Why do you guys put factories on Asia? Seems like a waste to me. Japan only has enough income to buy 8 units for transporting anyway (can increase to tanks and inf later with more income).
If you spend 15 on IC, then you put 3 units there a turn, but you aren’t using Japan IC fully because money shortage. You gain no movement either (except through China corridor, which will be almost defenseless in a turn or two). You can drop from Japan to Buryatia which is just as close to Russia as any mainland IC. why waste 15 IPCs? I also build no ships until I see US pacific fleet amassed (which rarely happens). Since you took out Hawaii fleet (doesn’t matter what you lost as long as their’s is gone), they are not within reach for 2 turns. Only build boats in response to US massing.
I have made India IC though as income increases and you can’t spend all your money at Japan IC. This allows for pressure on Caucus at same time as northern pressure. Then I just mass at Yakut and India until I have enough to hit either Russia IC.
I think your reasoning applies very well to Revised…but I’m not so sure about this game. It may well be that transport tactics that work well in Revised will apply here (for instance I think popular Germany tactics like the Lurch are still applicable here), but there are a couple problems…
It’s hard to buy transports if UK is applying pressure. If UK has a bomber, sub and possibly a fig in range of 62, Japan can’t drop any new transports w/o keeping a bb and a loaded carrier in 62 or buying some surface navy. Going with a factory (or 2) on J1 allows Japan to go after the Allied navies without having to worry about protecting convoys. The alternative is staying in 62 and going after Pearl with air/subs only…I’m not crazy about that option but it is an option.
The one area where factories are superior to transports in terms of mobility is being able to drop 3 tanks at a time that are already situated on the mainland. My impression so far is that tank heavy strategies are more tempting for Axis since Germany is frequently defeated quickly in Africa…giving Allies the advantage in the long game. Meanwhile, it takes longer for the Allies to set up an Atlantic shuck than in Revised…so Russia is more vulnerable to being tag-teamed by the Axis.