Yes, but if the GE get to advance those ships, the RN would have built Renown & Repulse quicker, and probably Hood (and her 2 sisters Howe and Rodney). Have fun... Or did you mean as an artifical game balancing technique with no bearing on RL?Well, if there will be any way to get two of laid down Mackensen BCs to life, as well as two built and two laid down Bayern class BBs, the HSF can get superiority in some cases to GF.
The problem with running the German BCs around is the 5 QE class fast battleships - the original HSF BCs just cannot cope with them. If you allow extensive extra BCs and the BC sqd running around a lot by itself, I would (as RN construction chief) accerate my BCs as above, but also maybe build more QEs (or similar). 30kt German BCs are too few to matter, and the others can slow you down to be caught by QEs.Lets just speak about theories.
If there would be such an opportunity, I will separate my HSF in two parts -
BCs and BBs.
And the most active part would be, of course, BCs named:
Von der Tann, Moltke, Goeben, Seydlitz, Derflinger, Lutzow, Hindenburg, Mackensen and Graf Spee (maybe also laid down, but not completed as others of their class Prinz Eitel Friedrich and Furst Bismarck).
9 BCs will smash any other fast ships of GF, and would have very good opportunities of running from other BBs of GF.
So there is only one main question for me now - would SES make Mackensen class BCs and Bayern class BBs operational ?