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Kursk 1943, commission by woutart Kursk 1943, commission by woutart
Copyright 2013, Weapons of War. No unauthorised copying, usage or distribution allowed.

Commissioned banner illustration for www.weaponsofwar.eu. The website also features a logo on the banner, but I did not want to cover up the image.

The image shows an early Tiger I confronting a KV1 and several T-34/76. It's a loosely historically accurate image and represents Operation Citadel, the battle of Kursk, July 1943. The Tiger is one of famous German tank ace Michael Wittmans company mates (I believe this number 1334 was commanded by Jürgen Brandt), number and camouflage are accurate. The location is fictive. Unfortunately I have no tracable facts/details on the Russian vehicles.

The markings on the KV1 are taken from a photograph of a vehicle which fought in the battle at Kharkov. That was a cosmetic decision :). I also added a Panther in the mix, to keep it diverse. German high command originally postponed the start of the offensive so the new Panthers could reach the front, giving the Soviet forces time to build up their defences.

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pineapplejams Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is the best, i wonder what resolution this is, what a superior banner wouter!
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woutart Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
Thanks mate. Made this one rather small, little over 2000 px wide I think.
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pineapplejams Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow that's pretty small. if i wasn't an "artist" I would pay you to do my youtube banner lol those kindof commisions could make you some money also
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woutart Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
True, might just be a market there.
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EduardoLeon Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I loved this art! would make a beautiful cover for Facebook! ahahah
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woutart Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013
:D True. It was made as a web banner, indeed.
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Baryonyx62 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Great work! I like the lighting and smoke effects.
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woutart Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
Thanks! Glad you like it :)
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hobbitshire Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013
And Elefant guns, which were close to useless. One million Germans attacking two million Russians in entrenched positions. And unbelievably, in the south at least, the Germans were on the verge of victory before Hitler called off the offensive. Of course, even a German victory would have been a Phyrric one. The Russians replaced their losses in two weeks. The Germans could no longer replace theirs.

Great representation of the armor involved, although I thought early Tigers had short barrelled 88mm guns. By 1943 these had been replaced by the long barrelled versions. One image I really would like to see is an overhead shot showing the sheer size of the battle, even if limited to the great tank battle in the south, (which was a completely separate battle itself).
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woutart Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013
Dude knows his history. :thumbsup:

I can't recall the Tigers having a shorter 88. The Tiger II has the long(er) barrel, indeed. Could very well be, but at least this representation is in concordance with the reference to this particular vehicle (came from a book depicting that unit which fought at Kursk).
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