Battlefront 15mm Panzer III Ausf.J/L & Ausf.N- Deutsches Afrikakorps/Panzerarmee Afrika for Flames of War

Battlefront 15mm Panzer III Ausf.J/L & Ausf.N- Deutsches Afrikakorps/Panzerarmee Afrika for Flames of War, What a Tanker, Battlegroup, 1/100, 1:100

After painting a reasonable few Panzer IIIs and IVs late last year, I was satisfied with having added some armoured punch to my infantry-based Afrika Korps force. At that point I decided I needed an OpFor for local gaming, and so started painting British 8th Army tanks in turn. Seeing how many of those I got done made me realise I needed to shore up the DAK to be roughly the same, so it was time to add a few more models.

Battlefront 15mm Panzer III Ausf.J/L- Deutsches Afrikakorps/Panzerarmee Afrika for Flames of War, What a Tanker, Battlegroup, 1/100, 1:100

First thing, then, was to add some Panzer III “specials” which will have the option of adding to the existing Zugs, creating a new Zug and also provide escort options for the pair of Tiger Is. I went for these since they can pass for non-uparmoured PzIIIF/Gs with the standard long 5cm guns in a pinch, and also since there were simply more of the J/Ls in action during the period I’ll be playing in. Plus, they have to go up against all those Lees/Grants/Shermans on the Allied side!

Battlefront 15mm Panzer III Ausf.N- Deutsches Afrikakorps/Panzerarmee Afrika for Flames of War, What a Tanker, Battlegroup, 1/100, 1:100

I also didn’t have any Ausf.N at all previously, so I decided to add a single Zug of three models to reprsent these and give some options and variety on the tabletop – again, especially in light of the wide variety of Allied armour I’ll be able to run opposite…

These models were all painted in the same manner as my previous Panzers, though these feature milliput stowage mixed in with the plastic parts that I’m both proud of and completely aware that can’t really be seen or noticed 😀