King Tiger Henschel

I would say that I’m likely a funny kind of German player.

Like most German players I LOVE any variation of halftrack, like any German player I’m totally in love with Dunklegelb. But I think unlike my brothers from the Fatherland I tend to shy away from the heavy armour or things that require a huge investment of points.

While realistic paint techniques are popular today, I did want my German army to be more reflective of '70s kind of 'candy coated' miniatures.

That’s why I am so attracted to the Panzerspah lists; you get a ton of little tanks that run around super fast and it’s a pretty ‘finessey’ army to play. I like having some tactical variation in my lists and I tend to favour lists that have ‘underdogs’ that are either outgunned or have to rely upon speed and flexibility over brute force and strength.

When both my Ottawa buddies AND my pals in Calgary had pushed for me to take Panthers in my Puma list as a focal platoon I resisted it a fair amount.

I’m likely the only German player to have never fielded a Tiger of any variation. And I own 5 Tiger IEs.

So with this upcoming tournament happening in Kamloops I decided that I wanted to focus less on creating a ‘nasty’ competitive list and more on playing with some stuff that I normally wouldn’t take, so that meant Tigers.

At first I had a list prepared that was going to take not only 2 Tiger IEs but they were going to be upgraded to Carius and his buddy, but in the end I just wasn’t into painting all of the models (2 Tigers plus another 8 bloody Pumas on top of the 10 I already own) plus the cost to acquire this list was a little outside of my budget range.

As well a lot of Flames of War players who have a lot more experience than I do with the game had brought up the very good point that Tiger Is in late war, especially now with Soviets and US having access to high AT weaponry, are usually just bullet magnets.

So instead I decided to spend the points on 1 King Tiger. With a wholoping 15 front armour and a gun that will swiss cheese through just about anything the Allies have to offer, it seemed like an obvious choice if I was going to take a Tiger of any kind in Late War.

Let me just say I LOVED assembling and painting this model. Just the profile of a Tiger II is an image charged with power and dread in history. The idea of having this as my center piece model was pretty thrilling.

I like the way it turned out! All I need to do now is add some decals and it’s ready for the tournament!

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