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Red Bear Soviet Hen and Chicks and ROF 1 Guns

As many of you will have seen already in the latest issue of Wargames Illustrated there is an article covering the two new eastern front compilations, Red Bear and Grey Wolf. Today I am going to walk you through the two changes to the Soviet forces we have made, Hen and Chicks and the reduction in points to ROF 1 weapons.

First, lets look at the new Hen and Chicks rule as it will appear in Red Bear.

Hen and Chicks
If a Platoon Command team moves in the Movement Step, all of the Tank and Transport teams in its platoon (Soviet company) must move as well. If the Platoon Command team does not move, only Tank and Transport teams that started the Movement Step as being Out of Command may move. Any vehicle that moves adds +1 to the score required to hit when shooting with its main gun. This gives a cumulative penalty of +2 for ROF 1 weapons. However, machine-guns and Flame-throwers do not suffer this penalty.

Right: The Soviet T-34/76 obr 1942.

T-34/76 obr 1942

Over the years we have had plenty of feedback on the old Hen and Chicks rule, most of it being that it didn’t entirely capture the flavour of the Soviet tankers and it was hard for the beginners to come to grips with. The aim of the new rule is to make it simpler and reflect Soviet tank warfare better. 

T-34/85 obr 1943

The new rule retains the ‘if one moves, all move’ aspect of the old rule, but allows the Tankovy to keep pressing forward and keep shooting without the movement penalty of the old rule. Now you can move your full move and shoot at ROF 1, but with a +1 to the score required to hit. As before this rule only applies to units affected by Hen &Chicks.

As Soviet tanks with Hen and Chicks now have more firepower on the move we have taken this into account and increased the points of these tanks, such as T-34/85 and Emcha Sherman tanks. Your force, if mostly made up of tanks, will probably have fewer tanks (or changes to your support) but they will be more effective on the move and easier to use.

Left: The Soviet T-34/85 obr 1943.

Below: An example of the points for the T-34/85 obr 1943 as featured in Red Bear.
An example of the points for the T-34/85 obr 1943 as featured in Red Bear

Soviet ROF 1 Weapons
During testing and listening to feedback over the last few years as well as the additional +1 penalty for ROF 1 weapons, moving with a ROF 1 weapon requires a lowering of points for those weapons. To reflect their effectiveness and purpose in the game.

Right: The Soviet SU-100.


So now you will see that a number of ROF 1 vehicles and gun teams have come down in points as shown on the page below. Points have come down on the SU-100, ISU-122 and ISU-152 among others.

Below: An example of the points for the ISU-122 and ISU-152 as featured in Red Bear.

An example of the points for the ISU-122 and ISU-152 as featured in Red Bear
Grey Wolf

Working on Red Bear and Grey Wolf was a massive undertaking, but I enjoyed updating these briefings covering one of my favourite parts of the war. With over 500 pages between the two books I hope you will all find something to get you excited about the Eastern Front in Late-war. Keep an eye on the website as I’ll be bringing you a full rundown on what’s inside the books very soon.

~ Wayne.

Left: The cover of Grey Wolf: Axis Forces on the Eastern Front, January 1944 - February 1945.

Last Updated On Friday, December 2, 2011 by Blake at Battlefront