Now I'm not expecting a repeat of my heroics from last year - mainly due to my imposed exile from vet infantry lists. One of my thoughts when making a list for this event is that I want to maximise the swap out - it's one of the best bits about this event, lists which usually are ignored because they can't 'do everything' now get brought out as the swap can mitigate this.
I was tempted by Westfalen, but I struggled for a good swap out. My gaze then rested on my original idea for BA3, the Panzers in Italy.
This list appeals to me as it's got all the options I like in a panzer list, anti air, recce, smoke, they're all vet and they're all cheap. Whilst the meuse list was also in contention, especially with always attack and spearhead, it doesn't have the great anti infantry options the Italy list has.
So the core of the list is below.
You've got 2 Panzer IV in the HQ and a platoon of 4 - these guys are still one of the best workhorse tanks in the game, the AT 11 is not spectacular but can still bother T-34's and Shermans, and the schurzen still helps in assaults.
So the anti tank lists gets 3 panzer IV/70 - handily exactly 450 points. The extra AT14 will help here, and even if I'm defending in a mobile battle I'll now have 6 AT14 guns on the table, and FA9 still does the trick I hope.
So what do I think the list will do against some of the match ups? Well against infantry it'll be interesting I think. If I was facing a 2ID style list with two AT options I'm going to have to threaten with both the flammpanzers attached to the Panzers, and the Semovente as well - they may be able to overwhelm one, but I hope not both.
The tough ones I think will be hoard tank armies like the soviets, I have a lot of shots, but I'll really have to protect my weak units. The other real worry are the BaR big cat lists, I can't hurt them head on, have no arty to speak of, and no infantry to assault. Flanking and hopefully bails from flammpanzers may be my best bet!
Anyway let's see how it does.