A Schwerer Panzerspähwagen is a Heavy armored reconnaissance vehicle. The Germans used a number of these during the Second World War.
Armoured cars were used in traditional cavalry missions such as reconnaissance and screening. They scouted ahead of Panzer units to determine enemy strength and find weaknesses in their lines.
The SdKfz 231 8 Rad was designed as an improvement upon the SdKfz 231 6 Rad to give the vehicle better cross country performance.
The SdKfz 231 8 Rad had a 2 cm KwK 30 or KwK 38 with a coaxial 7.92 mm MG 34
In Flames of War we usually find this armored cars in units of 2 as the recon element in Panzer companies. In Aufklarungs (Reconnaissance) companies you can roll with 6 of these in groups of 2.
Overall I like this model. It is a damn ugly vehicle, but it has personality. It took me awhile to warm up to it, but I now have two for Northwest Europe and two for the North Africa. Only problem was the mantlet with the gun and MG was deformed and missing one MG. I know BF usually has good customer service, but I didnt feel like waiting for the replacement. The color scheme I used this time is as follows:
This was the first time I used the AK DAK filter and Africa Dust effects (forgot to list that one). I think they came out well and will probably use something similar for the mass of Panzer IIIs and Sdkfz 251 Cs standing by to be painted.