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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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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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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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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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hugegadjit Featured By Owner May 3, 2011
Really smart bit of work there!
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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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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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hardbodies Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
French Potez 63-11, reconnaissance two-engines aircrafts.
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Enterprise206 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you
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