... was very interested in your review of AT-43, as I picked up a copy at our local gaming con last weekend (thanks to a great sales pitch from one of the traders) and fell in love with it instantly. As someone who can't paint a figure to save his life, but has spent years leafing through White Dwarf looking with envy and amazement at the paintjobs contained within, it is a godsend.
I currently pay a small fortune to have my figures professionally painted. It takes awhile, but they are always worth the wait, and my main painter is very economical compared to many out there. However, AT-43 will save me a fortune, because, to my eyes, the figures are already very well painted and sculpted (far better than most Clix or other collectible miniatures) and comparitively good value. As you rightly pointed out they are ready painted miniatures for the price of Games Workshop's unpainted minis.
You made a comment about rules clarity though that I have to disagree with. While the rules, although simple, are not the easiest of reads, there is a summary of the entire rule system after the last of the scenarios. At least there was in my printing of the rule book.
Rackham seems to have a solid release schedule over the next few months, which will probbably continue through the year and beyond; with two factions on the horizon: one pseudo-Soviet and other giant apes! I am convinced that given time this game will give Warhammer 40K a run for its money - but we have to remember 40K has been around for several decades, so has quite a head start!
The Steel Troopers are among Rackham's new releases for this month.