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!

Plastic Soldier Company/Battlefront 15mm Panzer III Company – Deutsches Afrikakorps/Panzerarmee Afrika for Flames of War

Plastic Soldier Company/Battlefront 15mm Panzer III Company - Deutsches Afrikakorps/Panzerarmee Afrika for Flames of War, Battlegroup, What A Tanker 1:100 1/100 scale

These models were the next step in the armouring-up of my DAK force for Flames of War. The ubiquitous Panzer III. Looking at the list, I wanted to keep it pretty straightforward and concentrate on using models I’d already found that I owned – I had a couple of boxes of PSC’s PZIII F/G/H kits, which turned out to be ideal for (slightly leaning to the earlier) Afrika Korps, so I built them as Ausf.G models with the short 5cm guns. Not the most powerful, but these lists are being made to facilitate a fun game – not total historical accuracy nor powergaming. The only real thing I did in terms of asssembly was an attempt to vary the stowage a little between individual tanks using what I had from the few kits I had opened, and the odd tarp stolen from the Shermans and Fireflies from my old FoW Open Fire starter sets.

Plastic Soldier Company 15mm Panzer III Company - Deutsches Afrikakorps/Panzerarmee Afrika for Flames of War, Battlegroup, What A Tanker 1:100 1/100 scale

There’s quite a lot of flexibility in the FoW list, going from 3-5 Panzers in each platoon, and since I had two boxes of these kits with 5 models in each, I decided to hold a few models back for later projects and build the minimum I’d need to field them legally if I ever decided to play FoW with a stranger in a club or a shop or at a tournament or whatever. See, my philospohy towards army lists in wargames is that while I perfectly understand and agree with the “your mans” philosophy (as in, they’re your toys, do whatever the fuck you want with them as far as force composition, paint, etc goes) I prefer to use a “legal list” as a good starting basis while completely ignoring anything egregiously stupid (like Primaris Space Marines can’t travel inside a Rhino because buy the new Primaris-specific transport model kits, bitches!)

Plastic Soldier Company 15mm Panzer III Company - Deutsches Afrikakorps/Panzerarmee Afrika for Flames of War, Battlegroup, What A Tanker 1:100 1/100 scale

Two Panzer Zugs of three each is a good place to sit, and allows plenty of space for expansion of the Panzer II aspects of this force down the line if I decide to go in that direction. Plenty of other things to worry about building and painting first, though!

Battlefront 15mm Panzer III Company - Deutsches Afrikakorps/Panzerarmee Afrika for Flames of War, Battlegroup, What A Tanker 1:100 1/100 scale

So anyway, legal lists, while keeping small and what models do I have here? For the Company HQ, I had two of Battlefront’s Panzer III tanks – one from the El Alamein Boxed FoW starter set I’d picked up a few years ago, and also a second one from the Tanks! expansion set. So the slightly larger Battlefront models would be my HQ. The Battlefront models also feature different options to the PSC ones, so I went for the uparmoured Panzer III with the long 5cm guns. (Ausf.J, but BF don’t call them that in V4 – just “uparmoured”, but whatevs…) This gave me a Panzer II Company that’s pretty close to the minimums for legal play, but built with the models I already owned, and as an appendix to the existing infantry and support models I’d already painted. And of course, my armoured wing wasn’t just going to be a few Panzer III and a pair of Tigers…

Plastic Soldier Company 15mm Panzer III Company - Deutsches Afrikakorps/Panzerarmee Afrika for Flames of War, Battlegroup, What A Tanker 1:100 1/100 scale

Painting used the same simple and straightforward techniques as the Tigers in the previous post. I was actually super happy with how these models looked while “clean”, with the final drybrush having picked out all of the sharp edges of the tanks very nicely, but after a discussion with Marouda on whether I should chip the paint or not to weather them, I did go with the sponge method and some grey to show some chipping. I think it worked out well, though it does make the models visually read a little more busy in photos and in hand. I’d have preferred to use red numbers, but they’re scarce as hens’ teeth, so I used outline numbers from a PSC set I purchased for this project (the kits once again did not come with numbers). Applying them to the Panzers was an absolute bitch, due to the lumpy viewports on both sides of the turrets. I’ve since found that some units in the DAK/PA used different, simpler variants of the numbering scheme, but too late to worry about that now!

As with yesterday’s Tiger I models, these were painted in August, and so technically qualify for when Dave Stone’s Season of Scenery Challenge as he flexibly allowed vehicles into the challenge, since they are often used as terrain, though I was by this stage really starting to feel like I’d kinda sidestepped the intent of the challenge, if not the letter…