Hi, Blackwolf back again, with a look at my completed Soviet Guards Tank Battalion.
I showed some sneak peaks of this force a while ago back in this post. Well, after quite a while of procrastination, I've finally finished it. It had been staring at me from across my hobby desk for quite some time. Basically, at 1750 points, its the HQ T-34/85, 2 companies of 9 T-34/85's, a Decoy Tank Platoon of 2 Panthers, and a full Rota Razvedki Platoon with Universal Carriers including a flame thrower team.
These boys had there first hit out last weekend, vs a Fallschirmjager list from Hells Highway, commanded by fellow WSWA clubmate Ange, and the boys did me proud. Although I didn'ttake any pictures for an AAR, a particular highlight for me was when 2 Fallschirmjager platoons got too close to one of my T-34/85 companies hiding in some woods. Well, 9 T-34/85's put out a lot of MG firepower, and wham, a lot of elite German paratroopers bought the farm, awesome job ;) Also, the sight of my SMG totting Rota Razvedki overrunning a battery of Flak36's on a hill was inspiring, I love those little guys already!
I'll end up adding to this force, maybe even expanding on the infantry to create either a full Rota Razvedki Company, or a Motostrelkovy Battalion. I actually found painting Soviet infantry quite fun, so wont see painting more as chore, plus I found Soviet armour quite easy to paint. Then again, I'm used to painting German armour, so any vehicle in a monotone paint scheme would be fun to paint ;)
Oh, and just because it would cause Griddon no end of trouble, I'll add some IS-2's and ISU-122/152's... He loves it when I roll out heavy tanks :)