Battlefront Sd Kfz 10/4 Light AA Platoon (GBX147) – Deutsches Afrikakorps for Flames of War

Battlefront Sd Kfz 10/4 Light AA Platoon (GBX147) - Deutsches Afrikakorps for Flames of War, 15mm, 1:100, 1/100, Battlegroup

The next little set of models for my Afrika Korps fit very much in the support role. A platoon of Sd Kfz 10/4 – halftrack mounted light Anti-Aircraft flak guns. This kit is actually the “Late War” version, as I was unable to get hold of the Mid War version, sold in both DAK and “Grey” boxes with identical contents for some reason. There’s a slight difference to both the gun model, the gun shield and the seating arrangement in these earlier versions, but I’m not about to get too fussed over a difference that small, and anyone who wants to get upset and count the rivets is welcome to count how many fingers I’m holding up. 🙂

Battlefront Sd Kfz 10/4 Light AA Platoon (GBX147) - Deutsches Afrikakorps for Flames of War, 15mm, 1:100, 1/100, Battlegroup

Painting was again pretty straightforward – For these, I just followed my established methods of painting DAK armour, and then eventually when I got to the crew, painted them in the same manner of my Flak88 crew – basically in their Luftwaffe Uniforms. I marked the command model by adding in an extra model with binoculars to the passenger seat of one of the halftracks to represent an Unteroffizer or other NCO.

Battlefront Sd Kfz 10/4 Light AA Platoon (GBX147) - Deutsches Afrikakorps for Flames of War, 15mm, 1:100, 1/100, Battlegroup

I did however run into a particularly painful issue – the vehicles are resin with metal tracks and wheels, the crew are metal, but the guns are plastic – this means that the guns end up looking like the one in the image above, unless you do what I did in the image above – and that’s to magnetise the bloody things so they stay down! My initial plan was to use metal ball bearings in the guns and magnets in the chassis – the theory that the bearings would add weight while also being attracted to the magnets.

Battlefront Sd Kfz 10/4 Light AA Platoon (GBX147) - Deutsches Afrikakorps for Flames of War, 15mm, 1:100, 1/100, Battlegroup

That did not work, unfortunately, and the bearings supposedly sent by the seller from eBay took more than a month to never actually arrive, despite them supposedly being in located in Sydney (a couple of days for the post, at most). So then I ordered another set from another place here in Melb, only to find that they didn’t work, and then to remember that I had some really bloody small rare earth magnets ….somewhere.

In the end they worked out, I guess. Now I need to decide on whether or not to also build the ground mounts that these guns can also slot onto (and paint the crew!) – they can be used in a DAK list as Fallschirmjaeger allies, so… maybe?

15/25/35mm Terrain Unboxing Review: Wartorn Village Ruined Bridge (Gale Force Nine BB593)

25/35mm Terrain Unboxing Review: Wartorn Village Ruined Bridge (Gale Force Nine BB593)

The next item in my neverending series of Battlefield in a Box prepainted terrain reviews – the “Wartorn Village Ruined Bridge”. It’s labelled as 25-35mm terrain, but I think it does still work well enough at 15mm, as you’ll see down the page.

25/35mm Terrain Unboxing Review: Wartorn Village Ruined Bridge (Gale Force Nine BB593)

Box packaging is prety standard for these sets – the bridge is wrapped in bubble wrap inside the box.

25/35mm Terrain Unboxing Review: Wartorn Village Ruined Bridge (Gale Force Nine BB593)

The bridge itself looks pretty decent. As usual with these sets, it could use a little bit of dust and dirt added, as well as a bit of greenish moss underneath due to it being a bridge.

25/35mm Terrain Unboxing Review: Wartorn Village Ruined Bridge (Gale Force Nine BB593)

And here we see it mated to the Wartorn Village Cobblestone Road set I reviewed recently As we can see, it fits with the roads perfectly.

25/35mm Terrain Unboxing Review: Wartorn Village Ruined Bridge (Gale Force Nine BB593), Flames of War

Let’s see how it goes alongside some 15mm Flames of War tanks. It looks pretty good, I think. Sure, the bricks of the bridge are giant slabs in comparison, but it still reads fine to me.

25/35mm Terrain Unboxing Review: Wartorn Village Ruined Bridge (Gale Force Nine BB593), Celestial Lions Space Marines Warhammer 40,000 40k

And with a selection of Space Marines it also looks fine if you’re wondering how this stuff would look with 40k (or AoS) scaled models. A Dreadnought on a 60mm base fits on it just fine.

25/35mm Terrain Unboxing Review: Wartorn Village Ruined Bridge (Gale Force Nine BB593), Lord of the Rings Middle Earth Strategy Battle Game SBG

Lastly, here’s the bridge with the more realistically-scaled 25-28mm Lord of the Rings SBG games. As you can see, the slight scale change from 40k doesn’t make a difference, and these fantasy models perfectly fit with this little bridge.