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Subject: Hull armor rss

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Willem Boersma
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Since hull armor/ top armor has its own rating in this game I'm assuming there are or will be some form of aircraft attacks involved? Are they resolved using cards? Will they get their own blocks and/or miniatures one day?

Closely following this game. Once the platoons become available, I'll pre-order the deluxe edition along with a couple of platoons.

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Francisco Pizarro
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In the initial release air units are abstracted to asset and event cards. We have certainly left the door wide open for detailed air units in future expansions. All vehicles are rated with hull armor and an anti-aircraft arc of fire (or lack thereof).

Infantry may target hull armor in melee (same hex) combat if a vehicle is not escorted by friendly infantry. This is one of the many ways we are emphasizing / rewarding strong coordination between infantry and armor. Unlike most squad level games, infantry can suppress tanks. This may seem odd at first, but it represents the very high likelihood that a tank commander will button up if opposing infantry are nearby. This will discourage armor from racing around the map with impunity to infantry, which was not the case in real life. To quote perhaps the greatest tank ace of all time, Otto Carius:

“No one can deny that the many casualties among the officers and other tank commanders were due to exposing their heads. But these men didn’t die in vain. If they had moved with closed hatches, then many more men would have found their death or been severely wounded inside the tanks. The large Russian tank losses is proof of the correctness of this assertion. Fortunately for us, they almost always drove cross-country buttoned up. Of course, every tank commander had to be careful while peering out during positional warfare. Especially since the turret hatches of tanks in the front lines were continuously watched by enemy sharpshooters. Even a short exposure could be fatal for the tank commander.”
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David Janik-Jones
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Combat Commander, Up Front, Fields of Fire, Cats were once worshipped as gods and they haven't forgotten this, The Raven King (game publisher) ... that's me!
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Tanks should be vulnerable to infantry assaults given the right conditions. Urban areas and rubble strewn streets of close fighting with infantry everywhere and dust/smoke obscuring views especially could be very dangerous to tankers, as would column movement on narrow country lanes. The game should reflect that.
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