04.06.2008 18:00 GMT
Hello and welcome back to another update of Forgotten Hope. Today we've got renders of 2 new armoured cars for Normandy and a render of a new rifle for our African maps. Before we show those though, we'd like to start by welcoming the latest addition to our development team, Agus.
The first render we have in store today is that of M8 Greyhound. This dog was both modeled and skinned by our new dev Agus.
The M8 Greyhound was originally designed to be a tank destroyer, but when the design was ready it was already clear that its 37mm gun would do little to harm the German tanks. So, when the M8 entered serial production in early 1943 it was classified as a Light Armoured Car. The nickname Greyhound was given to the M8 by the British (who received many of them through the lend-lease program) because of the M8's high speed and thin armour. Although the M8 was retired from service in the US army shortly after the Korean War, it remains in use in several third world countries to this day.
The second render is that of another armoured car, namely the German Sd.Kfz. 234/2 "Puma". This cat was modeled and skinned by Toddel.
The Puma was a whole different class of armoured car than the M8. It weighed nearly 12 tons and came equipped with the 50mm KwK39/1 L/60 gun, the same as in the late PzKpfw III J, but with a muzzle break attached. Even then, it was still capable of reaching speeds as high as 85 km/h, which is only 5 km/h slower than the M8. Despite of these qualities the production of the Puma stopped in mid 1944 in favour of the other turretless Sd.Kfz. 234s. At this time only 101 Pumas were made.
The last item we have for today is the Lee Enfield No1 MkIII* rifle. This weapon was modeled by Seth Soldier and skinned by betatester FatJoe.
The SMLE MkIII* entered service with the British army in 1915, during the First World War, but it was still the main British rifle at the start of the Second World War (although renamed to 'No1 MkIII*'). Other commonwealth nations like Australia and India used the MkIII* during the whole of World War 2, while Britain replaced them by the new No4 MkI. The mass production of the No4 rifle didn't start until 1941 however, so the No1 MkIII* was by far the most common rifle in Africa. You can expect to see this new rifle replace most of the No4s in the upcoming 2.15 patch.