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Panther Platoon

Posted: April 12, 2011 in Flames of War, German

I’ve had three panthers sitting on my shelf for about 8 months now, built, primed, and based coated. Well now that I am getting ready for Hobby Kingdom’s, Mini’s Day  Flames Tournament, I decided I am going to use the Panthers. (also since I’ve now got and SS-Panzer grenadier company Ive been looking at the SS list in River of heros, which require a Panzer Platoon and I dont have any Pv IV yet (crazy but true) it means I need the Panthers for those list too.)

Also about two weeks ago, I was eying a Jadgpanther and picked it up – cause they look cool and come with the ruined building.

Here are the pictures

I went with a hard edge camo effect and used the light dry-brush to really dirty up the camo and tone down the darkness of the brown. In retrospect I wish I had used a darker colour to do the dry-brushing with but these are very table top ready.

Now I am looking into the tactical markings – I know the basic numbering (from doing the 1th Panzer Division) but I’m going to do a little research and see if I can remember which Panzer division I wanted to reflect in LW (think it was 2nd Panzer division)

Also, I am going to play around with some clump foliage to add to the camo effect but I am always extremely cautious about  gluing things onto fully painted models.


I’m now back from Chicago and I had quite the weekend.


  • was just the registration and a chance to check out the vendor area.


– Friday was the EW tournament with my 1st Panzer Division

  • My first game was against a French Fusiliers company and I was attacking in Encounter. I rushed 9 tanks down the left flank and pumped a lot of MG fire into the infantry and gun teams before they had an opportunity to dig in or see reserves show up. I let my trucked Pioneers get hit by some mortar fire and lost that platoon, making the final results 5-2.
  • The second game was tough, I attacked in fighting Withdrawal against a British rifle company ( with one rifle platoon, 1 Matilda Platoon, a French tank platoon, and a nasty 2 pdr platoon.  With the 2 pdr platoon in ambush I took a nasty two turns of shooting and decided flip to the other side of the table until the 2pdrs were pulled off the table. I did manage to take out the three French tanks with my Panzer II’s before having to hide with my remaining tanks. As my infantry moved up closer I and began to draw close to the infantry platoon but I failed a Storm trooper to force the Matilda’s to be within 10″ next turn and left me vulnerable to assault by his infantry. His next turn he did assault me with his infantry but only managed 1 hit, with my pioneers counter assaulting I managed significantly more hits, I would eventually fail a motivate but the assault but us both below half. I managed to pass my moral check but he failed his – choosing not to us his Company commander.  This lead to a turn 8 company moral check that he would fail resulting in a 4-3 win for me (the Matildas would eventually break my pioneers).
  • My last game of the day was cauldron, against a French Recce Tank company (which is mechanized and had no infantry). The table we played on had a massive cathedral in the center of the table – I had mentioned to Watts  that I hope I dont play on that table – anyway he was pissed off about but put the objectives inside the building (again remember he has no infantry). He put his only platoon on one side of the building and I was luck to roll 5 and 6 – now because the size of the building I was deployed on the otherside of the building out of LOS and 4 inches already contesting the objectives. Also my deployment was such that his immediate ambush was totally out of LOS of me. He was really unhappy about the situation and was very vocal about it. His first 3 turns he did nothing, not even shoot me as I pilled in cathedral with my Pioneers. I spent my first two turns getting the pioneers into the building then on my turn three assault with out moving ( I managed to make contact with all but 2 tanks (I think it was 6 of 8 in two platoons).  The results basically were, I killed all but his company command tank at which point he packed up and left, 6 – 1 for me.  This one was unfortunate and was a soured win but the opponent was offered a chance for us to move to another table and he declined.

The Final Resuls were:

And I ended up winning a $100 gift card from Battle Foam (who make the FoW bag that I have) First place won a painted French Tank company. I used the gift card to pick up some extra inserts for my bag as well as a new small case (PACK MINI) which is great.

  • I also picked up some Imperial Roman Auxillary Cavalry and commanders, which I’ll post pictures of on their own.
  • I picked up the FoW tokens for my 1SSF.
  • I bought the starting pieces of my new Bloodbowl team.


– This was the MW 900 point tournament which I used a Panzer Grenadier company.

