This is what I originally collected to have a good "game" set.
2X of each rare
3X of each uncommon ship
6X of each uncommon aircraft
7X of each common (aircraft, ship, and sub)
However, with the common ships and subs I would max out at one more than the historical ship limit.
You should be able to play even large fleet engagements with this. Our club allows proxies so on those rare occasions you need an 18 destroyer swarm of the same ship (USS Johnston mnnorthstars?) we just add other minis.
Of course, I am far beyond this now. Therapy turned out to be an additional waste of money. I should have used that money to buy more minis!
The IJN Carrier Liberation Force - "Because We Care" Join the IJNCVLF. Service Guarantees Citizenship!
1 of each rare 1=2 uncommons 2-3 commons.... planes vary as many as 7 of some types... I am blessed that my group is still playing the game. We play alot of "Gray" navy now.. mixing ships and nations... and are always trying campaign type settings ( not all have been a great hit, but lots of fun).
I like to play with class limits, and have generally collected to class limits on capital ships (BBs, CVs). I have class limits on most CAs, and some CLs. DDs, I just want to make a decent showing on the map, but I do try to make sure I have enough smokers and subhunters to meet my needs. Aircraft, I go for 6-9 of each depending on type and how much I like it.
Thanks for your replies, gentlemen (and ladies?). Very helpful to know. I think I'm going to look to expand my destroyers and some aircraft beyond 3 units of each based on what you've shared. I don't think I can go into the 1,000+ total unit range. Currently I have 400.
Having said that, I like to play historical scenarios. What would you say are your favorite or must-have sister ships or other proxy units? Seems like some of the Japanese carriers and perhaps British battleships are important for some big scenarios.
I went through a recent offloading of multiples. I dropped a lot of the so-called "fantasy" ships (those which had never been completed or launched), some duplicates of high-value items and many ships where I had just collected too many for no apparent reason (I had something like nine HMS Ajaxes). Now I'm at a level where a reasonable game is very doable.
Those who don't remember their history are bound to do something or other...