Hello guys, new format, all of the links are at the end! Today we have only one tank, the KV-2 and it’s Crimson Legion Style, so let’s go!
Crimson Legion – KV -2
This style is a little bit different, it’s one of those styles that are related to the Warhammer 40K, but unlike the KV-2(R) and the BDR G1 B ones it features historical elements. Still I don’t think it was meant to represent any tank that could be used during the war, but rather it has its own story behind it – it looks like a KV-2 that was written off, but in this timeline something happened and the tank was still needed, so it was equiped with everything they could find (thus creating something a little bit similar to the Steel Hunter tanks).
I couldn’t find a real photo of a similar model of a plow, but it’s a simple construction, so it’s not that hard to believe that it could be used on a tank. In real life tanks used plows both to remove the mines from the ground and to clear the rubble.
This searchlight doesn’t look like any Russian model, the closest one I could find was the German 60 cm one (like the one mounted on the Sd.Kfz. 251/20), it’s definitely not the same one, but it looks similar, especially from the side.
“списан” on the side of the turret, meaning that the tank was written off. As I said, this KV-2 was probably saved from being scrapped by some unexpected situation.
AA defense here comes in a form of a DA-2 machine gun, a weapon we haven’t seen before. DA was an aircraft version of the DP machine gun, DA-2 was created by using two DAs with modified barrels.
A more familiar firearm – DshKM machine gun.
In real life small cranes mounted on tank turrets and SPGs had two applications. Probably the more known of them is helping in loading the ammo, a crane like that was used on the Sturmtiger. KV-2 ammunition is smaller (and it was a two piece ammo, the projectile and the propellant were stored separately), but still a little help would be great.
The cranes were also used to help with the engine maintenance – to lift off the engine decking and give an easy access to the engine itself. Several German vehicles were designed with that in mind and given the mounting brackets for the cranes.
This one doesn’t look like any of those exact cranes, but it explains why it’s a good addition, especially considering that this tank was already meant to be scrapped, so the crew probably has to maintain and replace the parts frequently.
Two drums on the back of the turret are actually German, originally made to contain 200l of the flammable fuel (Kraftstoff – fuel, feuergefährlich – flammable), specifically for the German ground forces (Heer).
But this time there may be something different inside… The inscription “КАПУСТИС-72” (KAPUSTIS-72) is a reference to the Russian movie “DMB”, I haven’t seen it so I can’t tell anything more about it, but you can read about this easter egg here.
Another familiar crate, the markings are not clearly visible, but the “БЗТ-4” part is clearly visible, so at least we know that this crate contains 12,7 mm БЗТ-44 (BZT-44) ammunition, just like these real ones:
The iconic Dnepr M-72 motorcycle, in fact it’s so iconic, that it was featured on a postage stamp:
There’s also a cool detail on a motorcycle itself, as we can see a scabbard with something inside of it. The scabbard looks like the American one, used to carry a Thompson SMG, but the weapon is hard to identify. It’s rather short and looks kinda weird, also it has that metal plate. I think that it may be an Mosin-Nagant “Obrez” – a sawed-off Mosin rifle (“Obrez” in English is usually used to describe this exact weapon, but in fact the word means just “sawed-off”, so originally any sawed-off weapon is called that in Russia). There is no “standard” Obrez as it was a modification, some of them were very short, some of them longer, some had the pistol grip added etc. The one here doesn’t have a pistol grip, but that plate that can be seen on the model was used on a real Obrez with a grip, so I included both variants below.
Only one tank this time, but still a lot of cool details, next time we’ll get to the IS series tanks. Also we’re slowly but surely getting to the end of the series (don’t worry, we’re not THAT close and there are also some details on the tank models without any styles that I want to point out), but if you want me to make any other historical posts after that, or even in between of these ones if you’d like (idk, about tanks with interesting mechanics or weapons, real tanks that should be added in the future or something like that), then let me know, so I’ll have time to prepare it. Also if you have an idea for the post you would like to see, then also tell me about it.