So many games...so little time!
This game is a maybe recommendation for me and you’ll have to ask yourself the following questions:
* Do you want a fast, easy to set up game that can be played within an hour or two?
* Are you willing to invest time in a system that sometimes requires you to make a rules judgment call?
* Is armor slope and shell type when considering armored battles important to you?
If you answered ‘No’ to at least 2 of those questions then I cannot recommend this game to you. For everyone else though Tide of Iron makes a great game. It’s definitely got some warts, but the more I play it the more I find that I appreciate how it is both paced and plays.
I have to point out that Tide of Iron does NOT setup quicly at all. You're looking at least 10 minutes for tiny scenarios to close to 25 min. for large ones. This is a result of the need to plug the soldiers into the bases. These time estimates take into account the use of metal files to help the pieces "snap" into position on the bases. If you haven't added something like that to your Tide of Iron "kit" then you're looking at adding 5 - 10 minutes for the small / large scenarios respectively.
Therefore I humbly submit that the first questions needs to read:
* Are you Ok with having to spend 15-30 mintues to setup the game, especially when the game's new and the pieces are still have a tight fit and you're still learning the rules?
It was a good game but the setup time led me to trade it away and buy into the "Forgotten Heroes" system. I do miss the models though...I wish it would've been a 2x2 square grid onto which you put the figures into.