Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Fallschirmjäger Support Options - Stummelwerfer

Kurzer 8 cm Granatwerfer 42 aka Stummelwerfer

This is a weapon system that's very hard to get to grips with, but you can't deny the value for price it brings to FV army list, where everything is very expensive.

At 25 points per mortar, up to 3 Stummels can be had in the HQ, to be dished out as needed.

The FJ Light mortar platoon can be  1 command team with 1-2 sections of 2 mortars plus an observer team.

With the HQ stummels, you can have KG with 2 x 3 mortars platoon, 2 x 2 mortars platoon, or just take the short platoon and attach 1 mortar from the HQ, lot of different ways you can play with these. In half-on last time I had 2 platoons of 2 mortars each in reserves, front loading fun if anything and custom.

2 mortar platoon re-rolls hits (big deal, it's veteran) and creates 1 template smoke, which can be very good as you know exactly where the smoke will be.

So, 

PROS:
- Cheapest smoke available
- Direct fire, with V3 you get ROF 2 FP 3+ weapon system
- Direct Smoke, smoke as you go with attached mortar
- Kampfgruppe customization, very adaptable for platoon amount tweaking
- Manpacked Gun

CONS: 
- Short range only 40" in bombardment, Direct Fire is ok with 8" - 32"
- Hard to master really, these seem to be out of range or on the wrong side of the table often enough.

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