With one week to go it is time for an update on the Panzergrenadier company I am trying to finish for Gottacon. I posted my proposed list and painting chart back in December. Since then I have slowly been working on the company. In the last week I have been painting furiously to try and get it finished for Gottacon. In this post I’ll show some pictures of the finished and in progress models.
The panzergrenadier platoon was and is the biggest hurdle to this list. It takes me longer to paint an infantry stand than a tank. At the start of the project I had 14 infantry stands to paint. I have now finished the 8 small bases. I’ve painted the 5 tank hunter stands, platoon command, 1iC and 2iC. I still have the 6 MG teams to finish. They are assembled and based and I have painted some of the details like helmets and camouflage. The flesh and green uniform colour take me a long time to paint so it will be a major challenge to finish these 6 stands in a week.
|Platoon command stand|
|The panzerfaust is magnetized so I can switch it out for different lists.|
The half-tracks are all assembled and base coated. I used the new(ish) plastic panzergrenadier half-tracks for these models. The models are very nice but were a pain to assemble. They form a gap on the side and I spent a lot of time filling and repairing the gap. I added lots of stowage and magnetized the crew and some of the guns. The assembly took me a solid week of hobby time. They should be fairly quick to paint up as I have my methods solidified for painting tanks. I had originally planned to paint all 10 half-tracks in one batch. Now I am thinking that I will just paint the half-tracks for the HQ and one platoon. I will use my Sd.Kfz 250s for my other platoon.
I’ve played three test games with the list so far. I played Glen’s Tankovy at Hold the line. My Panzergrenadiers had too much anti-tank for him to assault. My Panzer IVs slowly whittled down his company and he eventually company broke (I think, either that or a time out without much left, but I think it was a company break).
|3 more tank hunters|
My second game was against Kip’s 3rd RTR from Overlord (British tanks) in No Retreat. I won this game 6-1 as well. Again my Panzergrenadiers held the objective. The Panzer IVs came from either side and slowly whittled down his armour until the company broke. I got a little lucky in this game not to lose either Panzer IV platoon to shooting from 17 pounders. Somehow I destroyed 14 or so tanks with only losing 2 Panzer IVs in return. The MVPs of this game were the half-tracks that destroyed a Daimler with the Pak36 and then survived 3-4 turns of return fire while hunting the Stuarts.
|Company commander. I'm loving that trench coat model.|
My third game was against Kip's 3rd RTR again in Counter attack. I attacked due to some special rules for the tournament we are going to. Kip's ambush was incredible, destroying a full 5 tank platoon. I failed 5 of 7 infantry saves in one turn. I managed to assault an objective but was broken before I could take it. The game finished with a 5-2 loss.
The list has been working well so far. The 10 stand platoons are really nice as they can weather a few more casualties than 7 or 8 stand Panzergrenadier platoons. The two platoons of 5 Panzer IVs are quite nasty. They can’t hurt bigger tanks from the front and so I will probably add some Panthers into my list for 1900 points. I really enjoy having the 10 full medium tanks as the can definitely take the fight to the opponent. Stormtrooper is especially useful on defence with Panzer IVs as you can take your time more to destroy the opponent’s anti-tank assets when you don’t have the pressure of taking the objective.
Barring anything unforeseen, I should manage to complete this painting challenge by the end of next week. I’ll paint the half-tracks this weekend and finish off the infantry during the week. I’m trying to take my time with the infantry as I want this to be a platoon I am happy with for a long time. Comments and encouragement are greatly appreciated. Thanks for visiting.