The tournament format is 1750 points Late War with books restricted to August 1944. The only books allowed are Overlord/Atlantik Wall and Red Bear/Grey Wolf and some Fortress Italy/Road to Rome lists and pdfs. I think the tournament restrictions will see some small shifts in the "meta" for the tournament. I was excited at first thinking about playing games against more restricted Allied lists (less high anti-tank and super weapons). Then I realized some of the nasty combinations that the Soviets can take from Red Bear. My other concern is that the German lists will feature a lot of fortified lists. Regardless, it will be nice to see some different lists out from earlier in Late War.
I've been playing around with a few lists for the tournament. I've been planning to build a Panzer Lehr Gepanzerte Panzergrenadier list from Atlantik Wall for a few months. I have the new plastic Panzergrenadier platoons to build it up. The list is based around two large panzergrenadier platoons, two panzer IV platoons, pumas, and nebelwerfers. I've included the list below.
I had a few new (to me) thoughts about list building with this list. I find that there is often a lot of focus on support platoons but have found that it is the main combat platoons that usually win games (especially on attack). For this reason, I've built a list with four really strong main platoons that can capture and hold objectives. This list has 32 Veteran models that can reliably launch assaults. The Pumas will lift gone to ground and stop ambushes and have the AT to take the odd flank shot and tanks as well. The Nebs provide some needed smoke for assaulting and can pin attacking infantry.
The big hole in this force is ranged anti-tank. I've found that the Panzer IVs seem to have enough anti-tank to deal with most tank forces. They really struggle against Panther class vehicles (front armour around 10, big AT gun). My hope is that a Panzer IV platoon coming out from ambush can take out attacking Panthers and heavy tanks and that the sheer numbers and mobility can deal with heavy tanks when I have to attack.
|This platoon just needs 2 tank hunters. I secretly want to paint a totally different platoon though.|
The real challenge will be getting everything painted. I thought I was in pretty good shape as I only have 1 platoon and HQ to paint. When I made my painting chart I realized I have lots to paint as I have the large Panzergrenadier platoon and all of the Sd.Kfz 251/1s. The infantry platoon alone might tank me the entire time until the tournament. I've got the HQ and two more tank hunters on the table right now. After that I may start work on the 251/1s. I have three months to paint but it will be a real challenge to complete this list on time. I may not have time to build a display board for this tournament. I am hoping to complete all of the models and the crews for the half-tracks before the tournament.
Thanks for visiting. Comments and thoughts on the army lists would be appreciated. Do any of you have experience with tournaments with similar restrictions? Coming up in the next few weeks I have some airplanes, Jagdtigers, and Panzergrenadiers. You can get more updates by following me on twitter @RustAndTheCity.