Axis & Allies 1941 Preview: Unit Details and Abilities

| June 8, 2012 | 24 Comments

In this preview of Axis & Allies 1941 we examine the details around the units of the game: high resolution photos, the sculpt types, units stats, and special abilities.

The initial details from April revealed that Axis & Allies 1941 would include 160 pieces with 16 new sculpts, never seen before in previous versions of Axis & Allies. Except for the infantry units, pictured above, all of the Allies share the same unit sculpts and all of the Axis share the same sculpts.

As previously reported, each country includes the following pieces: 8 infantry, 5 tanks, 4 fighters, 2 bombers, 4 transports, 3 submarines, 2 destroyers, 2 air craft carriers, and 2 battleships. Units absent from this version are: anti-aircraft, industrial complexes (they are printed on the map), artillery, mechanized infantry, tactical bombers, and anything else not seen here.

 

The following is the current best guess of each of the types of units included in the game. If you have possible corrections based on the photos, please respond in the comments.

Allied Tank: USSR IS-2
Allied Fighter: US P-40 Warhawk
Allied Bomber: UK Lancaster
Allied Transport: UK Tower Hill
Allied Sub: US Gato or  maybe UK T Class
Allied Destroyer: US Sumner Class
Allied Carrier: Ark Royal
Allied Battleship: UK Hood

Axis Tank: German Tiger
Axis Fighter: German FW-190
Axis Bomber: German He-111
Axis Transport: Japanese Hakusan Maru
Axis Sub: German Type VII
Axis Destroyer: Japan Akitsuki
Axis Carrier: Japan Akagi
Axis Battleship: Japan Kongo

Likely due to the scaled back and introductory nature of Axis & Allies 1941, unit prices have changed in this edition. Most of the attack and defense stats remain consistent with previous editions of Axis & Allies. The special abilities are also nearly the same except bombers, which do not have the strategic bombing ability, and battleships, which do not have bombardment.

Unit Stats

Infantry. Cost: 3, Attack: 1, Defense: 2, Move: 1. No special abilities.

Tank. Cost: 6, Attack: 3, Defense: 3, Move: 2. Special abilities: blitz.

Fighter. Cost: 10, Attack: 3, Defense: 4, Move: 4. Special abilities: land on aircraft carriers.

Bomber: Cost: 12, Attack: 4, Defense: 1, Move: 6. No special abilities.

Submarine: Cost: 6, Attack: 2, Defense: 1, Move: 2.

Special abilities:

  • Surprise attack
  • Submersible
  • Treat hostile sea zones as friendly
  • Does not block enemy movement
  • Cannot hit air units
  • Cannot be hit by air units

Transport. Cost: 7, Attack: –, Defense: –, Move: 2.

Special abilities:

  • No combat value
  • Does not block enemy movement
  • Chosen last
  • Carry land units

Destroyer. Cost: 8, Attack: 2, Defense: 2, Move: 2. Special abilities: Anti-submarine

Aircraft Carrier. Cost: 12, Attack: 1, Defense: 2, Move: 2. Special abilities: Carry fighters, Fighter defense.

Battleship. Cost: 16, Attack: 4, Defense: 4, Move: 2. Special abilities: Two hits to destroy.

More About Axis & Allies 1941

Update (June 8, 2012): Added UK T Class as a possible alternative as the Allied sub.

Update (June 11, 2012): Added the More About Axis & Allies 1941 section.

 

 

 

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  1. Axis & Allies 1941 Preview: Rules Differences | Axis & Allies .org | June 15, 2012
  1. asc says:

    Battleship has two hitpoints. Do they recharge after every battle or is there some kind of port rule as in Global?

  2. David Jensen says:

    They recharge after each battle. Remember the key to this game is simplicity.

  3. asc says:

    Wow then Battleships have become real cheap!

  4. C_Strabala says:

    No offshore bombardment?

  5. Variable says:

    I’ve been looking at the Allied sub. I really don’t think that’s a Gato class. The large bow, shape and position of the sail, and the position and platform of the deck gun suggest it’s a UK sub. Possibly a T class. Also, isn’t the Axis sub sculpt the same as the old Japanese one?

  6. David Jensen says:

    Correct. I thought I mention that in the article. 🙂

  7. David Jensen says:

    Okay, I’ll update the article with the possibility that it is UK T Class.

