Project FInland : Finnish Sissi

Hello all Coxer here,

So here is it
the final platoon! It’s a lovely sculpt, and very interesting too. It comes in
2 pieces, the main body and a separate set of skis, which fit into the new
style bases pre drilled holes, though I do wonder why these guys come in little
packs of 5 and not in one big blister… They fit in relatively cleanly, a little
fiddling with the poles is needed at time.

I painted them
as I have done the rest of my infantry – I’ll be honest these are not my best
work – it was a real slog trying to motivate myself to paint these guys, and I
have never been so happy to finish a platoon! It’s been a tough project, and
finishing on a big old infantry platoon is just what you don’t want at the end!
The main change was using the black-brown for the ski’s – this I think looks
really nice contrasted to the white of the snow.

In game terms
these guys have some nice rules which I’m looking forward to try out, the first
is of course ‘motti ambush’ this is a free ambush with the platoon (and any
combat attachments) anywhere in your deployment zone and no mans land, you only
get to move and shoot – so no assaulting – something which I think would be far
too useful with the potential of 3 close defence teams – either way I think
this is a great little option to also hunt backfield units like mortars and artillery.

Alongside the
close defence upgrade these chaps can also be upgraded to SMG – now this opens
another avenue with the motti ambush when facing an infantry force, especially
if they’re moving in the open – a man can dream.

If however
you decide not to ambush them they are still a recon platoon, so can lift GtG
and also advance quickly – aided by traditional finnish rules about doubling
through snow and woods.

The biggest
downside for me though is the points, at 310 points it’s a huge investment in
any force – and it also competes with pioneers for a slot – and I think they
are just so much more useful in both offense and defence.

Anyway I hope
you enjoyed this unit, there shall be a final round up coming soon, till then.

Category: Early WarFinnishFlames of War

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Article by: Mark Goddard