hi all, been a while.
this first pic is what i had been using, i manually printed things out in one page sections via "print selection" command and pieced them all together, and laminated them with clear packing tape. Ultimately it proved to be a little larger than the default gameboard like I wanted, but still sloppy looking and with some bumps here and there which complicated unit placement due to tipping or sliding:
it was larger enough than the default board that things in europe didn't seem so crowded anymore, but shoddy looking still, and that can wear on the nerves.
So I finally said enough is enough, and took the map pdf file on a jump drive down to minuteman press in London Kentucky and had them blow it up and laminate it....it costed $118
Its 2 foot by 3 foot, and gives us plenty of room for stacks. I got tired of kenny's fat fingers knocking over my german stacks and scattering them across europe...he says my money was wasted because "those damn germans were going across europe anyway I just helped you out is all".
but here it is:
Now its a matter of using felt covered plywood and trim or lever/arms to mount it to a stable and portable surface to a have a gorgeous large size dedicated axis & allies gaming board. since the revised historical map is the best version I've ever seen, i'd like to thank those who made it.
Truly, thank you.
Yet my players can't appreciate the depth and complexity of revised historical, so I'm making a new rules set in MS word just for our group which I'll call "Axis & Allies, revised historical Redneck Edition".
It will essentially be a cross between OOB rules that came with revised, and the best parts of Historical and the anniversary edition (I like how SBR'ing is done in anniversary for example)
So for the next while, I'll be trying to put this together and hope i achieve balance without having to playtest and revise endlessly (i have tripleA with the revised module for most testing, such as alternate set up effects)
The one thing i wanted to do, but im not sure how it will effect flow or balance, is take the revised turn structure and order of play from historical and use it...but I cant really test its effects in tripleA. Anyone familiar with how that changes things, please chime in with details about such.
Things like anniversary SBR, air superiority and victory city infantry spawn from historical, and house rules like CAP and air intercept etc are what I'm looking to incorporate. I have a left over d10 with funky symbols from a star trek game used for target locks that i'm going to possibly incorporate for naval bombardment and antiaircraft guns (rather than inflict casualties by default, this dice will tell you whether your efforts have no effect (proceed as normal), or lend a bonus to attack or defense of landing troops/AA guns)
anyway, I've been prowling through the forums here the last week or so getting houserule ideas for our custom version. If ya'll like when i get it done I'll lay it out for ya.