Hofen is best. Great starting scenario. Great scenario full stop. Manageable size. There are many AARs available, I think (well, a couple, anyway) to guide. I cut my teeth (in ths game) on Hofen and still love it. You can play it many, many times and the AI will do it diff each time. It will surprise you. I think it's best as Axis, but it's great as Allies too.
After that I love Manhay. Manhay was a crucial battle in the RL operation. It was really where the Axis idea stalled and finally foundered, I think. It was as far as they (the Axis) got, I believe (in strength - smaller groups got further). The effort to stop them was courageous, but the Axis advance was very courageous too - something, I have to say (having no sympathy whatsoever for the idea of German troops being in Belgium or anywhere else where they shouldn't have been) that I only really appreciated after trying to win this scenario many times as Axis! As with many Bulge battles (just as it was in RL), the Axis side starts off with strength and surprise, but it doesn't last too long, and long term the Allies had so much men and materiel to throw against them that it was a wonder they got anywhere at all, really. You play this game enough and you really begin to see how mad Hitler's plan was....
In HTTR Joe's Bridge is the nicest smaller one to start with. You should be able to win that really well on all normal settings, with a little practice. There are less smaller, starting scenarios in HTTR. You could download the excellent Brabant scenarios which have just been put up though, and do the really nice Mill scenario to start with (as Axis).
There will - I trust - be some beautiful smaller scenarios coming soon when the COTA conversion arrives. But at the moment I would definitely do it like this. 1. Hofen. 2 Manhay. 3. Piper's Race. All can be played from either side. Good luck! You'll enjoy more if you've time to run it slow and really use the info available so you can really see what's going on behind the little counters (by clicking on them, I mean and reading everything you can read in the side bar). Let us know how you get on.
Wodin's advice about realistic delay from the start very good, I think. It's not really the same game if you play with anything else. Race to Bastogne is a fantastic scenario, but it's very big. Huge OB to cope with. I still find it v daunting.
< Message edited by phoenix -- 12/10/2012 10:22:47 PM >