@CWO-Marc said in G40 Redesign (currently taking suggestions):
@Patchman123 said in G40 Redesign (currently taking suggestions):
How about making separate blue molds for France, instead of say, using Soviet Union (Russian) pieces painted blue? The regular color for A&A G40 for France? I think that it’s rather silly that ANZAC has its own molds and everyone else has updated sculpts, but not France. France gets knocked out, but later on, after liberation, she becomes a pain in the neck to Germany and Italy.
When the 2nd edition of Europe 1940 / Pacific 1940 came out, I was happy about the various new sculpts they included (including the full distinct ANZAC sculpt set) and disappointed that France’s non-infantry units continued to be blue versions of the Soviet set…but I guess that the single positive aspect of France being short-changed in both the 1st and 2nd editions is that it creates room for a nice sculpt upgrade in a hypothetical future 3rd edition: a full distinct French sculpt set. France is the last player nation left in Global 1940 which has such a large deficit of nationally-distinct OOB sculpts, and it would be nice for that gap to be filled. Global 1940 2nd edition has three minor gaps involving other nations, and it would be nice for them to be filled too in a future 3rd edition, but for the moment the 1941 game provides the means to do so: it has a distinct British naval transport, a distinct Soviet aircraft carrier, and it has an American P-40 Warhawk fighter which can serve as China’s Flying Tiger unit. An interesting question would be what kind of significant sculpt upgrade in a hypothetical Pacific 1940 3rd edition could be provided to balance the significant sculpt upgrade which a full French set would be in a hypothetical Europe 1940 3rd edition? I can’t think of any obvious single major upgrade, but perhaps several small ones would do just as well – for example, filling the minor gaps I’ve already mentioned, plus giving China a distinct artillery piece, plus perhaps reviving the concepts from the original Pacific game to give the US a distinctly-coloured Marine unit.
What about maybe replacing the anachronistic Panzer V Panther with the Panzer IV tank? As everyone well knows, the Panzer IV was the standard German tank in 1940 and I don’t know what Wizards of the Coast was thinking having a Panther in 1940, when it didn’t come out until 1943? The reason for the Panther’s existence (i.e. the invasion of the Soviet Union) was because of the Soviet T-34 tank and the Germans’ experiences encountering said Soviet tank in the Panzer III and Panzer IV tanks.
Of course, for 1940, the gun with the longer barrel will not be necessary for the Panzer IV because that innovation did not come out until well after the invasion of the Soviet Union and the Germans’ encounters with the T-34 battle tank.
What about a Panzer IV sculpt for Germany’s armor piece? I think that a Panzer IV for Germany’s nation-specific armor piece in Global 1940 would make more sense than the current and anachronistic Panzer V Panther and including the Panzer IV would more than do the game justice and I’d like to play it.
How about a heavy tanks upgrade for all players, except, of course, China? These will cost more than the standard medium tanks and Germany will get a Panzer VI Tiger, Panzer V Panther, and Panzer VII King Tiger for heavy tanks, the United States, the M-26 Pershing (or a M4E8 Sherman mega tank) for the United States, A34 Comet for the United Kingdom, KV-1 tank for the Soviet Union, ANZAC will get the AC1 Sentinel as its heavy tank piece, France will get the Char B1, Japan will get the O-I heavy tank for its heavy tank piece, Italy will get the P26/P40 heavy tank. This P40 is, of course, not to be confused with the American fighter plane of the same designation.