So we already know that the 2016 ETC is going to be a Mid War event. With this in mind, and being somewhat experienced in Mid War already I went through the available books and PDFs to pinpoint the lists that I think will be a must-have for any self-respecting team :)
Since there are so many choices that I like (despite the common view that this period does not offer enough viable alternatives), I decided to place my bet on one company per each type that I think is going to be used most often:
This is easy. I bet most of the teams will field Mixed Tankovy from Eastern Front. This company is a real infantry mincing machine. It has enormous firepower that is coupled with very good survivability of the huge platoons of medium tanks or 5-6 strong platoons of KV1 tanks. The only real weakness of this list is its inability to respond to panthers/tigers or heavy tank hunters. Enter Sturmovik/Chaika :P
This one is actually not so simple. In my opinion though, you will face many panzerspah companies. This list is very flexible, able to squeeze in a lot of valuable platoons like Sd Kfz 233 (7.5cm), Marders, Pak40s, Pioneers, Panhards. Panzerspahs make for perfect champion rosters that are balanced both for attack and defense.
I would honestly be suprised not to see numerous Italian Fucilieri lists. There are 2 big reasons for this:
- they are always defend, which is not common in Mid War
- they have a very good selection of troops for an infantry list (german Pak40s, russian 7.62cm AT 10/RoF 2 artillery, cheap tanks and huge infantry platoons bristling with integrated guns, mgs and armed with improvised tank assault 3 bombs).
The only thing that can stop teams fielding Fucilieri is the availability of the models :(
So, these are my predictions - and what are yours?