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 😀

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.