Battlefront 15mm Panzer IV Company – Deutsches Afrikakorps/Panzerarmee Afrika for Flames of War

Battlefront 15mm Panzer IV Company - Deutsches Afrikakorps/Panzerarmee Afrika for Flames of War 1/100 1:100

Nope, it’s not a repost of my most recent post. It’s another bunch of Panzers for my Afrika Korps force. I could have combined them all into one post, but I’m doing them in two posts to split them so they’re easier for me to find. And yeah, I’m well aware that they look very similar, but it’s really not that different to having two posts for two different Warhammer units from the same force in two posts.

Battlefront 15mm Panzer IV Company - Deutsches Afrikakorps/Panzerarmee Afrika for Flames of War 1/100 1:100

Battlefront 15mm Panzer IV Company - Deutsches Afrikakorps/Panzerarmee Afrika for Flames of War 1/100 1:100

I had to pick up a box of Panzer IVs to make up the numbers I needed to have the legal tank company, but I was okay with that. I went with a very similar breakdown to my Panzer IIIs. Two platoons of three Panzer IVs – which should be Ausf. G, all armed with the long 7.5cm KwK L/43. Same painting technique as the Tigers and Panzer III, right down to the chipping. The main difference on these is that I used (most of) my remaining red turret numbers. You might think that Battlefront’s actual Boxes of Afrika Korps tanks with red numbers on the turrets would have red number decals, but no. That’s bloody useful, isn’t it?

Battlefront 15mm Panzer IV Company - Deutsches Afrikakorps/Panzerarmee Afrika for Flames of War 1/100 1:100

Battlefront 15mm Panzer IV Company - Deutsches Afrikakorps/Panzerarmee Afrika for Flames of War 1/100 1:100

Also similarly to my Panzer III Company, I was happy enough to leave these units “as-is” when I built, painted and finished them, but I’m now thinking I may circle back around to them and add a few more tanks with other options. They were pretty fun to paint, but unfortunatel;y I didn’t write down all the steps as I did them, so if/when I get to more DAK armour I’ll have to ensure that I document the process properly.

Battlefront 15mm Panzer IV Company - Deutsches Afrikakorps/Panzerarmee Afrika for Flames of War 1/100 1:100

I did something a little different for the company HQ – a pair of Panzer IVs, but this time keeping the short 7.5cm KwK 37 L/24 as they work in FoW as an fire support tank with the abiulity to fire as artillery or drop smoke rounds. During assembly, I also found that the Plastic Soldier Company really work so much better aesthetically to my eye on tanks. I don’t mind the dumpy/”heroic”/squat proportions of the Battlefront models on infantry, but some of those watermelon-headed doofus’ sticking out of the turrets really looked bad, and I decided to start substituting the PSC commanders in (and yeah, I tore the BF commander out of that second turret!)

Battlefront 15mm Panzer IV Company - Deutsches Afrikakorps/Panzerarmee Afrika for Flames of War 1/100 1:100

That’s all of my German armour for the time being, and the final models I painted in August. With the addition of these 18 Panzers I painted and have shared over these most recent three posts, I’ve certainly bumped up the scope of my DAK force, and with that, the Stug III Gs are certainly going to be diverted into a different German force for the future.

These Panzers were also painted in August, and so add another chunk of heavy metal that will qualify for Dave Stone’s Season of Scenery Challenge . My next post will be my August wrap-up as well as my Season of Scenery wrap-up – though I do need to take the photos still. I’ll then get to September’s posts! I’m also going to have to take an updated photo of my Afrika Korps force with the armour addition!

17 thoughts on “Battlefront 15mm Panzer IV Company – Deutsches Afrikakorps/Panzerarmee Afrika for Flames of War

    • Thanks Dave! I found some online recently, but they’re expensive as hell and coming from the UK. I did bite the bullet since they had some other stuff I wanted, so we’ll see when they turn up if they were worthwhile…

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    • Thanks John. I’ll get the group shot shortly (can’t get to the War Room with it being wet outside due to crutches and potential slippage). I’ve got a bit of a scout element getting built to supplement these tanky bits, but completion for that won’t be for a couple of weeks at best, I imagine.

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  1. John and other WWII fans won’t like this, but all of the tanks look pretty similar to me 🙂 With that said, these look great once again and I’m impressed by your recent progress. I’m looking forward to whatever comes next!

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    • I don’t think anyone would really be offended by people not picking the small differences between the different Panzers III or IV, let alone the differences between the different versions of each. Well, not anyoone sane, at least – so I think you’re safe with John and the others in this corner of the community. 🙂

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    • Thank you. I’ve got some baby IIs on the painting desk right now to go alongside them for… scouting? distraction? infantry harassment? some reason, I’m sure. Perhaps they can try to fight the M3s I’m also working on? 😀

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      • The 20mm autocannon on the II’s was OK against some armor, but there was a shortage of tungsten that limited German supply. They eventually were moved more to the scouting range. I also painted an M3 as a captured German model – which was fun to do.

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      • Captured vehicles are one of the things I’m considering doing with any spares and odd leftovers I end up with. Well, that and damaged vehicles for objective markers. 🙂

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