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Battle for France by hardbodies Battle for France by hardbodies
This artwork was used for a magazine cover here: [link]


Two French tanks of the Battle of France in 1940, a Hotchkiss H-39 and a B-1 bis.
Acriylic paint.
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Hotchkiss H-39
Light/Cavalry Tank
Crew: 2
combat weight: 12,100 kg
Primary armament: 37mm
Ammunition: 100
engine: Hotchkiss 6 cylinders, 6 litres, 120 hp at 2800 rpm
Speed: 37 km/h
Max.armor: 45mm

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B-1 bis
Heavy tank
Crew: 4
Combat weight: 31,500 kg
Primary armament: 47mm AT in turret & 75mm in hull
Ammunition: 50/ 77
Engine: Renault 250 hp/ 1900 rpm
Speed: 27 km/h
Max. Armor: 60mm
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:iconapvr:
APVR Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
How many tanks B-1 bis had France in May 1940 and how many were in
platoons and squads statewide.

Sincerely.
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S7alker117 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, the Char 1B... It could have been a legend if it wasn't for that useless one-man turret. :(

Anyhow, great work you did here. The details are very good. :)
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:iconmercenarygraphics:
MercenaryGraphics Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Nice rendering of one of my favorite AFV's.

Here is mine:

[link]
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:iconthelev:
TheLev Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
Great work this, writing my third essay on the Fall of France- Any chance of the B1 Ter variant?
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:iconhugegadjit:
hugegadjit Featured By Owner May 3, 2011
Really smart bit of work there!
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:iconsingle-leg:
single-leg Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011
Very nice work! We all know how the battle ended, but give the Panzers hell!! That heavy tank was probably the most powerful tank in the battle!!
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:iconhardbodies:
hardbodies Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh yeah! :) It was the most powerful tank on the western front in 1940. Germans didn't really have a equivalent. Unfortunately, it was badly designed and used :(
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Enterprise206 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
what are those planes in the background?
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:iconhardbodies:
hardbodies Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
French Potez 63-11, reconnaissance two-engines aircrafts.
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:iconenterprise206:
Enterprise206 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you
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:iconcolonelbsacquet:
ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
According to that link ([link] it's only in french, sorry), this recon version could also be, if needed, used as a light support/attack plane to help ground friendly troops.
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:iconkogr:
KOGR Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010
very well done.
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:iconczaendermajer:
Czaendermajer Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010
they lost the battle for various ridiculous reasons! actualy this was one of the most ridiculous battles in history! there were accounts of even the guys didnt fight they thought "oh the germans dont shoot at us lets not shoot them!" and they just starred each other in plain sight and commanders forbiding teir units to fire artillery cause it would "waste bullets" (WTF ARE BULLETS FOR??? HMMM) it was madness!▐▐▐
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ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013
"it was madness!"

Madness ? ... THIS. WAS. FRENCH. GOOOV. ^^ *Goes 300*
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:iconbillybob70:
billybob70 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Professional General Artist
Good job.
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diversdream Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2010
anytime i think of this campaign their is always one thing that i can never forget and that is the poor SOB's in the Battles that were slaughtered in the air by Fighters and ME 109s so dam badly.

