Can you add the Italian Maiale submarines and the British Long Range Desert Group LRDG to the game? I originally proposed a World War II game with Maiale submarines from the Decima MAS flotilla with my hand-drawn map of World War II, but since I found out about Doug Friend’s map, I decided to add my ideas to it. I would like to see the Special Air Service (SAS) in the game, too. I think that Italy should have the Maiale submarines and have a bonus point against any Allied surface warships in the Mediterranean. The Maiale submarines will only be allowed to operate in the Mediterranean and they will have bonus points and warships will not get to roll against them. It will sort of be like the Italian equivalent of the Japanese kamikaze tokens. The Italian player will of course be limited as to how many Maiale submarines that they will get to roll per turn. The Maiale will be any Italian submarine and the infantry aboard the submarine will attack the Allied surface warship in the Med.
I am not sure how to even make it work within the game. I was proposing a game with Maiale submarines against any ANZAC, French or British surface warships in the Mediterranean.
I also propose adding the Ariete Division for Italian elite units and the Folgore Parachute Division as Italian elite units. The Italians also had volunteers from India and the Middle East in their armies. I have a book on Italian elite units of World War II from 1940-1943.
Italy not only had Bersaglieri, they also had the Ariete Division and the Folgore Division. You could add paratroopers to the Italian player.
You could also add torpedo bombers to the Italians. The Italians used the Savoia Marchetti SM. 79 as a torpedo bomber in the Mediterranean. You could also add torpedo bombers to the Germany, United Kingdom, and the Soviet Union. Japan and the United States weren’t the only nations to have torpedo bombers.
I have another suggestion.
You could also add a Bearn class aircraft carrier to France. France’s only aircraft carrier in World War II was the Bearn class aircraft carrier.
The Bearn was out in the Atlantic when France surrendered in 1940. You could add torpedo bombers to the Soviet Union, too. The Soviet Union had torpedo bombers in the Baltic and Black Seas.
You could also add a plastic P-40 painted in China’s paint color to simulate the Flying Tigers. There is so much that you could add there.
See, everyone! It’s not so bad. There’s Historical Board Gaming for that.
If anyone’s interested.
Global War 1936/39 Expansions
I’ve bought all of the country-themed expansions except the one for Turkey, which is currently sold out.
I’ve also purchased many after-market pieces from HBG, FMG (the Italians), and Airfix.
I find that the rules for the G1936 game are clunky and that, while the map is gorgeous, territory distribution doesn’t suit the vision I have for a modified game. I’m trying to figure out how to print an alternative map for that reason.
I think the next expansion HBG offers should be focused on South America, providing pieces for Argentina, Brazil, and Chile. Perhaps something titled “Under the Southern Cross.”
They currently have a South American Expansion in the works but will be released later this year.
I remember speaking with Doug about the next expansions a few weeks back and I think he said " Soviet Super Weapons " " Winter War" ( which will revolve around the Soivet union and Finland ) and " The Battle of Britain"
either way I’m always interested in seeing which work best with others.
For example when " The battle of the Atlantic" comes out I for the life of me can not see Plan Z working hand and hand with the cost of waging a Navel campaign and also making sure you have enough IPP left to keep your army strong and moving along.
So its going to be interesting which I wanna use and such
for example our next game we will be using the 39 set up and in our 36 games we always play with the Spanish Civil war but in 39 I think I will implement the Turkey expansion to off set Spain.
I’m excited to purchase some of the expansions like Turkey, the Netherlands, Croatia, and Winter War but noticed a bunch of them are sold out. I’ve just recently become familiar with Historical Board Gaming’s Website and was wondering if they restock their expansions often. In my experience while waiting on different battle pieces it can take some time for them to replenish their stock. I can be patient but was wondering if they always restock or if certain expansions are no longer available. Thanks for time!
Before you drop the money on an expansion your on the fence about. Download the rules and try it out. With spare pieces or something.
I did that with the fighting railroad expansion. It was not available later when I wanted it, so I just ordered the acrylic tokens and units separately. Love it! We dont use many others yet but we haven’t tried all of them. Netherlands sometimes but British could realy be hamstrung by losing the dutch money for themselves. Let the British player decide. Its 50/50 for our games so far when we try it.
Really hope the expansion in South America works out. We are considering testing a few variations of our own. Mainly to invole the continent that usually gets ignored completely.
Got a buddy with a few different 3d printers and materials. He keeps having issues with cooling times between layers. Printing in quantity helps but not enough. The parts are so small if anyone has a good result in 3d printing units please let me know, what material type and brand you are using. Ours endup being semi melted usually or leaning with the fan. Its more art than machine it seems. Or we need to drop a few thousand on a high end printer making it not worth it.
HBG is live streaming a playtest on Saturday on their Youtube Channel. They said they are going to use all of their expansions in the game for the first time. Tomorrow they are doing WW1 on live stream. Right now they are doing 2025.
I saw several of those expansions in their bins during the play-test weekend. I would recommend contacting Mr. Friend about them. I know for a fact that they have some Croatia and a few Winter War. Didn’t really look into the others.