Afrika Korps Starter Army I

Box Contents

The Afrika Korp Starter Army is a mix of plastic and metal models containing:

  • x6 Afrika Korps Infantry sprues (36 Infantry) – Plastic
  • Afrika Korps 8.8cm Flak 37 (Plastic) with 7-man crew (Metal)
  • Afrika Korps MMG Team – Metal
  • Afrika Korps 81mm Medium Mortar Ream – Metal
  • Panzer III (Ausf. J, L, M or N) – Plastic

The ‘So You Want AT?’ List

Standard Reinforced Platoon
Officer
2nd Lt (Rifle or SMG) – Veteran – 65
x1 Buddy (Rifle or SMG) – 13
78pts
Infantry
Heer Infantry Squad – Veteran – 8 men – 104
LMG – 20
124pts
Heer Infantry Squad – Veteran – 8 men – 104
LMG – 20
124pts
Heer Pioneer Squad – Veteran – 8 men – 104
NCO SMG – 3
x4 SMG – 20
LMG – 20
139pts
Anti-tank Rifle Team – Veteran – 3939pts
MMG Team – Veteran – 6565pts
Medium Mortar Team – Regular
Spotter – 10
60pts
Artillery
8.8cm Flak 37 – Reg – 160
Spotter – 10
170pts
Tank
Panzer III Ausf J – Regular – 200200pts
Total9 Order Dice999pts

Breakdown

  • Rifle – 15 / 17
  • SMG – 5 / 7
  • LMG – 3
  • Anti-Tank Rifle – 1
  • Medium Mortar – 1
  • MMG – 1 (3)
  • Super Heavy AT Gun – (1)
  • Medium Howitzer – (1)
  • Medium AT Gun – 1

Notes and Analysis

The objective of this List is two part – use as many components from the Start Army as possible and make a List that works at a competitive level. Please keep in mind, this List was written to use only the contents of the Starter Army.

Right off the bat you will notice that is 1,000pt List only has 9 Order Dice. Although this breaks the universal rule of 1 Order Die per 100pts, we gotta work with what we have and what we have is an 88. Let me repeat that, this list contains a 8.8cm Flak 37 Super Heavy AT Gun. We had to sacrifice some Order Dice to allow the King of the Battlefield to dance. With the 88 as an anchor for your army, the rest of the list is created to support it. If you want AT, this is the army for you.

This list (built to maximize the contents of the Starter Army) packs serious AT capability. The Flak 88 is a Super Heavy AT Gun and the Panzer III brings a Medium AT. I also tossed in an AT Rifle Team to make use of the option that comes with each DAK sprue (and you have six of those). With the powerful AT you also have excellent HE. A Medium Mortar combined with the 88 is nothing to sneeze at. That’s a 2″ and a 3″ HE Template each turn. And with the Medium AT on the Panzer III you’ll have plenty of opportunity to use the 88 as a Medium Howitzer.

The approach to using this list is rather simple, let them come to you. You need to be cagey with this army. Although it’s almost all Vet, you still need to be careful. You only have three Infantry Squads and only 9 Order Dice overall. Because your indirect fire support is Reg, they should be deployed behind cover / out of line of sight. With that in mind, I’d give the LT and his buddy rifles. No use in having them hold SMGs that they won’t get to use.

When you are building this army, you’ll also want to use all your extra bags, pouches, equipment and goggles for the Pioneer Squad. The DAK Infantry sprue comes with great extra bits to make your Pioneers looks the part. Especially the googles. Don’t forget those. You also need to build two men to be Spotters. One for the 88 and one for the Mortar. Using caps, binoculars and / maps will do the trick.

So there we have it. A more specialized list than we typically see with these Starter Army Boxes but I’d happily give this army a go.


What’s Next?

If you want to keep the 88, you need to:

  • Get a Tow – As MegaPikaKeroro pointed out in the comments, without a Tow, you could be in real trouble. The 88 is a massive gun, and as such, is unable to move without a Tow. There are several popular Bolt Action mission types that require First Wave and do not allow deployment. If you play a mission like that, your 88 will not have a way to make it onto the table. And you’ll be down an Order Die and 170pts before the game even starts. Not a good look. So, first priority, pick up a Horse-drawn Limber or an Artillery Tractor for this big ‘ol gun.

If you’d rather not run the 88, consider these changes and additions:

  • Drop the 88 – Removing the 88 opens up a whopping 170pts in your army. With all those extra points to spend I’d consider a fast movement element of some kind – MMG Motorbike, a Truck for the Pioneers, maybe an Armored Car. Along with a Light Howitzer to keep your HE.
  • Add More Infantry – You could use another squad. I’d play around with the weapons and squad sizes to get another squad in the list. You’ll have the point for it if you drop the 88.
  • Speed, You Have None – Get something quick into the list. A MMG Motorbike immedatly comes to mind but an open-topped Armored \Cr would work too. Something like the Sdkfz. 222.

2 thoughts on “Afrika Korps Starter Army I

  1. The problem with the list (and the box) is the absence of a tow of any kind.
    It mean that, in some mission, you are basically playing with one order dice and 170 point less.
    I know that it’s not in the box, so you can’t use it, but is pointless to talk about competitive level if you start with this disadvantage…

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    1. Agreed Mega! It really is a shame that a box that includes the fearsome 88 dose not include a way to haul it around! Really your only hope to keep your fingers crossed that you won’t be an Attacker or play a mission that requires First Wave!

      I’ll make an update to the “What’s Next” section about getting a Tow ASAP.

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