"Lone Queen of the North" by steelrazer ()
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The Kriegsmarine Battleship KMS Tirpitz was the sister ship of the famed battleship Bismark. The two Bismark class ships had an interesting service career. Both capital ships of the German navy, they represented a tremendous expenditure of money and resources with very mixed results. The Bismark had a brief 8 month service history with a dramatic demise, and the Tirpitz never fired on a convoy or naval battle group. She spent her somewhat longer career as a "fleet in being", a threat that remained in port, which nevertheless caused the British (not knowing just how Hitler planned to use her) to expend a considerable amount of anxiety, naval vessels, and aircraft raids to neutralize, and finally, sink in port. Nicknamed "The Lone Queen of the North", she spent the majority of her career in repairs and skulking from fjord to fjord, a possible threat to Arctic convoys, but essentially neutered because of the fear that she also would be lost in a single sea battle. The Germans seemed to have had little luck with an effective use of their navy, with the exception of their U-boat fleet. One wonders if the Germans would have been wiser to invest all those resources in their submarine fleet.
This is a pretty dramatic render and is probably the result of overdosing on "Commando" comics cover artwork. I'm on this constant quest to make some really good looking and believable stormy seas (and forests). I like this one a lot. It's the result of combinations of water bump maps used as terrain maps in Vue's terrain editor. Every lighting situation seems to require a different technique so experimentation is the rule of the day. You might notice that there are some smoke columns in the distance...makes for a dramatic scene, although obviously, the Tirpitz didn't do it. (Probably some inexpensive e-boat did the damage.)
KMS Tirpitz: Truly exceptionally detailed warship model from 3D-Board-Content-Shop (http://www.active-rendering.de). Textures tweaked in the old basement shipyard.
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High seas indeed and a wonderfully dramatic scene! Hitler preferred his glorious battle ships as a presentation of Germany's naval power and esteem and did not understand the effective power of the U-boat. If he had, they would have had much greater success in the North Atlantic and probably have starved Britain of American support much more than they did.
Wow Bill!! just loving everything about this.....that sky is phenomenal...gives a real taste of why we Brits dreaded this ever getting into open water. Despite the increasing realisation that air power was the death knell of Capital ships, this one ship kept so many minds, ships and aircraft, not to mention personnel occupied for the duration of the war, testament to it's psychological value, despite it's military impotence. 10/10++
A very 'Sad' ship indeed.. Makes you wonder (again) what would have happened id Bismark, Tirpitz and Prinz Eugin (spelt wrong know doubt lol) had all sailed at one, with an escort.. The firepower they had was way beyond the British ships and they knew it.. Thus the worry.. Its very sad that when she was suck (capsized) near the end of the war so many men died, when just bottling her up would have been enough.. Nut enough of 'What If's...' Your render is brilliant, a mighty fine job! Rob