I've recently been working on my Flames of War Early War Finns as I found them particularly interesting when Rising Sun came out. In this article, I will take a look at what I have gathered at this point and discuss some plans for building out my collection moving forward. Below, see all the stuff I have painted up for the Finns.
|This is all of my painted Finns. More on the way...|
Next, I decided to go with a couple of standard infantry support options - the HMG platoon and the ubiquitous 81mm mortar platoon. The Machine-gun Platoon (Winter) (FI724) gives you four HMGs with a command, and the Mortar Platoon (Winter) (FI725) gives some close artillery support. These are pretty standard in most armies. What is really cool is that the HMGs can be combat attached out to my rifle platoons -- I love flexibility.
|HMGs all finished.|
|Blanks provided to fill holes.|
|All done and ready for final basing.|
I really do not like the plain snowdrift look to most winter bases. For my look, I used a mix of light and medium ballast for the first layer to hide the holes and mounting points. After finishing with the painting, I applied some snow flock. After sealing, I used some Silfor tufts in a dead-grass looking color. After the tufts were dry, I dabbed on a little white glue and sprinkled some snow on the tufts to complete the look.
|I used the provided blanks to fill in under the guys on the ground.|
|So, the belt is a little far away. Meh. I didn't feel like messing with the base. Maybe he is just re-loading?|
I also have a Panssari Christie Platoon for the Finns, which I reviewed here. This is a nice, beefy, mobile unit that allows for some tactical maneuvering. Like most infantry lists in Early War, the Finns are lacking in AT assets in just about every way. Five tanks running around with AT 7 and a 4+ Firepower is nothing to sneeze at and could provide some headaches for Russian tanks. The addition of the Tank Escorts allows this unit to take on some limited Assault work as well. Again, flexibility.
One thing that was weird, is that I HAD to take the Light Infantry Company or Jääkärikomppania to get the Christie tanks. Now, these were the skiing, assaulting, Finnish troops specializing in general bad-assery, so I guess that's ok.
To round out the models I have so far, I added in a Fokker CX. I thought this was a good idea because
This model also came in pretty free of flash and painted up nice and looks great with the included decals. The price we pay for this being a bi-plane is that, well, it's a bi-plane -- the assembly is fairly frustrating, especially since the top wing is metal. The landing gear is pretty fiddly as well -- I cannot imagine having to do three of these back in 2nd Edition. Bleh.
This little guy has some pretty nasty stats for such an innocent looking plane. This should really help keep those Soviets from getting too bunched up. Also, it intercepts just like a FW190 in this game, so there ya go!
So, where the heck does all that leave us? Well, I'm glad you asked!
Right now, we sit at near 1100 points with five platoons of Fearless Veteran infantry and Confident Trained tanks. If I attach out the HMGs, we are looking at just four platoons. I think this is fairly likely, so I want to add in at least two more platoons. In looking at where to add to this list, I came up with the following:
I really like to have two mobile assets, and adding in the T-26s supplies this. I also get to put in some Recce, going with a small Scout Platoon. This will be used to lift Gone to Ground or to guard a flank or objective in a pinch. Lastly, I added in some AT guns to keep tanks at bay. I thought about adding in just a big Scout platoon and the T-26s, but I
This is certainly not a tournament list, but will give me something cool to bust out and play on a Winter table. It sets the stage for me to expand out into a Mid and a Late War list with the Finns. Captured T-34s, anyone?
Models provided by Battlefront Miniatures