Its funny you mentioned kids knocking over the board. I came up with this solution yesterday:
Basicly…I will have a magnetic wall…big magnetic campaign map, and magnetic pieces (im going old school cardboard squares only instead of cardboard I will use magnets)
The sticker paper is to print the graphic representation (map or units). Then cut and stick on magnet piece. Then seal with clear contact paper which will give it wipe on wipe off capabilities.
After reading more on the units and what not I have to agree with you. This simply wont work. At first I thought just using the Mini unit cost = the number of IPCs to purchase but this would mean it would take several turns just to buy a tank. Not to mention balance issues on the campaign map.
I think what I am going to do is talk my old man into pulling his dusty advanced squad leader boxes out of storage.
I am also looking into World in Flames to satisfy my delusions of grand conquest.
Gonna keep A&A around for casual family games though.