Since the lists had to be turned in to Joe Krone two weeks ago, I decided to go ahead and post the list.
Here it is...
I thought a lot about this list and about other lists in MW. Outside of US Armored Rifles, my MW lists are confined to US Armor and Brit Paras (Italy).
So how did I get here?
Armored Rifles were easy to consider. Great list, great mobility and great integrated AT (if you buy the zooks). Add in Shermans and US TDs (a MUST have!!) and you have great punching ability that can defend.
Brit Paras - thought about it, but my problem in previous games was the lack of mobility and armor support. Yes, you can get armor but 3 vehicle armor platoons are just too fragile. So I threw this guys out of consideration.
US Rifles - the list above and one variant that I ran in my last tournament (and won!! first time!!) were also considered. V3 brought out some goodies for infantry, the biggest was driving off armored assaults with two "bad things happening" in Defensive Fire. You get a hit with a 'zook and bad things are going to happen!
Tankovy - ahh, the 'ole stand by. In MW, Hen and Chicks has not yet been point adjusted, so you could have some fun. But at 1,625, you don't have the full power of the Soviet lists. The only list I considered had 10 T-34s, 10 Lend Lease Stewies, 3 SU-85s and 3 BT-64 (recon). I still like that list. If I were to run an armored company, I would do this one. Fearless Trained and they can move and shoot. But see the earlier comment about assaulting with armor and it is even worse for Soviets. 10 vehicles (trained no less) closing in on a platoon with 3 bazookas are not favorable odds.
Since I don't run Germans, it came down to ARP or Rifles. That left me with one question:
Do I want to attack infantry or defend against mech? Bluntly, do I want to attack my Rifle list or defend against my ARP list? I chose to defend. And the other simple truth is that I am not that good at running ARP. Yes, they are awesome. But they need to be in the right hands.
The easiest part about this decision?
USA. Not jingoistic here - in terms of game play for MW, getting 4 Shermans and 4 TDs on the table is too good to pass up. Way to good to pass up! I have an ambush? Take the easy way - ambush teh Shermans and the TDs already have the TD ambush. Bring it. Even against the tankovy horde, I am hitting on 2+ or 3+. 8 Shermans shots get 4-6 hits and 8 TD shots get the same. The horde will be shredded and will not have enough strength to assault infantry. So I am feeling good about that situation.
The "killer" list?
German Panzergrens with Remer. That is the one that I fear and that I think is even stronger that ARP. Remer is that good! Basically, the list has Remer, 2 PGren platoons, Nebs, maybe recon and two platoons of armor (Panzer IIIs / IVs). Yes, you could even go with a platoon on Panzer IIIs and a Tiger. Either way, that is a beast of a list. Up against my list, it will all depend on mission, terrain and players. If I get them in FW, I will feel a little better. Breakthrough? uggh. Surrounded? I might just see if I could get a 2-5 before the game starts and head to the bar!
So if you are going to Historicon, be sure to say hi! I will be the pasty skinned guy / baby seal from Wisconsin...