Well, I have taken advantage of the special offer discounts to acquire three new tanks. This is at least one more than I had planned for, but I decided just to take advantage of the offer whilst I could. This does mean my credit total has been reduced somewhat, which may delay my acquiring of the ST-I for a short while, but probably not too long.
The first tank I bought was the SU-100Y. I thought long and hard about the SU-122-44, but eventually passed it over. Firstly it was much more expensive. Secondly it was a matter of crew training considerations. The SU-122-44 has four crew – Commander, Gunner, Driver, and Loader. The SU-100Y has six crew – Commander, two Gunners, Driver, and two Loaders. Most later Soviet TDs have five crew – Commander, Gunner, Driver, and two Loaders. Therefore the SU-100Y allows me to train an entire TD crew, plus at least one extra gunner, and sometimes an extra loader depending on the details – whereas the SU-122-44 would not even allow me to train an entire crew of a later tank.
As a consequence of getting the SU-100Y I decided to buy the SU-100 at the discount. It is the next step in the Soviet TD line, and with the new premium I have a good training vehicle. I will sell off the SU-85B probably quite soon and when I do I will probably transfer that crew to the SU-100, but I am going to see if I can get an Ace Tanker mastery badge for the Tier IV TD before I do so.
The final tank I bought was the discounted T-150. I skipped the T-150 when I was going up the KV-line of heavy tanks – by the time 7.5 hit I had already researched the KV-3. The KV-3 remained unlocked when it moved to Tier VII, and I just ignored the T-150. The completionist in me has always wanted to get in some games on it however, to try it out. Now I have that opportunity – but I will need to train up a new crew for it. I don’t anticipate keeping the T-150 longer-term, indeed I intend to probably re-acquire the KV-1S to research out the MT-25 at some point, and generally get another heavy crew trained up for when I progress up the IS line.