Now this is a story all about how the Vehicle Yard got flipped, turned upside-down.
I’d like to take a minute, just sit right there, I’ll tell you my idea of Heavy Vehicles in there.
Idea to replace “Light Tank” upgrade of Vehicle Yard with “Heavy Vehicle”.
This upgrade would replace many of the units in the Vehicle Yards with “heavier”, more powerful but altogether not overpowering versions, on the similar vain of the introduction of Light Tanks to the yards.
Why? It offers an excellent ability to introduce more variations of units while keeping them within the “balance” framework of the Light Vehicle Yard’s default unit selection. This will make it easier for players to understand the roles of each unit – they’re just better versions of what they replace and so should be used the same way. It’s a way to introduce more variation without creating duplicate roles – these will altogether replace their predecessors, not be available side-by-side, with access to them being “bought” all at once.
That said, possible replacements:
M16 MGMC > M15 MGMC (Quad .50’s replaced with 40mm Bofors on same chassis; better AA defense but just as vulnerable to attack)
DUKW > LVT-4 (Larger amphibious tracked APC armed with .50 cal MG)
M8 Greyhound > M5 Stuart (Light tank; better armour, flechette rounds)
M8 Scott > M24 Chaffee (Light tank; increased range of 75mm support gun – we don’t have to give it AP ammo. The Chaffee may even be less armoured though)
Sd.Kfz. 250 > Panzer II ausf L “Luchs” (light recce tank; more armour)
Sd.Kfz. 10 > Sd.Kfz. 7 /1 or /2 (Replacing single 20mm with either quad or a 37mm gun; better AA offense, same lightly armoured vulnerability)
Marder > Hetzer (Light tank destroyer; better armoured)
Staghound > 40mm Bofors SP (40mm on 1/2 ton truck; better AA offense, less (no) armour)
Daimler > AEC Mk II (6-pounder; better defense, better offense)
Kangaroo > LVT-4 (same vein as US; Kangaroo replaced with amphibious APC)
BA-64 > BA-64DshK (Same but armed with 12.7mm DshK Heavy Machinegun instead of DP LMG)
GAZ-AAA > GAZ-MM 25mm SPAA (Same or similar truck mounting, but with 25mm anti-aircraft gun; better AA offense)
T-60 > T-70 (or BA-10 ) (Light tank; heavier gun)
SU-76 > Su-122 (Heavier assault gun with 122mm howitzer; IRL Su-122’s operated explicitly in conjunction with Su-76 in combined regiments. Would provide for an altogether heavier and more powerful unit; however as it uses the short-barreled 122mm its actual effectiveness would be more similar to M4 Sherman 105mm or Cromwell 95mm CS)
As you see this would provide every Vehicle Yard with either 3 or 4 upgrades instead of just 1, making it a more worthwhile upgrade rather than just a single addition of a single unit.