Sunday, 7 October 2012

12th SS Panzer with supports

I have managed to get all the Germans together, so this posting is the result of a bit of Fuji time. Hopefully it is a decent enough shoot and the figures and models are up to it.

The core of the force is 2 platoons of Panzer Grenadiers, with a platoon command, a Kampfgruppe command in a PanzerIV, and in the picture is a Recce Command in a 250, a 37mm Pak 35/36, and a Flak 36 88mm. There are 4 anti tank teams with schrecks.
   I have not got any 251's or 250's for recce and transport yet, so will use lorries and kubels etc. I have a 222 light armoured car done but not completely finished, and another on the bench waiting for me to scratch build a 20mm cannon for it. Both need a grill for the open turret, but I haven't worked out how to do it yet! I got the 2 sidecar combi's with a box of bits and guns, and painted them up[ as they were nice and easy models to get finished.

I use the 2 halftracks as prime movers for the Pak40 and 88mm. I have a third opel blitz that I got as a bit of a derelict, which I will be converting to a little set piece radio truck.
Anti air is provided by 2 halftracks, the first with a quad 20mm and the second with a 37mm
The core of the tank support are 3 Panthers picked up a while ago, which had to be extensively cleaned and repainted. I tried to do a decent job of the camo pattern, but have to admit that what I have seen others do is far better.
The workhorse on the tabletop, and in real life were the Stugs, and these are no exception. Generally they are pretty well chosen any time an armour option is needed, the Panthers being just too expensive. I got the 3 Stugs off ebay when I got a £30 voucher for selling a couple of £'s worth of 15mm. Well worth it.
Well, here they are, my favourite models, the 2 Airfix Tigers I converted/pimped up, to make them something just a little bit more than the original kits. I really like them, and enjoy playing with them. They just intimidate everything on the table, if they are used thoughtfully and carefully. A 17pdr round will write them off far too easily.
Here are 2 King Tigers I picked up. Along with the Tiger1's they represent SS Swherer Panzer 101 in its many guises, on deployment first in Normandy, and later when they were re-equiped.
Anti tank is provided by 2 JagdpanzerIV's i got and converted with 2 barrels from SHQ to turn them into early L48 75mm's. he side skirts broke on one, so I cut them off, aerials drilled in.
Heavy Anti Tank comes in the form of a JagdPanther and a JagdTiger.

Some Late war antitank models, a nice little Hetzer, with a JagdPanzerIV L70. The Hetzer is a very nice model, I had to sort out the mudguards when I got it, but lovely little thing

Out of area, as in the Eastern front or very late, I got a very cheap model of an Elefant. I had to repaint and sort out the running gear which was in quite bad condition. The Hornisse was a Britannia model, that I had to break apart and reglue together again to set the running gear level.
Well there it is, not all though. I have a pack of PSC PanzerIV's still in the box, 2 105mm guns, a 222, a SHQ Marder III and a radio truck to build and paint and to get off the bench.

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