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.
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!
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 😀
Another rather belated post here, but here’s my round-up from the 2021 edition of Dave Stone’sSeason of Scenery Challenge. As you can see, I leant rather heavily into the “vehicles also count” aspect of the challenge. I actually intended to get a ton of regular scenery done, but I started by using the challenge as motivation to finish the three Bolt Action/28mm/1:56 Valentine tanks that had sat, base coated for a few years, and then decided to paint the trio of Shermans for TANKS!, and then the Panther/Jagdpanther kits for TANKS! and then followed up by using it as motivation to finish the armour of my long-forgotten Flames of War DAK force, and then started to finish the infantry, and then decided to bring the force up to modern scratch, and so down that rabbit hole I fell.
I did at least get a few actual pieces of “proper” terrain done, even if they’re only some relatively small scatter items, but overall, I have to credit/blame Dave (and his challenge) for finally completing my DAK force, and then for deciding that it was not actually complete and needed more models (and then getting those painted!)
I’m certainly looking forward to next year’s edition, and hopefully I can get a bit more variety done in 2022. I’ve since missed a couple of October Challenges (Orctober/Zombtober) and so now I’m wondering if anything is running in November or December that will fit into my plans…