Tank Purchases R.I.P.


  • TripleA

    _My tank was a unit that was strong and fast
    it loved threatening all with such joy and pride
    that it lit up every time we were together.

    There was never a time that I could not attack with it.
    Some of you may not have known my tank the way that I did,
    but for those who did not get to see this side of him
    missed out on knowing a great unit.

    A unit that made sure that its power was taken care of
    even if it meant it had to sacrifice itself.*_

    *i ripped this of eulogyspeech.net and replaced the words father with tank, man with unit, he with it, talk with attack, family with power, kind and generous with strong and fast. i also added the words threatening


  • TripleA

    in the past tanks were purchased at a good ratio with other units. no one could win a high level game with one power only buying tanks, but in moderation they were a good buy for germany, russia, and japan(and even a couple a turn with the uk).

    now that tanks cost 6ipc and mechanized infantry have been introduced at 4ipc, tanks are a bad purchase.

    no tanks are ever purchased in pac40 because china is not allowed to, uk is too poor and island hopping nature of usa, anzac and japan.

    some people are envisioning euro40 with tanks blitzing between berlin and moscow, and over the african continent. but i dont think it will happen, especially not with purchased tanks.


  • TripleA

    @Slow:

    But tanks can BLITZ……tanks rule

    in the game everyone trades dead zones between berlin and moscow so there is always one or two infantry on the border territories making blitzing impossible. moving two spaces is very important, but a mechanized infantry can move two spaces to the front lines just like a tank can.

    @Slow:

    But tanks have great defence……tanks rule

    2tanks cost the same as 3mech. despite both having 6 defensive pips the first round of battle the mech provide a much better defence.

    for example

    2 tanks attack 2 tanks. defender wins 41.5% of the battles
    2 tanks attack 3 mech. defender wins 66% of the battles

    @Slow:

    But tanks have great offence……tanks rule

    even on offence mech can be better than tank if there is air involved in the attack which is usually the case.

    for example

    2 tanks, 1fighter, 1 tac bomber attack 5 infantry. attacker wins 54% of the battles most commonly with 1 unit remaining
    3 mech, 1fighter, 1 tac bomber attack 5 infantry. attacker wins 62% of the battles most commonly with 1.5 units remaining

    @Slow:

    But these are just statistics, they bear no resemblence to the game

    i understand that these are just scenarios but they show how the game mechanics work.
    i also understand that tanks are useful units and the ones that start on the board are very useful.

    i am sure that there will be some rare scenarios that tank purchases will be the best purchase possible. however for most games…

    the cost benefit of tanks is not favourable when compared to infantry, mechanized inftantry, and air units.



  • @allweneedislove:

    2 tanks attack 2 tanks. defender wins 41.5% of the battles

    How do you figure that? In an even battle, the defender usually wins.


  • TripleA

    @The:

    @allweneedislove:

    2 tanks attack 2 tanks. defender wins 41.5% of the battles

    How do you figure that? In an even battle, the defender usually wins.

    tanks attack and defend at a 3 or less. so it is an even battle. 41.5% for attacker, 41.5% for defender, and 17% tie


  • '10

    Nice results if mathematicians go to war. Very nice… 😛

    Can’t imagine a game without tanks purchases.

    Have it your way…


  • 2018 '16 '13 '12

    It’s not that simple. The game can’t be boiled down to math.

    For example: Tanks can threaten to blitz, which means that you opponent must spread out his forces in unoccupied territories to prevent a blitz. Tanks are very effective in the late game P40 when polishing off china for this reason. Effective in a way that mechs aren’t.

    Tanks also combine with tacs to raise tac’s offenensive rolls to 4 rather than 3, so re-do your scenario with 2 tanks 2 tacs and 5 infantry versus 3 mech 2 tacs and 5 infantry.

    also why not try 3 mech attack 3 infantry versus 2 tanks attack 3 infantry.

    I won’t go through every example for you. Instead, I propose we play a forum game of europe 40 where you promise never to buy tanks and see if you can win the game.



  • @Canuck12:

    The game can’t be boiled down to math.

