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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D-Day

Just part of the centre phalanx Howard controlled.

A little late in my posting this but I had the opportunity to play in the Calgary R.E.G.I.M.E.N.T.’s D-Day event, which we held on June 9th. D-Day is actually June 6 for those of you who aren’t too knowledgeable about things historical but since that was the middle of the week we landed as close as we could.

I played the Germans with my buddies Brad and Rory defending Juno Beach which is no easy task! Our club member David had designed up a 6′ x 16″ board that accurately portrays Juno Beach in all it’s glory! Tasked with defending the town of Bernieres, I had to drive off the droves of Canadians storming the beaches in that section while Brad took the centre of the board between Courseulles and Bernieres where, to my knowledge the Royal WInnipeg Rifles and the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada were fighting viciously.

I have to say, though I normally love playing Germans my heart was really with the Canadians during this day. I’m not one to swell with patriotic pride very often but playing this scenario and the more or less accurate nature of it instilled a quiet kind of awe and reverence for the Veterans that our great nation has had fight for us. Just imagining what those brave men had to endure so that the free world could remain free from the tyranny of the Nazi armies made me feel quite honoured and frankly undeserving of such a sacrifice.

SO while I absolutely LOVE tournament scenarios, being able to play a historical event, especially one that is so near and dear to Canadians brought me a new level of understanding and pride for my nation.

GO Canada!

p.s. True to form, the Canadians ended up taking the countryside. While the Germans fought and held them off for as long as possible, Howard’s phalanx in the centre pretty decisively broke through and Stuarts assault on Bernieres was a pretty decisive one!

To see more pics go on over to the Gallery.

Project America: Test Stand

Found a great YouTube channel called Dr. Faust’s Painting Clinic that provided a really nice tutorial on painting US Infantry and Armor in a super speedy but really good looking fashion. Knowing that I have a ton of infantry to get through for a 1750pt tournament list I wanted to be sure that I was getting the technique down pat and maximizing the output while still making really good looking models.

The camera is a little dark (and light) but I did take some quick snapshots of the test stand that I did up recently. Took about a half hour all told from when I started painting to when I applied the final touches of flock on the base. Not bad!

Project Lehr: Painting Challenge

I decided to join Adam in his Project America with my own Project Lehr so that I can redo my lehr to a quality that I am happy with.

First the List:

Panzergrenadier Lehr Kompanie HQ  p.103
2
3
2
Cmd SMG team
Sd Kfz 251/1
Panzerschreck team
130
Combat Platoons
Panzergrenadier Lehr Platoon  p.104
1
3
3
1
6
Cmd Panzerfaust SMG team
Tank-hunter team
Sd Kfz 251/1
Sd Kfz 251/10 (3.7cm)
MG team
290
Panzergrenadier Lehr Platoon  p.104
1
3
3
1
6
Cmd Panzerfaust SMG team
Tank-hunter team
Sd Kfz 251/1
Sd Kfz 251/10 (3.7cm)
MG team
290
Panzergrenadier Lehr Platoon  p.104
1
2
2
1
4
Cmd MG team
Tank-hunter team
Sd Kfz 251/1
Sd Kfz 251/10 (3.7cm)
MG team
175
Panzergrenadier Lehr Heavy Platoon  p.104
1
1
1
1
2
2
Cmd SMG team
Sd Kfz 251/1
Observer Rifle team
Kubelwagen
Sd Kfz 251/2 (8cm)
Sd Kfz 251/9 (7.5cm)
190
Weapons Platoons
Panzergrenadier Lehr Heavy Mortar Platoon  p.105
1
1
2
2
4
Cmd SMG team
Sd Kfz 251/1
Kubelwagen
Observer Rifle team
12cm sGW43 mortar
160
Divisional Support
Panzerspäh Lehr Platoon  p.113
1
2
Sd Kfz 250 (Recce)
Sd Kfz 250/9 (2cm)
115
Armoured Rocket Launcher Battery  p.201
1
1
1
1
3
Cmd SMG team
Kfz 15 field car
Observer Rifle team
Kubelwagen
Panzerwerfer 42 (5+ crew – counts double)
180
Anti-aircraft Gun Lehr Platoon  p.119
2 Sd Kfz 7/2 (3.7cm) (armoured) 120
Heavy Anti-aircraft Gun Lehr Platoon  p.119
1
1
1
1
Cmd SMG team
Kfz 15 field car
8.8cm FlaK36 gun (8 crew)
Sd Kfz 7
95
Company Points: 1745

This list allows me to put in some strong infantry platoons (2 of 10, 1 of 8 and 1 of 6) as well as 3 bombardments. I have the 12cm mortars, 15cm rockets and the combined 12cm and 2 8cm mortars in the KG that go with 7 infantry teams to give me the third bombardment and fourth infantry platoon.

The Painting:

I have some halftracks finished and the 2cm HT Recce finished. I decided to throw the Recce up since they are the only full platoon that is completed so far.

I like these little guys as they will allow me to lift gtg and support the main thrust with a couple extra AA shots if needed. The models I spent some time applying battle damage through scratches and also rust marks (not sure the rust will show on the photos) and then converted a couple models and got out the putty in order to make a soldier manning the AAmg on the rear of the command HT. I am quite pleased if I do say so myself.

I am hoping to have the Heavy platoon and/or HQ dismounted teams finished and up for Sunday.

Project America: The List

M18 Hellcat with Muzzle Brake

I’m in the middle of transitioning from one job to another right now which has pretty much been completed, so I’ve a lot of spare time on my hands during the day.

So as a result I’ve been playing a lot with EasyArmy and coming up with my first 1750pt American tournament list.

I think I’ve settled into something pretty sweet.

I was pretty sure that I wanted to go with a mechanized list because I think that combined arms provides the most versatility and, frankly, looks the best on the board. You get a good block of troops with good mobility and you can take a nice variety of vehicles and toys.

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