  • My first Games was against an American rifle company in Encounter. This game came down too me using my mobility and heavy armor to control both flanks and slowly control my opponents deployment zones and not allowing his reserves to get a chance to dig in.  I made a platoon moral (need to use my CC) and managed to pull a 6-1 via company break.
  • My second game was against a massive Soviet tank company, and the winner of the previous days tournament, I knew this would be a tough game. The Soviet force had 4 platoons – 8ish T-70s, 6ish Matildas, 4 BA-10s and 3 Kv-1e – mostly fearless conscript .  Two of the objectives ended up in forests and one in a river. I had my infantry holed up in the woods and my Kv-1e contesting an objective, with he two Brumbars in Ambush. Was a tight game and really enjoyable. He came right after my infantry on two flanks and kept the Matildas in the middle trying to scare the flanks my Brums. I managed to ward him off enough combined with enough bogs to hold on Dispite the KV’s assaulting me repeatedly the fact that he was only hitting me on 5’s saved a lot of infantry stands. By the time it was all done I managed to keep it to another 6-1. Ian found a video in the middle of the video you can see the table I had played on (and a bit of me discussing the game with my opponent)
  • My third and last game was against my second opponent from the day before. This time he had an American rifle company and I was defending in Cauldron. It was an Urban table and the match was extremely hard fought. I essential spent my turns doing next to nothing just going to ground and doing my best to keep my men alive and trying not to get pinned. There was little exciting moments but the game went 12 turns on the last turn I had set up to prevent a last dangerous assault and then we called because we were 15minutes over time at that point. I had lost my recce and the brumms making the final a 4-3.

The final results were

!!! I managed to hang on for the tournament win (and  my opponent in the last game won second place) they way they do prizes is starting with best overall, the play comes up ans selects their prize. I my case there was another painted army as a prize and I knew it would be crazy to select anything but the army (even though I wanted some T-34s) it is and SS Panzer Grenadier Company box, including a Tiger, two Sturm tigers, and a 150mm Battery. I’ll post some pictures later.

After the tournament a couple of us sat down and played some Infinity a relatively new skirmish sci-fi game.

Later that night Watts wanted to cram some more Bloodbowl in so I slapped together my new Khemri team and the dice gods were with me.

My weekend results were 7-0 – hard not to say I had a great weekend.

Here are the finished pictures.




The is the second part of what I am painting for the 900pt EW Adepticon tournament.

– Cleaned the models, scored the bases, and glued them down.
– Then I used wood-filler to even out the base and give a good ground texture
– Black primed
then I start with painting the bases
– Base with Scorched Brown (GW)
– Dry-brush with German Camo medium Brown (Val)
– Dry-brush with German Camo beige (val)

then i started block painting,
– Jacket/Coat – German Field Grey (Val)
– Pants – Adeptus Battle grey (GW)
– Helmet – German Camo Dark Green (Val)
– Flesh – Tallarn Flesh (GW foundation)
– Rifles – Beastal Brown (GW)
– Boots – retouched Chaos black (GW) I also retouch the metal parts of the rifle (and in the case that these are Pioneers I painted the shoulder bars
– Rifle – dry-brush boltgun metal for the barrel, chamber and bolt.

  • With the major of the model painted, I turn now tot he netting and kit- which take longer to do then the rest of the model.

Since I didn’t know what was all influenced in the German infantry Kit I used the FoW German infantry guide ( as huge reference source – I followed some of the colour guides it recommend. I used a few photos I found online to give me a better idea of what I was looking at.

-for the Cook pot and drinking cup I used German Camo Dark Green (val)- and then a light highlight with a little green grey(val) to bring it up
-The bread bag – Green Grey (val)
-The gas mask canister is German Camo Dark Green (val) and the cover/flap on top i did Green Grey (val)
then I use Dark Flesh (black is the norm but I want some better contrast and a brownish leather is not unrealistic) for the Y straps, belt, and another kit straps – like on the cook pot, tent roll and flask/drinking cup
-for the flask its self i used German Camo Medium brown (val)
-its was important to do paint the straps on the tent roll first since I knew i would likely ruin the camo pattern if tried doing the straps after – this way the tent roll gets painted over any poor brush strokes I make.
– as for the camo on the tent I used a three colours – German Camo Beige as a base, then spots of German Camo Medium brown (val) and Luftwaffe Camo Green (val) for the pattern.

  • For the helmet I painted small black shields shapes for the markings on both side

-then using Mechrite red (GW foundations) I painted a single small red dash on the bottom the the right side
then using the Astonomicon grey put a small dash just about the red one – I found I didn’t have to worry to much about making mistakes here cause the touch ups are quick and tend to make the lines look even better.

