Last week a Finnish EW Panssari list was released on forces of war as part of the Barbarossa digital releases. I’m a big fan of Finnish Panssari lists and I’m very excited about this list. It’s finally a chance to have the T-26s in the period they are meant to be used. Another thing I like about this is that the armoured lists are confident trained, as opposed to fearless veteran, as Panssari companies were a new introduction at this stage of the war. This makes them much cheaper getting you more hulls. I think this list provide some great attacking options, and should work well against the current EW infantry domination. I’m looking forward to taking this list to the next EW tournament in May.
So the list itself
I’ve chosen T-26s as the HQ and one of the core tank platoons. I like T-26s in EW as they have a great gun with ROF2, AT 7 and FP 4+. While the armour is not great neither is FP in EW.
The T-28s add some real strength to my armour, they have good armour, good FP and are great assault units with TA2, turret rear MGs and wide tracks. Plus I really love the models and I’ve been looking for a reason to get them on the table.
The Panssari Christie platoon is included for a few reasons. They are standard tanks with the fast tank rule, so they give me a very mobile unit, The tank riders make for a great assault unit and the tank still has a great AT7 gun. Not to mention they are one of the coolest models in the Finnish range.
The Jaakari platoon has been included to take and hold objectives.
For the recce, I would have really liked to take BA-10s, however, I think if your recce has too much firepower you’ll be more focused on using it tit kills things as opposed to doing recce things. Therefore, I’ve gone for the cheaper T-38s to keep their focus on preventing ambushes and lifting gone to ground.
The K/02 guns have primarily been included to smoke and pin. Also in direct fire they are ROF2 with AT8, so they make great anti-tank guns , which can be really handy when defending.
Finally the air support, the almighty Fokker CX. I always like to include air support in my list. While it won’t always do something every game, it has the potential to be a real game changer and it forces your opponent to do things differently.
Overall I think this list has a good balance and should be a lot of fun to play. It has 3 armoured platoons with 14 tanks all up. It has recce, artillery, infantry and air to provide a lot of useful support. I look forward to getting this list on the table.