Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Panzershreck 2015: The Regiment Travels North

Every year at this time we all get in our cars and travel to Palmerston North for a boys weekend. There is lots of bad food, bad jokes and good scotch. Oh, and a Flames of War tournament.

Panzershreck is run by the Manawatu Duellists Society and is the worlds oldest and longest running Flames of War competition. I think I have been to every one of them bar one since coming fourth in the very first competition. Battlefront's main sculptor, Evan Allen is a stalwart of the club and its always a good excuse to head over to Palmy and catch up with him.

 In recent years, Panzershreck has become a doubles competiton varying points between 800 and 1100 point per player and either Late War or Mid War. This year its 1000 point a player Late War and each of us here are teamed up with another; Me and Pelarel, Lintman & Prinny and McZermof & Tank Engine. Scotty will be the subs bench for the teams, so we can tag out and get a pie/beer/toilet break with out having anyone miss the action. Scotty may well be drinking all weekend (fair warning).

As we all are playtesters for Battlefront, you would think we'd do well at this tournament wouldn't you. Well, apart from Prinny and Lintman winning one year, we've all been rather bad at Panzershreck. That's not the point of the trip though - Korean BBQ and more scotch than is good for you are the main draw cards.



Pelarel and I are taking our lists from Road to Rome, the campaign book with lists for the Allied armies in Italy, 1944-45. I'm running Kiwi Rifles and Chris has a British Rifle company and our one and only test game is here. Both of us are comfortable being infantry commanders and are good enough not to make out turns drag out with lots of bases to move.

Team name: Italian Summer Holiday

British Rifle Company


Infantry Company, from Road To Rome, page 40


Compulsory Rifle Company HQ (p.41) - CinC Rifle, 2iC Rifle (30 pts)
Compulsory Rifle Platoon (p.41) - Command Rifle/MG, PIAT, Light Mortar, 6x Rifle/MG (180 pts)
Compulsory Rifle Platoon (p.41) - Command Rifle/MG, PIAT, Light Mortar, 6x Rifle/MG (180 pts)
Anti-tank Platoon (p.43) - Command Rifle, 6x OQF 6 pdr gun (late) (205 pts)
Tank Platoon (p.69) - Command Sherman V, 2x Sherman V (240 pts)
8th Army Anti-tank Platoon, Royal Artillery (p.93) - Command Rifle, 2x OQF 17 pdr gun (late) (150 pts)

985 Points, 5 Platoons

New Zealand Commonwealth Rifle Company


Infantry Company, from Road To Rome, page 46


Compulsory Commonwealth Rifle Company HQ (p.47) - CinC Rifle, 2iC Rifle (5 pts)
Compulsory Commonwealth Rifle Platoon (p.47) - Command Rifle/MG, PIAT, Light Mortar, 6x Rifle/MG (190 pts)
Compulsory Commonwealth Rifle Platoon (p.47) - Command Rifle/MG, PIAT, Light Mortar, 6x Rifle/MG (190 pts)
Commonwealth Carrier Platoon (p.48) - Command Universal Carrier, 2x Universal Carrier (100 pts)
Anti-tank Platoon (SP), Royal Artillery (p.93) - Command M10 3in GMC, 3x M10 3in GMC (300 pts)
- Replace one M10 3in GMC with a M10C 17pdr SP (20 pts)
US Field Artillery Battery (p.204) - Command Carbine, Staff, Observer Carbine, Jeep, 4x M2A1 105mm howitzer (185 pts)
Air Observation Post (p.98) - Auster AOP (25 pts)

1015 Points, 5 Platoons


Nothing too silly but then again, nothing to scary either. I suspect there will be a lot of tank armies out there so out PIATs will get a lot of work. And our 17pdrs, 105mm artillery, M10s, Shermans and 6! (yes, six) 6pdrs. I think we'll have an award for the most amount of tanks killed by a PIAT by our platoons :)

I'll leave the other teams to post their crazy armies.

Wish us luck (we will need it).

McBeth

13 comments:

  1. That's a very solid combo Simon. I don't like the look of all those 6 pounders, and you've got plenty of mobility to make use of the bigger tables. I think you'll be very hard to break down!

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    1. Thanks Paul, infantry platoons are rather mobile aren't they? Oh. You mean the tanks. Pfff. You and your 100's of T34s. Away with thee.

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  2. I think you need more Staghounds.....

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    1. If I ran Staghounds they I would be guaranteed to win Panzershreck. We don't want THAT to happen now, do we? Palmerston North would explode.

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  3. I think your really in the running this year Simon......what could possibly stop the McBeth juggernaut!!!!!
    Break legs dudes :)

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    1. Probably the Korean BBQ on the Friday night...

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  4. nah, my inability to roll 5+ firepower tests will keep us in line ;oD

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    1. yayy!! 15% more chance to look a complete derp! :)

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  5. Looking good there Simon, 6 x 6pdrs is going to be a tough!

    Whats the rest of the Regiment players bringing ??

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    1. I was going to leave the other teams to post their lists in their own time, but a brief synopsis is Tim and Nick are taking Nachtjaeger British Infantry with Crocs and Cromwells and Challys and I think the Alex and Scott combination is taking Germans and Finns?

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    2. And Italians, McBeth, and Italians.

      The list is lots of infantry, some grossly inappropriate tank platoons, some underpowered guns and sporadic air support.

      It's some of mine and Tom's best work.

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  6. Shhhhh - don't tell anyone it's Scott - he's going to disguise himself as me .... What could possibly go wrong.

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