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 😀

15mm Terrain Unboxing Review: Team Yankee Battlefield in a Box – Concrete Walls (Gale Force Nine BB191) + Lightly Weathered

15mm Terrain Unboxing Review: Team Yankee Battlefield in a Box - Concrete Walls (Gale Force Nine BB191) + Lightly Weathered

Another quick prepainted terrain review today – it’s the Concrete Walls set from Gale Force Nine/Battlefield in a Box, though this time it’s got Team Yankee branding rather than Flames of War.

15mm Terrain Unboxing Review: Team Yankee Battlefield in a Box - Concrete Walls (Gale Force Nine BB191) + Lightly Weathered

This set comes with pretty good protective packaging, with the pieces in a custom polystyrene shell. I have a feeling this might possibly be older packaging as so much of the similar FoW stuff has been bubble-wrapped and taped, and we know companies are moving away from using unnecessary polystyrene (mine just went into the bin to save space). I’ll may look at picking up another set so I can get more table coverage with them if I can find one cheap, so if there’s any difference I may edit it in here.

15mm Terrain Unboxing Review: Team Yankee Battlefield in a Box - Concrete Walls (Gale Force Nine BB191) + Lightly Weathered

This set really doesn’t look like a lot of money, does it? I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little disappointed when I got these out. Being rational, I guess the price on these is about 2/3 or less than the Desert Walls, though these are probably getting to the level of “may as well 3D print something very similar instead” Which is pretty much how I feel about things like Dragon’s Teeth.

15mm Terrain Unboxing Review: Team Yankee Battlefield in a Box - Concrete Walls (Gale Force Nine BB191) + Lightly Weathered

The painting on these is completely fit for purpose, though it’s also veeeeeery simple. As always, the biggest benefit of these is “Open box, put on table. Done!” So there’s obviously that.

15mm Terrain Unboxing Review: Team Yankee Battlefield in a Box - Concrete Walls (Gale Force Nine BB191) + Lightly Weathered

I decided to immediately add weathering to these, since they clearly would only take a few minutes to do. The wall in front/on our right is the unboxed wall, and on the left/behind is my weathered wall – overall drybrushed a less bright light grey to the shipped grey/white, heavy drybrush dark brown along lower/ground area, light partial drybrush a light khaki irregularly all over.

15mm Terrain Unboxing Review: Team Yankee Battlefield in a Box - Concrete Walls (Gale Force Nine BB191) + Lightly Weathered

And here they are, weathered and done and ready to be put away (after the monthly round-up, at least!) I didn’t feel that weathering these deserved their own post, so I added them in here to the review – and I guess they can also serve to show how easily they can be made a little less clinical.