Over the past two years (and two Analogue Hobby Painting Challenges) I have been building a 15mm Afrika Korps force, principally for use with Battlegroup Tobruk and Battlegroup Torch. Well its finally finished so I thought it was high time for some group shots of the force. Its been a fun slow grow project (though it wasn't intended to be quite so slow grow) and I particularly enjoyed finding and using all the early war vehicles and their variants which saw such great use in the desert. Recon ACs, Pz I, II, III, IV and IV Specials I'm really pleased with how the battered yet cohesive colours give this the look of a worn, veteran force. Big Guns! The only thing yet to come is a certain captured Matilda tank, which continues to elude capture (doesn't it Alan!) DAK Infantry with Truck, Hanomag and Motorcycle options What Army is complete without a storage solution? Though what army is really complete... ever!
Presenting the final submission for my DAK Army - Panzergrenadiers! Infantry (with each 3 squads each separated into their rifle and LMG groups) a Platoon HQ squad, both light and medium mortars in support, and a flammenwerfer trooper in case I want to field the platoon as Sappers. Forged in Battle (FiB) figures. For early desert war encounters I will mount them in trucks as Shutzen but in later engagement during the Tunisia/Torch era they will be Gepanzerte Grenadiers riding fancy new SdKfz 251 halftracks (PSC Hanomags, FiB Command variant) Here is the Kampfgruppe Kommander and his Command halftrack (FiB figures) To keep the boys in fighting shape, the medical support team: a medic, stretcher bearers and a SdKfz 251 ambulance variant. Taking these in Battlegroup increases the resilience of your force, so they have a real, on table effect. I haven't really in this capability before and am looking forward to trying them out. Combination of Peter Pig and FiB figures, Ambulance
My second submission this week was a grab bag of DAK specialist and support vehicles that I have enjoyed researching and collecting. I am building options for force lists and these help me both in the early years in the desert as well as and expanding into Tunisia and the Operation Torch era. SdKfz 265 Panzerbefehlswagen - modified from a Pz I Ausf A, this was a Command Tank variant with dedicated radio transmission equipment and operator. Here it is accompanied by a SdKfz 250 Halftrack, for use as the Luftwaffe Air Liaison Officer to control Air support (this has a tabletop control function in Battlegroup rules) SdKfz 254 - Produced as an artillery tractor by the Austrian Army between the Wars and prior to Anschluss, it has a unique and adjustable system of tracks and wheels. The Wehrmacht used it as a Forward Observer vehicle. Its such a cool and distinctive vehicle that I had to have one. This Battlefront model has the options to model with the wheels either eng
The obscure SdKfz 254 Artillery FO vehicle Recently I have been considering my options for the upcoming AHPC Season IX. I have a number of bits and bobs to do but I always have a central theme. I also have a penchant for buying and prepping figures, and then completely ignoring them during the challenge as new projects begin and new interests are kindled. Oh well... SdKfz 250/10 Command Recce vehicle sporting a 37mm anti-tank gun This year I am hoping to bulk out my fantasy force a bit (and because they are left over from a previous AHPC) but my main push is my 15mm Afrika Korps, both for Battlegroup Tobruk and the later Torch period. During AHPC VIII, I concentrated on the recce and light armour forces - this year I will add the heavier (its all relative in 41-42!) Pz IVs and a range of specialist vehicles. I have enjoyed finding the less common ones to really round out the force and give me a myriad of options. WIP: SdKfz 251 Ausf C Platoon HQ vehicle But before all that comm
Played our second game last night ,really enjoyed it ,we played the high ground scenario with 600pts each , John went for a mainly tank based group with no infantry support and as the defender i relied upon mainly artillery and anti tank guns with lots of support from off table artillery .The game went well ,we seemed to get on top of the rules that were causing us issues and got to a British victory on turn 7 .Replay next week with the roles reversed I will be attacking .the initial British defences looking from behind a 25pdr towards the DAK linesfrom the high ground as the panzers advanceboom the furthest point of the DAK advance as they became pinned down
Added a 2pdr portee to my Brits for Tobruk , I have enjoyed building this army lots of odd vehicles and this is another .The model is SHQ and wasnt a pleasure to build it didnt fit together very well the instructions were awful with bits shown I didnt have and I had bits that werent shown ? after studying the internet I realised that every one seemed different so just built it best I could ,I dont think it will be around on the table much anyway .
Yesterday saw another swirling Battlegroup Tobruk clash between John's and my combined Axis force and Alan's British. The Axis force included some lighter DAK elements and a column of John's lovely Italian M13 tankettes. We used the Flank Attack ...
After much anticipation (and model building), last week saw our first run out of Battlegroup Tobruk with Alan pitting his new 8th Army Armoured force against John's Ariete Division. It was awesome to get the new toys onto the table and f...