HI all DrCox here again
I've finished another quick unit for my Volksgrenadiers, but while the painting my be small the unit itself is very interesting.
The commando's have some fascinating rules, for those of you who are unaware they are
Skorzeny Commando teams are considered friendly teams by your opponent’s
force, although they do not consider the opponent’s teams to be
friendly teams. As such, they can never be shot at, used as the Aiming
Point for an Artillery Bombardment, or assaulted, by enemy teams. Nor
can Skorzeny Commando teams shoot, launch an assault, or perform a
Stormtroopers move. However, unlike normal friendly teams, enemy teams
can shoot through Skorzeny Commando teams.
They can pin down an enemy unit
Reverse Road signs
They can stop reserves entering within 12 inches
They can stop ambushes within line of sigh and 8 inches
All of these require a skill test and there are another bunch of rules about how close you can get and being exposed.
The thing I like though is that they force the opponent to play slightly differently. If you're attacking they're excellent for stopping reserves arriving, or pinning down HMG's/Anti tank guns or even artillery, and can even force command teams to move to counteract their threat. And the fact they move after enemy units should keep them one step ahead.
In the end I often think it's the potential damage they could cause rather than the actual damage which is why they are effective.
They do have down sides though, they do mean you're down a unit - i find that often means i won't have 9 units deployed, and they also compete for recon in my list which is something I like to have!
As for the models themselves they're mini diorama's you get lots of options, and ways to assemble the units on the base. If you notice the scarves are blue as in the wikipedia article it mentions them using pink or blue scarves - but winner had my pink paint grrr
So all in all a fun little unit both to model pain and play.
Thanks for reading