|Company list from Easy Army.|
After lots of time spent on Easy Army, I eventually settled on the list pictured above. I really wanted to include some Panthers, but couldn't make them fit at 1650 points. The list has 10 Panzer IV Js and a full Aufklarungs platoon that can make Spearhead moves along with a Puma platoon with a recce move. The main core of the company is very fast with spearhead and stormtrooper. The Aufklarungs platoon provides some bodies for assaulting infantry on objectives and is capable of holding an objective on defence (although with Always Attack that should be rare...). The Panzer IV/70s are there as a bit of high anti-tank that can also serve as a bit of an area denial weapon against tanks. Unfortunately they become nice looking paper weights/really expensive and slow tanks against infantry armies. The nebelwerfers are a really cheap smoke template. Being reluctant trained they are unlikely to do much else.
So far I have played four games with this list. All of the games have been against tanks so far. I lost 3-4 to a Russian tank horde. I defeated a 7th Armoured Division Sherman/Jumbo/Easy 8 list 6-1 (no Patton so I got to attack). I lost 3-4 to a Cromwell horde and then defeated the Cromwell horde 6-1 in the next game against it. I think that this list really excels are massing armour and quickly overloading an objective. Where it seems to suffer is in battles of attrition as the fragile Panzer IVs can be whittled down quite quickly. The Panzer IV/70s have been great against enemy tanks so far (I have lost 1 Panzer IV/70 in one game, they have destroyed lots of enemies). They seem to excel at staying at long range and taking pot shots at targets trying to reach my Panzer IV spearhead. I'm still trying to figure out how to make half-tracks work. So far I just drive them up and deposit my infantry near an objective. The Pumas have been amazing so far. They are great at getting into the flanks of things and are great for pushing back ambushes and opponent recce moves with their jeep movement. We will see how the list fares over a five game tournament though.
|Watch out for the spearheading Panzers! This commander is missing in action. He fell off my game table and got lost somewhere...|
Astute readers may surmise that I have been playing with some unpainted models to be able to field this company in games so far. I am ashamed. I need to finish the company so I am not playing with unpainted models at the tournament. If I don't finish the Nebelwerfers I might have to put some Panthers in my list or replace the Nebs with Mobelwagens (although then I have to change the Pumas to 234/1s which is sad).
|A Draxian painting chart. Green is finished, yellow is in progress, and pink is just assembled.|
|I don't know why I stopped at this step. Reluctance to edge highlight?|
So far, I have 15 of the 31 models completely painted (3 of those just this week!). The Panzer IV Js and Pumas I almost finished in March before completely stalling. I just need to add edge highlights (my least favourite part for some reason), weathering, and dirt before they are totally done. The three panzergrenadier stands need the flesh highlighted, some insignia added, and a few missed details to be finished. The Nebelwerfers need the most work. The crew are all unpainted. I did most of the basing today. The Nebs are the platoon that I am really worried I won't finish.
|Work in progress. These were bare plastic and metal on Monday...|
|Can you tell the basing theme?|
I also need to finish my display board. I have started a display board I am very excited about. If it matches my imagination it should be quite exciting when it is finished. Right now it is built and basecoated. It needs quite a bit more love.
|Sneak peak at the 1iC.|