First in a series of World War II mecha designs from all the major powers. I'd resisted an explicit participation in alternate history scenarios, but I thought I'd try my hand at it. Famous last words, eh? Dieselpunk claims another soul!
freakin awesome!!! im gonna make this in 3D ! may I speak with you more on this? Id like to make this for a youtube 3D modeling series I am currently designing. Speaking with the artist would be very cool.
Certainly, feel free. I can point you towards reference for most of the features you see here, as it's designed to fit in with the existing weapon systems and construction techniques of the time period.
oh that would be great when I start on it I will contact you, maybe wecan do a mini interview via skype if you would be interested. This is a side project for me, but it would be great to do each of these vids with details of the DA artist that inspired me to make the model.
no prob, I absolutely refuse to get in the way of anything productive, I have a busy schedule regarding my professional time, which is why this would be in spare-spare time..lol.but sometime when it works for both of us is great. Shouldn't be more than 5-10min.
Thank you, will contact you later when I start it.
The gun at the shoulder is a 3.7cm Pak 36: [link] The shoulder gun has also been fitted with a pneumatic autoloader and a drum magazine kind of like the MG/FF (top photo):[link] The chin gun is an MG 151: [link] There don't seem to be any good sites with multiple shots of the MG 151, so you may need to cast around a little.
I'll find you refs for the rest of the stuff tonight, but the guns are the really fiddly elements.
Sadly DA does not allow me to fav this hard enough. Freaking LOVE walking tanks that actually have tank-like aesthetics, rather than "how many fancy facets to catch bullets so they penetrate and exposed parts to easily break can we add to this?"
This picture is really a nice drawing, but this mech doesn't look WWII german enough... For example, if you take "Paolo Parente's Dust" designs, the DNAs of his mechs are more obvious, the faceted structure of german panzers is well integrated : like the Sd Kfz 242 for the "Gunther"...
Paolo Parente's work is really, really good, but I'm approaching things slightly differently than he does. He's got these great, iconic shapes and fantastic settings, but I'm trying to explore a bit more more under the skin- like how the fundamental technologies of walking tanks would adapt (and be adapted by) existing construction techniques and weapon systems. Not least, how these things would evolve with the passage of time.
I think you might find the later war vehicles more to your liking.
Hooray for WWII mecha! So happy you've been infected w/ this genre. Perfect for your style. Fun, ain't it? Retro-tech provides such a unique creative challenge. Also delighted to hear this is just the first in a series. Can't wait to see more!
your names sounds uhm weird for this mech... you call it "Anzug" (suit) but the whole thing looks more like a walker or mech ... in this view the whole "Panzeranzug" Armored Suit does not make that much sense.... but that is just my thought ... a Schützenpanzer is a IFV. which means a vehicle which has the main role to transport infantry into battle and give them cover. Your suit looks more like an scout Walker... If i had to give some names i would call it: Leichter Aufklärungsläufer , Leichte Aufklärungseinheit "<Insert Fitting animal name here ( germans are using animal name for all their military landvehicles)> Bipedale Ausführung, or something differnet, if you want i can help finding good names.... but well this is no critic at all since you call it armored suit in english too. just a thought
My rationale for using the 'suit' name was that this was a development of a pre-war powered armor project that was a product of both treaty limits as well as the introduction of new technologies. Even if it wasn't appropriate, I could see the project retaining the inaccurate designation to prevent turf wars within the OKW and to disguise the true scope of the project.
I have to say, I feel a little at sea with this and I appreciate your input. 'Aufklärungsläufer' has a nice ring to it! How would you abbreviate that, do you think? I probably won't include 'bipedal' or such in the name, as there will be semi-tracked and quadrupedal units as well.
Well if you have some more concepts in the pipeline ( escpacially german ones) it would be good to know about so that we could finda consense in naming them. Oh is the suit for scouting purposes btw? because if not "Aufklärungs" or "Späh" wouldnt fit :3
just pm me if you need more input about good sounding and sense making names
Well, for I´m German... SPzA seems strange if based on the word "Schützenpanzeranzug", because this word is formed from three parts: "Schütze" (Gunner), "Panzer"(Armor) and "Anzug"(Suit). Maybe use SPA instead or find a typical german word for warmachines in that time, like "Tiger" used for the Tank. Maybe "Storch" for stork, an bird with long legs...
Its got a FlaK 38 on the torso, and a Pak 39 on the shoulder but where is the MG 42? Come on they put it on every other vehical (just about) in the Wehrmacht. That poinless bit on nit-picking aside, I cant wait for your next piece 'cuz this is badass!