The basic/traditional AAE Sea Lion (from what I understand) was based on saving your 12 discretionary IPCs, your first turn 40 and then on 2nd turn building a huge fleet with 92 IPCs. I’ve never used the traditional Sea Lion strat which as far as I know used the 92 IPCs to build a lot of transports and give some cover in the form of a few destroyers.
I’ve been toying around with an alternative Sea Lion for quite some time and finally decided to put it to the test. It really isn’t a solid strategy yet, but loosely hinges on the following Allied weaknesses:
1)The Allies are 3 in number. Each of them gets a bomber and 1 or 2 fighters. This number might be different if they use their discretionary IPCs to build a fighter, but for the most part, the largest air attack you might see is from the UK 1 bomber and 2 fighters.
2)The UK can be economically ruined by controlling the convoys.
3)A transport force in the Atlantic can threaten Canada, the US, and the UK all at once. If Canada is taken by Germany and not quickly retaken it can be a serious geographic and economic blow to the Allies. If the US or UK are taken then the game is more or less over. The Allies might have another transport fleet that can retake whatever Germany takes but you will have a fleet of your own and other things you can do to make sure that the waters are vacant of Allied transports.
4)The best thing for the Allies is for Russia (with it’s 30+ infantry–and about 8 more each turn if need be) to go on the defense and for the US/UK to use their wealth to cross the uncontested Atlantic and land in Germany. And so to make Russia take the defensive and the US/UK the offensive is unpredictable, advantageous, and FUN.
5)Battleships can be used to survive minor attacks and take free hits. Aircraft carriers can turn fighters (of which you have 6) into naval units.
So instead of buying a bunch of transports and a few destroyers with my $92, I bought 2 battleships, 1 aircraft carrier, and 3 transports. Luckily my opponent let my northern transport survive and so it met up with my fleet in the Danish Sea for a grand total of 2BB, 1AC, 4 Trn.
On UK’s 2 turn it wisely bought 11 infantry. Right now it is my third turn as Germany. My Italian fleet is on the verge of taking the Middle East, Russia is stacking mostly infanty for an attack into Poland, and I have a large force poised to strike through the Ukraine and break into the Russian flank. And while the US does have 4 destroyers, a sub, and a transport in the water, I can eliminate about half of that force this turn if I really want to. It would probably cost me my two subs in the counterattack but would cripple the US’s naval power for a third turn in a row.
I believe that my success so far has been (to an extent) due to my opponent’s bad play. It will probably take me a few games against various opponents before I can really know to any degree.
However, I think that the ‘strat’ does capitalize on some weakness that will always be there (loosely outlined above).
Another trick I have lightly considered and was reminded of in some posts I just read was to use bombers to cripple UK/USSR. The UK can be reduced the 9 IPCs for at least one turn and numbers close to that for 2 or 3 subsequent turns. The USSR can be kept at 20 relatively easy by taking it’s convoy (which, in my current game, has been taken by the Barents Sea sub but is going to be retaken by me and will not be regained for a long time) and by punching through or simply taking it’s territories. So I think bombers might be useful (especially with fighter cover) to either cut the defensive power of the UK or the ‘offensive’ power of the USSR.
The only problem I see with this is actually the major problem with the ‘strategy’: resources. If I’m using fighters in the Atlantic, I can’t necessarily use them for strategic bombing raids. Actually, it might not be that difficult to use them against the UK. And my ‘strat’ seems to generate some downtime anyway. On turns where I don’t need all of my fighters to attack, I can use some of them to escort bombers to the UK.
Anyway, this is an alternative to the boring old Stack (which although I’ve never really succeeded at it–only tried it once–I get bored just thinking about it) And so I hope this strategy becomes I viable one.