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    Campaign "Achtung, panzer!" (Pz.IV ausf.F1/F2)

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    Campaign "Achtung, panzer!" (Pz.IV ausf.F1/F2)

    Post by frinik on Fri Feb 26, 2016 5:07 pm





    Gentlemen, I would like to announce 2 new missions, one German featuring the Panzer IV F2 and another one Soviet featuring the T34/76. The 2 new missions will take place during Operation Orlov whbich not too well known except amongst war historians. OP. Orlov was part of Operation Kutuzov( names after a famous Napoleonic Era Russian general)

    Operation Kutuzov was a military operation by the Red Army in its fight against the German Wehrmacht during World War II. It was named after Mikhail Illarionovich Kutuzov, the Tsarist General credited with saving Russia from defeat during the invasion by Napoleon in 1812. The Operation began on 12 July and ended on 18 August 1943 with the destruction of the Orel bulge, in which the Western and Bryansk fronts defeated the 2nd Panzer Army in its fortified positions around Orel.
    The operation was conducted by Western Front, Bryansk Front, and Central Front against German
    2nd Panzer and 9th Army in the Orel sector. It began on July 12, 1943 and lasted until August
    18, 1943. The aim to put pressure on German Army Group Centre which at the time was partially
    engaged in the Battle for Kursk, to reduce the Orel salient, and to destroy large German forces.
    It was almost immediately successful in achieving the first aim, leading to a move of German
    reserves earmarked for the Battle for Kursk to resist Operation Kutuzov.

    The initial attack was made simultaneously on the northern and eastern faces of the Orel salient.
    Later, the southern face joined in, after German panzer forces withdrew from the Kursk
    offensive to meet Operation Kutuzov. The Voronezh area featured prominently in the fierce fighting that took place during those 5 weeks.

    This offensive was costly for the Soviets but effectively weakened the Wehrmacht which from then on was on the retreat continuously until it capitulated in May 1945.

    The first mission, the German one, will take place in Bol Polyana in July 1943 and will pit some 3 Panzer IVs against 5 Soviet T34/76s and will involve the conquest of a village. We will reveal more details in the coming days.

    The Soviet mission will also take place in July 1943 in Krasne Dolyna.

    We will reveal more details as this is a joint Lockie-Frinik op with Master Lockie doing the Lion share of the actual mission making while I contribute text and ideas. We will be using exist
    ting maps
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    Re: Campaign "Achtung, panzer!" (Pz.IV ausf.F1/F2)

    Post by lockie on Sat Feb 27, 2016 2:31 am

    At this moment "Orel Campaign" has 4 missions:
    - 2xSoviet
    - 2xGerman
    I think we may add additional 6 simple missions to finish the Campaign. Let's say: 5 for each sides.
    The units will be: T-34/43/STZ and Pz.IV/F2/H
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    Re: Campaign "Achtung, panzer!" (Pz.IV ausf.F1/F2)

    Post by lockie on Wed Mar 16, 2016 12:38 pm

    frinik wrote:2 new missions, one German featuring the Panzer IV F2 and another one Soviet featuring the T34/76. The 2 new missions will take place during Operation Orlov which not too well known except amongst war historians.
    Let it be polygon Fedorovka.

    German (user) attacks Soviet defence, capture then repel the enemy attack.
    So, mission will be a very easy for understanding.
    Sides:
    German:
    6xPzIV/F2+1xInfantry platoon

    Soviet:
    4xATG 45mm
    3xT-34/76/43
    3xMatilda (Churchill?)
    2xInfantry platoon
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    Re: Campaign "Achtung, panzer!" (Pz.IV ausf.F1/F2)

    Post by lockie on Mon Apr 25, 2016 7:05 pm

    I'd like to suggest to name the new Campaign devoted to Pz.IV as Achtung, Panzer! It'll be presented exclusively to STA3.0.
    Pz.IV was a workhorse of the German Panzer troops. It didn't has a nickname like Panther or Hetzer etc, but it was a common name for the most produced tanks. AFAIK, there were produced ~10 000pcs.
    In such way, we may join all new and old missions(from GMP, Orel) in one Campaign, where the main hero will be Lieutenant Walter Axthelm. The period of activity is 1941-43. Of course, would be nice to get Pz.IV/D also for the early battles, but current models are suitable enough.


