I've been looking for a long time for a good miniatures skirmish game that didn't require massive purchases or incredibly detailed rulebooks. Something like a combination miniatures game and board game -- easy to learn, quick to play, and accessible to anyone.
Song of Blades and Heroes has become the primary miniatures game played around here. The rules are detailed enough to feel realistic (particularly with regard to morale) but flow easily and smoothly. Troops are distinguished from one another primarily by their special abilities, and new troop types can be created or customized quickly.
The only minor problem is that the system doesn't scale up to full battles. The standard size for a side is about eight to ten models, which is itself nice, but you can't really get much above double that before the game gets unbalanced. This makes it hard to use some of the costlier monster troops.
It's also a little annoying that the new troop creation rules are provided in the Yahoo fan group. It's not very convenient. A .PDF download directly from Ganesha's website would be okay; having the rules directly in the rulebook would be ideal. The Yahoo group's troop cost calculator is also badly out of date, and is missing the special abilities from the supplement Song of the Splintered Lands.
All that aside, this is one of the best miniatures games I've ever played -- especially at this absurdly low price point. A brand-new player can learn it in a half-hour and then play a full, satisfying campaign in a single evening without skipping supper. That's just classic.
I consider this game to be one of DriveThruRPG's very few "must haves."