Sunday, December 18, 2011

Battleground Weird WWII: PzKpfw VI Ausf. B "Konigstiger"

PzKpfw VI Ausf. B "Konigstiger" (Porsche Turret)

PzKpfw VI Ausf. B "Konigstiger" (Henschel Turret)

Notes:  These are the BGWWWII rules for the PzKpfw VI Ausf. B "Bengal Tiger".  You will need the core BGWWWII rules to know what the hell I'm talking about so get it already!
Date Introduced:  Mid '44
Users:  Germany
Vehicle Chart:  You can find a vehicle chart for this vehicle within the BGWWII Tanker's Challenge supplement.
Crew:  5 (commander, gunner, loader, radio operator & driver)
High Ground Pressure:  This vehicle has very high ground pressure because of its massive weight and will suffer an additional +3 on all Bog Checks.
Winterketten or Ostketten Tracks:  This vehicle may be fitted with the "Winterketten" track grousers or with the "Ostketten" track as indicted in the BGWWWII rules.  Availability for each is an 8.
Top Armor Value:  Due to the steep slope of the front glacis, any HT hits to locations 6 or 11 will use the HF AV of 46.
Porsche Turret Shot Trap:  The first 50 vehicles of this type were fitted with a turret designed by Porsche that featured a round turret mantle that had a fatal flaw that could ricochet non-penetrating rounds into the hull's roof.  Any non-penetrating round striking the TF 17 or 19 locations can ricochet into the hull on a D20 score of 12.  If successful, half the incoming round's AP value against the HT AV of 7.  Refer to non-penetration and penetration result as normal for HT location 7 if the incoming round struck the TF location 17 and the HT location 12 if ricocheted off FT location 19.
Zimmerit Paste:  The Availability for "Zimmerit" on this vehicle is a 12.
Nahverteidigungswaffe:  This vehicle is fitted with a "Nahverteidigungswaffe" within its turret and will be bound by the BGWWWII rules as such for its use.
IR Upgradable:  Both vehicle turret modles are capable of being fitted with the Sperber/FG 1250 "Falcon" IR System as described in the BGWWWII rules.  Availability is a 15 on the Eastern Front, 10 on the Western Front and an 8 on any other fronts.
Tank Phone:  Availability is a 12 for this vehicle can to be fitted with a tank phone located at the rear right side of the hull.
Rangefinder:  The Availability is a 10 to have this vehicle fitted with a rangefinder as discribed within the BGWWWII rules.
Pzgr.40/43 Round:  Availability for this round is 5 with D4 rounds available per vehicle.
Panzerbefehlswagen:  The command version of the King Tiger had its main gun ammunition reduced to allow for the extra radio equipment and the addition of an antenna in the turret and a star antenna on the rear engine deck but otherwise looks and fights as a normal production model. 
Wargaming Piece:  Numerous companies make a 1/48 or 1/50 scale King Tiger in its various models so just do some Google-Fu and see what you can find. 

           Wt   Sz   HF   TF   HS   TS   HR   TR   HT   TT   Sd   Ld   TR   Ty   Smk   HMG   CMG   AAMG   Gun   AP   APCR   HEAT   HE   HE Size
           68    VL   46    42    15    29   15    29     7    10    6      2     S    T     19    LMG    LMG  LMG-15  88XL  47      50        24     14       Med


  1. King Tiger, it should be a King Mammoth...what a beast!

  2. They were truly the Alpha predators in most situations.


  3. the most advanced tank in ww2

  4. Congratulations! You are the ONLY English speaking person that I have ever encountered that has properly translated "Konigstiger" as "Bengal Tiger"! Most Brits seem to believe that it should be translated as "Royal Tiger" (Which is close, but not cigar) and, almost all Americans translate it as "King Tiger" or, worse yet "Tiger II". Bravo!