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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Special Panthers

Today’s HoN add-on is a couple of vehicles on which would become a somewhat rare, but frightening addition to the German arsenal, and another that was too little too late.

First today is the massive Jagdpanther G2, sporting a dreaded 8.8 cm PaK 43 L/71, one the German’s most effective antitank guns. The Jagdpanther packed this powerful gun into a low profile, heavy armored, turret-less tank-destroyer.

jagdpanzer v

While production numbers for the Jagdpanther were less than 1000, they developed a deadly reputation on the Eastern Front. However only 12 would be deployed to the Battle of Normandie. it wouldn’t be until the Ardennes offensive that the Americans would encounter significant numbers of these deadly beasts.

Next, we have the Panther Coelian, which the Germans would fail to build. The Coelian is a great concept that early German success and hubris would prevent from even seeing the prototype phase, until it was to late.

During the early was armored anti-aircraft vehicles had been designed and developed by the Germans, but they encountered very little in the was of aerial threats. The Luftwaffe was able to deal handily with any aircraft the Germans encountered.

Panther Coelian 2015

However, as the war progressed and more and more air resources were wasted in the Battle of Brittan, and later as the Americans began to gain air superiority the Germans returned to the idea of an anti-air tank. They rushed the development of the Coelian, and within a matter of months had built a wooden prototype, but it would never see production. Ironically Allied air power, would destroy the production capability for the Coelian preventing it from ever seeing the battlefield.

Now you can bring both of these vehicles to Heroes of Normandie with the PDF below.

Panther Pack PDF

That is all.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Music Maker…

The M4 Sherman tank was the allied armored vehicle of choice, despite its short comings it was produced in massive numbers. Allowing the Allies to simply out number the technically better, but harder to build German tanks. Given the massive number of Sherman hulls available, a variety of variants soon began to appear on the battlefield. From the outlandish Crab to the simple dozer, the Sherman filled every possible role.

One of those roles was light artillery support in the form of the M4 (T34) Calliope, named for it’s resemblance to the musical instrument. The Calliope sported 60 4.5 inch HVAR Rocket tubes in groups of 12. Allowing the Calliope to fire any single group for a small salvo, or all 60 tubes could be fired simultaneously for a massive barrage of rockets.

SHERMAN CALLIOPE 2015 Grey Template

With the rocket system fully mounted to the turret the main gun of the Sherman was not affected and the turret could rotate normally. The rocket tubes elevation was fixed to the main gun’s. And the only real disadvantage to the system, was its high profile, making the Calliope a bit easier to see from a distance, but often German soldiers didn’t know what they were looking at till it was too late.

Now bring the superior firepower the Allies need to HoN with the Calliope Pack, which has two Calliopes the one pictures above and a command version, with “Barrage Order” with two separate recruitment options. Available in PDF format Below.

This version uses the standard Grey artillery template from HoN.

Sherman Calliope Pack PDF

Monday, May 11, 2015

Effective but Controversial

Behold the awe inspiring firepower of the Jagdpanzer IV/70, armed with the same gun as a Panther medium tank, but built as a tank destroyer. Heavily armored with a low profile making it harder to hit. These were some of the best tank destroyers the Germans ever developed, serving throughout the European theater, from the Russian front to Normandie.

jagdpanzer iv

Yet, like most tank destroyers they were not versatile vehicles. They were no substitute for real tanks due to their limited traverse guns, and were not suited to the role filled by the StuG III and IV, due to their massive size. This lack of versatility is what made the IV/70 a controversial choice for the German armored forces. While a good tank destroyer was needed, it was felt by some that production of the more flexible and proven Panzer IV should take priority over this new untested design. Even with the personal objection of Heinz Guderian the IV/70 would go into production.

Official production began in 1942, with about 2000 vehicles being produced through 1945. And now you can field your own Panzer IV/70 on the fields of Heroes of Normandie, with the PDF file below.

Jagdpanzer IV/70 2015 PDF