Bows and Arrows Against the Lightning!
The PTRD-41 was a single shot anti-tank rifle used in large numbers by the Red Army throughout the Second World War. It lacked the capability of weapons such as the American Bazooka or the German Panzerschreck, firing a 14.5mm cartridge, which was incapable of penetrating the frontal armour of any of the German medium tanks. At ranges of less than 100 metres, it could penetrate armour plate with a thickness of around 35mm.
In Bolt Action terms, the PTRD-41 has a Penetration Bonus of +2, which compares to the +5 for the Bazooka and the +6 for the Panzerschreck. So, in game terms, it's a pretty feeble weapon, particularly if you are the poor soul lying there waiting to squeeze the trigger and a Nazi Tiger is heading straight in your direction.
Why then should you bother to spend the time and effort painting up the two figures you need to make a piece of kit which has the odds seemingly stacked against it?
|Ivan... there's a Tiger heading straight for us!|
|Caught in the glare of an illuminating flare...|
|Staring down the barrel of a tin opener.|
|Aerial view of the No.2. Performing the vital pointing function and showing off his looted German accessories.|
If the PTRD isn't going to halt a Panzer IV in its tracks, then it might, at least, bag a brace of ducks and give its team a hearty meal before they sacrifice themselves for the greater good of the Communist cause.
|The PTRD Stats in Bolt Action... with 6 on the die, against the side armour and with the wind blowing in right direction, who knows!|
A Hero of the Soviet Union.