Anti-Tank Rifle (ATR) teams – WWII German

November 13, 2011

I finished my German ATR teams. The figures are from Pegasus Hobbies’ Set 7499, German Army Infantry 1939. They paint up beautifully:  .

There are two figures with Anti-tank rifles in the kit. One is a smaller rifle, the other much larger. I assume that the smaller anti-tank rifle is the 7.92 mm Panzerbüchse (P.z.B.) 39 German Anti-Tank Rifle (or the PzB 38 or PzB 40)…I’ve written and linked to outside detail about the PzB 39 anti-tank rifle on this post from July. Here’s a close-up of one of my four completed PzB 39 gunners: (I’m permitted a maximum of 4 Anti-tank Rifle teams in an Infantry Company).

Here’s one of the bigger anti-tank rifles, which I’m going to assume is the 20mm Solothurn 18-1000:  (my assumption is based on a comparison of it to the Soviet 14.5mm PTRD 41 & 14.5mm PTRS anti-tank rifles, which are similar sizes and lengths).

The Pegasus Hobbies kit gives each anti-tank gunner a little mound to lie on – the figure cannot rest flat on the ground because of this little mound! I placed them with the prone observer figure from the kit, who I’ve made into the loader/ammo bearer of each team.

Pegasus Hobbies say these figures are 1/76 scale. Plastic Soldier Review describe them as being between 1/72 & 1/76 scale. They are probably right…I think as long as you don’t mix them with other manufacturers’ figures and other Pegasus sets on the same base, you’ll be right. They are great figures, very realistic poses and extremely well detailed resulting in wonderful paint jobs.


I’ve had these photos sitting here for a week, only just got round to uploading them today. I need to pay more regular attention to this blog…the last couple of months has seen me slipping.


7 Responses to “Anti-Tank Rifle (ATR) teams – WWII German”

  1. Paul said

    Lovely work on a neglected weapon, well done.

  2. Thanos said

    Good work mate!

  3. Peter said

    They’ve turned out really well, looking forward to see them in action. We’ll have to do a 1941 game, Germans attack with one infantry company plus some armor?

  4. Al said

    Nice inclusion

  5. Eastern Funker said

    Thanks gents! I took longer on them than I should have, but now I’ve got them, Blitzkrieg can be re-enacted!
    Peter, I think we could make Al happy by using them in next year’s France 1940 game! Whaddaya say?

  6. Peter said

    Hmm, the French tanks I’ve got have got thick armor, the AT Rifles will have no effect. The Soviets, on the other hand, with BT-7s and T-26s, have paper thin armor…

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