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    Re: Campaign "Achtung, panzer!" (Pz.IV ausf.F1/F2)

    Post by kapulA on Mon Apr 25, 2016 8:50 pm

    Afaik, the D model could be most easily represented by simply removing the rear stowage bin from the existing Pz IV F1 turret and changing its armor map, where necessary. Smile

    Hell, I could even whip up a skin like the one in the img for early-war scenario variation! Smile

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    Campaign "Achtung, panzer!" (Pz.IV ausf.F1/F2)

    Post by lockie on Tue Apr 26, 2016 9:44 am

    kapulA wrote:Afaik, the D model could be most easily represented by simply removing the rear stowage bin from the existing Pz IV F1 turret and changing its armor map, where necessary. Smile
    Unfortunately, it's not enough. Model Pz.IV/D is differ than F1.

    Meanwhile, I got a VERY rare case in the new mission. That was FIRST TIME when my Commander was alive and other crewmen killed.

    Usually, in 90% Commander killed the first, because he located upper then other crew members. Commander place is more dangerous, the most safer place is Driver.
    There was another interesting case, I got engine damaged and had ability move forward only at the first gear. Usually, u may go forward only back to front.

    PS
    "Achtung Panzer" consist of 10 missions:
    - 3 June 41 (F1)
    - 5 summer 42 (F1/F2)
    - 2 summer 43 (F2)
    9 missions are ready, I need to create the No3 June 41.
    It'll be 11th PD(GER), prevent attack Popel's tank group(34 TD) towards Dubno.
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    Re: Campaign "Achtung, panzer!" (Pz.IV ausf.F1/F2)

    Post by kapulA on Tue Apr 26, 2016 7:49 pm

    Something I whipped up this afternoon, a Sdkfz 250 in camo that could have been seen on the Southern Front in the summer/fall of 42 Smile

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    Re: Campaign "Achtung, panzer!" (Pz.IV ausf.F1/F2)

    Post by lockie on Wed Apr 27, 2016 9:48 am

    kapulA wrote:Something I whipped up this afternoon, a Sdkfz 250 in camo that could have been seen on the Southern Front in the summer/fall of 42 Smile
    Excellent! Send me trough e-mail, plz.
    The default one looks like this.

    The new camo looks much better! Cool
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    Re: Campaign "Achtung, panzer!" (Pz.IV ausf.F1/F2)

    Post by kapulA on Wed Apr 27, 2016 12:01 pm

    U've got mail! Wink
    And thanks, glad you like it.
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    Re: Campaign "Achtung, panzer!" (Pz.IV ausf.F1/F2)

    Post by frinik on Wed Apr 27, 2016 2:23 pm

    Me too I like the skin. Cool stuff KapulA Cool !
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    Re: Campaign "Achtung, panzer!" (Pz.IV ausf.F1/F2)

    Post by kapulA on Wed Apr 27, 2016 7:18 pm

    Merci monsieur Frinik! Hopefully more are to come! Wink
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    Re: Campaign "Achtung, panzer!" (Pz.IV ausf.F1/F2)

    Post by kapulA on Thu Apr 28, 2016 12:35 am

    Another one bites the mud Wink

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    Re: Campaign "Achtung, panzer!" (Pz.IV ausf.F1/F2)

    Post by frinik on Thu Apr 28, 2016 4:55 am

    Reminds me of the song " I've got you under my skin..." Smile
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    Re: Campaign "Achtung, panzer!" (Pz.IV ausf.F1/F2)

    Post by lockie on Thu Apr 28, 2016 9:03 am

    kapulA wrote:Another one bites the mud Wink
    Looks nice, but a bit unusual Rolling Eyes
    Did u make this camo out or it had been based on the historic one?
    I've idea, what abt. alternative "grey camo" mod?
    If u paint all early WER units in the new camo that will bring a new experience in the game!
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    Post by kapulA on Thu Apr 28, 2016 9:54 am

    Yep, I like to do my skins at least on some kind of historical basis. Here's the image(s) that served as inspiration:









