I'm a big fan of the Soviet Forward Detachment in Red Bear. I always like being the attacker in Flames of War, and I like that this list minimizes the difficulty of getting the most out of your combat platoons. Plus, the list is so flexible, you can make a boat load of combinations that all play totally differently!
With that in mind, I am going to approach this article a little differently- rather than build one list, I am going to build three and talk about the pros and cons of each. Because this list is so flexible, this is highly opinion-based! So sound off in the comments and let us know what Forward Detachment has worked for you, or what you'd like to give a shot!
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LIST ONE: FOR THE SWARM
LIST TWO: PURPOSEFUL ASSAULT
ideal situation. I had no idea I'd be facing fortifications, but we rolled off and got "The Big Push". The list performed well.
Where this list lacks in speed compared to the first one, it makes up in firepower. Decoy Panthers have yet to truly impress me, but their price is right and I've seen them used to great effect.
LIST THREE: THE KITCHEN SINK
Emchas- I've been sold on the usefulness of the Emchas 76s recently, and think a Forward Detachment is a great fit for them. Unfortunately, I don't have any Soviet shermans yet so I can't speak to them personally. For +5 points/tank to gain protected ammo, you effectively ignore 1/3 of all incoming shots from Panthers and Tigers when you're fearless with re-rolls to remount! I'll have to give them a shot.
I really like the Forward Detachment for its flexibility. I've used it quite a bit and plan to revisit it in our Firestorm Campaign game once we fire up Turn 2.
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