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Opening Salvo: Reserves
Part 7: Japan
by Robert Mull

Axis and Allies Miniatures: Reserves hits store shelves on November 10th. Last week we looked at two new Aircraft units, the American F4U Corsair and the German Dornier Do 335. We also previewed the images of this installment of Opening Salvo's stat cards. This week we will look at a pair of late war Japanese units

The Type 3 Chi-Nu gives Axis players a Japanese tank with some punch. While the Chi-Nu never reached the front in real life, it can provide desperately needed armor support to your armies. The Ferocity special ability functions as a negative, forcing you to fire rather than move during your assault phase. Forest Camouflage, however, gives you a chance to continue to pepper away at your opponents until they reach medium or close range. The Chi-Nu's light rear armor makes it easy pickings for aircraft and infantry close in.

The Shiden-Kai provides Japanese army builders with a good air superiority fighter. Agility gives it the ability to strike from a greater distance against enemy aircraft. 9 dice at 2 hexes can spell the end of many an aerial opponent. It's low anti-armor values, however, mean that it is ineffective against all but the most lightly armored vehicles.

Check back next week when we preview more units from Axis and Allies Miniatures: Reserves. Next week's previews will feature the stat cards for the two units shown below. While you wait, go discuss this unit and other miniatures on our message boards.










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