Friday, March 21, 2014

653rd Schwere Panzerjagerabteilung

I think a lot of gamer's are drawn to unique forces of one kind or another, and I'm no different.  When I spotted the Flames of War list for the 653rd Schwere Panzerjagerabteilung a while ago I thought that this force would be a great chance for me to have something very unique.  The trouble is, I'm not much of a modeler.  I like painting, though I'm slow, but I've glued my fingers together on more than one occasion when assembling models!  Enter Tim K at Saguaro Painting Service who enjoys modeling and unique challenges like this.  I figured the best way to do this would be to use some 15mm Plastic Soldier Company  vehicles as the base since Battlefront resin vehicles would require filling in the turret rings for some of the vehicles.  Battlefront vehicles were used for some of the models though.  This force will be used in the next late war game I play in.  Now, on to the models:

Tiger I (P) VK4501 Battalion Command Tank - 
Battlefront Model which Tim sculpted the zimmermit on using "green stuff"

Bergepanther with a stationary Panzer IV turret -
Both the Panther chassis and the Panzer IV turret are from Plastic Soldier Company

Bergepanther with a quad 20mm AA gun -
The Panther chassis is from Plastic Soldier Company and the AA Gun and crew are from Battlefront

T-34 with quad 20mm AA gun - 
T-34 chassis is from Plastic Soldier Company, AA gun and crew are from Battlefront, 
turret armor is plastic card converted by Tim (the Germans used armor off of half-tracks)

And finally, the Elefants - stock Battlefront models

Thanks to Tim for putting this together and getting it painted for me!  I look forward to using it soon.