World at War: Gear Krieg German Walker Compendium I: Loki.
The book - a pdf only version - is our 2nd supplement to our Gear Krieg book. It will give you even more Two-Fisted Pulp Superscience German Walkers to use in your games of Battlefield Evolution: World at War.
The German Walker Compendium I: Loki is your comprehensive guide to using the German superscience walker Loki in Battlefield Evolution World at War: Gear Krieg.
The German Walker Compendium I: Loki takes a detailed look at the many types of this superscience walker for your German forces from all theatres and periods of World War II! Each vehicle is detailed with background infor-mation, factory variants, field modifications and a modelling guide.
Included are the Loki Command version, the Ausführung A to G, the “Flak-Loki”, Ausführung E-X and even the experimental X1 to X3 prototypes; the book also provides new Traits, an AFV force list and an extended German armoury to add to your games of World at War: Gear Krieg.
As with our previous Vehicle Compendium you will get in fact 3 books with this deal:
a full colour version with many high quality pictures of fully painted models
in addition a B&W text only printer friendly version
and all the unit cards to field these vehicles conveniently on the tabletop.
All units in this book are designed by the same principles as the existing vehicles in the Battlefield Evolution: World at War and Battlefield Evolution: Pacific War rulebook also written by Agis Neugebauer.
This book requires the use of Battlefield Evolution: World at War, available from Mongoose Publishing.
Panzer Befehls Kämpfer I Loki
In Service: 1939
During Early War a limited number of Ausführung A Lokis were modified to serve as command walker. The hull was the same as a basic Ausführung A Loki, though the hull was slightly modified and additional radio equipment was added.
The Panzerbefehlskämpfer I was the first to benefit from the new style Krupp suspension that was at that time developed for the Walküre, it featured articulated tracks at the rear for better traction and shock absorption. Com-bined with the lower weight of the Loki hull it soon gained a reputation for being a highly reliable and effective ve-hicle. Only cost considerations prevented a more wide spread use of this walker configuration.
Modeling Notes: This is a very interesting but easy to do conversion. You will need a Loki and a Walküre kit. Build a Loki Ausführung A as normal but use the legs of a Walküre, cover the hull/ leg joint with some green stuff and then add a suitable commanding officer miniature and as much jerry cans, ammo boxes and stowage as you can fit around the cupola. Small details as the Mechanic and the Dog on the base (both by Peter Pig) help to let the miniature stand out from the rest of the army. Add huge radio aerials and you are done!
Loki Ausf B Walker in ground mode (DP9s Gear Krieg range)
Loki Ausf C Walker (DP9s Gear Krieg range)
Fallschirmjäger secure a desert dwelling supported by a Loki Walker (DP9s Gear Krieg range)
Fallschirmjäger (FOW minis) on Crete supported by a Loki Walker (DP9s Gear Krieg range)
PzKpf IV Flak-Kämpfer I “Flak-Loki”
The most interesting conversion based on a modified PzKpf I was the Flak-Kämpfer I. It was armed with a battery of four 2cm Flak 38 guns. The guns were mounted on either sides of the hull. The chassis was overloaded and en-gines taxed to maintain performances, which tended to dramatically shorten the service lifespan.
PzKpf IV Ausführung D
The PzKpf IV Ausführung D was in fact an Ausführung C model retrofitted with mounting lugs for a number of artillery rockets on the hull's roof. Crews disliked it because the rockets made the vehicle sluggish until they were fired, and the launch racks blocked the upper hatch, making a quick exit much harder for the crew, which had to escape through the belly hatch.
Modeling Notes: Build a Loki Ausführung C as normal, then add two boxy rocket packs from the Axis Weapon Pack (DP9-635).
PzKpf IV Ausführung E
The E model was based on C frames that were damaged in combat, though many were also built when Krupp couldn't deliver enough of the manipulator assembly. It sported twin 3.2cm self-loading cannons that were slaved to the same fire control device.
Modeling Notes: Build a basic Loki C chassis (the one with the roof)and replace the arms and weapon assemblies with two 3.2cm guns from the Axis Weapon Pack (DP9-635).
PzKpf IV Ausführung E-X
The E chassis also served as a testbed for various devices, most notably the Bündellichtwerfer (heavy laser) equipped Ausführung E-X model; in addition to the Bündellichtwerfer, the E-X version also sported a Kämpfer Panzerfaust for last-ditch self-defense if the laser broke down or overheated.
Modeling Notes: Build a basic Loki C chassis (the one with the roof) but replace the arms and weapon assemblies with the Panzerfaust and Laser pieces from the Axis Weapon Pack (DP9-635) instead.
PzKpf IV Ausführung F “Meuchelmörder”
The Ausführung F was nicknamed "Meuchelmörder" ("assassin") by its crew; impressed with the kill capacity of their new R-92 Lenkraketen (anti-vehicle guided missile). The F variant carried no additional armament or even arms, since the entire fighting compartment space was filled with the required guidance electronics.
Modeling Notes: Build a basic Loki C chassis (the one with the roof), but replace the arms and weapon assemblies with two guided missiles from the Axis Weapon Pack (DP9-635).
PzKpf IV Ausführung G
Inspired by the field success of the Ausführung D, commanders requested their old Loki to be retrofitted with artillery rockets. The Ausführung G was essentially a D model that carried its rockets side by side and added arms on most variants. The self-defense armament was changed to a MG-42 machinegun and a single Panzerfaust carried on a quick release hull mount. The latter was intended as a last ditch weapon, though many crews use it in an assault role.
Modeling Notes: Build a Loki Ausführung C as normal, then add two boxy rocket packs from the Axis Weapon Pack (DP9-635). Add one Panzerfaust and the machinegun box.