Razzmann wrote:Alternative WW2 timeline (did not end in 1945 or something like that). Calling it now.
I think that's the worst possible option. Luft '46 Wank Germany up against what was actually achievable in '46 everyone else. It's not even an original concept, you're hard pressed now to find a game that doesn't involve the Germans putting something into service that they simply didn't have the time or expertise to get working.
Honestly, the best thing to do to my mind is set the game in the Summer of '44 to the early Spring of '45. A nice, tight time period which includes most of everyone's favourite units while not necessitating the inclusion of loads of crap stuff and allowing a small realistic prototype window for Germany and Japan to pull things from. In terms of history covered you've got the rather unoriginal Normandy>Market Garden>Bulge stuff but that time period also gives you Bagration, the Liberation of Yugoslavia, Spring Awakening (the Lake Balaton offensive), the end of Imphal and Kohima to Meiktila and Mandalay, the start of the Phillipines campaign to encompass the Japanese armoured units, Operation Dragoon, some serious fighting in Italy and, I'm sure, a huge amount of goings on in China which I've never heard anything about but are more important than half the stuff I just listed.