  8. Fan of Japan says:

    So they’ve lowered the cost of the naval ships, but kept land units the same…needless to say it will be interesting to see Russia defend itself with 2 infantry per turn…

  9. C_Strabala says:

    David, Would you mind if I upload these images on to the A&A ’41 page on bgg?

  10. sgtwiltan says:

    The allied sub does look to be a UK T class.
    http://www.flankers-site.co.uk/model_submarines.html
    Look at the HMS Triton.

    So I’ve Updated the parts list
    Allied Tank: USSR IS-2
    Allied Fighter: US P-40 Warhawk
    Allied Bomber: UK Lancaster
    Allied Transport: UK Tower Hill
    Allied Sub: UK T Class
    Allied Destroyer: US Sumner Class
    Allied Carrier: UK Ark Royal
    Allied Battleship: UK Hood

    Axis Tank: German Tiger
    Axis Fighter: German FW-190
    Axis Bomber: German He-111
    Axis Transport: Japan Hakusan Maru
    Axis Sub: German Type VII
    Axis Destroyer: Japan Akitsuki
    Axis Carrier: Japan Akagi
    Axis Battleship: Japan Kongo

    I’ll be using old 1942 pieces for this game and adding the pieces from this to my Global parts with some custom rulesets for guards and SS for the tanks.

    With all the different types of A&A games I have I could even flesh out a naval only battle with the pieces from other sets with some mods even to the original game pieces. The original Battleships were North Carolina Class, I believe with an Enterprise Carrier.

    I first played this as a young Marine in 1988 and have been hooked on every A&A version so I have every imaginable piece except the F4Fs from Guadalcanal (the only one I don’t Have).

  11. David Jensen says:

    Please do not upload these photos to BGG. They have no means to provide attribution to the author and since I take pride in my photography, I would like attribution.

  12. C_Strabala says:

    Not a problem! Just thought I’d ask…

  13. HolKann says:

    What does the “fighter defense” mean next to the AC? Simply that transported fighters will help defend the AC?

  14. David Jensen says:

    HolKann, yes, that is correct.

  15. Scott Nixon says:

    I think the Allied aircraft carrier looks more like the UK Illustrious class than the Ark Royal. Just my 2 cents.

  16. Yavid says:

    can’t be Illustrious class. If it was then it wouldn’t be a new scrupts. I’m thinking it’s a Yorktown Class

  17. Scott Nixon says:

    I thought it could be that at first, but the stack seems too far back, and I don’t see the big turrets on the opposite side of the forecastle in any of the Yorktown class pictures I’ve found. Unless I’m just over-thinking it and the game pieces aren’t meant to exactly match the prototype?

  18. Scott Nixon says:

    Just to clarify what I mean: the stack on the game piece seems too far back for it to be a Yorktown class, and the game piece has bumps on the opposite side of the forecastle which I am assuming represent large gun turrets, and which I don’t see on Yorktown class pictures.

  19. Scott Nixon says:

    I think we have a winner for the aircraft carrier game piece: someone in the forum has identified it as the cancelled Soviet Kostromitinov design. When I looked up a diagram of that ship, it looks like a match to me.

  20. robson says:

    Hi Djensen,

    I was wondering if there is a definite release date?
    And do you know if the game is sold worldwide at this date?

    Greets Rob

  21. David Jensen says:

    The release date should be June 17 but I’ve also seen the release listed as the same date as 1942 2nd Edition, July 19. I think the former date is more likely.

    If you can order from Amazon, then I’m should you can order the game. Shipping might be pricey.

  22. Scott Nixon says:

    Krieghund has posted what all the pieces are over on the Harris Game Design website/forum, and they are:

    Allied tank – IS-2 (USSR)
    Allied fighter – P-40 Warhawk (USA)
    Allied bomber – Lancaster (UK)
    Allied battleship – Admiral class (Hood) (UK)
    Allied carrier – Kostromitinova class (USSR)
    Allied destroyer – Sumner class (USA)
    Allied sub – U class (UK)
    Allied transport – Fort class (UK)

    Axis tank – Tiger I (Germany)
    Axis fighter – Fw-190 (Germany)
    Axis bomber – He-111 (Germany)
    Axis battleship – Kongo class (Japan)
    Axis carrier – Akagi class (Japan)
    Axis destroyer – Akitzuki class (Japan)
    Axis sub – Kaichu type (Japan)
    Axis transport – Yamazuki Maru (Japan)

  23. Ed says:

    What scale size are the ships for Axis and Allies 1941 and Europe 1940?

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