That being said I've long wanted to mechanise my force and try to make an armoured panzer grenadier force that is sort of competitive. The Boltaction.net net ammendments Kent and I are using (5pt LMGs and armoured transports can fire one weapon without needing to have a team on board) makes such transports far more useful.So my plan is to upgrade my Italian Front German force from (non) motorised to armoured panzer grenadiers. It is a project that has sort of been coming together for a while now. This week my self propelled artillery support arrived, an SDKFZ 251/9 with a 75mm stummel (the some one mounted on early panzer IVs) for close support- these vehicles came from the battlaion's heavy weapons company and the 251/9 will replace the Stuh as my "tank" support. Going by the BA rules the 251/9 can transport up to 8 men which given the room needed for the gun and ammo is a tad optimistic, so I will probably use the 250/8 (basically the same vehicle but on the 250 chassis and used by aufklarung units and which in game terms doesn't get the transport option).
So what I am aiming at fielding is:
3x panzer grenadier squads
1x pioneer squad
1x 233 heavy armoured car
1x 251/9 stummel
1x 251/10 command half track (with pak 36)
So that would be a total of 5 half tracks and armoured cars which would be cool. I'd like to squeeze in another 251/1 but think that is getting bit optimistic. I'll happily rationalise it by assuming the platoons 4th 251 is in the repair shop, which is not all that unlikely.
Last night I painted up the 251/9 but still have the crew to do. I'm still 2 251s short (including the command half track) but am looking into rectifying that shortly.
The 251/9 was a bit of a pain to put together, couldn't find an online assembly sheet for this one, and bits didn't go together as well as I'd hoped but I got there in the end,
The force so far.
I'm not sure how it will go on the table but should be interesting to run.
While I plot to get this force on table here's a link to an AAR from Sgt Perry's Heroes where he runs a very cool armoured panzer grenadier force- great to see such forces on table!