On today's blog post, we're looking at three fantastic pieces of artwork from a few of our March 2020 titles. Let us know what you think in the comments section. If there are any April titles you would like to see artwork from, be sure to mention that too!
Raid 52: Operation Eagle Claw 1980 by Justin Williamson
Artwork by Jim Laurier and Johnny Shumate
The first piece of artwork, requested by GI Gene, depicts the disaster at Desert One during Operation Eagle Claw. In this illustration, Delta and the Rangers react to the collision between Bluebeard 3 smashes and Republic 4. Delta are wearing blue jeans, black field jackets, black knit caps, and carrying CAR-15s. They are wearing standard US Army LBE and are sporting covered-up American flags on their field jackets. Delta, to blend in easier with the civilian population, have longer hair and some have beards. The Rangers are wearing the standard US Army uniform and carrying CAR-15s. Visible in the background is part of the road watch team, equipped with a M151 MUTT jeep and motorcycle.
Combat 47: French Soldier vs German Soldier by David Campbell
Artwork by Adam Hook
This next image, requested by KAL9000, shows a flamethrower assault at Mort-Homme from the German point of view. The assault is initiated by the Pioniere team carrying a Kleif M1915 flamethrower, the Strahlrohrführer (‘lance operator’) launching a thick jet of fire out towards the Frenchmen, engulfing a section of the trench in broad splashes of flame and billowing black smoke. At the same time scattered groups of supporting assault troops open fire with their rifles and hurl showers of Stielhandgranaten to suppress any defenders who have not been consumed by the initial inferno. Once the resistance falters, the assault troops, supported by the oncoming waves of infantry, will attack in a Schwarmlinie (‘swarm line’) and seize the position.
Campaign 347: Constantinople AD 717–18 by Si Sheppard
Artwork by Graham Turner
This final piece of artwork depicts the events on 3 September 717, when the Umayyad fleet entered the Bosporus, dividing into its constituent squadrons to seek anchorage at the European and Asian suburbs of Constantinople. As the enemy vessels drifted towards the city, Emperor Leo III played his trump card and unleashed his dromons, small, fast, and manoeuverable vessels. In addition to their speed, the dromons were armed with the definitive Byzantine terror weapon, Greek Fire. When an enemy vessel came within range, the gunner opened a valve that released the liquid. The Arab ships were immolated, along with their crews.