    I think “we” are thinking this out too much. Just enjoy the gaming experience.  :lol:


  • 2017 '16 '15 Organizer '14 Customizer '13 '12 '11 '10

    Problems with this analysis:

    Mech infantry are not to be considered, the tank argument refers to problems since AAR and AA50 and AA42 as well as original AAE.

    Secondly, Germany out produces Russia typically in games and also starts with more material in range of her vitals.

    Thirdly, Nobody is saying “just buy tanks”, rather the idea is to buy mostly tanks, backed up with infantry as soakers. Typically this might be twice as many tanks as infantry.

    Fourth, These are hit and run tactics with the purpose of killing defenders and exchanging only attacking infantry ( fodder). Attacker then backs out when they got the better in the exchange.

    Fifth, the constant weakening of chosen points and adding the increasing difference in material produced and the inability for Russia to take back lost areas ( because battle sims show horrible results of infantry stacks attacking tanks and a few infantry) shows this gradual loss of position.

    Six, the mobility of tanks allows them to pick the battle they want to fight and the infantry cant always get into the position to fight back because of their one space movement.

    The result of this is the typical games in AAR, AAE, AA42, and AA50 where Japan drives tanks and Germany does the same. The axis can’t win by defeating Russia with all infantry buys because infantry attacking is producing terrible results. If Russia just buys infantry it will still lose. It needs other units. Germany and japan cannot win against Russia unless they mostly buy tanks.

    All your information does not take into account either hit and run, greater material advantage, or ability to choose where to attack and not be able to defend every point or be able to counter because the tanks reached another weak point.

    This is why for example even with 3-2-2-5 tanks in AAE, Russia is basically doomed, and tanks just run to take out weak points and Russia cant reach the lost area with too much.

    AAE40 has essentially the same configuration as AAE, and this will favor Germany in mostly tank buys. Russia cant move her infantry in enough strength to fight the tanks and Germany will hit and run with impunity at selected areas and use Infantry as soakers so they they remain whole.



  • @allweneedislove:

    @Slow:

    But tanks can BLITZ……tanks rule

    in the game everyone trades dead zones between berlin and moscow so there is always one or two infantry on the border territories making blitzing impossible. moving two spaces is very important, but a mechanized infantry can move two spaces to the front lines just like a tank can.

    Mech Infantry require a tank to move with in order to move two spaces.


  • '12

    @Seven_Patch:

    @allweneedislove:

    @Slow:

    But tanks can BLITZ……tanks rule

    in the game everyone trades dead zones between berlin and moscow so there is always one or two infantry on the border territories making blitzing impossible. moving two spaces is very important, but a mechanized infantry can move two spaces to the front lines just like a tank can.

    Mech Infantry require a tank to move with in order to move two spaces.

    Ir requires a tank to blitz 2 spaces.  Otherwise it can move 2 on it’s own.



  • I think the great thing about the new rules is it makes the math pretty complex and it is now almost impossible to  keep up with it during a game (will my opponent blitz, will they support their armor with tacs etc.)


  • TripleA

    @Imperious:

    Problems with this analysis:

    Mech infantry are not to be considered, the tank argument refers to problems since AAR and AA50 and AA42 as well as original AAE.

    this is the Axis & Allies Global 1940 forum. my post is about global40 and i have referenced the two games that make up global40.
    my analysis was done solely on this basis.

    do your points 2 through 6 refer to this thread?      if so, i will comment on them. if not, then they are off topic.
    do you still have a problem with my analysis?        remembering that my analysis is for global40

    i enjoy discussing opposing tactics and strategy just want to know we discussing the same topic


  • TripleA

    @marechallannes:

    Nice results if mathematicians go to war. Very nice… 😛

    you sound similar to Slow Guy That Enjoys Disagreeing But Does Not Have a Point. but your line is very funny, i actually did laugh at my computer screen


  • 2017 '16 '15 Organizer '14 Customizer '13 '12 '11 '10

    my analysis is for global40

    Thats fine, count them in. It will make the analysis even worse however because these are 1-2-1-5 units. In combat sims they are terrible because of the increased cost. Especially as the defender.

    no one could win a high level game with one power only buying tanks

    Nobody said this. Your argument if it is to prove only this can be proven, however the reality of this tactic is to buy mostly tanks ( spending most of a turns IPC on tanks as opposed to infantry).

