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Erin Bottrell made an amusing observation on the CSW forum - all of the German infantry are left-handed!


Erin's reasonable hypothesis is that the counter art for the Germans was flipped at some stage of the process so that the opposing units would be portrayed as facing-off against each other.

Makes one wonder if those Typhoons are captured aircraft being operated by Luftwaffe pilots...
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Those Germans are very sinister.
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Those guys were definitely no lefties!
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The Maverick wrote:

Makes one wonder if those Typhoons are captured aircraft being operated by Luftwaffe pilots...


No, they are just sneaking up behind those Germansninja
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Petdoc wrote:
Those Germans are very sinister.


The Brits, on the other hand, appear to be very dexterous.
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Poor Jerries, they'll be catching brass casings in their face the whole time! (right hand ejection ports are certainly biased!)
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Probably just a "whoops" as they were probably looking to create the guys facing opposite directions. Looks funny though! The box cover of Axis & Allies Battle of the Bulge game also has the Americans firing their M1 Garands left handed!

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Makes me long for the days of monochromatic silhouettes and plain-jane military symbology, although I know I am in the minority on this.
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The Maverick wrote:
Makes me long for the days of monochromatic silhouettes and plain-jane military symbology, although I know I am in the minority on this.


Once you get above company level I'd agree with you, but when you are talking about platoons or squads, I kind of like the 'miniatures' approach with pictures of guys and tanks.
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I'm with you, I'm tired of the trend towards cutesy video game style graphics in wargames.
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The Maverick wrote:
Makes me long for the days of monochromatic silhouettes and plain-jane military symbology, although I know I am in the minority on this.


I couldn't agree with you more! Although I do like to see the vehicles portrayed via a nice silhouette.
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The only problem I have with these counters is the battalion and company symbols used as steps...

Confusing show-stopper for me. shake
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Just about anything would have caused confusion. Don't need to cram another number up there. Maybe little boxes would have been okay, but then again that's not very visible.

They're not battalion and company symbols - just vertical bars.
 
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lgoldberg wrote:
Just about anything would have caused confusion.

Shades of the curse excuse here...

On the contrary, this simply seems to be another example which underscores the failure to have "fresh eyed" playtesters look at the final product before it went to print...

The company/battalion notations have been commonly used on wargame counters for what, nearly 50 years??? Plus, the PB2 step notations are used in the same location that one would expect to find the notation indicating company/battalion sized units.

This makes it hard to imagine an option that could have had anywhere near the same potential for confusion and/or distraction!
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The Maverick wrote:
lgoldberg wrote:
Just about anything would have caused confusion.

Shades of the curse excuse here...


I agree. I like the game, but I simply have a strange feeling with those vertical bars. Their usage is a basic convention in wargames. You could have used little circles or bullets, which I think are the convention for section and squad: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NATO_symbols
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While watching a YouTube play-through, the vertical orientation of the stacking bars was discussed. He suggested to rotate them 90 degrees so to conceptualize stacking. I thought it was a good idea, thus avoiding the company or battalion inference.
 
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recruit2112 wrote:
While watching a YouTube play-through, the vertical orientation of the stacking bars was discussed. He suggested to rotate them 90 degrees so to conceptualize stacking. I thought it was a good idea, thus avoiding the company or battalion inference.

But then you end up with Stonehenge . . . built from TANKS!
 
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