Thursday, August 2, 2012

Battleground Weird WWII: Kfz 1/20 "Schwimmwagen"

Type 128
Type 138

Type 166

2cm Kfz 1/20 Flakwagen

 Kfz 1 w/Sand Tires

Type 166 w/Reiger & Deitz Gripping Wheels

Notes:  These rules are for the excellent amphibious 4x4, the Schwimmwagen.   This little vehicle makes a great addition to any recon or commando unit.  Be sure to pick up the core Battleground WWII rules to get the most outta these rules.
Date Introduced:  Type 128 (Late '40), Type 138 (Early '42) &, Type 166 (Late '41).
Users:  Germany
Vehicle Chart:  No vehicle chart is needed; just use the soft-skinned vehicle rules as normal.
Crew:  All Schwimmwagen types have a crew of 1 (driver) and the Type 128 & 138 can carry up to 4 passengers where the Type 166 can carry 3 passengers.
No Radio:  All models of this vehicle are not provided with radios and will suffer the No Radio penalty as such.
Normal Movement:   All types will move as normal when on dry land.
Amphibious Movement:  The vehicle will need to spend a single action once in the water to lower the propeller.  Once the propeller is engaged, the vehicle can move up to 5" per action.  Follow the rules for amphibious vehicles as normal.
Light Machine Gun:  If available, all types can mount a LMG on a pintel mount on the forward right side of the vehicle.  This weapon is manned by the front passenger and has a 90-degree field of fire to the front right of the vehicle.
Sand Tires:  In North Africa, many lite vehicles were fitted with large balloon-like tires that helped the vehicle move better in the desert sands.  If any vehicle is fitted with these tires, they will be able to move at 3/4 their normal movement instead of 1/4 and  receive a -1 bonus when making Bog Checks when moving through sand.  Availability is 10 for units of the Afrika Korps and a 5 for any theater.
Snow Chains:  Snow chains were fitted to the tires of vehicles to help them better grip onto icy surfaces.  If a vehicle has snow chains then it will receive a -1 bonus to any Bog Checks made on icy or snowy roads.  Availability is a 10 or less on any front.
Rieger & Dietz Gripping Wheels:  These wheels were meant to allow light vehicles to move easier through snow but the actual trails showed they didn't really work to well.  Anyway, this is WWWII so make them work cause they look pretty cool.  Vehicles fitted with these will allow it to move its full rate in snow, 3/4 speed in medium snow and at its 1/2 speed in deep and very deep snow.  The wheels also give the vehicle a -1 bonus when making Bog Checks in any depth of snow.  Availability is 5.
Wargaming Piece:  It's pretty easy to find the Type 166 in 1/48 model kits and in 1/43 and 1/50 die-cast toys but the others might be a bit more hard to track down.

Vehicle   Weight   Size   Speed   Type   Weapon   Capacity    
                                                Type 128       2          S       *15/5     Car      LMG-10        5
                                                Type 138       2          S       *15/5     Car      LMG-10        5
                                                Type 166       1         VS      *15/5     Car      LMG-10        4
                                               Flackwagen    2         S        *15/5     Car 20L AC (AP 11)  3
*Ground/Water Speed

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