Last night I added static grass to the bases (they had been based with Woodlands Scenics grasses) and also Meadow Grass clumps- which lifts the bases quite nicely by adding a splash of colour.
The only downside with cossacks is the fact you need cavalry and infantry versions of each unit. I'm note sure whether to run a big and small company (13x mounted vs 5 x dismounted cossacks), or go for a more balanced 2x 9 teams i.e 2 platoons per company). My main concern is the base size and getting the mounted cossacks into action- last time I went for a larger dismounted company and used the mounted cossacks mainly for follow up assaults- I'll have to experiment with both versions.
Anyway the Battalion consists of:
- Batajon Command: Commander, 2iC and komissar
- HQ sapper platoon: 4x mounted and dismounted cossacks
- 1st Company: 13x mounted cossacks and dismounted versions.
- 2nd Company: 13x dismounted cossacks
- 4x 45mm AT guns
- 4x 120mm mortars (won't be used for Southcon)
I've also a few dismounted HMGs and Anti-tank rifle teams for other options.
For Southcon its a matter of working out the suppport combination I want:
8x Conscript Shermans + 4x SU 122s
7x Trained shermans + 4x Zis 2
8x Conscript Shermans and 8x Stuarts
Each could have their uses.
A few pictures:
The dismounted cossacks company. My cossacks are a combiantion of the regular cossacks and the Russian infantry in Great Coats (my favourite BF Soviet range) a number of which have cossacks hats instead of helmets- I had a few spares as a result of converting some cossacks to Hungarian Cavalry a few years ago.