Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Flames of War Pak40 Platoon
These models are the plastic Pak40s from the Open Fire box set. I added a few extra crew from half-tracks and the new plastic panzergrenadiers. I have another Pak40 fully assembled and partially painted. I just didn't have time to finish it before the convention. The Open Fire Pak40s were tough to assemble. Luckily I had four guns. I believe that Battlefront has since changed the model a little to make them more sturdy. I magnetized my Pak40s so that they would be less likely to break in transit.
Gottacon I ran the Panzer IV horde. Last tournament I ran Panthers but found them too much of a target. This time I tried running 10 Panzer IVs and 2 Pak40s for anti-tank duties. I went 2-2-1 in the tournament overall. The Pak40s weren't very effective. A third Pak40 would have really bolstered their effectiveness. The Pak40s brought me to 7 platoons. I kampfgrupped a Pak40 or 3 Panzergrenadier stands in games with reserves to get to 8 platoons (allowing 4 on the board). 2 Pak40s is not enough firepower for ambush. As a tank player, I am still learning to use more stationary guns as well. I don't think they destroyed many tanks all weekend.
I painted these models to match my other Late War Germans. Next time I play them I will have to take a group shot of them all together. I enjoy playing them. I just wish I could attack more and defend less. For defence, some heavier anti-tank would be helpful. Sadly, the Atlantik Wall list doesn't have access to any very points effective high AT or any airplanes.
This project is almost completely finished. I just need to paint 3 more Panthers, 1 Pak40, and 3 Panzerschreck stands before I would consider them totally complete. I'll need them soon, as I need to earn another joker for the 6 Month Mountain Reduction Painting Challenge. It may take a back seat to some other projects on the horizon; Mid-War in my gaming group, Malifaux, and some commissions.