Saturday, November 27, 2021

Game Day at Ogre's Den

Six of us came to check out a newish shop (to us, anyways) and were able to get a few games of Flames of War in, 110 points of Late War.  I wanted to try out a Bagration Panzer IV list and Wyn had some US Armor.  We rolled up a Fighting Withdrawl with the Americans defending.  Nothing is painted yet, apologies!

Panzer IVs concentrate on the left side of the board, but it is heavily mined.

My Panzergrenadiers and some supporting units converge on the town, but the entry is mined as well.

The infantry manage to get into the town, but become Pinned Down for the next five turns! (They just wouldn't roll a 4+) and the attack stalls.  The 2cm Flak and some supporting artillery put tons of fire, into the Americans, but it isn't enough by itself.

Wyn's large platoon of 76mm-armed Shermans come from Ambush and deal some serious damage, but eventually the Panzer IVs get them.  The other Shermans nearby get the rest of my Panzers though!

Wyn was able to hold my attack off, though I feel like I had a chance.  I've never tried Late War armor before and thought it might be fun, and I wasn't disappointed! The game was pretty even, and if my troops could have unpinned I would have had a chance to capture the game.

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Artillery Observation Vehicles

 I finally finished a Panzer III observer tank that I originally built and base-painted about 10 years ago.  I went ahead and painted a Sd. Kfz. 253 observer half-track too, just in case.  I'm not sure why anyone would take it instead of the tank though, since they're the same cost.

This is an old resin kit and needed to be converted.  I started with an old Panzer III E and modified the mantlet, adding a MG and false gun barrel.

Simple green line camo so I can easily use it for Mid War or Late.

This is also resin and received a basic dunkelgelb to match my Mid War Grossdeutchland force.

7.5cm PaK40 Platoon

    While I was in the mood to update my army for V4, I took the 3.7cm Pak36s from my Mid War army and rebased them too since they aren't an option anymore.  I moved the crew over to large bases and gave them some harder-hitting 7.5cm PaK40s.  All minis are metal Battlefront.

Command team has a fourth crewman.

Here are the three guns I built for my last event.  Airbrushed with Tamiya acrylics.

Rebased Antitank Teams

 With the switch to V4 came new rules for old units, and I finally decided to take my old Panzershreck teams from my HG Panzergrenadiers and put them on smaller bases.  I'll probably dress the bases up more when I add to the rest of the army.

I can't see ever needing four of them, but I had eight dudes that needed a new home.

Monday, November 8, 2021

Late War Game With Ziv

 I got to play a game with my friend Ziv not too long ago, and I hadn't seen his since the Before Times.  We had a great game of Soviets vs. Germans, and we just played Free For All.

Our scene of battle

The Panthers finally seemed to have the upper hand against Soviet tanks!