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King Tiger by hardbodies King Tiger by hardbodies
A Panzerkampfwagen VI Ausf. B or Königstiger or Tiger II with Henschel turret.
The action takes place in Hungary, the German army try to stop the Russian Army advance. The wreck is a Joseph Stalin 2.
In the background, a battery of "Nebelwerfer", 6 tubes rocket-launchers, is firing.

Acrylic paint.
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:icongermanpanzer23:
GermanPanzer23 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014
Fantastic! Love it!
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david861 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
The detail is absolutely amazing!!!!!
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AnimusVox262 Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
like the snowy terrain
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:iconpassin:
Passin Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
Beautiful
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:iconfrohickey:
Frohickey Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
Beautifully done.(had me humming the "Panzerlied")
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gufu1992 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Tiniest IS-2 to ever be created, apparently.
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Enterprise206 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
like the Tiger II with Henschel turret better
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Enterprise206 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
were there different versions of the tiger II? nice by the way
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Goal10ding Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
That is a Henschel turret bud, you're thinking of a Porsche turret, which had a shot trap making it possible to knock it out.
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:iconhardbodies:
hardbodies Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lol sorry, i had a problem with the reply.
I said, 50 Tiger II were built with a Porsche turret and all the others with Henschel type turret. But the 50 first Tiger II were not really a "different" version.
They were called Panzerkampfwagen VI ausführung B (Sonderkraftfahrzeug 182). The Panzerkampfwagen VI ausführung E (sonderkraftfaharzeug 181) was the "Tiger I". They share the same "Panzer number".
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hardbodies Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well not really. 50 Tiger II were built with a Porsche turret and all the others with Henschel type turret. But the 50 first Tiger II were not really a "different" version.
They were called PanzerkTiger ausführung B
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WallyThorson Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The Henschel Turret could also carry much more rounds.
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F4Ucorsair Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Too bad each one costs about 40 Shermans worth to make.
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shank117 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
but each one would take dow 50 shermans hahaha
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romel13 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
Super rysunek.^^ Beautifully drawn with King Tiger.
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:icondru-zod:
Dru-Zod Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010
Excellent artwork
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alvinoafallas Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
I'm a big fan of the King Tiger. This is Awesome !
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:icongasgas1:
gasgas1 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010
its very fearsome...my friend said 'if you driving this tank in full speed,you will kill any of heavy allies tanks'.
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OMFGImBlind Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010
While the whole concept of Tiger II was great, the low quality of armor steel annihilated almost all advantages of tank.
Russian 122-mm anti-armor shells often not penetrated, but broke huge holes in tank's front armor, because of low number of manganese in armor alloy.
The second disadvantage of Tiger II was extremely high weight even for a heavy tank. (For example, the mass of IS-2 was 46 tons compared to almost 70 of TigerII).
While the armor-penetrating characteristics of 88/71 gun was very great, the HE effect of HE shell was low, so Tiger was only useful against russian tanks but not infantry.
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pvttost Featured By Owner May 13, 2010
You haven't spoken correctly, the Tiger II has 3 machne guns and acompaniated by infantry is a deadly opponent to any tank/infantry/combined assault even low flying aircraft.

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Wichey, Tango, Foxtrot
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OMFGImBlind Featured By Owner May 15, 2010
IS-2, the soviet main opponent, has 4 machine guns: 3 7.62-mm and 1 12.7 external AA.
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pvttost Featured By Owner May 16, 2010
It is a historical fackt that no allied shell (including soviet shells) penetrated the Tiger II's frontal armour and the long flak 88 cannon could destroy the IS 2 from 1 mile (1.6 kilometers)
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Karns Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2010
This is true art
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:iconlean-v:
Lean-V Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Tiger says: "Fuck YOU, Russia!!"


INSTA-FAV
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1gbdeath Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010
pretty nice!
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Hibernian-Fool Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010
I cannot begin to tell you how much I love this. For a long time now, I've been wanting to produce a scene of a good eastern front tank battle. I find this, in a word, inspiring.
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:iconpanzerschreckleopard:
Heh, Otto Carius, when he first encountered the IS-2, thought it was a King Tiger for a moment.

