Thursday, May 7, 2009

Stout Hearts & Iron Troopers

Stout Hearts and Iron Troopers is the first supplement from Too Fat Lardies for their WW1 rule set Through The Mud & The Blood.

After a quick read through today all I can say is wow. The content is top notch as ever but the layout and design of this book really stands above their other offerings. The scenario maps are the most improved part of the book and they look fantastic. The colours and are nice and vibrant and all of the terrain, objectives and setup markers are clearly defined.

As for the scenarios themselves there are 20 scenarios spanning the entire war, but the most interesting part of the book, for me at least is the first six scenarios. These scenarios have been taken right from the pages of historical training manuals and also provide the "text book solutions". This is just fantastic for someone (like myself) who is keen on playing the period but knows only a little outside of what I've seen in movies and on the History Channel. This is something that should be done more often with historical games.

I also have to give Rich a big "beauty mate" for the rather nice surprise on page 78: a scenario with Australian troops (Tasmanians to boot!). No, not just a scenario with Aussie troops thrown in the mix but a real true-blue bloody-dinkum case of the boys from Oz mixing it up with Jerry. This will be the first scenario I play.

Also the title of scenario 17 is just great (sorry to just leave everyone hanging but you'll just have to buy the book).

I have to say that the guys at Lard Island have done it again, a great supplement for a great game and the training scenarios are almost worth the cover charge on their own.

So if you're looking for a WW1 rule set then forget about all that historical hammer stuff (you know what I mean) and have to have a look at Mud and Blood I promise you won't regret it. Oh and tell Rich that Tim sent you.

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