Flames of War for the Cash Strapped. Part I: Germans


This spring the Warheads and Gamer's World will be starting a Flames of War escalation league.  This is an outstanding World War Two game in 15mm scale.  The timing of the league coincides with the release of the third edition rules for Flames of War.  We have always found Flames of War to be an excellent game; however, the miniatures made by Battle Front are rather expensive.  Recently, U.K.-based Plastic Soldier Company has produced several late-war 15mm kits that are ideally suited for Flames of War.  These kits, when supplemented with a few Battle Front blisters, allow for the creation of a substantial force for around 100 euro or less.

The purpose of this article is to present several lists using PSC kits and blisters purchased from Gamer's World.    A few caveats:
1.  Our concern in constructing the lists were pecuniary not competitive.  Some of the lists below can be easily countered but can also make an opponent cry depending on the match up.
2.  From a modeling perspective our concern was WYSIWYG rather than verisimilitude.  Purists may be offended by the use of generic infantry to represent SS, Fallschirmjäger, etc.  
3.  All of the lists below were created using the recently released book Grey Wolf: Axis Forces on the Eastern Front, January 1944-February 1945.  The lists are not exhaustive,  nor do we claim that they are even the best value for money that may be possible.  Nevertheless, we are impressed with the lists we were able to generate drinking Guinness in T.P. Smiths using the back of an envelope and a stubby pencil.
4.  All of the lists are in the 1500 point range.  Specific point cost have not been included.
5.  People familiar with 40k will understand the list structure.  Lists include a mandatory HQ and two combat platoons.  These are supplemented by a multitude of support platoons.
6.  The Plastic Soldier Company late war German Infantry box comes with 90 grenadiers, 10 officers, and 15 MG42s.  The latter are crucial.
7.  Prices below are gleaned from the internet.  PSC has said the release of its Tiger kit is imminent.  We use the price of the Panther box for the lists below that use Tigers .

Without further ado, let's consider the lists.

List 1  Gepanzerte Panzergrenadierkompanie (p. 76 Grey Wolf)


We are starting with this list because we feel it is the best "take all comers" list.  It also uses multiple units that would make for dynamic tactics and game play.  This is the most expensive list presented.

HQ: Gepanzerte Panzergrenadierkompanie HQ and 2ic in Sd Kfxz 251/1 half-tracks

Combat platoon 1: Gepanzerte Panzergrenadierkompanie consisting of three squads and a HQ section.  Each squad has two MG teams and a half-track.  The command squad is a MG team and a half-track.
Combat platoon 2: Gepanzerte Panzergrenadierkompanie consisting of three squads and a HQ section.  Each squad has two MG teams and a half-track.  The command squad is a MG team and a half-track
Combat platoon 3: Heavy Infantry Gun platoon, 2 15cm sIG33

Divisional support 1: Panther A platoon, 4 Panther As
Divisional support 2: 2 armoured Sd Kfz 7/1 (Quad 2cm)

What you need to buy:
Two boxes of Plastic Soldier Company half-tracks: 40 euro
One box of Plastic Soldier Company Panthers: 22 euro
One box of Plastic Soldier Company late-war German Infantry: 22 euro
Battle Front blister [GE566] 15cm sIG33 : 16 euro
Two Battle Front blisters [GE168] SdKfz 7/1 (Quad 2cm): 18 euro
Battle Front bases blister [XX101]: 9 euro

Total cost:  127 euro.  Point cost: 1500

List 2  Kampfgruppe Bäke (p. 22 Grey Wolf)



HQ:  Panther A
Combat platoon 1: 4 Panther A
Combat platoon 2: 3 Panther A

What you need to buy:
Two boxes of Plastic Soldier Company Panthers: 44 euro.
Total cost: 44 euro.  Total point cost: 1500.

Notes:  It may be advisable to drop combat platoon 1 to three panthers and use the extra points to get some anti-aircraft support!

List 3 Stug Batterie (p. 58 Grey Wolf)


HQ: StuG G with assault rifle tank escortson
Combat Platoon 1: 3 StuG G with assault rifle tank escorten
Combat Platoon 2: 3 StuG G with assault rifle tank escorten
Combat Platoon 3: 3 StuG G with assault rifle tank escorten

Divisional support: Schwere Panzer Platoon, 2 Tiger I E

What you need to buy:
Two boxes of PSC StuGs: 40 euro
One box of PSC Tigers when available: 22 euro (probably)

Total cost: 62 euro.  Total point cost: 1530

Note: You might consider dropping tank riders from two platoons and adding an anti-aircraft blister of 2cm FlaK38s [GE544], 17 euro.

List 4 Grenadierkompanie (p. 26 Grey Wolf)


HQ: Grenadierkompanie HQ

Combat platoon 1: Grenadier platoon with 3 squads
Combat platoon 2: Grenadier platoon with 3 squads
Combat platoon 3: Grenadier platoon with 3 squads

Weapons platoon 1: Grenadier machine-gun platoon with 2 MG sections
Weapons platoon 2: Grenadier mortar platoon with three sections

Divisional support 1: Panzer platoon with 3 Pz IVH
Divisional support 2: StuG platoon with 3 StuG G
Divisional support 3: Anti-aircraft gun platoon, 3 SdKfz 7/1 (quad 2cm)

What you need to buy
One box PSC late war German Infantry: 22 euro
One box PSC PZ IVH: 20 euro
One box PSC StuGs:  20 euro
Battle Front blister [GE735] mortar platoon with 3 sections: 14 euro
Three Battle Front blisters [GE166] SdKfz 7/1 (Quad 2cm): 27 euro
Battle Front bases blister [XX101]: 9 euro

Total cost: 112 euro.  Total point cost: 1500

List 5 Panzerkompanie (p. 72 Grey Wolf).  


HQ: 2 Panzer IV H
Combat platoon 1: 5 Panzer IVH
Combat platoon 2: 4 Panther A

Divisional support: 3 Sd Kfz 7/1 (Quad 2cm)

What you need to buy:
Two boxes PSC Panzer IVs: 40 euro
One box PSC Panthers: 22 euro
Three Battle Front blisters [GE166] SdKfz 7/1 (Quad 2cm): 27 euro

Total cost: 89 euro.  Total point cost: 1500

List 6 Schwere Panzerkompanie (p. 70 Grey Wolf)

In anticipation of PSC's Tiger kit...



HQ: 2 Tiger I E
Combat Platoon 1: 3 Tiger I E
Combat Platoon 2: 2 Tiger I E

What you need to buy
Two boxes PSC Tigers (when available): 44 euro (or so)

Total cost: 44 euro.  Total point cost: 1505

Notes:  You will probably want to drop 1 Tiger from either the command section or Platoon 1 so you can fit in some support choices.

Concluding thoughts
Other lists that seem quite feasible using PSC products, a few BF blisters, and Grey Wolf list are:
Sturmkompanie, Fallschirmjäger, SS Panzerkampgruppe, and SS Panzergrenadierkampfgruppe.  Many of you will note that artillery is a key omission from the above lists.  This is because most BF artillery boxes cost between 35 and 55 euro.  Mortars are an excellent option if available in a list.

Next week, we will present some Soviet lists.

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