You do want Jap tanks on the mainland early, but I think it’s best NOT to try to mass early on - the tanks just don’t have enough punching power against a good Russian player to threaten anything worthwhile. Best use infantry plus air support. You want a COUPLE tanks, yes, but best concentrate on infantry early; that’s all the more that will be knocking on Moscow’s door when push comes to shove.
I agree. Just like Germany, you’re going to want those infantry right up against Russia for when it really matters, and so you better start early and keep it coming. With the airforce there I don’t get concerned about not having more tanks (1 here and there keeps you ready). The one draw back is that with less tanks, you can’t do as Hobbes recommends and bring more of your airforce to G which is a significant trade-off.
1. Noticed you moved transport from east of Japan to west of Japan. My preference is to hit Burytia, grabbing an infantry from Wake Island in the process.
Yea, I’d rather hit Bury on J1 too (prevent a build up on SFA). I’ve been cautious with a no destroyer build, because I want to insure that the UK ships on 59 do indeed die, but I think it can still be safely done.
You put an IC up in French Indochina on J2. My generic recommendation is to get 5-6 transports and a second tank in Asia ASAP. Think, a J2 15 IPC investment results in an additional 3 infantry in French Indochina at the placement (end) phase of J3. A J2 14 IPC investment results in an additional 4 infantry at any number of places at the combat phase of J3, with the added bonus that many of those infantry are free, having been pulled off the islands.
The J2 IC is two-fold for me. 1) Build the most pressure on the Asian front as rapidly as possible. This is debatable, but I think youre right that in the short term, I can get more units on the mainland with more transports. 2) I become less vulnerable/set back by a successful ah, what the heck attack on my battleships/transports after all, Im making an aggressive play to keep my sea fleet minimal. I’m also still able to safely grab units off of Born, Phi, and EI to supplement the mainland.