One of my birthday presents this year was this totally sweet 28mm scale T-34/85 from Warlord Games. The T-34 tank was mass produced by the Russians in staggering numbers: By the end of 1945, over 57,000 T-34s had been built: 34,780 original T-34 tanks in 1940–44, and another 22,559 T-34-85s in 1944–45. By way of comparison US Sherman tank production was approximately 53,362. The Russian production rate (1300 a month by 1943) was not bad for a nation that had to make those while under constant attack - at Stalingrad they even rolled off the factory line and straight into combat! So my Soviets had to have this tank. Since my Soviets are 1944-1945, it was the T-34/85 for me.
Regular reader may have noticed I am a bit of a T-34/85 fan anyway. I already own 19 of these great little tanks in 15mm scale for for Flames of War. So what's one more? A nice round score of T-34s.
I wavered a bit over the paintscheme but in the end, I opted to be more realistic and forgo any camo scheme. Soviets loved camo but not generally of the painted variety. I do at least get to have a tank slogan - "For the Homeland"
The Japanese can take comfort in the fact that a light ATG (+4 to penetrate) has a good chance of nailing a T-34/85 (1D6+4 within 2 feet) and even an ATR (+2 to penetrate) can take one from the side. On top of that, arty, infantry attacks and just general pins, can all make a tanker's day hell. I'm looking forward to taking this guy for a spin.