Thursday, November 3, 2016

Bundeswehr Infantry for Team Yankee

Bundeswehr Panzer Grenadiers in 15mm from Battlfront

A few more bits for Battlefront's "Team Yankee" have rolled off the painting desk.  These are West German Bundeswehr Panzer Grenadiers, 15mm castings from Battlefront.  Compared with some of the drek Battlefront cast up for their Soviet motor rifle packs, these castings were very nicely executed - a couple of warps on the MG3s, but nothing like the miscasts and crap lines seen on my Soviets.  This is pleasant, but also reinforces frustration that Battlefront cannot, it seems, give enough of a sh*t about casting to do it consistently well across all metal products...but I digress.

These castings were a real treat to paint

Compared to the great mass available to Soviet Motor Rifle companies (where one unit on the table can have something like 21 infantry bases), the infantry units in NATO are of course a lot smaller.  So it is with the Bundeswehr Panzer Grenadiers. The platoon is three stands with MG3s and other goodies, and two MILAN guided anti-tank missile teams.

Company command base
The small-three figure base is meant to represent the Company Commander - since I am assembling a Panzer Grenadier company, I'll need one of those :)

MILANs will be critical to stopping the Soviets on the table
These figures are fun to paint, hopefully the first of a healthy-sized batch of Panzer Grenadiers for "Team Yankee".  They will need Marder IFVs before they can start doing anything on the table, but those are still in the "pending" area while I wait for re-supply on some of things I will require in order to get the Marders going...

I put a tuft of blue flowers on the base to represent the platoon commander
Stay tuned for more "Team Yankee" - and maybe some Napoleonic stuff? Who knows...


Phil said...

Top notch basing and painting!

Michael Awdry said...

Lovely job Greg.

Moiterei_1984 said...

Well done Greg! I'm pleased to hear Battlefront haven't messed up on the casting here. Hopefully I come round to do some of these little blighters one day too.