I am in the process of completing my MW Nats Historicon list. I already submitted the list to Joe Krone, but I needed to paint up some units to fill out the list. Other than a few basing options, I am good to go!!
I am fielding a US Rifle MW list. It was really tough, since I thought long and hard about Armored Rifles. But in the end, Rifles are the winner.
Here are my thoughts regarding US Rifles and infantry in general in FoW:
- Battlefront is doing everything they can to move away from "tank fest." One example is the change in V3 for repelling an armored assault. If I just get two "bad things" to happen to the assaulting armor platoon in Defensive Fire, then the assault stops. Think about 5 tanks assaulting US Armored Rifles. I have 5 bazookas that can shoot over friendly teams at vehicles. Assume I get all 5 in the 8" bubble. 5 shots needing 4+ to stop the assault. Done. Say you pin me, now I need 5+ on 5 shots. You will only get by me 55% of the time (rough math). Say you are Soviet. Sweet! Now I need a base of 3+ in LW and 2+ in MW! And you have 10 targets, which will bring in a much larger bubble.
- Gun saves. As long as my guns stay silent, they are GtG and get the 3+ save. At some point, you will have to get closer than 24" and the guns will open up.
- In Devil's Charge (saw the preview copy on Friday), you can replace one infantry stand with a bazooka in each squad. Basic Rifle Platoon is 9 infantry stands (three squads), command stand and a bazooka. Now I can have 6 infantry stands, command stand and 4 bazookas. I can also combat attach HMG platoons (each with two bazookas if you upgrade) and a Weapons platoon. So add 2 HMGs to each platoon and another bazooka. And don't underestimate the power of automatic rifles...
- I can take TDs as support. My MW list has Shermans and M10s. In MW, these are beasts. Yes, they are priced like beasts, but I will be defending against most everything. Give me an ambush and then it gets awesome...
- US Rifle Platoon Commanders can call in arty. Yes, they could always do this before. Again, don't underestimate the power of this national rule.
The good news is that all US lists are feeling the love right now. The bad news is that my Turning Tide book is done for...
For competitive play, all US lists will come from BGG and DC. Time will tell what Nuts! has in store for the US.
And to all going to Historicon - please, be sure to say "hi" to me! James / Chairborne was awesome at Adepticon. He just comes up to me and says "Are you Webgriffin?" We get to talking and even have dinner with a group on the Saturday after the tournament. So don't be a stranger and be sure to look for the loser Wisconsin guy! I will be on the Baby Seal table!!