I was excited to get hold of the new and instantly started checking out the Para’s to see how they improved are they ‘better’ than my Market Garden para’s and their fabulous ‘medium support’
So for those of you who remember the old book why not check out my review of para’s from there first.
Ok so where are we now, well the first thing to hit me was Canadians! Seriously did not expect that, but how welcome are they.
The other big change is the Airbourne Armoured Recce – and their options bring loads of new support options to the party.
The basic units are still all the same with the 4 section mortar getting a 5pt reduction, and the airlanding HMG’S up 5pts.
The 17pdrs are not the AT15 beasts of MG but being AT14 which is still pretty damn good, and only for a small points increases.
The Air landing light battery is back as are engineers and commando and ‘regular’ rifle platoons.
As for the Airlanding Armoured Recce, well they’re now split with the Searbourne Armoured Recce AKA the Cromwells! Both have had a small point increase (and no longer 4 Tetrachs boo!) but they all get Cautious Movement and Disengage – which I think has all sorts of potential options!
The other new armour option is the Independent Armoured Platoon, CT/CV and with a Firefly or DD option is pretty handy.
As for recce itself WOW! There are motorcycles everywhere. The basic Airborne Recce is up by 10 points for this extra mobility, but it’s the Airborne Assault Platoon which I wish they had access too…
The final option here is the Belgian armoured Car platoon for some cheap CT recce.
Artillery has been spruced up too. The humble 25pdr with UK and Canadian options as well as a huge range of ratings available. Also for less pinable artillery are some Priests. Along with these are the old hands, Centaurs (no longer in the old armour slot) and Medium Battery. Finally there are three options of naval gunfire – which is just so tempting right now! They have also can have an AOP.
The final change is too everyone’s favourite wooden box! Pine-coffin. His rules have been properly revamped and I think justify the 50pts but really could help the army on attack or defense!
Well that’s my review I hope you found it useful, would I use these guys over their MG cousins? Probably not, whilst mobility is definitely higher here the power to assault with ‘Medium Support’ is just too good. But I think these guys offer new challenges and options which I will be trying out!
Thanks for reading!