Zvezda 15mm Panzer II Platoon- Deutsches Afrikakorps/Panzerarmee Afrika for Flames of War

Zvezda 15mm Panzer II Platoon- Deutsches Afrikakorps/Panzerarmee Afrika for Flames of War, Battlegroup, What a Tanker, 1:100, 1/100

After all of those British tanks done in October and November, it was time to work on something else besides British tanks. While that has included a couple of fantasy models and a few other things I’ve yet to show (soon!) It did of course include more tanks – though thes eones are German. So.. variety!

Zvezda 15mm Panzer II Platoon- Deutsches Afrikakorps/Panzerarmee Afrika for Flames of War, Battlegroup, What a Tanker, 1:100, 1/100

These ones are Panzer IIs, though not from Battlefront (they only offer a metal and resin version) or Plastic Soldier Company, but Zvedza, who have a pretty nice range of inexpensive push-fit kits. Since these models would have turned up in Africa with the first Germans, I decided to do the whole “overpainted” thing with the desert yellow, showing the early balkenkruz and palm on panzer grey in their little unpainted “windows” within the overpainted yellow.

Zvezda 15mm Panzer II Platoon- Deutsches Afrikakorps/Panzerarmee Afrika for Flames of War, Battlegroup, What a Tanker, 1:100, 1/100

In addition to the Panzer Platoon itself, I also painted an extra PzII to act as an artillery spotter. Since the turrets of these simpler Zvezda models are one piece, I drilled and cut out a small hole in place of the 2-piece hatch and added in a PSC commander, and used a couple of small rectangles of styrene to represent the opened hatch.

Zvezda 15mm Panzer II, Plastic Soldier Company Panzer III, Tiger I - Deutsches Afrikakorps/Panzerarmee Afrika for Flames of War, Battlegroup, What a Tanker, 1:100, 1/100

I thought a scale shot would work well here – these things are tiny! Apparently the Zvezda PzIIs are a little undersized compared to their equivalent Battlefront models, but it’s only by a couple of millimetres, and it’s not like it’ll make a meaningful difference on the table. They were also particularly quick and easy to assemble and then paint, so these were an unusually pleasant hobby experience.

18 thoughts on “Zvezda 15mm Panzer II Platoon- Deutsches Afrikakorps/Panzerarmee Afrika for Flames of War

    • Cheers Dave. I’ve got a roadblock in front of me right now. I need to add a bunch of milliput stowage to the ones I’ve got built before I can take them further, and while it’s not hard to do, it’s the sort of thing that I’ve been avoiding in favour of doing anything else at all!

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  1. This is really nice work yet again! I’d be lying if I said I didn’t I get excited at the mention of some fantasy minis coming soon though too. I’m curious to see what you’ve got up your sleeve!

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    • Thanks Kuribo. Sadly as I noted above, none of the five I’d been working on for Roger’s Mo’vember challenge got completed in time (all are fantasy models) – they’ll still get done, but not as quickly now I’d assume. I did get a few semi-fantasy models done, but they’re nothing to get too excited for. In the meantime, I’ll be getting a couple more terrain reviews done over the next week (and out of the way in my queue) while I’m busy doing stuff for work.

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  2. Nice II’s. Yes indeed they are tiny, but in WaT they do get to reload easier with their autocannon and they are tougher to hit because of their size. Probably some similar rules in FoW I would imagine. I like that you went over the grey – I did the same with mine, though those were resin FoW models. Now, battle reports!

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    • No real special rules for them in FoW unless I’m mistaken, though I’m not faimilar with all of the special rules yet – and we haven’t managed to play for awhile now since it’s heated up quite a lot. I did take some photos last time, though a written-up bat-rep might be hard on the memory. I’ll try and get it posted when I have a break between newly-painted models and some more BFiAB terrain reviews….

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