Putting together a 1940 Global board.Â I don’t have French, Italian, Chinese or ANZAC pieces.Â But I do have the units from two classic sets I’ve had for decades.Â Trying to do this as frugally as possible.Â
I can understand the wish to put together your own inexpensive version of Global 1940 using bits and pieces from other games, which I think is a concept that has sufraced on this forum from time to time in the past. (I think of it as the “Han Solo Method”, after Harrison Ford’s line “Maybe I can hotwire this thing” in Return of the Jedi.) Keep in mind, however, that depending on what you’re using as your raw materials, this method may be more trouble than it’s worth, may not necessarily save you much money, will in all likelihood produce a game that will have a patchwork appearance, and may not even produce a game that has everything you need to function.
If you’re putting this game together by combining the Milton Bradley pieces with the 1942/2 game (which I think you said you recently bought), you’ll note that you’re missing both specific countries and specific units because (for example) neither game has pieces for Italy, France, China and ANZAC, and neither game has tac bombers and mechanized infantry. Filling the 1942/2 gaps in equipment for the “Big Five” powers via HBG purchases doesn’t involve too many pieces, but for the other countries the problem becomes much larger because not only does the MB game have far fewer unit types than 1942/2, you’d also have the problem of trying to fill all those gaps with pieces that are colour-compatible with the MB sculpts (which aren’t the same colours as the current A&A sculpts). Perhaps it could be done…but in the long run you might be better off simply getting the actual Global 1940/2 games rather than trying to work around them. Remember the old adage that “the bitterness of the low quality lasts much longer than the sweetness of the low price.”