19.06.2007 19:00 GMT
Hello and welcome back to another update of Forgotten Hope 2. After two weeks without news it is time to show you a little more of the mod's progress.
The Flugabwehr-Kanone 18, probably the most well known artillery piece of the war, is technically an anti aircraft artillery gun, but that is an oversimplification. Like its opponents, the Wehrmacht of 1939 had underestimated the need for powerful anti-tank guns and equipped its anti-tank units with weapons that proved too small for their job. Unlike other armed forces, it had a ready substitute for the underpowered AT guns already in place -- the notorious '88'.
Although designed for an anti-air role, and deployed in large numbers by the Wehrmacht, which emphasized the tactical use of air power in its doctrines, its high velocity projectiles were also deadly to enemy armor. While the armies of other nations struggled to play catch-up, Germany had an effective anti-tank weapon avaialble in abundance from the start of the conflict. Also useful as direct support artillery it was a flexible and justly feared weapon that deserves much of the credit for creating the legend of German armored prowess. Arisaka created the model and the paintjob is by Jimbob.
Presented for the first time in our last update we lost little time bringing the Universal Carrier into the game. It is ready for action as you can see on the following screens shot by German intelligence. Built in huge numbers, the Universal Carrier was used for a multitude of roles. Several Bren Carriers were captured by the Wehrmacht (many after Dunkirk) the war and refitted with German markings and weapons. The Universal Carrier was modeled by OMNI and Toddel, got its wheels from Rad and was coded into game by ctz.
Where the big guns could not reach, the 'flying artillery' did the job. The Junkers Ju 87B2 'Stuka' was a siren-equipped dive bomber capable of carrying up to 500kg bombs as well as two 7.92mm forward machineguns 17. For self-defence it carried one additional 7.92mm rear MG 15, which was modeled by K96 and skinned by ctz. The aircraft model itself was made by K96 and skinned by K96 and AceS. Say thank you for the code to ctz. All the renders can be found here.
Protecting the humble Universal Carrier form the ravages of Flak 88s and Ju 87s, we offer the ingame version of the Supermarine Spitfire. In total, 6.479 of the Mk V took to the skies during WWII. Considered to be one of the best fighters of the war, its armament consisted of four .303 machine guns and two 20mm Hispano cannons. The Spitfire was modeled by Rad, skinned by Toddel and coded by ctz. For the renders have a look here.