I know there have been discussions before about manual unit placement. I don't really care for that but what kinda annoys me is that units sometimes get placed so close to the enemy that they die before they can act. Especially those poor pioneers really can't be placed on the front line. If you face high initiative opponents this is really a problem. I feel units shoukd start a bit further back.
I know you want TC to be a rather quick affair, but this only leads to frustration.