|The team all assembled ready for the invasion.|
Whilst waiting (and finishing off my French) I started to wonder how I would play them. That is to say that just about every German force I had encountered were late war, assault rifle wielding, SS or FJ and the occasional Grenadier force. I had seen nothing in the early war range on the table and had listened to the various moans and groans from German players about how they got shafted in special rules. I decided that sometimes history may be the best teacher, so I aimed my force at being a highly mobile, lightly armed, recon/mounted infantry unit. My thoughts were something like, "look how effective a single transport with a squad inside is when flanking! Imagine an entire army like this!"
|The Pioneer squads|
With an elite core of Veteran Assault Pioneers it allows me to field tough and heavily armed small squads capable of delivering strategic strikes against important enemy positions or units. Heavy with SMG's, they are also able to take a flamethrower and MG34's, depending on if I want some stand off power or just want to get in and mix it up close-in with the enemy. The regular Heer soldiers offer the stable, general troops that can serve in all combat roles and make up the bulk of any army, and with the Hitler's Buzz-saw rule the LMG's offer a real boost to the range and firepower of these troops. The Kradshutzen provide speed and a mobile reaction force to plug a gap or exploit a weakness. When they can move on the table on a run at 24", and second turn advance 12" and have 8 shots (squad of 6) at another 12", you know you are putting an enemy on the back foot.
|The core of the armoured might (don't laugh!)|
This is the make up of the army so far:
- 40 (or so) Regular Heer;
- 20 Pioneers;
- 1 ATR team;
- 1 command team; and
- 8 motorbikes with 3 sidecars (1 x LMG, 2 x SMG).
- Medium howitzer;
- Heavy howitzer; and
- Stug A;
- Panzer II;
- 8 RAD 231; and
- 8 RAD 233.
- Opel Blitz;
- Horsh heavy field car;
- Honamag; and
|The armoured support.|
- Warlord - Pioneer plastic and metal set, Medium howitzer, Sdkfz.7, Halftrack, Horsh, Opel Blitz, 8 RAD and 233;
- JTFM - SIG33B Heavy artillery;
- Black Tree Designs - Kradshutzen, 88, some Pioneers;
- Army Group North - Panzer II and Stug A; and
- Crusader Miniatures - Heer infantry and MMG.