|More Bundeswehr armour in 15mm to reinforce the NATO lines!|
As before, these are painted in my best approximation of the West German three-colour camouflage scheme. Templates were used to apply the paint to these vehicles in depots, and so I tried my best to have the camouflage pattern on each vehicle to be generally similar. Let's take a look at some of the different AFVs in this batch.
|Luchs wheeled armoured recon vehicles - 1/100 models from Battlefront|
Up first are the Spähpanzer Luchs, 8-wheeled armoured recon vehicles. As you can imagine, they are engineered for speed, moving rapidly about to track the various movements of their Warsaw Pact opponents.
|Certainly looks like a sporty ride...|
|Well-executed mixed resin and metal kits from Battlefront|
Many rules try to give players reasons to use recon-themed elements like this in their games, and "Team Yankee" is no exception, but I find the games we really like to play are ones where a battle develops, and given that the players have a birds' eye view of the forces on the table, it is very hard to make recon elements as important to wargamers as they are to actual commanders in the real battlefield. In a real conflict, vehicles like the Luchs would be providing essential information to panzer and panzer grenadier commanders. On a wargame table, you hope they knock out something useful before they are hit by a 125mm tank round fired in anger by Soviet players who were unable to successfully target anything larger on the NATO side...
Despite these issues, I like how cool these models look, and it's fun to try and put together different kinds of forces to give some variety to the gaming scenarios we can put on.
|A zug of Leopard 1 tanks - models from Battlefront|
|Love the look of these German tanks! The Leopard 1 is another classic Cold War vehicle|
|The kits from Battlefront are a treat to work with - phew!|
So often NATO players are content to see their small number of scary tanks blast away, but they will need to be a little more clever when using vehicles like the Leopard 1.
|A 15mm Leopard 1 from the Plastic Soldier Company - an excellent kit! Note, however, the crew are still from Battlefront, just to maintain consistency with the other West German vehicles|
One of these models – to be used as a command vehicle - is from the new 15mm Leopard 1 box offered by the fine folks at Plastic Soldier Company. There was a hiccup with the initial release of these models as the first wave of kits did not include a hatch for the driver (oops!) but they sorted all of that out in short order, and I can readily recommend you purchase them if this tank is something that interests you!
The other three are mixed resin and metal kits from Battlefront. I’m pleased to say the quality here was very good!
Also, the Leopard 1 was still used as a frontline main tank by several other NATO allies, including Canada! Something I hope to have more about in later Challenge submissions…
|Two more modern-day "big cats" - Leopard 2s on the prowl for Warsaw Pact targets|
|A commander popped out of the hatch to help make it easier to find the command tank on the table|
|Ready for gaming action in "Team Yankee"!|
Good Lord man, you spent all last week painting the SAME camo on squadrons of vehicles and then decided that the appropriate course of action this week was to do MORE of the same?!?!? If I weren't also a wargamer and painter myself, I may question your sanity.... but as I am both of those things I instead admire and salute your work sir!
These vehicles are ace with your signature detailed bases to boot. Seeing the Leopards 1 & 2 together is great as you can really see how much more advanced and with a flatter profile the 2 is. The 1 looks almost WW2 in comparison......
Totally with you on the recce too, wargames really can't get over the importance of this stuff and does often end up just as lightly armed vehicles that brew up super quickly.
Cracking painting all round and I'm awarding an extra 2 points to represent the 2 weeks you've spent squinting at 15mm vehicles to get the camo the same on them ;)