changeover in Romanian Rifle squads is another 8,500 to change, or approx 60,000 Armament points. Not a huge hole, but this also explains why the Romanian Armament pool is always at Zero. I just checked my game vs. B-G, it's mid-1942, and only 20% of the Romanian Squads have upgraded to the new '42 squad. The rest are still converting, and it takes awhile.
< Message edited by Q-Ball -- 2/3/2012 5:27:02 AM >