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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.

Photoshop, approx 7-8 hours
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pineapplejams Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist General 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 General 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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hobbitshire Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013
I believe I made a mistake about the gun. A photo I was referring to was in fact a Mark IV armed with an early short barrelled gun.
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woutart Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013
Ah yes, the 75. Good, saves me a search for a short barrelled Tiger. ;)
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Pbohm Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the scope of the piece... just wow!
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woutart Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013
:bow: Thanks, you are very kind.
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PsykoHilly Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
Great one ... :thumbsup:
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woutart Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
:bow: thanks :)
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PsykoHilly Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
Anytime Wouter ... anytime ;)
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PineappleSamurai Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Student Filmographer
Ahh! The beautiful Tiger! One of my favorite tanks by far! You captured its well designed almost box shape very well!
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woutart Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
Thanks mate :) Impressive machine indeed.
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PineappleSamurai Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Student Filmographer
Did my pictures of the sculpture ever send? I never got a reply so I just figured you were busy on a big project. 
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woutart Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
Actually, I'm still waiting. I just thought you never got around to it... :D

You spelled my email address correct?
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PineappleSamurai Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Student Filmographer
Yeah I'm sorry I sent it on my kindle but if I can find the drafts I'll send it on my computer. Sorry again!
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woutart Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
No problem. I'm a patient man ;)
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PineappleSamurai Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Student Filmographer
Sorry again!
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rOEN911 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very nice work i like it 
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woutart Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
Thanks! :)
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