|More Bundeswehr armour in 15mm to reinforce the NATO lines!|
As before, these are painted in my best approximation of the West German three-colour camouflage scheme. Templates were used to apply the paint to these vehicles in depots, and so I tried my best to have the camouflage pattern on each vehicle to be generally similar. Let's take a look at some of the different AFVs in this batch.
|Luchs wheeled armoured recon vehicles - 1/100 models from Battlefront|
Up first are the Spähpanzer Luchs, 8-wheeled armoured reconvehicles. As you can imagine, they are engineered for speed, moving rapidly about to keep an eye on the various movements of their Warsaw Pact opponents.
|Certainly looks like a sporty ride...|
|Well-executed mixed resin and metal kits from Battlefront|
Many rules try to give players reasons to use recon-themed elements like this in their games, and "Team Yankee" is no exception, but I find the games we really like to play are ones where a battle develops, and given that the players have a birds' eye view of the forces on the table, it is very hard to make recon elements as important to wargamers as they are to actual commanders in the real battlefield. In a real conflict, vehicles like the Luchs would be providing essential information to panzer and panzer grenadier
commanders - info they would be very vulnerable without.
On a wargame table, you hope light vehicles like these knock out something useful before they are hit by a 125mm tank round fired in anger by Soviet players who were unable to successfully target anything larger on the NATO side...
Despite these issues, I like how cool these models look, and it's fun to try and put together different kinds of forces to give some variety to the gaming scenarios we can set up.
|A zug of Leopard 1 tanks - models from Battlefront|
|Love the look of these German tanks! The Leopard 1 is another classic Cold War vehicle|
|The kits from Battlefront are a treat to work with - phew!|
So often NATO players are content to see their small number of scary tanks blast away, but they will need to be a little more clever when using vehicles like the Leopard 1.
|A 15mm Leopard 1 from the Plastic Soldier Company - an excellent kit! Note, however, the crew are still from Battlefront, just to maintain consistency with the other West German vehicles|
One of these models – to be used as a command vehicle - is from the new 15mm Leopard 1 box offered by the fine folks at Plastic Soldier Company. There was a hiccup with the initial release of these models as the first wave of kits did not include a hatch for the driver (oops!). But they sorted all of that out in short order, and I can readily recommend you purchase them if this tank is something that interests you!
The other three are mixed resin and metal kits from Battlefront. I’m pleased to say the quality here was very good.
While the Leopard 1 was no longer on the Bundeswehr frontlines, it was still a very common tank among NATO allies, where it continued to serve in a frontline role, including Canada! This is something I hope to have more about in later Challenge submissions…
|Two more modern-day "big cats" - Leopard 2s on the prowl for Warsaw Pact targets|
|A commander popped out of the hatch to help make it easier to find the command tank on the table|
|Ready for gaming action in "Team Yankee"!|
another 60 points toward my goal.
I also completed a submission to the "flight" bonus round - recurring bi-weekly features of Curt's Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge. While my submission was not even close to being as cool as Byron's (which won the most votes - rightfully bloody so!), it's still helpful in terms of chipping away at the unpainted lead! It was a quad 20mm AA gun and crew from Battlefront.
|Quad 20mm gun and crew in 15mm - models by Battlefront|
|Useful against the Red Air Force, or, increasingly as things got desperate in the East, against the Red Army as well...|
This little crew will have some fun in WW2 games at some point soon, when the WW2 bug bites again...
That's it for now from the AHPC. Stay tuned for more!