mvp7 wrote:Only thing regarding unit availability I just don't get is the complete lack of F-4 phantoms for west germany and UK... and lack of air superiority armaments for US.
I'm not saying there isn't a lot of units available in this game but the F-4 was very common and very important plane at the game's era (more so than many other planes in it), the low availability of it is pretty much the same as if the soviet armory had lacked the entire T-72 line of tanks and the explanation for that would have been "they already have T-55, T-62, T-64 and T-80 series, you can use them"
The model (and weapons used by it) are already in the game so there woudn't be much else to do than couple textures for other users I'd imagine.
edit. They would have especially important role in pre-80 and pre-70 decks.
Let's have a look at the pure numbers:
Airplane Units used in the german Bundeswehr
McDonnell Douglas F-4F „Phantom“ 175
Lockheed F-104G „Starfighter“ 586
Panavia Tornado IDS/RECCE 334
Dassault-Breguet/Dornier „Alpha Jet“ 175
Fiat G.91R/3 „Gina“ 294
So where the is my Fiat "Gina" in the 1975 deck from West germany???
Come on ladys. The Starfighter was used until the end of the cold war and while the Phantom of course was part of the german Bundeswehr it was neither used in highest number nor the only one used until the end of cold war. Where are the MIG-29 the NVA had? STOP crying, noone stole your lollipop.
And there are simple reasons for the phantom not beeing implemented. The developer decided it - as it seems - gameplaywise. West-Germany got some of the best (if not the best) tanks from nato and while counting as a minor nations it got therefor a very strong force at bottom. You can stand against T80's where denmark for example tries to explain their beloved russian friends, that their Leopard 1 are just ingame to be petted and not to harm their cute T80's. And while denmark got the F-16 they have to bomb T-80's with Starfigthers also.
Have you ever imagined that you are not the the whole german (or whichever) army all on your own? In Wargame you are part of the army, of course you are a major part, but you dont own the whole army all by yourself. You got some units and in this case, Phantoms are not part of your contract of employment. These starfighters are just fighting somewhere else if you want to be "west-german only". You can use them if you make a contract with the americans also, but then you will have less units aviable from germany because they're pissed that you dont like what they'd offered you.
This game and the whole deck-creation is about decissions. Yes, the two majors have the best balanced offer for you, but in my humble opinion its more challenging to not have everywhere the best unit. But you can feel free to use "the best of the best", then you'll just have not to much units at all. Or you stick with national decks where you have to decide and use your nations advantages as good as its possible and reduce the drawbacks as much as possible.
You don't got the Phantom. NVA got no Mig-29. Sounds fair to me to be honest. Would you like MIG-29 against your beloved Phantoms? I'm pretty sure you wouldnt. Decissions had to be made and if i look at the pure number it sounds more logical to me to implement the Starfighter instead of the Phantom to the germans airforce. As it seems Eugen intended to give germany just one fighter. I guess the reason was clearly illustrated. If you dont like, dont use national decks, or just use a nato deck with all german and add a Phantom in. Its there. You can use it. Noone will blame you.