    The result of a 5 IPC tank shows that this is a superior strategy, but in AAE40/AAP40 it remains unproven quantity.

    If your “Slow Guy Who Thinks Tanks Rule” comments apply to 6 IPC tanks again nobody is arguing that point. The point is regarding 5 IPC tanks and WHY the tanks went to 6 IPC in the first place IS THE POINT. They went to this cost because of the results of mostly tank buys by Germany and Japan, which were used with great effect against Russia in previous games, while other games were broken because of this tactic ( AAE).

    Also where is the battle sim for AAE40? Where do you get the combat results?  Tanks provide bonus to other units ( tactical bombers). In battles using one group of mostly infantry and a few other units defending vs. another group of mostly tanks and other units in hit and run battles where the combat loses demonstrate loses only to infantry, the defender will lose more everytime. I don’t need a sim to show that because its true just using low luck.


  • TripleA

    @Canuck12:

    It’s not that simple. The game can’t be boiled down to math.

    thats almost the same line that i made up for Slow Guy That Enjoys Disagreeing But Does Not Have a Point.
    i understand that these are just scenarios but they show how the game mechanics work.

    @Canuck12:

    For example: Tanks can threaten to blitz, which means that you opponent must spread out his forces in unoccupied territories to prevent a blitz.

    lets consider 4 scenarios
    1. opponent has units on border territories
    2. opponent has units 2 territories deep
    3. opponent has units 3 territories deep
    4. opponent has more than 3 territories with no units

    1. tanks dont have blitz oppurtunity. mechs are better purchase
    2. tanks can blitz and get to opponents units, but it is only the expensive tanks and  no cheap infantry to soak up hits. bad move
    3. tanks can blitz but then they are open to counter attack with only expensive tanks and no cheap infantry to soak up hits. bad move
    4. you probably forgot to setup the game

    @Canuck12:

    Tanks also combine with tacs to raise tac’s offenensive rolls to 4 rather than 3, so re-do your scenario with 2 tanks 2 tacs and 5 infantry versus 3 mech 2 tacs and 5 infantry.

    this is a function of tacs, and tacs can also be raised by fighters. i also think tacs are not as good a purchase as fighters and bombers but i will leave that for another thread. the most effective tactic is cheap units supported by air units. i believe the idea of buying tacs and tanks is inferior to buying cheaper ground units and fighters(or bombers)
    but here is the results of using two tacs

    2 tanks, 2 tac bomber attack 5 infantry. attacker wins 60% of the battles most commonly with 1.2 unit remaining
    3 mech, 2 fighters attack 5 infantry. attacker wins 62% of the battles most commonly with 1.5 units remaining

    tanks are almost as good as the mech but mech can use cheaper fighters for even more effectiveness.

    @Canuck12:

    also why not try 3 mech attack 3 infantry versus 2 tanks attack 3 infantry.

    because if you are buying tanks or mechs to go into attacks unsupported by air, like your example, you are making a big mistake.
    also it makes my argument look bad

    2 tanks attack 3 infantry. attacker wins 28% of battles
    3 mech attack 3 infantry. attacker wins 18% of battles

    @Canuck12:

    I won’t go through every example for you. Instead, I propose we play a forum game of europe 40 where you promise never to buy tanks and see if you can win the game.

    i would love to play a forum game. it is fun to talk about the game, but much more fun to play it. i hope my comments do not read negativly as i dont want to upset anyone, i am here to have fun like everyone else, but sometimes written words read more negative than spoken words.


  • TripleA

    @AA_fourlife:

    @Canuck12:

    The game can’t be boiled down to math.

    I think “we” are thinking this out too much. Just enjoy the gaming experience.  :lol:

    i can be included in the “we” but i enjoy discussing the games and that is all we can do until it is released.


