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In 2016, Battleschool debuted a new collection of themed precision dice for ASL players, a collection in the same vein as its earlier Stalingrad collection. One presumes that these collections presage a never-ending series of World War II unit-themed dice from Battleschool, with the only connection to ASL being the Rate of Fire emblems on the colored dice in the series. One hopes that this will not be the case, that Battleschool will try to make its future dice releases more directly relevant to ASL itself.
Certainly, the Operation Overlord collection, of which the two dice here are one of its six sets, has virtually no connection to ASL. It is not tied to any particular ASL product, and, though there is an ASL product for one of the six sets (not this one), that seems to be entirely coincidental. Certainly there is no connection with this set, as ASL designers have not exactly given love and attention to either the U.S. 4th Infantry Division (the “Ivy Division” of the title) or the 9th Infantry Division (the “Old Reliables” of the title). The 9th Infantry Division was not even a D-Day division (the 4th landed at Utah). And, since these dice are white, not colored, there are not even Rate of Fire emblems on the dice.
The two dice are 5/8″ (16mm) ball-cornered precision dice, each white with black pips. In lieu of the 1-facing, each die has a divisional insignia, one for the 4th and one for the 9th. The 4th’s insignia is a cross formed of ivy leaves in green foil; a square around the cross is in gold foil. The 9th’s emblem is an octofoil around the number 9, with the design including red foil, blue foil and green foil. Both dice are attractive.