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SdKfz Quad Convert by Rob-Cavanna SdKfz Quad Convert by Rob-Cavanna
3D Sketchup model by Todd Norton :iconltla9000311:
See his original submission here: [link]

I added only the presentation graphics + minor PS retouching

Map of Poland from here: [link]

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The SdKfz 222 was a real armored car used by the German Army in WWII. Another example of German weapons which looked far too futuristic for the late 1930s. In the mech infested battlefields of Operation Dragon Slayer, engineers have cleverly exchanged the wheels for a 4-legged mobility system.

For those interested in the actual history of the original armored car, here is what wikipedia has to tell you:

The Leichter Panzerspähwagen (German: roughly "Light Armoured Reconnaissance Vehicle") were a series of light four-wheel drive armoured cars produced by Nazi Germany from 1935 to 1944.
They were developed by Eisenwerk Weserhütte of Bad Oeynhausen. Chassis were built by Auto Union in Zwickau and assembled by F. Schichau of Elbing and Maschinenfabrik Niedersachsen in Hanover-Linden.
It used the chassis of the standard sPkw I Horch 801 (heavy car) with an angled armoured body and turret.
The rear mounted engine was a 67 kW (90 hp) Horch 3.5 petrol engine, giving it a road speed of 80 km/h (50 mph) and a cross-country speed of 40 km/h (25 mph). It had a maximum range of 300 km (186 mi).
Used by the reconnaissance battalions (Aufklärungs-Abteilung) of the Panzer divisions, the type performed well enough in countries with good road networks, like those in Western Europe. However, on the Eastern Front and North Africa, this class of vehicle was hampered by its relatively poor off-road performance. In those theaters, it gradually found itself replaced in the reconnaissance role by the Sdkfz 250 half-track. The Sdkfz 250/9 was the Sdkfz 250 with the same turret as the Sdfkz 222.
The Sdkfz 222 was examined by Soviet designers before they created the similar BA-64 light armoured car.
Front and sides were made of 8 mm (0.3 in) steel; thinner 5 mm (0.2 in) plates protected the top, rear, and bottom. Cast vision ports later replaced ports cut into the armour. The open topped turret was fitted with wire mesh anti-grenade screens.
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GrahamBeRad Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Professional Writer
Excellent work. 
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SeeKaz Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
great
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CodyFurlong Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
Very nice, reminds me of a German tank I used to play on game.
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Herr-Crouch Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This.... there's too much win here. :O

I love the design!
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Hexidextrous Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
Ever seen the anime, Strike Witches?
Because this looks a lot like a vehicle I'd see in Strike Witches, especially one of the many ones that were Infected by the Neuroi in it.
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enc86 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
hell yea, thats awesome!
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mitch3482 Featured By Owner May 15, 2012
Ladies and gentlemen, the craziest piece of #$@% from a military ever!
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Dru-Zod Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
Nice recon mecha
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Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
:thanks:
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Wastelander7 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
Very cool stuff! (as always guys!) Like the basket on the side between the legs. Looks a little less vulnerable than the Dingo to MG fire because of the sloped surfaces. The gunner might be a bit vulnerable with nothing but steel mesh cowling's, but, if they can keep the enemy from zeroing the upper turret by keeping moving, it would go a long way toward helping the gunner live. And would make sniping difficult. (bullets are easily deflected, as every sniper would know) On the other hand, in the desert, it would give them some shade while letting the head out of the cabin, which would be a plus.

I can see it wading through infantry fire on the Russian front hoping to clear the position before the tanks come up!

I say again, gentlemen, you're doing a great job!
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Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
I think that the logic behind the mesh guard was to keep one well placed grenade from obliterating the crew.

Thanks again, Mike!
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Wastelander7 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
Welcome!

Yeah, it'd work well for keeping grenades out, though it might be a bit uncomfortable if one didn't bounce! Limpet mines anyone LOL And it'd be a bad thing if it caught a fire bomb there! (OUCH)

Still, it does have it's advantages. :D
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Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
It is a curious thing. You'd think they might like to put wire mesh over open-topped tank destroyers while they're at it... I dunno.
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Wastelander7 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
Or at least some rope netting, which if you used it with cammo net would also help hide the machine from aerial surveillance. You could have rolls of the stuff on the sides and when you got into position you simply unroll it over your mech's legs or treads. Viol-la! Instant anti-tank/mech duck blind! And you could roll it up or simply detach it to book out very quickly too!

As for why they didn't do that on tank destroyers, if I remember my WWII footage, they would toss the shells over the side after firing the gun. If you fire 20 or 30 rounds that's a lot of brass to be rolling around under foot while you're trying to load and fire. Of course they could have put flip up "windows" in the mesh for chucking shells.

But, I don't know. Maybe they didn't want to spend money there because it would take away from the main battle tank program? Probably had to do with money somewhere. Though the rope cammo net ideal would be pretty cheap. Still at the start of the war, the Germans were expecting to win the war quickly because they knew if it dragged out, they were screwed. So, they really weren't thinking of cammo back then.

