So my order for Dust came in today and I am most pleased with the quality and detail of the units, and that you can use the boxes as carrying cases is a huge plus. Having planned this out as a starter force of about 150 AP for the army I find all of my sections full with only support options to be picked. I am going for an IJA themed force using the Axis Sturmgrenadier platoon list in the core book with a focus on Jungle fighting, basing my knowledge off of books and movies on the Pacific theatre. This comes in where I want to add a Panzer Walker in the force to have a good rounding to deal with ally or other axis walkers.
I have 101 AP so far in my starter list and that leaves me about 40 AP to work with for supports, which is perfect because I want to add either a Ludwig, a Luther, or a Flamm-Luther to the list.
The Ludwig is just plain sexy as far as walkers go and I could get away with including it by referencing the little Lend-Lease bit they have in the beginning of the Core book but my issue is that it seems to be a poor fit in the island jungle fighting that was prevalent in the Pacific theatre, so there is one issue.
The Luther would work just cause the plain fact that it could indeed work in the close up jungle fighting of the pacific islands and i could squeeze in a sniper team with it, adding more fluffiness to the list.
And finally the Flamm-Luther because it would work perfectly in the theme i want to run just because it has two flame throwers [the lack of flame throwers is something i can understand but don't really like due to my theme]. I am leaning heavily towards the option but my issue is that I have to shell out the 15 USD for the Op Zverograd book and then another 20 for the Flamm-Luther! This is compared to the 15 i would have to give for the Ludwig or Luther, a little disheartening when I picked axis because, even though i really wanted to do SSU, it was overall cheaper. [the store i use doing 10 USD for Recon squads, a focus in my force, which is compared to the 12.50 USD for the SSU Rifle Squads which was the focus of my wanting to do SSU. Let alone the book in addition]
So I came to the forum for your two cents to see if you can help me decide.