"After Kerscher had closed on me, he radioed and pointed to the right. A "Stalin" tank was broadside to us next to a barn. It was a vehicle we hadn't yet seen in the Northern Sector of the front. We were startled for a moment, becase the tank was outfitted with an extremely long 122-mm cannon.
This was the first Russian tank cannon with a muzzle brake. Moreover, the "Stalin" tank looked somewhat similar in it's shape to our "King Tiger." After I initially hesitated, just as Kerscher did, it occured to me immediately that only the running gear was typically Russian. I fired and the tank burst into flames. After this short disgression, we finished off all of Ivan's vehicles in the village, just as we had arranged earlier.
Kerscher and I later had to laugh because we had thought for a moment that we had had a "KIng Tiger" in front of us that had been captured by the Russians. In the heat of battle, however, such things could sometimes come to pass.

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We then drove on to the first objective of our attack, Malinava, where some of the tanks were still smouldering. We inspected a "Stalin" that was, to a certain extent, still in one peice. The 122-mm long barreled cannon was already capable of instilling some respect in us. Disadvantageous was the fact that one-peice rounds were not used on the "Stalin."
Instead, the shell and the powder had to be loaded seperately. The armour and the shape were better than our "Tiger," but we liked our weapons a lot more. A "Stalin" that had not burned out was supposed to have been brought to Dünaburg for transporting to Berlin, but the Russians didn't allow us any time for that."
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mariotrain666 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2009
this is epic!!!!!!
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88kwk Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009
shit man that is an awesome picture,well done!!
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XcombatX Featured By Owner May 9, 2009
Darn, this is awesome. :o
This piece of art makes my drawing with a Königstiger look like :censored: :XD:
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judge-death Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2009
Wow! This is amazing work!
You have made this drawing so great that I believe you could make artwork for some companies or maybe for King tiger 2 models etc?:D

Amazing!
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:iconhardbodies:
hardbodies Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I made it for a magazine :) Artists who make illustrations for box art are better than me.
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judge-death Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009
not in my opinion xD but anyway it is great:D
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blistkrieg Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2008
wow! it isvery realist in color.
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frontline-row Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2008
those King Tigers are one tough son of a bitch,not some of the american tanks couldnt stop it
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:iconhardbodies:
hardbodies Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Only at short range, and from the sides or the rear :)
Some American or British crews evacuated their tanks immediately when they saw German heavy tanks. I understand why, when you know you can't do nothing against them and you're certainly going to die in the following minutes...
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sandnix Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008
Might be true, frontline row.

But this tanks had many other problems than enemy tanks.
They were as vulnerable as any other tanks to air strikes, they had not enough fuel and so on.
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xveers Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008
The only kicker is, it's in front of you -now-. Air support is incoming, hopefully. Do you tough it out and hope he goes for another member of your platoon or do you make yourself scarce in the meantime?
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sandnix Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008
As long as I am inside an ISU 152 with a good crew I would make myself scarce :-)

The number of King Tigers unfortunatly was to small to achieve a major advantage.
The numbers at the side of the turret ("100" in this case) was a trick to virtually increase the number of available tanks.

As far as I know, the Tiger II and its Sturmtiger Version was often used as a mobile bunker in late war.

I like that tank anyway. Its silhouette is formidable and its history full of "little victories". The war was lost anyway, thank god :))
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xveers Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008
Well, the numbering scheme actually dosen't mean that at all. Germans used the number scheme to indicate what platoon and part of a platoon the tank was a part of. For Example, 100 is the command tank of the first company of the regiment that the tank is a part of. Tank 101 would be his second in command. Tank 231 would be 2nd Company, 3rd platoon command tank, and the tanks under his command would be 232, 233, 234, and 235.

My initial response about bailing out was in reference to being in a Sherman (a "Ronson" as they were often called). Even the 76mm High velocity didn't have a prayer on the frontal armor, and you'd need to get close to be able to punch through the sides.
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sandnix Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008
you win :-)

I heard that Rommel changed the numbers on his tanks in Africa several times in El Alamein (I think, or was it Tobruk?) to fool the enemy.
So, good to know how the numbers were used.
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