stephen aussie.
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:iconhardbodies:
hardbodies Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What is SOB? :?
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:icondiversdream:
diversdream Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
sorry SOB = Sons of Bi---es
if that makes sense??
s
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:iconzaku1986:
zaku1986 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great work!
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:iconmausergirl:
MauserGirl Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009
This is just amazing.
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:iconblanzeflor:
Blanzeflor Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2008
I am studying French and French history. I found your gallery. it is cool and very interesting!
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:iconhardbodies:
hardbodies Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, I'm military history journalist and i was comic artist before :) I have few pages written in French in my comic boards if you want to read them in French.
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Blanzeflor Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2008
Merci. I will. I need the practice in reading. :-)
This semester I am studying France from 1930 to 11945.
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:iconhardbodies:
hardbodies Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
1940 to 44 was a bad period :( Some of my family members fought in the french Army in 1940 or in the Free French Forces with the British and Americans, from 1941 to 1945, from North Africa to the Germany.
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:iconblanzeflor:
Blanzeflor Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2008
It is a sad period. My uncle was killed at the invasion of Normandy.
Right now I'm reading about the French Resistance. I'll probably do my final paper on that topic but I'm not sure yet. I have to decide today.
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:iconhardbodies:
hardbodies Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, sad :( By luck, no one was killed in my family during WW2, even the men who fought in army. One of them was tanker in the De Gaulle DCR (Division de Cuirassiers de Réserve, an armored division) in 1940, and was in the Resistance after. I don't know much about all that, the guys who were in the Army, Resistance didn't talk a lot about that and now they are dead.
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ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013
Did they leave any memento behind, like letters, postcards, photographs or, let's dream, pieces of equipment ? Any kind of "souvenir" from them would be of great value for our rememberance duty.
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:iconhardbodies:
hardbodies Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No, they didn't leave much things... Often, the family don't really care about that. All is lost in time now...
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frontline-row Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2008
i seen this kind of tank before its a light tank its a little similar to the british ww1 tank but i like it
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:iconhardbodies:
hardbodies Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, in 1940, it was an heavy tank. By modern standard, it is consider as a middle tank.
It was built on the old concepts of the WW1, but it was a fierce adversary, even for German tanks crews. His main weakness was the stupid way our officers used them.
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ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
Yes, that one but also several design flaws (one-man turret, autonomy, hull-gun aiming and firing system, suspension).
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:iconhardbodies:
hardbodies Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oui c'est vrai, mais il était quand même redoutable même pour un Panzer III ou un Panzer IV... Enfin bon... On a utilisé tous nos matériels un peu n'importe comment malheureusement...
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:iconcolonelbsacquet:
ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
"mais il était quand même redoutable même pour un Panzer III ou un Panzer IV"
Clairement.

"On a utilisé tous nos matériels un peu n'importe comment malheureusement..."
Oh ! Ne m'en parlez pas. Quand on voit le nombre de matériels prometteurs, ou même carrément bons dès le début, qui ont été ignorés ou sabotés par des "technicons"* et des "tacticons"** ou qui n'ont pu être disponibles en nombre suffisant parce que venus trop tard, ça a de quoi vous donner le bourdon ...


* et ** : Surnoms donnés par le général Estienne, père des unités blindés Françaises, aux techniciens et aux officiers incompétents pendant la 1ère GM. Patton, alors first lieutenant dans l'US cavalry, n'aurait sans doute pas renié des épithètes aussi colorés, dans ce cadre. :)
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SnowLeopardtaur Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2008
Holy fuck, the grass! This is amazing!! This is getting saved for future reference.
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:iconhardbodies:
hardbodies Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yep, the grass is the better. I only painted tanks because the field was a bit empty :D
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:iconlamnay:
lamnay Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2008
What a excellent painting.
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:iconmusclegoddesshaven:
MuscleGoddessHaven Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's awesome work! :D
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:iconluis3iguel:
Luis3iguel Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
great work
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:iconjeremy-falchi:
Jeremy-FALCHI Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Je crois que je connais... :aww:
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:iconhardbodies:
hardbodies Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
voui, mais je l'ai mis en vente ^^
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tuomaskoivurinne Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Magnificent work!
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:iconhardbodies:
hardbodies Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad you like it, it was used here: [link]
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:iconrigamortiz:
Rigamortiz Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008
That is STUNNING!
They have a few French tanks at Saumur, a very interesting museum, if you ever get a chance to go (Or, if you have been)
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:iconwabitgirl:
wabitgirl Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2007
wow. you're an amazing painter!
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:icondru-zod:
Dru-Zod Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2007
Great artwork very nice :D
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:iconhardbodies:
hardbodies Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I didn't use any program, it's just acrylic, water, and brush.
Well, Mr Matthews, i don't know if i have really a talent, if i had one, i may be a comics drawer with many books behind me. But unfortunaltely, it didn't work...My carreer stopped few years ago...
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:iconredsilverartist:
RedSilverArtist Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2007
Did you use a program for this or real paints? If real paints, then... *whimper*
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DavidCMatthews Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2007  Professional General Artist
Even if it's software like Painter... *double whimper*

This would make a great magazine or book cover. Is there no limit to your talent? :jawdrop:
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