How many figures to play Macs Missions on the Eastern Front

I’ve already posted on How many figures will I need to start playing Crossfire?. The answer is about 40 figures per side, about 80 total. But following a comment by Andrés F., after my Play Test of Mac’s Crossfire Missions v3, I thought it would be interesting to calculate how many figures are necessary to play Macs Missions on the Eastern Front. We’re talking pick up games for Crossfire here. If you want to be able to play all main force options and all the reinforcements, the answer is, quite a lot of figures.


What I did

For my Play test of Mac’s Missions v1 I made four Soviet orders of battle and four German so the players could quickly choose one on the day. So if you want the possibility to play all four orders of battle, you need to collect the aggregated main force for each side. So I’m have munged them together – see below.

If you are interested in the reinforcements introduced in Macs Missions v3 then you’ll have to collect some more figures or draft some alternative reinforcement options to reflect the figures you have. I have aggregated the reinforcements – see below.


Russian Order of Battle

To be able to play all four Russian orders of battle for Mac’s Missions – “Attack”, “Attack/Defence”, “Defence”, and “Hidden” – you’ll need these figures:

Russian Order of Battle – Aggregated Main force

  • 1 x Rifle Company
    • 1 x CC (+1)
    • 1 x HMG
    • 1 x On-table 50mm Mortar (12 FM)
    • 3 x Rifle Platoon: PC (+1/0); 3 x Rifle Squad; One Rifle Squad per Platoon has ATR (Red dot)
  • 1 x Engineer Platoon: 1 x PC (+1/0); 3 x Rifle Squad
  • 1 x SMG Platoon: 1 x PC (+1/0); 3 x SMG Squad; One squad has ATR
  • 2 x HMG
  • 1 x FO for off-table 82mm Mortar (12FM)
  • 1 x FO for off-table 120mm Mortar (12FM)
  • 1 x FO for off-table Heavy Artillery (4FM)
  • 1 x SU-152
  • 1 x Minefield
  • 1 x Bunker (2 SQ)

Russian main force totals:

  • 63 x infantry figures
  • 1 x SU-152
  • 1 x Minefield
  • 1 x Bunker (2 SQ)

The reinforcements demand more figures:

Russian Order of Battle – Aggregated Reinforcements

  • 2 x Rifle Platoons: PC (+1/0); 3 x Rifle Squad
  • 1 x Sapper Platoon: PC (+1/0); 3 x Engineer Rifle Squad
  • 1 x SMG Platoon: PC (+1/0); 3 x SMG Squad
  • 1 x Storm Group 1st Assault Wave: PC (+2); 4 x SMG squads
  • 1 x HMG
  • 1 x on-table 50 mm Mortar (6 FM)
  • 1 x FO for off-table 82 mm Mortar (3 FM)
  • 1 x 45mm ATG with optional tow
  • 1 x BT-7, T-26, SU-76M or SU-76i

Russian reinforcement totals:

  • 58 x infantry figures
  • 1 x 45mm ATG with optional tow
  • 1 x BT-7, T-26, SU-76M or SU-76i

German Order of Battle

To be able to play all four German orders of battle for Mac’s Missions – “Attack”, “Attack/Defence”, “Defence”, and “Hidden” – you’ll need these figures:

German Order of Battle – Aggregated Main Force

  • 1 x Grenadier Company
    • 1 x CC (+2)
    • 2 x HMG
    • 1 x FO for off-table 80mm Mortar (12FM)
    • 1 x Rifle Platoon: 1 x PC (+2); 3 x Rifle Squad
    • 2 x Rifle Platoon: 1 x PC (+1); 3 x Rifle Squad; One Rifle Squad per Platoon has ATR (Red dot)
  • 1 x Assault Engineer Platoon: 1 x PC (+1/0); 3 x Rifle Squad
  • 1 x FO for off-table 80mm Mortar (12FM)
  • 1 x FO for off-table 120mm Mortar (12FM)
  • 1 x FO for off-table 75mm Infantry Gun (12FM)
  • 1 x Stug III F-G
  • 1 x Minefield
  • 1 x Bunker (2SQ)

German main force totals:

  • 50 x infantry figures
  • 1 x Stug III F-G
  • 1 x Minefield
  • 1 x Bunker (2SQ)

The reinforcements demand more figures:

German Order of Battle – Aggregated Reinforcements

  • 1 x Rifle Platoon: PC (+1); 3 x Rifle Squad
  • 1 x Weak Rifle Platoon: PC (+1); 2 x Rifle Squad
  • 1 x Assault Engineer Platoon: PC (+1); 3 x Assault Engineer Squad
  • 1 x Weak SMG Platoon: PC (+1); 2 x SMG Squad
  • 1 x HMG
  • 1 x FO for off-table 80 mm Mortar (3 FM)
  • 1 x FO for off-table 81 mm Mortar (4 FM)
  • 1 x FO for off-table 75 mm Infantry Gun (2 FM)
  • 1 x 5.0cm PaK 38 ATG with optional tow

German reinforcement totals:

  • 39 x infantry figures
  • 1 x 5.0cm PaK 38 ATG with optional tow

1 comment to How many figures to play Macs Missions on the Eastern Front

  • Andrés F.

    Great to see I inspired this post! Very useful information, as always. It turns out I’m missing very few things, and mostly for the reinforcements.

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