What's in Achtung!?
First up, it's worth mentioning just what you get in the starter set. The set includes one A4 complete mini rulebook, a 16 page full color guide to getting started in the hobby, 3 green "allied" dice, 2 grey "axis" dice and the afore mentioned Shermans and Stugs. Also included are 6 magnets for your shermans' turrets.
|image courtesy of Battlefront Miniatures|
As you can see form the pictures of the sprues, they managed to pack quite a bit on there! Aside from the main chassis and turret (with 2 hatch options and a very well sculpted commander) there's tons of options for stowage and a nice and chunky .50 cal.
Here's Dirty Jon's Stugs:
So I like this set a lot. Easy to assemble, nice and chunky, few pieces that clean up easily. The sherman needs a bit of work- the gaps between the sides of the hull and the deck are unsightly and difficult to fix. It's a pretty large blemish on an otherwise solid model. The magnets for the turrets are great, and the detail is crisp and clean. Of course, we also don't know if these are going to be available separately, after all judging Battlefront's resin line on the offerings in Open Fire would be unfair. They are starter models in a starter set.
So it's hard to give these a real rating until we know what the individual price point is- but for $40, 5 tanks and a mini rulebook is a pretty darn good deal, especially for beginners where precision modeling might matter a bit less. Achtung! is certainly a great buy for new players, plus you can get 2 buddies together, each buy one, and now one of you has 6 shermans and one has 4 stugs and you each have a rulebook!