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To be fair, in addition to the Reserve Armies and the built Armies the Soviets will also receive Armies created from the conversion of Corps to Armies.
My gripe isn't with the number of Soviet Armies, but rather with their quality. In particular that the Reserve Armies are only 39 tech. I personally would rather see them all come on with 41 Tech. I suppose this might be unfair to an Axis player who invades Russia in 1940, but how often is that really going to happen? I think it would be better to get things right for the 1941 invasion that happens in most games, than for the 1940 invasion that almost never happens or the 42 invasion that seldom happens.
After few games with 1.00.141, and defeats , my opinion is:
UK & USA are well balanced (The Battle of Atlantic, if well played by the Allies, is closed to perfection).
My only issue is Shore Bombardment that is too powerful in helping the Allies during Italy conquest.
France is well balanced
Italy is perhaps a little overrated but that's ok.
Germany is ok.
Russia is clearly not powerful enough. I think I understand now the 30% experience because it obliges the Russian to fight. I think a lot of people forgot the run-away strategy from the early days of the game. The 30% experience is just for this.
Yes the corps to army conversion is there but how many corps do you really save in 1941? In particular, when Germans launch Barbarossa in April 1941 (Still don't understand how people do the build up so quickly).
Russia needs to throw armies after armies to slow down the Germans. I don't care if the reserve armies are Assault 1939.
“Quantity has a Quality All Its Own”. And, that's why more reserve armies for the Russian can be a solution. I don't ask for 50, I just ask for 5 more.
A solution to build a two line defense in front of Leningrad, Moscow or Voronezh now that you don't lose entrenchment with swapping. But not everywhere of course so that the Germans can still do plenty of damage in 1942.
My favorite tactic (may be a bad one) is to send a fresh 30% experience Assault 1939 infantry army on the frontline. Just for the losses, and just for gaining experience. Only way to gain experience by the way.
The right feeling for Barbarossa, and Case Blue, is the German guy super happy to have destroy 4 armies the last turn just to find 4 new armies in front of him. In 1941, with the infantry corps, I have this feeling of “Quantity has a Quality All Its Own”.
In 1942, once you have merged the few corps remaining, and build around 10 new infantry armies, I don't have anymore this feeling. Once Germans armor breaks your front, there is nothing behind to stop them to encircle and then this is game over.
You don't give me quality fair enough. Give me quantity then.
< Message edited by ncc1701e -- 11/27/2021 6:34:12 PM >
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