One of the things I edited was lowering the hard attack of most infantry types massively so that tanks require dedicated countermeasures. Made winning against Germany much more interesting.
i edited misc.txt file, and removed the "armor weakness in urban combat" thing. that means that tanks still receive penalty, but not ridiculous levels of it. since its not just for armor and it refers to the softness of a unit, it solved the problem long ago.
i do however like mechas, if only because they can actually keep up and last longer in a fight than motorized, as well as move better than motorized over harsh terrain.
Militia should have 0HA, though Panzerfaust/bazookas could become an attachment available as a midwar artillery tech
Infantry should get lower HA
Mech should get enough toughness and SA to wreck militia on most terrains, or at least force a devastating kill ratio against them.
I for one would suggest to use Mec with Arm brigades to get a cheaper and more versatile tank division. this unit could be more effective overall since it can also fight in rougher terrain and urban areas. this can be useful for the US since they can research Armored Divs later and have the IC and manpower to build large Mec formations.
Guys, did you take the HARD vs SOFT bonus into account? IIRC every soft unit gets higher ORG damage when fighting with HARD units.
Anyway, armour doesn't have to be (or even shouldn't be) more cost-effective ICdays-wise than infantry in standard fighting, but at least its nominal power should be much greater. That would make tanks more crucial during breakthroughs.
MECH vs CAV balance doesn't look right. It seems that it's rather pointless to build MECHs...
Anyway, the discussion is rather moot because 1.03 will change combat balance, anyway.
For me the only purpose for MEC is to mark the line between "ordinary and "elite" units.
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This doesn't make sense. MECHs are still infantry, they are just heavily supported by various lightly armoured vehicles. It should be changed ASAP IMO.
I have a feeling the dev response will be, "It's fixed in 1.03".
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