I spent Close to 3k total for this game,
Mind you I have ever single expansion, All units that you can purchase for this game, All the acrylic markers, tokens etc. I also use the 4x8 map as well.
The game is a investment for sure but in my eyes it is well worth it. Its like comparing checkers to chess when you compare this Axis and Allies 1940.
So what I did first was I printed all the rules and set up charts out as well but didn’t laminate them because I know they will be doing revisions and updates I went to Staples and purchased the clear plastic sheets that you can slide in papers that can be added to a 3 ring binder if need be. ( I simply purchased these metal rings clasped the top and bottom and its very simple to pass it back and forth and each person can keep his own reference sheet) Honestly it cost me maybe 60 bucks as well but I can print out updated rules or set up sheets and just take out the old and slide in the new.
I do agree there needs to be A LOT better proof reading and QC checks on making sure that the rules are very clear and concise as to what you cant and can do but the forum does help out a lot.
I had a complete Global war 1940 game and I made my life a lot less painless by purchasing another game I used two Axis and Allies games and just went on Ebay and sold the second one with just the maps rules and markers but took all the units. YOU WILL NEED it because one game is not enough. I also purchased White units to denote Neutrals.
If you want any help or ideas as to Costal subs or TBD what I did was again I went on Ebay and people are selling old original Axis and Allies games and units and just used those subs to denote both Costal and TBD. Also you will need over 40 Industrial Complex’s I painted the small complex’s Black and left the Large ones White.
for light tanks HBG sells A LOT of different units so you can honestly purchase small tanks from them and Large ones to show " Heavy Armor" I did the same with Medium bombers.
Also the Militia tokens I think I have close to 60 of them since you do use a lot for the Soviet union and other nations and its good to have extra.
If you need any Tips ideas or help in anything please let me know!
to help with the tight fit HBG sells these place markers that you take the small marker and place it in a territory and on the larger Marker you place all the units that normally cant fit in that zone. ( it helps when you are fortifying a city or have a large navy in one spot.)
also get Mountain markers Marine markers and even some ( specialty markers) like 10 or so for SNLF Japanese marines and markers that show when you upgrade a unit that you know that unit is upgraded. Costal guns also
if you need any info or help PM me I don’t mind giving my contact info and talking to anyone who needs helps with rules or set up etc. I am sure their is a lot more I want to say but cant think about what or which direction to go lol