Powercreep and Russian Armed Forces
At this stage I feel that Russia as faction has no redeeming qualities that make me think "there is a trade off" to whatever kit or vehicle I am using against another blufor faction.
With the release of CAF, then AUS, then USMC, I always wondered what would happen to Russia, whomst has both inferior vehicles and weapons to make them a viable contender vs the kit of the new factions. The answer to that is nothing.
While I applaud OWI for making sure each layer is balance in terms of vehicles (something that was problematic in the past), they keep forgetting about the infantry kit that each faction has when it comes to this balance. Russia lovingly has the worse weapons of each conventional faction, from marksman, to auto rifleman, anti tank and even the base level rifles are pretty poor compared to the recoilless, high fire rate rifles that has been bestowed to us recently. Basically, Russian infantry sucks, Russian vehicles suck vs competitors, what to do now?
I have two solutions, and I can only put weight into one.
First solution, bring Russian infantry up to snuff, but how. Russia is in a tight place, partially because of OWI development trends and partially because of reality. OWI since ADF introduction has been drawn a line in the sand on limiting kit for a faction at 2010. We see that with Marines only partially having M27s, with the US still using M4s etc. Since Russia has basically not switched off the AK-74 in forever, and only recently started implementing optics wide spread into their infantry, for OWI to justify this would be another CTAS situation, cool, but a white elephant.
Second solution, play into asymmetry truly. Not just the fact that Russia has BTR-82s and CAF have Coyotes and they have different statistics, but actually play into the fact that Russia has more vehicles fielded. If there is a desire to make Russia more powerful as a faction, give them an extra vehicles to offset lesser power in both the infantry and vehicle department. I put more weight into this as a solution, since its easier to implement.
Interested in what everyone else feels about this, playing as Russia is always a drag and I even find playing MEA as more enjoyable as they don't play as "blufor but worse", a.k.a something unique.