– on the left side of the helmet was a difficult – I painted three vertical lines for the eagle and try to put a dot at the bottom of the middle line – the key was to make sure the paint was the right consistency and that there wasn’t too much water in my brush.

At this point I was worried about how they looked – it was all chunky and not very pretty but I made a few touch ups and then inked everything. I used a tank brush to liberally apply the wash – Devlin Mud (gw) – and used a standard brush to soak up and excess ink that was building up where I didn’t want it too.

after the wash was dry is where it started to really come together. at this point all I was doing was highlighting everything.

the way the wash darkens everything the first thing i do is repaint sections of the model with the orginal base coat.

for example for the jacket – i would paint German Field Grey (val) over all the flat sections, making sure to leave the cracks and dark section untouched.

-then i would use a combination of either Bleached Bone (GW) or green grey (val) (depending on the tone of the base coat) to mix with the base coat for highlight
-so again on the jacket I mixed a small amount of Green Grey with German Field Grey and applied to the corners or edges (for my 28mm I would do 2 maybe three highlights here but for 15mm i think 1 is ok)

oh and for highlighting black I use Charadon Granite (GW foundation) though i feel like i have no idea how to highlight boots well (good thing the flock overs most of that)

  • The key to this was really making effective use of the GW washes and using a tight pallet of colours. I still spent the greater part of three days painting these – close to 20 hours or more for one platoon.

For anyone not who hasn’t tries using the GW washes – they are amazing – making the models look good and in less time its a win win

Here are some Pictures of everything together

The spring I am making the trip to Adepticon, in Chicago. I was originally hoping to attend the MW FoW Nationals, however, I didn’t manage to qualify this year. I then made plans to play 900Mid War tourny that is also being held on the Saturday. There is also a 900 EW tournament on the Friday.  Well I was given the opportunity to start and build and Early War Panzer Company

So the list came out as

HQ – 155
– pz Bf wagon
– 2 pz 2s
– pz 1

Leichte panzer platoon – 200
– Bf wagon
– 2 Pz 2s
– 2 pz 1 s

Leichte panzer platoon – 115
– Bf wagon
– 2 Pz 2s
– 2 pz 1 s

Leichte pioneer platoon 220
-3 squads ( 9 stands and Cmd)

“Heavy” panzerspah platoon 95
– 2 8 rads

Limited Air support 115

900 pts

12 tanks
2 armor cars
10 stands of infantry and
air support

First I had to decided on which paint scheme i was going to use – there are mixed opions on if the germans had camo patterns at the time and the sorces that say they did have yet to be widely accepted as accurate.

-After all the models were preped and primed (black) I base coated with GW’s Adeptus Battle Grey from there foundation paint line (they apply easy and in one coat)
– then I washed using Devlin Mud (though in future I’m goign to try a mix of Devlin Mud and the drabb(?) black (also from GW) which Watts suggested). The wash not only shads but also brings down the tone of the grey.
-Next I did a light dry bush of the orginal base coat to the edges and that has the majority of the tank painted, however, I spent as much time working the details as i did on the rest of the tank

– For the details I started with the tracks – retouching them first with black, then a dry brush of boltgun metal.
– Then I painted the exauhst with Dark Flesh (GW) which is a redish brown – which can also make a great rust colour
– Then I painted the national and divisional markings:
– I used Astronomicon Grey for the “white” details – key step here was to not worry about being exact I knew i had to do touch ups anyway (no to metion the touch ups give sharper smooth lines) so i just push through any mistakes and fixed them all at the end. One step that took me a long time was to try and accuratle place the markings which a spent a alost of time on google images look at phortos trying to get real examples to base them off. I am thinking about goig nover the markings again with a briger white but im still undecided.
– I have a book on the panzer division of Wehrmacht … gain+Books and I flipped through it seeing which division I would do – went with 1st panzer division and and the focus on the Polish invasion – that way i could try and focus on the early part of early war. So I decided that I would use the solid white crosses (which turned out to be targeting crosshairs) and the oakleaf as the primary markings division markings.

-The last step is/was to drybrush the weathering – I used a but of dark flesh on the tracks.
then german camo brown from the FoW/Vellaho(sp) line, which im drybrush liberally on the lower half the tank and then lightly on the top half – I find doing the light wheathering on top make the model look dirty and more realistic, not like a factory showroom.

The Pioneers will get there own post.