  • TripleA

    @Imperious:

    Problems with this analysis:

    Mech infantry are not to be considered, the tank argument refers to problems since AAR and AA50 and AA42 as well as original AAE.

    since you said in a later post that you are talking about global40 then you are wrong that mech intantry are not to be considered.

    @Imperious:

    Secondly, Germany out produces Russia typically in games and also starts with more material in range of her vitals.

    does this have anything to do with tanks being a good/bad purchase? unless you are inferring that germany can afford to run an inferior strategy because they have more material to start with.

    @Imperious:

    Thirdly, Nobody is saying “just buy tanks”, rather the idea is to buy mostly tanks, backed up with infantry as soakers. Typically this might be twice as many tanks as infantry.

    i am glad no one is saying all tank buys are good. if you are buying tanks with some infantry as soakers then your tanks are waiting for your soaker infantry, you would be much better off buying infantry and artillery.

    @Imperious:

    Fourth, These are hit and run tactics with the purpose of killing defenders and exchanging only attacking infantry ( fodder). Attacker then backs out when they got the better in the exchange.

    same as your third point.

    @Imperious:

    Fifth, the constant weakening of chosen points and adding the increasing difference in material produced and the inability for Russia to take back lost areas ( because battle sims show horrible results of infantry stacks attacking tanks and a few infantry) shows this gradual loss of position.

    i am unsure what you mean here. can you explain this in other wording. (sorry if i am slow)

    @Imperious:

    Six, the mobility of tanks allows them to pick the battle they want to fight and the infantry cant always get into the position to fight back because of their one space movement.

    mech can also move two land spaces. i understand that tanks can blitz, but blitzing is rare and if you want to blitz as a means of trading dead zones then only one tank is needed. chances are you have a tank that you started the game with for those rare occasions. fighters can move 4 spaces(sometimes 5 as industrial complexes and airbases are often in the same territory) this does not show that tanks are a good purchase.

    @Imperious:

    All your information does not take into account either hit and run, greater material advantage, or ability to choose where to attack and not be able to defend every point or be able to counter because the tanks reached another weak point.

    my information does show that tanks are a bad purchase. 4 of your 6 points do not show that tanks are a good purchase the other 2 points are either ambiguous or you need to clarify them.

    tank purchases are dead. did you not read the eulogy?



  • 😮 im sorry were you talking to  me?  😮



  • It really depends on who you use. With Germany, there’s no doubt you’ll still need to buy tanks, because the 3 offensive roll will be invaluable. With the Soviets, you may want a couple around for the same reason if you need to counterattack, although in a small number.

    Anyone else sans US though, indeed, you probably won’t see very many tank purchases anymore due to infantry/artillery being more cost efficient.


  • TripleA

    @Imperious:

    Also where is the battle sim for AAE40? Where do you get the combat results?

    i cant believe you dont have triplea yet. triplea is the best way to play axis and allies games online.
    its free, and made by gamers that love the game. go get it.

    http://triplea.sourceforge.net/mywiki/



  • 2 tanks attack 2 tanks.
    2 tanks attack 3 mech.
    Rolling 2d6:
    (2, 5)  vsRolling 2d6:
    (1, 6)  
    Rolling 2d6:
    (3, 4)  vsRolling 3d6:
    (1, 3, 5)

    2 tanks, 1fighter, 1 tac bomber attack 5 infantry.
    3 mech, 1fighter, 1 tac bomber attack 5 infantry.
    Rolling 2d6:
    (3, 6)  Rolling 1d6:
    (5)  Rolling 1d6:
    (6)  vs.Rolling 5d6:
    (1, 4, 4, 4, 5)  
    Rolling 3d6:
    (1, 2, 6)  Rolling 1d6:
    (5)  Rolling 1d6:
    (2)  vs.Rolling 5d6:
    (2, 4, 5, 5, 5)


  • 2017 '16 '15 Organizer '14 Customizer '13 '12 '11 '10

    Quote from: Imperious Leader on Today at 10:33:38 am
    Problems with this analysis:

    Mech infantry are not to be considered, the tank argument refers to problems since AAR and AA50 and AA42 as well as original AAE.

    since you said in a later post that you are talking about global40 then you are wrong that mech infantry are not to be considered.

