After mine and Ben's trip to Portsmouth, I felt like I was really missing my good old British vet infantry - and he reminded me of the potential for Mech Germans, now up till now I've avoided them because they are not easy to play! As with any mech list you have to balance Attack vs defence, and your transports are fragile to boot. On the other hand, they look iconic (and cool) and allow you to dictate the initiative.
The most common suggestion was Lehr - and why not? Extra bases of tank hunter teams, good veteran support - what's not to like? Well nothing - except I think that to do these guys justice I'd need the proper infantry - and I'm just too damn lazy at the moment!
Eventually I decided upon the ethos of 'all the gear - no idea' and have hit up desperate measures for a Vet list.
So what's in it? Well HQ and two core platoons - because I'm going with my ethos of 'all the gear' I've upgraded one platoon to panzersturm with assault rifle/panzerfaust, and the command vehicle to a sd.Kfz 251/21 'drilling' - I still love this model - even if they are a little crap, but having them in the platoons gives a little extra AA - and strangely should hopefully allow me to avoid paying for an AA platoon as they are self defence but still fire at full RoF.
Next though I need a little extra AT - in most other panzergren lists I would go for Pak40's - so I will again - the sd.Kfz250/22 the 'pakwagon' they are not an optimal choice - I was also really tempted by the tiger ace Hetzers - but I think that with keeping with the ethos of the army I need to include them.
The big thing I'm missing is rudel - but then this is not an 'optimised' list...
Anyway here's it looking ready to rumble, and hopefully some AAR's soon