Monday 16 March 2020

Panzerfaust Teams in What a Tanker

So over the weekend myself and fellow Rejects Ray and Stuart headed down to Sidcup for one of our regular game shows. It's a small affair based in a school and usually features a handful of demo games and traders. We usually make an effort to attend, especially as it's only a short run in the car to get there for us three at least. Several times we have said we should run a demo game here and a few weeks ago Ray suggested it again. I blithely said, "I'll run a game of What a Tanker" without doing the math in my head...I had less than three weeks to throw together a game! Well, the show is over, the game was a success and we had a blast. I think we may very well be doing this again. 

I wanted to run a 1944 game of What a Tanker set in the Normandy Bocage country as I had a lot of terrain ready for use, and most of the vehicles I would need. However, I also had an idea for a 'special rule' to use Panzerfaust Teams in the game. The rules don't include infantry teams but I really wanted to give the Allied player several things to think about, not just "where is that blasted Tiger"! The following rules were the result. I did a bit of playtesting before the game but the real test was on the day and I think they added a new element to the game that was very interesting. 

The German player can deploy two Panzerfaust Teams on the table. For each team, the player will be given three blinds/tokens, only one of which will be marked to confirm this is the team and the others are red-herrings.

Movement - 6”
Range - 6”
Strike Factor - 6

When an enemy vehicle comes within 6” of a token the Allied player can roll to see if he has spotted anything. However normal target acquisition rules on arcs of visibility apply. When ‘buttoned up’ the visibility arc is 60° to the front of the vehicle plus 60° to the front of the turret if it is pointed in a different direction. When a vehicle is ‘unbuttoned’ the commander and crew have 180° visibility to the front of the vehicle plus 60° to the front of the turret. If the Panzerfaust team is outside the visibility arc of the Tank Commander and his crew it does not have to be revealed unless the controlling player wishes and can continue to move as hidden until spotted. Alternatively, the German commander can choose to reveal the token and commence an immediate attack.

When a Panzerfaust token comes within 6” of an enemy tank - and if it is in the visibility arc of the Commander or Crew as described above - then the allied player rolls 1d6 to spot the enemy team.

  • 1,2,3,4 “Must have been an animal” - The Tank commander sees nothing. The token is revealed and if it is a Panzerfaust Team the German player makes an immediate attack roll.
  • 5,6 “Enemy Infantry!” - The tanks MG’s spray the area with bullets. The German player reveals the token and if it was a Panzerfaust team, it is destroyed.
  • Tank commanders that are ‘unbuttoned’ get a +1 to the roll because their visibility is better.

When a Panzerfaust team is revealed, if it is not destroyed, it must make an immediate attack against the closest enemy tank. Consult the Attack rules and treat just like any other shot on target. Note the following:

  • Panzerfaust teams attack with a Strike Factor of 6.
  • They are automatically considered to have Acquired their target, are Aimed and are Loaded.
  • As the range will be 6” or less the to-hit number is 6 on 2d6 with the usual modifiers as stipulated in the shooting rules.
  • Panzerfaust teams that are in contact with an obstacle ignore that first obstacle for the purposes of modifiers, just as a vehicle would.
  • These are one-shot weapons so when the attack is completed (successful or otherwise) remove the team

The effect of this simple bolt-on rule was to give the Allied player an interesting tactical conundrum. 'Buttoned up' they have a better chance of survival against the Tiger but have less chance of spotting a Panzerfaust team sneaking upon them. The Panzerfaust has the potential to destroy a tank like a Sherman but its more likely to cause some damage that could prove crucial later in the game. Its a balancing act that gave the allied player plenty to think about. It also made the game more interesting for the German player as he had to move his tokens to bring them within the very short range of 6". 

Anyway, I commend these rules to the community, hope you find them useful. 


  1. Worked very well I thought Mr H?

  2. For "unbuttoned" did you mean 180 degrees to the front of the turret and 60 degrees to the front of the tank? After all, it's the commander sticking his head out of the turret who has the visibility.

    Just a thought for if you run the game in future - when a blank is revealed, replace it with a couple of cows (dead ones if they've been machine gunned on a 5 or 6).

    1. Yes, 180 to the front of the tank and 60 to the front of the turret. As it was the amount of terrain meant the allied tanks were unbuttoned most of the time.

  3. This is exactly what I was thinking off for my Operation Blackcock set of linked WAT scenarios...pop up panzerfausts! Good ideas!

  4. Incidentally I don't think the landser in the photo has got that quite right???

  5. Sounds great! I plan to incorporate it in my WAT games.

    1. Hope it works well for you. It added an interesting element to our demo.

  6. Very good Big Lee!
    Give more fun to the very good game!


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