I broke down. I bought the starter set. For $40 you get the rules, a quick start booklet, three Shermans, 2 StuG's and five dice. I have the tanks all set for gluing. All that needs to be done is to glue the guns on them. Unlike the standard sets, which have separate tracks, these are one piece hulls.
Since I do not have much painting left to do until my next order of dudes comes in I may take a look at the rules this week. On the other hand I may just use the time to re-read the LotR rules and get in some practice games. We'll see how it falls out.