You’re right in saying that non-mountain hexes do not block LOS too. I wasn’t thinking about forested mountains though; maybe they should further improve units’ “stealth” by making them only able to be attacked at short range?
if your going to print out some of the other maps. such as these http://188.8.131.52/pasalades/ then make sure you just don’t print them on 11x17. or else your maps will be smaller than the ones that come with the starter set. be sure to change the settings and make the actual print image size 16x10.5 that way you can match them all up and it will look really good.
~ side note. be sure to tape the back of the map when putting them together with some blue masking tape. it is made to peel away without ripping anything and i’ve been using it now for 6 months and my maps still look new
I saw your post sitting so long I registered to give you a few pointers on maps. Most if not all the WotC map packs are themed in some way. Originally they were 2" hexes but were changed some time ago. The map packs you mentioned are themed as follows: North Africa - 3 Desert maps and on reverse side 3 jungle maps. Eastern Front - 3 town/factory maps and on the reverse side 3 Russian steppes maps. There are two starters, the one in the cardboard box is the old one and contains 12mm mini’s and 2" hex maps. the new starter is in a blister pack and has 15mm mini’s and 3" hex maps. The maps in the new starter are mixed forest/hills/clear. The rules and revised cards are downloadable through the WotC site.