    I amended that in a recent post, because the combat sims don’t favor this unit at 1-2-1-5. If you want them in your argument about combat results is harder to prove.

    Quote from: Imperious Leader on Today at 10:33:38 am
    Secondly, Germany out produces Russia typically in games and also starts with more material in range of her vitals.

    does this have anything to do with tanks being a good/bad purchase? unless you are inferring that Germany can afford to run an inferior strategy because they have more material to start with.

    It has everything to do with the concept that at 5 IPC and 3-3-2-5 these were the preferred buy. In fact if your goal was to defeat Russia and you had 40 IPC, your going with a 5 tank, 5 infantry purchase, which shows most of the money going to tanks. To beat Russia this is the type of build you need and not something like 10 infantry and 2 tanks. To win at all the other games you need to spend most of your money on tanks ( AKA “The Tank Glitch”) because the tactic was to hit and run at places in the line where mostly infantry can’t recover and recapture.

    This is why its relevant to discuss why tanks went to 6 IPC, which is the point of this thread.

    Quote from: Imperious Leader on Today at 10:33:38 am
    Thirdly, Nobody is saying “just buy tanks”, rather the idea is to buy mostly tanks, backed up with infantry as soakers. Typically this might be twice as many tanks as infantry.

    i am glad no one is saying all tank buys are good. if you are buying tanks with some infantry as soakers then your tanks are waiting for your soaker infantry, you would be much better off buying infantry and artillery.

    If you play that and have most of your income for land units tied up in infantry and artillery, you can’t beat russia. Dis you do this with Japan when you sent them against Russia? NO, rather you bought mostly tanks. Thats where JTDTM started from.

    Quote from: Imperious Leader on Today at 10:33:38 am
    Fourth, These are hit and run tactics with the purpose of killing defenders and exchanging only attacking infantry ( fodder). Attacker then backs out when they got the better in the exchange.

    same as your third point.

    no not really, point three didn’t have anything to do with hit and run. The run part is important because your running back to where your fighters are defending and making it very hard for the all infantry stacks to recapture because they didn’t buy tanks.

    Quote from: Imperious Leader on Today at 10:33:38 am
    Fifth, the constant weakening of chosen points and adding the increasing difference in material produced and the inability for Russia to take back lost areas ( because battle sims show horrible results of infantry stacks attacking tanks and a few infantry) shows this gradual loss of position.

    i am unsure what you mean here. can you explain this in other wording. (sorry if i am slow)

    You as Russia are faced with like 90% infantry and if your playing them you need to cover many areas with these, but Germany with her tanks can just keep weakening one point in the line and latter capture a point too far away for your infantry to reach ( because they move one space) , in this case you lose your spaces one by one. Japan does this with JTDTM all the time. Russia can’t possibly retake all the areas it loses because it only has infantry and combat sims showing mostly infantry vs tanks causes the infantry to lose as the attacker.

    Quote from: Imperious Leader on Today at 10:33:38 am
    Six, the mobility of tanks allows them to pick the battle they want to fight and the infantry cant always get into the position to fight back because of their one space movement.
    mech can also move two land spaces.

    i understand that tanks can blitz, but blitzing is rare and if you want to blitz as a means of trading dead zones then only one tank is needed. chances are you have a tank that you started the game with for those rare occasions. fighters can move 4 spaces(sometimes 5 as industrial complexes and airbases are often in the same territory) this does not show that tanks are a good purchase.

    Blitzing is the way to get material faster to the front. IN fact twice as fast. Thats why Japan build them mostly as opposed to fighters that also perform well, but not as well as tanks on a cost per unit basis. And if you like fighters then run a combat sim of fighters attacking tanks and see how that goes.

    Quote from: Imperious Leader on Today at 10:33:38 am
    All your information does not take into account either hit and run, greater material advantage, or ability to choose where to attack and not be able to defend every point or be able to counter because the tanks reached another weak point.

    my information does show that tanks are a bad purchase. 4 of your 6 points do not show that tanks are a good purchase the other 2 points are either ambiguous or you need to clarify them.

