Some Skytrex (Command Decision) 15mm Germans
I had a quick trip round the traders at Derby (WIC) last weekend, but couldn’t find what I wanted (nobody does any proper WWII limbers, none of the new Battlefront stuff is coming in individual blisters … even though the BF Protz is the wrong vehicle, the traders don’t stock them anyway as they are more expensive than the resin block alternatives … blah, blah ..).. the usual monodynamic complaints. The market wants what Flames of War tells it it wants – so provided you will take that, and in the pack formula they define, you have a choice of people (all selling the same stuff).
Thankfully, although nothing much new gets added, the Skytrex CDs are a reliable alternative. Their SIG33 looked good on the online pages, and for early war towing the Rheinmetal AT gun, the Light field Car was just what I was looking for (still need a Protz for the LeIG18, however)…
(BF/PP crew added from my bits box)
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Nothing exactly new here, of course, but worth a look given the saturation level coverage of the resin alternative. This is a simple model, nicely to scale, and cleanly made. It goes together in minutes, but has no crew (like me, I’m sure you will have some spare chaps lying around, though …)… It is all metal. I filed the lugs on the gun a little to get it so sit about .5mm lower in the carriage (in an attempt to match perfectly the photos and drawings I could source) – but that’s about all the fiddling I did. Even me. The basic paint job in the picture is the same Vallejo over Humbrol used on the ’88.(based and ready for paint)
The KFZ16 Field Car was to be a ‘jeep’ tow for a 37mm AT that assembled itself out of my bits box (a spare BF gun and some PP wheels). The gun sits on a metal mini base, and there is a matching magnabase patch on the tow base and the (PP) crew base. This is just an updated ‘tow+crew bases with loose gun‘ approach (just I don’t like loose guns because they get damaged or lost too easily) … but which works very well for, say, PBI, where the gun has to pay APs to deploy (so being modelled deployed and/or limbered is a bonus in the depicting the gun’s status in the game). For operational games, of course, it will mostly just trail around behind its tow (but as such looks much more the part than would a deployed gun sitting behind its limber).
Like the SIG33, the field car comes empty … so I have added some crew (mixed Skytrex, BF and PP bits as my spare stuff generally is). To complete the depiction, I will sometimes provide the crew on a detachable insert, but this seems fine as is. Again, this model was given my usual base colour plus drybrush over a Humbrol undercoat.
Apologies that none of these models have richly coloured terrain or specific unit markings on them yet. At the moment, they are to be used as generic equipment (no specific unit or campaign) .. When the big one is defined, the vehicles will be finished up for the appropriate units, of course … However, I am very pleased with the results of this project so far (and the early war Panzer Div is coming on fine) …
Indeed, the pressure in the Crimea has been such, recently, that these vehicles were pressed straight into service on Friday night!
The Panzer-Anklopf-Gerat hiding amongst a line of smoking wrecks on a much contested ridge line (in the background, the SIG33 pluckily pushes forward past a burning T28 mail train …).
The game itself was a PBI encounter fought over two evenings and deliberately included quite a few vehicles and some aggressive orders (to familiarise the players with PBI’s coconut-shy armour rules) as a smokey scenario around which I could weave some challenging infantry missions. More anon, perhaps …