    Basically, as far as I managed to research over the years, 1942 was an interesting year, camo-wise, as there was still no standardized way of camouflaging vehicles, and the most of them were still painted dark grey when they left the factories, so the crews had to make due with whatever paint/paint-like materials they scrounged up. Since the South of the USSR was pretty dusty and dry, they used mud, similar to the first Rommel's vehicles that arrived in Africa and were also painted dark grey and camouflaged by crews with a mixture of mud and sand. In addition to that, they also divereted a considerable amount of vehicles meant for Africa to the Southern Front, so there's also evidence of dark yellow/sand brown vehicles appearing there in the summer/fall of '42. As I said, a pretty interesting time for camo skins! Smile

    And yeah, I plan to reskin the vehicles that were used in '42 first, using similar makeshift camo patterns, as they would fit nicely in the upcoming Pz IV campaign. I gave you a preliminary list in the mail, if you'd like/need any other vehicles for the missions, just let me know. Smile
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    Post by lockie on Fri Apr 29, 2016 1:00 pm

    kapulA wrote:Yep, I like to do my skins at least on some kind of historical basis. Here's the image(s) that served as inspiration:
    OK, I see. Thanks for the info!

    Here's picture with SdKfz.250 in the mission "June 27, Dubno" (Pz.IV/F1)

    Here's my achievements:

    My gun was damaged, but I shoot from MG and one T-35 crew had to bail out Smile Suppose, they were scared with my MG fire  Cool

    Here's briefing from the mission:
    Briefing:

    Initial situation:\n
    "Panzer Group 1". Army Group South, 11th Panzer Division. Southwest of Klyuky village.\n\n

    Combat order:\n  
    11th Panzer Division holds to the defencive positions near village Klyuky.
    Prevent the
    enemy movement towards Brody town. Flank group LOWE attack the enemy column in the flank.\n\n

    Your Task:\n
    You are Oberfeldwebel Walter Axthelm. There are three Pz.IV ausf.F1 under your command.\n
    You are operating togeter with flank group LOWE. You have to:\n
    1. Destroy the enemy column, which moves towards Brody\n
    2. Prevent Klyuky village by the enemy capturing\n\n

    Callsigns:\n
    HQ is EICHE\n
    Flank group is LOWE\n\n
    Your platoon is FUCHS\n

    Artillery: no\n\n

    Air Support: no\n\n

    Reconnaissance:\n
    According to the recce data from our aviation, the Soviet tank column was spotted on the
    road towards the Klyuky village.\n

    Commander "Panzer Group 1" General-Major Kurt Zeitzler\n
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    Post by kapulA on Fri Apr 29, 2016 9:27 pm

    Heh, also a classic last resort tactic of mine when I REALLY don't feel like replaying the mission - plaster the enemy bricks with MG fire! Smile

    Speaking of bricks, another one has been camouflaged by the field depos and is ready for the scorching Soviet summer Wink

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    Post by kapulA on Sun May 01, 2016 11:09 pm

    Some love for the Soviets, so that it cannot be claimed I favor the Wehrmacht Razz







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    Post by frinik on Mon May 02, 2016 4:42 am

    Don't worry KapulA, we already had you pegged for a commie lover ... Wink


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    Post by Tanker on Mon May 02, 2016 8:00 pm

    Or pinko at least. Laughing
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    Re: Campaign "Achtung, panzer!" (Pz.IV ausf.F1/F2)

    Post by lockie on Tue May 03, 2016 11:27 am

    Mission No10 is ready!


    Scenario is a very simple: move to the village, take the positions and repel the enemy attack.
    When I was near village my track was damaged. I was lucky that hull of my tank covered repair men.


    The trophy are quite good inspite mission failed.



    So, now we've the whole Campaign devoted to Pz.IV. Summarize, there are two Campaigns with Pz.IV/F1/F2. Suppose, the next Campaign will be for the T-34/76 (differ modifications) Cool
    Let's say "Stalin's Armored Might".


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    Re: Campaign "Achtung, panzer!" (Pz.IV ausf.F1/F2)

    Post by kapulA on Thu May 12, 2016 10:15 pm

    Some new stuff for the Ostfront Smile (Splinter camo for Panzergrenadiers courtesy of Night_Postman, who is currently creating his own skinpack for Mius Front - be sure to check it out once it's released if you own that title as well Wink )





















    The rest here Smile http://s64.photobucket.com/user/kapulA_85/library/Misc?sort=3&page=1
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    Post by frinik on Fri May 13, 2016 3:59 am

    Very nice!

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