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Greetings all,

Predictable thread here, but one I think new players will find beneficial.
My friend is starting SSU, she's a fanatic for anything Russian, but like many of us is on a budget.
She is literally going to let me create a cart for her online and press pay. What should I hook her up with first?

I play the U.S, my girl plays Germany. We are fairly experienced, but have had not contact with SSU on the table.
Note: we generally do not play with regular command squads in Tactics.

Thanks in advance for the help
 
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Dave Smith
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Zverograd expansion so you get a hero and walker, helicopter, battle squad, rifle squad, close combat squad. The Commissars and another walker or KV47 if funds stretch that far. Or just get one of each
 
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The SSU are still only "barely" playable IMO. They are very weak against other walkers.

What they need to stand a chance against the axis / allies are the Gunships, the Walker Transport and the hero pack. All three of those are still not released (but should be within a month).

As of now, they only have 1 hero, which is a pilot dedicated to a single walker... And they still don't have artillery (it will come along with the walker transport).

So what i suggest, in order from the first thing to buy to the last:
- Walker transport
- 3 infantry squads (frontoviki, etc.)
- Command squad
- SSU observer squad / sniper squad
- SSU hero pack
- Operation: Sverograd (for Koshka and Granma)
- Troop transport
- KV walker

 
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You can't really suggest things to buy that are not available yet. The chopper should be the first thing on the list as that is the SSU's current main strength (I know - I play them ) This model will cause the most head-ache for any opponant.
 
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Major Mishap wrote:
You can't really suggest things to buy that are not available yet. The chopper should be the first thing on the list as that is the SSU's current main strength (I know - I play them ) This model will cause the most head-ache for any opponant.


Thanks to both of you.

Mishap time is not so much a problem .... our next game day isn't until September, as I am occupied with Gencon next month.

So the preorders listed now are probably fair game, as FFG releases stuff pretty quickly these days.

We don't enjoy command squads in Tactics, and the artillery tank needing spotters is a ways away, so what do you both think of this for now:

Close Combat Squad
Battle Squad
Rifle Squad
Commissar box


Hero Pack
Walker Transport
Ground attack chopper

how does this plan seem?

This will be enough for now for her to at least play in 2 on 2 games with some U.S. support on her side.

if she has any extra cash, should she get a sniper specialist pack, or go for the Helicoptor with the Chinese troops?

Thanks so much gents



 
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The force looks fine. There is a big price difference between snipers an the troop helicopter, but I'd definately go for another helicopter to give enemy AA something else to think about and the Chinease are excellent value points-wise.
 
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Major Mishap wrote:
The force looks fine. There is a big price difference between snipers an the troop helicopter, but I'd definately go for another helicopter to give enemy AA something else to think about and the Chinease are excellent value points-wise.


We agree.
She's given me the go ahead for $100 worth of ssu nastiness from a discount site.
Now that some time has passed, do any of you have further suggestions?
I am buying Sverograd to let her use the hero.
 
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Btw, how is the walker transport performing these days? Bit of an odd combo, dropping artillery...
 
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