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Leichte SPzA-II Armored Suit by MikeDoscher Leichte SPzA-II Armored Suit by MikeDoscher
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!
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Liquid-Grievous Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
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.
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
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.
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Liquid-Grievous Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
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.

Thanks for your time.
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
Sure. Things are kind of busy here, but I'm sure we can find a time that works for us both. Thanks. :)
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Liquid-Grievous Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
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. :)
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Cool, just let me know when and I'll have those refs for you soon. :)
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Liquid-Grievous Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
very cool, I wanna start it sometime later this week. So if you would like to link some of the refs you use that would be cool :)

Maybe we have a brief talk via skype over the weekend. Im excited to start this channel as it will be the first of its kind, plus its more motivation to work on portfolio.
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
Cool, will do.

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.
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Mistikfantasy Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
you should make mech in Front Mission style (Wanzers)
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dnwibowo Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
keren :D
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GTDees Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Great work! :-)
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noxdracodeus Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sweet, it looks so awsomely deadly!
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Ulyanovetz Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! You call this monster "leichte"?! Looking forward to see "schwere" suit =))
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Tradereddy Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very awesome :D
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Durnstaros Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
And I must say the style suits you. :)
Now, if only I could build models like these..
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irmax-comix Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
excellent!
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xxxRavenbladexxx Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome :D
Though I don't like two-legged mechas 'cause if you manage to damage one leg he's pretty much f***ed up ;D
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RumpNissen Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011
More glory to the Wehrmacht!
This concept has been done before, but not this good

AWESOME!!
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HaroldPotter Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, yes. Dieselpunk mecha. NICE! *two thumbs up*
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TrentMK Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh hell yes
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mlceates Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011
DUST !!!
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scalpinock Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011
Look like one drawn by Keith Thompson,but looks better than his one.
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GunslingerDragon Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
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?"
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Alceister Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011
Stick a magnetic mine onto the keister and either the cockpit blows off or the whole thing falls forward.
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ArcticDemolition Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011
Very, very nice.
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Unit-1978 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011
nice design, very MaK and Dust inspired
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bastler Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011
Hmmm a 20 mm autocannon in the chin mount and a 50 mm on the back I would say. You should contact Aegis Neugebauer who publishes GEARKRIEG maybe. [link]
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JakarNilson Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011
Actually, it's Agis. Aegis is his evil twin that we're not supposed to talk about. :P

He only has a licence to adapt the setting to Mongoose's Battlefield: Evolution.* The real (although old) rules and miniatures are produced by Dream Pod 9. [link]


* Quite aware of Mongoose's track record.
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SteveGolliotVillers Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Professional Artist
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"...
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Professional General Artist
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. :)
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SteveGolliotVillers Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Professional Artist
I do hope so. I will keep an eye on you ^^
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MetalSnail Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesomness!!!
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Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011
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. :thumbsup: :D Can't wait to see more!
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Scha11enkrieger Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Professional General Artist
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.

Thank you, this has been very helpful. :)
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Scha11enkrieger Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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 :)
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you, I'll certainly take you up on that. :)
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Jackson889 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do a Russian one!

Preferably based of the BT-7 tank, I like that one...
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Professional General Artist
I certainly shall- Several, given time. :)
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Avoan Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011
Natzi-bot
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Raven-Gold Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011
Nazi marmechs FTW!
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DelphaDesign Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Professional General Artist
Awesome mech! For some reason, i cant explain why, but it reminds me of a Panzer 4 so its very German!
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flaketom Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011
What should I say! Love it!
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Sapiento Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Great design!
You've got an grammatical error and a typo, however:
'Leichter Schützenpanzeranzug II' would be the correct German version.
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you very, very much! My German is substandard, and I appreciate the help of a native speaker. Do you think the 'SPzA' abbreviation is at all plausible?
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Sapiento Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
No problem!
Yes, 'SPzA' is in line with German military abbreviations of WW 2.
Another possibility would be 'SchPzA' to put more emphasis on the sound 'sch'.
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Professional General Artist
Interesting. I may stick with the SPzA designation, as it's a bit shorter and while it would give a proper period feeling it would have more of a graphic impact, visually.
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BenHassad Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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...
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Professional General Artist
Hmm, very good points. SPA might be a better choice. Thanks for the input! :)
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AtholTheDestroyer Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
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!
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