19.01.2009 03:00 GMT
Hello and welcome back to another update of Forgotten Hope. In this 3rd update of the year we are going to take a look at some more allied weapons of war; more specifically - American ones. First up, we have a whole collection of Shermans for both the Americans and the British, then we have a few American mines and finally, a smoking hot new weapon that will come in handy for taking out those tough German bunkers on the beaches of Normandy. Before we begin though, we would like to welcome PointBlank86 to our development team. Both a modeler and skinner PointBlank86 made the final weapons in today's update.
Before we go over to the renders a little announcement first. The ModDB mod of the year awards have moved on to the second phase. The votes from the previous two weeks have been counted and the 100 mods with the most votes are moving on the the second and final round of voting. At the end of this phase the winners will be announced. Forgotten Hope 2 is one of those 100 mods, so first, we would like to thank everyone who voted for us. Secondly, we would like to ask you to please vote for us again in this last phase. You can vote for us on our ModDB page like last time.
On then to the renders! We are starting today with renders of three unique Shermans, each with an American and a British texture. On the left you see the American Shermans and on the Right the British ones. Note that although each version has a different model, this is only the M4A1 Sherman, later we will add other Sherman versions as well! These Shermans were all modeled by Omni, skinned by Omni, Montoya, and Toddel and coded by Kev4000.
At first glance all three Shermans models appear to be identical, with randomly placed baggage and a special hedgerow cutter, but they are in fact all different types of the M4A1. Studying the renders will give away the differences. The Shermans have different gun mantlets, different road wheels, two of the Shermans have armour plates (protecting the ammunition storages) added to the sides and even the lower hull on the first Sherman is different. Out of nearly 50,000 Shermans, over 6200 were M4A1s. Although a very reliable and easy to produce tank, it was no match for the heavy German 'cats'. Due to its tendency to burst into flames after being hit, the Germans nicknamed it the 'Tommy cooker'.
Up next are the American mines. We have the M1A1 Anti-tank mine, made by ctz and the M2 Anti-personnel mine, made by PointBlank86. Whether you are trying to block a passage or simply seeking to blow stuff up, these two hidden explosives will see to it that your enemy goes up in smoke.
And last, but not least, we have the M1A1 flamethrower. This weapon is the perfect tool for taking out those hard to reach bunkers on the beaches of Normandy. Take care not to waste your fuel though, because you will burn through its four gallons of gasoline in just 10 seconds. This fire-breather was made by PointBlank86.