Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Raleigh, NC, USA
In my area, at least, most games are either 1500 or 1750 points. But feel free to start off at 600 points and then pretend like you are in an Escalation league. Flames of War, unlike 40k, does not have a lot of (ok, I’m not trying to start a ruckus) ineffectually overpriced units, so you do not have to worry too much about picking stuff that you later realize is putrescence. Not that every unit is totally awesome, just that few of them really stink on ice. (Though I would suggest being wary of wheeled reconnaissance vehicles.)
You can buy the Battlefront models or you can use the 15mm Command Decision pieces from Old Glory. The OG-US site is notorious for not having pictures, so you can go to the OG-UK site (Skytrex) to see what the pieces look like.
Since you want some Engineers, just pick whichever force you like and add in a unit of Royal Engineers. The British do not really have an ‘engineer heavy’ list. Engineers were usually not ‘in the line’ unless there was something to build or blow up.
Do not get to catch up in the history side just yet. Find a list you like and then start reading. The FOW lists do an adequate job of keeping things honest without having to research the difference between M3 and a M5 half-tracks.
I guess the first step to picking an army is deciding if you would like an infantry or a tank army better. Infantry armies defend better but tank armies are more mobile.
If you really want to use the Shermans use an Armoured Squadron-Tunisia list.
I hope this helps.
The more novels I read about Space Marines, the more I am convinced that they are simply undersized Ogryn with better armor saves.