I've been playing the mod for a month now as the Soviets and have only played with AI since it's my way of "practicing". It works since I've got the hang of the Breakthrough Strat but what really ticks me off is the Propaganda Strat. I mean, how do I go about it? Do I need both mustering tent and support barracks? How about setting up a defensive line when all I have is an MG emplacement and AT guns usually get decrewed by infantry blobs. Yes I mess up a lot with proaganda but i can fare well with breakthrough. How do I go about the "Infantry and arty" centric style of propaganda? Do I get RBS asap? Or should I rush the tank hall like I usually do with breakthrough and skip SST altogether? Any general tips to using this strat?
EDIT: I'm running the latest version of EF if that needs to be mentioned.
Good that you mention which Version you use. Sometimes People post about problems they have when they try to Play EF in older Versions.
Anyways, for Propaganda you can and should start with t2. Build 1-2 ingenery, then call in a conscript and build an sg-43 squad. Start capping, get a 2nd conscript and a 2nd sg-43 or a sniper/gaz43 Jeep in case of enemy snipers.
Then try to hold a Portion of the map, if necessary, call in more conscripts. Use the Commissar ability to transform Conscripts into Strafnye troops. This way Conscripts become quite powerful Units. Even though they're intended to be used defensively (just like mp40 Volks), you can still perform flanks and use them for performing assaults.
If you want to go offensive, backtech to tier1, get molotovs.
Then you can decide: either Switch over to the left side of Propaganda and get Navals as replacement for Strelky/guards, or use the other abilities on the RHS.
From that Point get SU 85/SU 100 in case you Need AT, or get t34s. Use Katyushas lategame or God of War to destroy enemy weapon Crews/at guns.