April 15, 2013

FOW Mid War Panzer company dilemmav - Which list???

Posted and then quickly deleted a proposed list for NICON the next FOW tournament I plan on attending, scheduled for 1st/2nd June.  Its a Mid-War 1500pt event that allows the use of North Africa, Eastern Front and whatever V3 official PDF's are available for that period. 

Opting to take my DAK Panzer Company but after thinking I had finalised my list I've hit the old "but what if" conundrum and come up with an alternative.  Now struggling to decide which list will be the most competitive.  The event consists of 5 rounds - 2 mobile battles, 2 defensive battles and 1 fair fight.

Option 1 - Tunisian DAK Panzer Company

CHQ - 2 x PzIII M
Panzer Platoon - 3 x PzIV F2
Panzer Platoon - 4 x PzIII M w. Schurzen
Recon Platoon - 2 x 8 Rad
Light AA Platoon - 3 x Sd Kfz 10/5 2cm AA
Priority Air Ju87D

TOTAL 1,500pts (4 platoons)

On the armoured side this list is stronger with 9 tanks including 6 of the modern top version PzIII, these have an extra point of FA and are all AT9 vs. AT7 for the earlier versions.  Schurzen gives the 2nd Platoon added survivability in any assault vs. infantry and the Priority Air gives me the artillery support Ill need to hit/pin dug in infantry and to knock out enemy AT guns.  With 4 Platoons most scenarios would see me with just 2 on the table which is where the Priority Air has a big role to play providing additional fire power until the reserves come on.   But it is an all or nothing list basically pick an objective, deploy and go for it with not much room for tactical flexibility.


Option 2 - North African DAK Panzer Company

CHQ - 1 x PzIII H, 1 x PzIII J (Late)
Panzer Platoon - 3 x PzIII H
Panzer Platoon - 3 x PzIII J (Late)
Panzer Platoon - 3 x PzIV F2
Recon Platoon - 2 x 8 Rad
Light AA Platoon - 2 x Sd Kfz 10/5 2cm AA
Schutzen Platoon - 2 x MG Sections w. Trucks

TOTAL 1,500pts (6 Platoons)

This list has more tanks 11 vs. 9 but 4 of these are more lightly armoured at FA5 and only have AT7, all of the PzIII's are ROF3 though although at FP4+ you do need that extra shot.  The big difference between this list and Option 1, other than 3 Panzer Platoons, is the inclusion of a small (mobile'ish) infantry Platoon to provide some flexibility, the increase to 6 platoons and lose of the air support.  Here I have the ability for the infantry to support the tanks in any assault or hold an objective on one flank as the Panzers advance on the other.  But without Air Support or Artillery I might struggle to dislodge entrenched opponents? Oh and I don't have a Kubelwagon yet...

So which list to take???

4 comments:

lap1964 said...

In the first list just be awear that Schurzen now allows "gun tanking",so take care where you place the CO and 2IC.If you are expect lots of armour,i would go with JU87G ?
LES

John Murrie said...

Gun tanking as in they can pick out individual tanks right? Hadnt realised that... thinking Ju87 list will be the right choice.

Really wanted to fit an 88 in there but not enough pts.

lap1964 said...

You could try ?
CHQ - 2 x PzIII M w.Schurzen
Panzer Platoon - 3 x PzIV F2
Panzer Platoon - 4 x PzIII M w. Schurzen
Recon Platoon - 2 x 8 Rad
Rocket Platoon - 3 x Nebs
Limited Air Ju87D or G
LES

John Murrie said...

Oh I like that one... works well Cheers very much