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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