I’ve been collecting seaplanes over the last 6 months for use in Global 40. I only have to get some for the US now. I had ordered some from Shapeways but when they arrived they were too small (smaller than a regular fighter) so I’m looking at other options.
I’ve also been trying to gather information about how to use seaplanes. HBG has their stats listed at Attack-2, Defence-2, Movement-5 to 8 depending on which unit, and Cost-8 or 9. They can attack subs without a destroyer. Like all weapons in the war, the different planes were not created equal so their stats are different. I would want to have uniform stats for them though in keeping with spirit of the A&A game of all units being equal between the nations for purposes of playability.
A Seaplane Base would increase movement by 1. Planes would actually end their movement on the land (coast) and would have the ability to scramble (with a seaplane base) the same as a fighter/tac does with an airbase.
My search for how to use them has been limited due to the lack of information out there. It looks like they were used mostly for long-range patrol of the waters and for hunting subs. Their armaments included machine guns and torpedoes. Since you can see every unit on the board there is no need to use them to search for boats.
What I’m thinking is A-2, D-2, M-5, C-9. They can only target ships. They do not fight on land. Since their main function was to hunt subs, they would spot subs for other ships like a destroyer does. Due to their limited use in the war I will only have 2 of each unit available to each nation on the board at any one time. All nations (excluding France and China) will place one Seaplane and one Seaplane Base on the board before the game begins. Seaplanes can land on any friendly coastal territory they want but must be placed at their own Seaplane Base to enter the game. Seaplane Bases would cost 10 and would work exactly like an Airbase for purposes of scrambling Seaplanes, increasing movement, and damage done to them. Like Airbases, I wouldn’t expect very many Seaplane Bases to be purchased since each nation already has one.
I’m looking for input on this before I introduce them into my game.
What stats would you use?
What should happen if a territory containing a Seaplane is attacked by land? Would it take part in the defence? Could it escape to a friendly territory instead of just sitting there and watching the other units fight?
Should it be a naval unit as I have suggested or should it be used on land as well?