From: Carnegie, Australia
While I generally agree that AT units are not a game changer for the Soviets, I do think that some smart shopping can improve your situation.
The AT brigade costs 5 points and, more importantly in my view, counts as a stacked unit, thus depriving you of another infantry division to dig in with. The AT brigade only gives you 16 76mm and 12 45mm guns. Too expensive on a per gun cost. My German opponent in this, my first Soviet campaign, said he never felt they caused him much harm.
But there are other choices available. When they become available the 42a AT Regiment are two points each and has a TOE of 20 76mm guns. So paying one point less (for 2 regiments) gets you 40 guns instead of 16. But wait, there's more! Spending the same 5 points as a brigade can get you five 42 TD Battalions at 12 76mm guns each, for a total of 60 vs 16.
Since neither the regiments nor the battalions count as a stacked unit, it seems you can get more bang for your buck with them. I'll be trying out that strategy in my next Soviet game. Of course, you still need a commander who will commit them to battle, but that's another story.
Which brings up a question for the developer guys, are AT support units more likely to be committed to a battle involving German armor or do all support units have the same chance of being committed? It seems if I'm looking at panzers on the horizon I'd rather get an AT regiment than a motorcycle regiment.
Disband the Motorcycle regiment problem solved ;-P Plus Motorcycle regiments are truck hogs.
At 100+ trucks per mc regiment I wouldn't actually call them hogs, especially as a Tank Corp takes 1500???
When you escape from the lions den, it is unwise to go back for your hat.