Sunday, September 25, 2016

Panzer Gruppen '85

I live! Yes, time is in much shorter supply these days, so progress on hobby has been considerably restricted. Nevertheless, I was able to put together a small Bundeswehr force using Battlefront's new line. The nice thing about the German forces in the game is that they are so pricey in points cost that you only need to do a few of them to have a fairly hefty force at your disposal.



First up, we have the Leopard 2A1s, an absolute beast during this period with heavy frontal armor and a ridiculous gun capable of knocking a T-72 into the Russian Far East.


These kits were quite lovely and definitely an assembly improvement over the Abrams. My two gripes with them were the mounting hooks on the ablative side armor are extremely delicate and will break off very easily when handled, as well as the fact there was no additional turret armor to make the Leopard 2A5, which to me is really he most iconic version of this vehicle.


Camo was standard NATO woodland, with the disruptive colors done in free hand, rather than masking (imo just looks superior)


Next up were a couple Gepards to keep Hinds out of my hair. These were resin kits and cast quite cleanly.


For some reason the guns were fixed in their position, which was a bit disappointing, however, the radars were able to be mounted in any direction.


With their long barrel 30mm cannons, they are certainly a lot more impressive looking than the Shilka or Vulcan

 

To cap it off, I did a panzergenadier Zug to sieze and occupy territory.


Infantry was a fairly standard BF affair - not the highest quality sculpts, but certainly characterful, and nice to have some modern guys with G3s and MG3s, I can foresee some Iran-Iraq was enthusiasts rubbing their hands in glee!


I painted these employing the Battlefront modern German set. I must say that these weren't the most impressive of paints I've encountered, with Vallejo still seeming to top out the quality scale. The 'bullet bottles' feel extremely cringey, too. It was nice to do some non-camo troops for once, however.


The Marder 1A1s were excellent kits, although I do worry about the fragility  of that Milan system on the turret.


Overall, a fun little side project, but I am finding myself beset with Team Yankee fatigue at this point and doubt I will probably delve into the upcoming British release. From here on I'm not actually sure where I will go with future hobby, perhaps back to my World Eaters? I've been listening to Praetorian of Dorn lately and have a hankering to perhaps dabble in some super sneaky Alpha Legion types. Who knows...