Desperate Measures PanzerGrenadiers

 

Now the japanese are done, I am returning my focus to late war for a bit to finish off some bits to make up a list from the new Desperate Measures book. I’ve been wanting to do a panzerfaust based list for a while and now Desperate Measures has given me the last few bits of the puzzle, I can now offset the expensive cost of the infantry platoons with cheaper Anti-Tank Vehicles, after all, why bother paying the points for Panzer IVs when they get very little save against most things anyways.

Here is the list I came up with;

 Confident    Veteran Panzergrenadier Kampfgruppe (Veteran)
Armoured Infantry Battlegroup
German Late-War
Mechanised Company
Platoon Qty Unit Points
Headquarters
Panzergrenadier Kampfgruppe HQ (Veteran)  p.73
2
2
Cmd Panzerfaust SMG team
Sd Kfz 251/1
80
Combat Platoons
Panzergrenadier Platoon (Veteran)  p.74
1
6
4
Cmd Panzerfaust MG team
Panzerfaust MG team
Sd Kfz 251/1
280
Panzergrenadier Platoon (Veteran)  p.74
1
6
4
Cmd Panzerfaust MG team
Panzerfaust MG team
Sd Kfz 251/1
280
Weapons Platoons
Cannon Platoon (Veteran)  p.74
4 Sd Kfz 251/22 (PaK40) 260
Support Platoons
Tank-hunter Platoon (Veteran)  p.84
3 Sd Kfz 251/22 (PaK40) 195
Heavy Panzerspäh Platoon (Veteran)  p.85
3
3
Sd Kfz 234/1 (2cm)
Sd Kfz 234/4 (PaK40)
375
Armoured Rocket Launcher Battery (Veteran)  p.90
1
2
1
3
Cmd SMG team
Kubelwagen
Observer Rifle team
Panzerwerfer 42 (5+ crew – counts double)
180
Company Points: 1650
www.EasyArmy.com Source document: Desperate Measures book

As you can see,  its a glass cannon, but it does manage to achieve 8 platoons which is quite a feat, in defense I can start with 2 infantry platoons covering objectives and 7 (!) pak40s on the table / in ambush, reserve wise there is not a lot but the Jeeps are pretty fast once they arrive and the idea with them is to start working around the back of the board to harass the enemies backline. I would have liked to add a HQ panzershrek to bulk up a platoon and make the command half tracks into triple 15mms but the points simply weren’t there and reducing the panzerwerfers down to regular 15cm nebs just would not have had the same effect.

On the attack I have enough MGs as well as a possibly pinning / smoking source, plus a number of 3+ FP guns to dig out infantry. With multiple recce platoons I can cover various lines of ambush and the recce cars are FA3 so immune to small arms.

The downside, like many of my lists, is that its very easy to give away VPs and I think it will be hard to win 6-1 on the attack.

Model wise, most of the stuff I already have from my attempt to make a VolksGrenadier list last year, although not strictly MG teams, there are enough MGs in the models to not confuse and both platoons are the same. I did have a bunch of 251 half tracks from my first major painting session back in 2012 which could need a little tidy up.

I also finished recently some 234/4s to go with my 234/1s from my Peiper list, plus the first platoon of infantry

234/4 + 234/1

“Panzerfaust MG teams”

My next tournament is Trinity in 1 week, they will not be ready for then, so they might be a club list for a while until a suitable 1650pts event comes up. I am not even going to try and make a 1500pts version, to be honest, they might work better at 1750pts so you can add more Paks and fill out the infantry platoons  with better weapons.