But in the OPDS scenario, the arrival of mecha on the battlefield changes this. Cammo would have to appear much earlier. And would probably be standard by the end of the first year. Probably in the German army, then the Brits, Americans, Japanese and at the last the Russians. In pretty much that order. (the Russians not caring much about their soldiers lives would be ill inclined to worry about cammo until they absolutely had to.
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Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
Good points all around. Now that you mention it, I can't recall ANY Russian camo schemes for WWII armor.

Whereas, in my mind, Germans and then the British take the cake for sheer inventiveness and diversity of cammo. I mean some British tanks even had swaths of blue...
The French probably would have been up there if they stayed in the game.

But the US is another terrible offender for boring ass paint. What is there besides varying shades of Olive Drab? Snow, desert beige, OK. But nothing fancy.
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Wastelander7 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
Yeah, at the beginning of the war nobody believed in cammo. I think the Brits had the best, though the German "frog" pattern from later in the war was (and is) pretty good. I have some German flecktar cammo pat, (a descendant of the WWII pattern) and it's really not bad at all. Not to mention the Brit's invented the Gilli suit! 3D cammo ROCKS!!!

And I agree about the US patterns. The US didn't get any good cammo until Viet Nam. A lot of hunters here still use tiger stripe pattern for hunting and it works very well in the oak hammocks of Florida. But, in WWII we really didn't have any cammo to speak of. Everything was OD. Period.

As for the Russians about the only cammo they used was white jumpsuits in snow. Which is highly effective. The Norwegian ski commandos used white ponchos with splotches of light gray for cammo. You go to ground and good luck to any airplane trying to spot you!
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Dru-Zod Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
The US military did use some camo uniforms during WW 2. Not much in the ETO. From a distance,the US Army camo looked like some of the German camo patterns.
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Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
You can't even go to US army uniforms for much mech color scheme inspiration.
And again, the Germans went bonkers for military fashion, beyond regular camo.

In OPDS, I've thought of an outlet for unlimited paint options though: You can unlock, loot, or win special high visibility 'prototype' paint schemes w/ absolutely zero camouflage index... BUT the tradeoff for attracting extra enemy attention is that you gain a significant EXP bonus. Sort of like equipping a special ring in an RPG that attracts more enemies for quicker leveling.

All paint schemes will generally have some sort of bonus or stat effect attached to them. The next level of that is adding custom logos, badges, crests, insignias, etc..
I think that a mech ought to have some of the flamboyance of a fighter plane or bomber, no?
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Zxi-Lesk Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
I think theres a couple of guys who play the game called Company of Heroes, who are or were currently in the process of making a mod based on Operation Dragon Slayer, I've only seen 2 3d polygon models of a Hummel Quadruped and a Archer Hexapod, they were pretty cool. I saw this on the Relicforums and just typed in tank walker & rest speaks for its self,This was somewhere mid 2011.
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Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
I appreciate you bringing this to my attention.
Is this something that they would be charging money for?
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Zxi-Lesk Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
I dont think so, But I think what they are trying to make is basically a add on mod.
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Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
Someone once used an OPDS Tesla gun for a Fallout 3 New Vegas mod... another situation where someone on DA let me know.

So long as their not charging for it, I suppose I can't complain. I'm also not the first to have 4 legs on a Hummel: [link]
And OPDS doesn't have an Archer hexopod yet, although I'd absolutely love it to.

Did they ever mention me or the project specifically? Or is it just a general resemblance thing? The FONV Tesla mod gun was a very close copy.
If you can give me any links, I'd really appreciate it. My search was fruitless.
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Zxi-Lesk Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
They mentioned some 1 named Cavanna made the legged Hummel & archer designs. I'm guessing Cavanna meant you basically Rob.
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Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
Well that's pretty cool at least. THEY could always drop me a heads up tho.
Maybe they're confusing the Nashorn for an Archer?

Are you going to get a chance to play the mod?
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Zxi-Lesk Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
Hey Cavanna look what I what found online!
[link]
This guy is turning a piece of your art into a profit for himself and he doesn't give credit that you designed it.
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Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
No, he's not ripping off me, but a guy called Paolo Parente, yes. He created a series called DUST which is where that Luther design comes from.
But I appreciate you looking out for me!

I do know someone who could let Paolo know, if it is indeed shady.
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CadianConcript Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
SdKfz 222 is truly a very inspirational piece of equipment. I used for my [link] here. Todd did amazingly on that one as well. I have to say Rob, you are blessed with Todd and Tom around. Operation Dragon slayer is bound to be a success =) You guys only need to finish it!
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Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
You're absolutely right -that I've been very lucky finding friends and collaborators who are right on the same wavelength w/ OPDS and so happy to contribute great designs!

Finish it? :laughing: oh wait... you're serious aren't you.

Indeed I do need to consider marketing a final commercial product. BUT still feels like I have lots for mech designs to flush out first. Not to mention characters! Mech Aces and such.
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CadianConcript Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
One step at a time =)
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ltla9000311 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I take all of this very humbly. With what Rob has done with what I've completed (so far) for him on OPDS, and the positive feedback about my work, I am blown away.

Thanks Cadian for the endorsement!
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