Hi All - this Forum seems to have gone a little quiet since the weeks of frenzy earlier this year over the Montenegro Gambit. So I thought I would toss out a new question for others to opine upon.
When is it worthwhile to upgrade a unit with elite reinforcements? Sometimes? Always? Never? I find myself usually ignoring this option, since the elite reinforcements cost double, experienced units have to be withdrawn from the line to be upgraded this way and because in my experience, they don't achieve very much. Their superiority over regular 10 strength units does not seem to last past the first combat in which they take casualties. But I suspect I am missing something. Views?
Ideally all the armies should have had 2 types of Units if not 4. 2 are easily moddable i guess.
Your starting infantry esp for the British and Germans should be elite level, British at 12, Germans at 11 (all units) and they should have the usual attack/defense values. French units need to be elite but at strength 10.
All other units should be reservists (any purchased units or mobilised ones including those mobilised in August and September 1914; re-purchases of dead elite units be an exception); so basically you cannot buy elites, only keep and use them judiciously.
They are the only spearheads you have for attacks, use them for attacks and attack only places where you have plenty of them for multiple attacks thus limiting advances.
Reserve units need to have 1 attack less but equal defense and maybe 10% less morale/readiness.
The Austrian, Italians, Turks, Minors shouldn't have any elite units at all. Russians need to have 2/3 units maybe the Guards, Guard reserves and that's it, rest all reservists. Austria similarly should have 1/2 elite units at 11 and rest all reservists.
Another thing, cavalry shouldn't be buildable, only what is present and it should all start elite (strength 11, cavalry pre WW1 was a prestigious aristocratic thing) except Russian Cossack cavalry which should start reserve (less 1 attack thing).
This will make the game more historical.
The elite units represent pre war training, also special units like Guards, Alpen Korps, Arditi etc.