    I am saying that players needs to buy mostly tanks ( spending most of their turns income on them when buying land units)

    If you got 40 IPC and are trying to take Moscow, the value of the 5 IPC tanks demonstrates that a 5-5 purchase as opposed to a 8-4 will get the job done better in that regard.

    Now that tanks COST 6 IPC, this may not be so. I don’t have the answer to this, but i know certainly that in all the games where tanks cost 5 and were 3-3-2, the game favored mostly tank purchases for land if your playing Germany or Japan and going for Russia.

    I am not talking about other nations and how they can counter, but only the strategy of Germany and Japan with respect to bringing down Russia.

    tank purchases are dead. did you not read the eulogy?

    At 6 IPC, its possible but the solution needs more play to demonstrate that.

    Japan does have many tactical bombers and it can possibly use them with tanks to perform the same feat against Russia. Russia on the other hand just has infantry… lots of them.


  • 2018 2017 '16 '15 Customizer

    @Imperious:

    Problems with this analysis:

    Mech infantry are not to be considered, the tank argument refers to problems since AAR and AA50 and AA42 as well as original AAE.

    Secondly, Germany out produces Russia typically in games and also starts with more material in range of her vitals.

    Thirdly, Nobody is saying “just buy tanks”, rather the idea is to buy mostly tanks, backed up with infantry as soakers. Typically this might be twice as many tanks as infantry.

    Fourth, These are hit and run tactics with the purpose of killing defenders and exchanging only attacking infantry ( fodder). Attacker then backs out when they got the better in the exchange.

    Fifth, the constant weakening of chosen points and adding the increasing difference in material produced and the inability for Russia to take back lost areas ( because battle sims show horrible results of infantry stacks attacking tanks and a few infantry) shows this gradual loss of position.

    Six, the mobility of tanks allows them to pick the battle they want to fight and the infantry cant always get into the position to fight back because of their one space movement.

    The result of this is the typical games in AAR, AAE, AA42, and AA50 where Japan drives tanks and Germany does the same. The axis can’t win by defeating Russia with all infantry buys because infantry attacking is producing terrible results. If Russia just buys infantry it will still lose. It needs other units. Germany and japan cannot win against Russia unless they mostly buy tanks.

    All your information does not take into account either hit and run, greater material advantage, or ability to choose where to attack and not be able to defend every point or be able to counter because the tanks reached another weak point.

    This is why for example even with 3-2-2-5 tanks in AAE, Russia is basically doomed, and tanks just run to take out weak points and Russia cant reach the lost area with too much.

    AAE40 has essentially the same configuration as AAE, and this will favor Germany in mostly tank buys. Russia cant move her infantry in enough strength to fight the tanks and Germany will hit and run with impunity at selected areas and use Infantry as soakers so they they remain whole.

    I strongly agree with IL here.

    While adding 1 IPC per tank is not at all convenient, a power like Germany will still need to buy tanks in relative bulk… not like they did in AAE or in AA50… but more than just 1 or 2 a turn. With more NOs in this game, the costs can be offset enough to still let tanks be affordable, if not as easily utilized before. Tanks remain indispensible to Germany… IL is right, you cannot beat Russia with inf/mech inf… they are slugs compared to tanks, and mobility will be key more than ever on the massive Eastern front. Mobility is one of the tank’s three strengths… and its most important ability in this game. The ability for tanks to blitz is not limited to strict combat… it allows you a range of options which your opponent must defend against, thereby spreading himself out more.

    Russia cannot buy solely infantry either. While her forces remain predominantly infantry, tanks are a vital supplement for offensive operations for the same reasons they are necessary for Germany… speed (movement) and firepower. Attacking with only infantry is a quick route to thinning your own ranks, worse than what the enemy could do to you himself. Infantry will still be used as fodder, but they will be needed more than ever to protect the tanks you do have.

    The tank is not dead… It’s role has just been augmented and solidified as more than a throwaway piece.



  • Agree 100% with the above


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