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López Javi
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Hi guys,

Maybe it's a stupid question but I would like to know how can I tell the difference between sea units miniatures. I've got no problem with aircraft carriers and submarines, but I have difficulties telling which miniatures are destroyers, cruisers or battleships.

I know there is a chart in the rulebook with silhouettes of every unit, but even with that chart it's difficult and slows down the game.

Hope somebody can help me please!

Thank you in advance!
 
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You could use this image as a "Recognition Guide": https://boardgamegeek.com/image/552678/axis-allies-1942

The destroyers tend to have more blunt or "transom" sterns than the cruisers, except for the Soviet types (where both cruisers and destroyers have transom sterns).

For fun, you might read this recognition guide from WWII: http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USN/ref/ONI/ONI-223/ONI-223....
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Thanks but I don't feel like reading that guide hahaha. But how did you learn to distinguish them anyway? Did you use that guide?
 
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Figure them out and the mark them with a small dab of paint or something. Then you can say red = battle ship, blue = cruiser, etc.
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JLCjavi93 wrote:
Thanks but I don't feel like reading that guide hahaha. But how did you learn to distinguish them anyway? Did you use that guide?


What he means is cruisers have pointy backs.

Also the more expensive the ship the bigger it is.

Play a couple times, it's not rocket science.
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The key is counting the number of crew members. You'll need a magnifying glass and a bosun's pipe (just use this: https://archive.org/details/BoatswainsCalls/AllHands.mp3). The pipe will bring everyone on deck, and then you just count. Do one nationality at a time. Battleships have the biggest crews, then cruisers, then destroyers.

WARNING: You'll only be able to count one ship at a time, because the tiny crew members move too quickly to count all three ships with a single pipe call.
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ChromiumAgeCollector wrote:
Figure them out and the mark them with a small dab of paint or something. Then you can say red = battle ship, blue = cruiser, etc.


That's what I'm going to do. Thank you!
 
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Chlapec wrote:
The key is counting the number of crew members. You'll need a magnifying glass and a bosun's pipe (just use this: https://archive.org/details/BoatswainsCalls/AllHands.mp3). The pipe will bring everyone on deck, and then you just count. Do one nationality at a time. Battleships have the biggest crews, then cruisers, then destroyers.

WARNING: You'll only be able to count one ship at a time, because the tiny crew members move too quickly to count all three ships with a single pipe call.


What's wrong with you? I was only asking a question without making fun of anybody...
 
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JLCjavi93 wrote:
Chlapec wrote:
The key is counting the number of crew members. You'll need a magnifying glass and a bosun's pipe (just use this: https://archive.org/details/BoatswainsCalls/AllHands.mp3). The pipe will bring everyone on deck, and then you just count. Do one nationality at a time. Battleships have the biggest crews, then cruisers, then destroyers.

WARNING: You'll only be able to count one ship at a time, because the tiny crew members move too quickly to count all three ships with a single pipe call.


What's wrong with you? I was only asking a question without making fun of anybody...


... Pretty sure he wasn't making fun of anyone but only attempting to be funny. I at least was amused... *shrug*










Chlapec wrote:
You could use this image as a "Recognition Guide": https://boardgamegeek.com/image/552678/axis-allies-1942


I use something very similar that I found here at the 'Geek some years ago. I even printed out and laminated multiple copies of it, at least one for each player so as to make the game easier for them.
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This is why I much prefer the more generic sculpts in the original 1980s version...less historical "flavour" but much better for playability.
 
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