not a good idea to do a separate unit 'Razvedchik' because in the Soviet army 'Razvedchik' acted as a part of small groups of 3-6 soldiers in the all types of troops and did not act alone in large groups (battalion regiment brigade, etc.).ThvN wrote:OK, I'll add some ideas, but it is quite difficult, as a lot of units were produced only in very small numbers, and I don't like too many 'what-if' models. But since there was a request for suggestions and upgrade paths for units in some specific classes (early self-propelled artillery, etc.), I had to get creative. Since I write a lot, I will use several posts to keep it manageable.
Still on my wish list, some Soviet 'HW' infantry.
Perhaps a nice SE unit would be the elite 'Razvedchik' (Разведчики, scouts), which had camouflaged uniforms ('amoeba' pattern seems commonly mentioned). They often operated behind enemy lines, so they would be comparable to the British SAS SE infantry units?
Seen here, a Razvedchik scout (left) meeting with partisans.
Speaking of SE units, I have an idea: some Soviet tanks were built with extra armour plates added to the hull and turret, so-called 'Ehkranami' models (I've come across the phrases 'с экранами'/'экранированных' : 'with screens'/'shielded'). This might help distinguish SE tanks and give them a better chance of survival, which might be a more appropiate bonus than extra firepower (like the German SE tanks).
I've found that uparmoured versions were built of the BT-7, T-26, T-28, T-34 and KV-1.
The regular tanks might benefit from some attention as well, but I'll continue with those later.
In the Red Army Se (infantry) can have all types of troops (except conscript and partisans) that can have a title (Guards, a special (osobaya), private (otdelnaya)) for a visual difference they can make in camouflage 'amoeba'