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Mike Wall
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The quality of production is excellent. The 12 mapboards have all the quality, heft and solidity of The Tide of Iron boards; the hundreds of markers are bright clear, solid, perfectly aligned and virtually fall out of their sheets. I love the 3D buildings, a wide selection of full and half-size walls and hedges, plenty of very solid railway line overlays and equally solid thick cardstock tanks, trucks and guns Only the cards are on the thin side [I shall sleeve mine as usual], but again the colour and appearance is excellent.

The plastic figures are very good, especially as each stance [standing, kneeling and prone] has a wide variety of positioning - a feature I had not expected. [The one slight weakness is that the prone figures with bipod machine guns have very flimsy guns.]

The rule-book is topnotch in appearance. As already commented on in other contributors posts, there are a few uncertainties, but I've found nothing so far that will stop me getting down to playing the basics. The main rules take up slightly more than a full 14 pages, with an additional 3 pages of Skills and Specialist traits.

Next comes the section on generating your own missions - love the table for creating the names of your soldiers! Very RPG!

The historical scenarios/missions are very interesting and well laid out with good pictures of the board layout. Finally, the three campaign maps that complete the booklet show the geographical location for each scenario along with further locations for generating random scenarios - this is a feature that I value highly.

Be warned once out of the large box, you will struggle to store everything back in it, as the mapboards leave little room for anything else. Personally, this is no problem, as I'm happy to store in a compartmentalised series of stacking trays that I can use during play of the game.

I was disappointed by Sergeants Miniatures - I feel that this will give me all that I felt lacking and more.
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