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Opening Salvo: Pt. 3
1939-1945 Set
by Robert Mull

The new Axis and Allies Miniatures: 1939-1945 Starter Set and boosters hit store shelves on October 26th. Last week we looked at the T-34 76 and the impressive King Tiger, both of which had new paint schemes. This week we look at two familar Japanese units with new paint schemes.

Type 95 Ha-Go

The Ha-Go light tank's stat card remains unchanged. The unit now sports a brown camouflage pattern rather than it's old tan color. It keeps its Forest Runner, Poor Suspension and Forest Camouflage special abilities, making it an effective mobile machine gun when playing on heavily forested maps. It's light armor and lack of an effective anti-armor attack require it to stay at arm's length from its opponents. Both the Ha-Go and Chi-Ha tend to suffer in tournament play because of this lack of a hard hitting vehicle attack. Conversely, if you use them in historically accurate scenarios, particularly early in the war on jungle dominated maps, you can see where they could cause the Allies considerable consternation.

Type 97 Chi-Ha

The Chi-Ha's stat card remains unchanged as well. The unit now sports a multicolor jungle camouflage pattern which reflects its Surprise Fire special ability. The Chi-Ha has a more reasonable anti-armor attack value which it can make good use of against armored vehicles and light tanks. Against medium and heavy tanks, however, it will have to get a close flanking shot to have any real chance of success. Surprise Fire, however, can be the crucial difference between a successful attack and failure.

Check back next Friday when we will be focusing on a new pair of units from the 1939-1945 Set. Until then, go to our message boards to talk about this preview.

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