Building brigades is one way to grow and evolve the Red Army. Personally i find Brigades to be the seeds of destruction. The fact is in NOV 1941 The cost for 1 Soviet infantry division is the same cost as 4 Brigades. The soviet player doesn't have to wait until 1942 to create 10ap Infantry divisions. Buy them starting in Nov41 as brigades.
4 Brigades in Nov of 1941 can do just about anything a single soviet division can do, and even more. Sure it takes time to plant them, cultivate them. But its worth it.
1 division can sit in Stalino. 4 Brigades can occupie Stalino, Makeevka, Gorlovka and the town of Dolya. Freeing up a Division for the front.
8 brigades can defend in depth a quiet sector of the front, 2 divisions can defend 2 hexes.
3 divisions can stack fully in 1 hex with a CV of 3, 12 brigades can stack in 4 hexes each with a CV of 3. The CV will increase over time based on refit.
All units have a use, and to each unit a use.
Building the brigades, if you can, and want, is not a waste of manpower, arms and AP's. You don't sacrifice the future of Infantry Divisions or Corps. Its an investment for the future. Its the axis nightmare of zombie hordes.
The emergency period is past when Nov41 rolls around. This is the time of seeding the rear areas. The time to breath again and think of the future, beyond the blizzard. These zombies will grow into Divisions and Corps. Before that they dig, they grow, they multiply. When it is time to grow-up and shuffle forward, they will.
Let me make this clear.
It feels like an exploit, to be able to buy brigades at a cost of 5ap's starting in Nov41. The cost of the Division goes down to 10ap later in 1942, the brigades stay at 5ap. The time of Seeding is over, the time of growth begins.
If the designers and majority of players, think its not a big deal, cool by me. I'll just keep buying the seeds of destruction. Beware all who visit my collective.
“We never felt like we were losing until we were actually dead.”