Early morning reconnaissance.

DAZ|Studio Military posted on Nov 23, 2020
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A Sd.Kfz. 222 (Sonderkraftfahrzeug - special motor vehicle - 222) which is a Leichter Panzerspähwagen (basically a Light Armored Reconnaissance Vehicle). This model has the 2 cm KwK 38 L/55 (2 cm {20mm} Kampfwagenkanone 38 L/55) as the primary armament, and an Machinengewehr 34 (aka MG-34) machine gun. The 222's were used primarily in an Aufklärungsabteilung - a reconnaissance "detachment", for example a Panzer (tank) Aufklärungsabteilungen would be a reconnaissance detachment attached to a Panzer Division. In essence, they acted as the "eyes and ears" of the division. They were to find and fix the enemy, find routes, etc. for the main unit. I didn't pick a particular unit to attach this one to, but was thinking more of the mid- to late war possibly Panzer Aufklärungsabteilung (AufkAbt.) 21 or 23. Which served from 1943 to the end of the war. As far as the vehicle paint, I went with a vehicle that had been used in Africa and had mottled paint daubs added to it along with a camo net draped on the front. A lot of times they would use branches, bushes etc. to help disrupt the vehicles shape. I'll be doing more of that later on, but just didn't go with it for this one. Thanks and all looks and comments are always greatly appreciated,

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Comments (6)


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Paulienchen 2:26AM | Tue, 24 November 2020

ein sehr schöner Render

ksmith3620 7:17AM | Tue, 24 November 2020

Danke'.

angreif 9:38AM | Tue, 24 November 2020

Excellent ! I do not know what Africa has to do with the color as this looks like standard Dunkelgelb with red brown and olive. Standardized for all German armor as of February 1943.

ksmith3620 10:36AM | Tue, 24 November 2020

Correct. The model came with standard Dunkelgelb and I added the red brown (RAL 8017) and olive (RAL 6003) splotches to it. I sometimes like to think of a backstory for my images and that's where I was going with it. I really have a lot invested in this one and just glad it turned out well. I'm still refining the camo netting, which is like the 3rd version I created for this and had to do a lot of experimentation with dforce to get it right. I'm almost there and will be using more netting and such on future vehicles. I try to get as close to accurate as I can, as I love the details. But there is a price to pay in RAM memory as well. Anyway, thanks for the comment, I appreciate it.

nantoine555 10:32AM | Tue, 24 November 2020

Nice scene. I made a Sdkfz 222 in 1/72 when I was young (Airfix I think...) . I like the camo mesh!

ksmith3620 10:37AM | Tue, 24 November 2020

Thank you! I didn't do one when I was a kid, I think my first German armor was a Panzer IV or such. I love being able to work with the digital models as you can do a lot with them and don't have to worry about the glue mess or where to display the finished piece.

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Kordouane 9:02AM | Fri, 27 November 2020

Beautiful image and work 🌺

Excuse me for just dropping by now, I'm still not receiving any notifications 😄

ksmith3620 6:52PM | Fri, 27 November 2020

No worries and thank you very much! I appreciate it and Glad to see your able to do more art and hopefully doing better. By the way, keep up the great works. :- )

nabob21 3:49PM | Fri, 04 December 2020

Great image, very lifelike. Did you make the model yourself?

ksmith3620 8:03PM | Fri, 04 December 2020

No, I found it during one of my searches for 3d military german models. I found it so long ago, I can't remember exactly where I found it...it may have been a freebie on here at one point. Maybe at CGTrader, or such I really can't remember. I should try to find it again so I can give the creator proper credit.

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x7 11:21PM | Thu, 22 April 2021

Excellent !

ksmith3620 9:03PM | Sat, 24 April 2021

Thank you.

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