I didn't follow the development of HistWar as I should, but it was my understanding that the first release of the new version was just a graphics engine upgrade. A few minutes into playing, I have to say that I like it and there is a bit more than upgraded graphics.
Well, yes. Who am I kidding? The graphics upgrades are just fantastic and difficult to ignore. But there are also some tiny touches and improvements from the previous version. Like the symbology on the 2D map, which now shows how the regiments will be deployed. and the new "sand table" thing shown a few inches above. I love how the sand table view transitions to the 3D view as shown in the last two screen shots.