Having just bought a large quantity of units from a charity shop, played a few games, it has become apparent that the Italian Stalwart Lt is all but useless... I think it might have been better to have had him able to keep the conscripts from running away rather than his current ability.
I find the Italians in the land game are not nearly as competitive as their sea counterparts. In my small sample of table top games, I've only seen them play well where they are backed up with some German armor. If anyone has a good strategy for playing the Italians I would be curious to hear it!
For a somewhat competitive Italian build, add the Alpine troops for their Steely Resolve staying ability & some Blackshirts for Ruthless to dispense with disrupted enemy units. They do benefit from German assistance always, the SS Haupsturmfuhrer for initiative bonus, Exert Will/pull disrupted counters & as already mentioned, German armor is always nice. One tip for the Italian tanks is if you have the Haupsturmfuhrer & are going first, this is the time to use the Italian tanks to attack, they at least get to shoot before possible destruction. I have also seen some people use houserules for conscripts that when adjacent to a commander, you can ignore the Lack of Determination negative SA. You can also attempt Human Wave attacks with them if you want...sometimes they get a few lucky dice rolls & cause some damage an opponent. The Italians are a challenge to play for sure but they can also be fun sometimes. Enjoy anytime you play, it is a fun game & Good Luck if you try the Italians!
I would like to play online with Italy again. Diferent types of playing with italians: Expanded Rules, platoons, bonus nationality, mixed with germans....
What's the nationality bonus for Italy?
It is in the Expanded Rules book & it is 10 points per 100 points. For a 100 point build, it is 110, 200 would be 220 & so on. It does have to be a single nation build to use it though. However, according to the book, you can have a 200 point army with 110 points of Italian & an additional 100 points of other Axis units or you may field 220 points of Italians. This is all found on page 15 of the Expanded Rules book.