2nd SS panzerDivision skins

First of all, thanks to Killah for his inspiring work: for my first attempt at "skinning", I used his "Waffen SS unit" available...

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First of all, thanks to Killah for his inspiring work: for my first attempt at "skinning", I used his "Waffen SS unit" available at:

http://bf1942files.com/sort.files?cat=1162&ref=1159

The DAS REICH file was put together based on historical graphic accounts. In the current version the following has been modified:

- FELDGRAU color has been adjusted to be more accurate.

- THE FOLLOWING BADGES WERE ADDED (and are correctly displayed):

a) Close combat bar - above left breast pocket b) General assault badge - left breast pocket c) Iron cross first class - left breast pocket d) German cross (cloth; field version) - right breast pocket e) Ribbon bar: Iron cross 1939, Winter Eastern front, West wall medal - Below close combat bar f) Improved (detailed) SS aluminium belt buckle g) Alternate (detailed) SS sleeve eagle h) Corrected shoulder tabs (upside down in other skins!!!) SS Scharfuhrer (Staff sergeant) i) Late war feldgrau collar (very few uniform with dark green or black collar were still in use from 1943 to 1945) j) Feldgrau tinted tunic buttons k) DAS Reich cufftitle

l) EVERY skin designer, to this day, left the WHERMACHT chest eagle on their SS skins. In fact, SS wore a specific BLACK and GREY eagle on their LEFT ARM ONLY. In the actual version, Whermacht green and grey "national eagle"was therefore removed.

m) To my personal knowledge, there is no wartime photographic evidence of the divisional Rune being worn on the RIGHT collar patch (sorry lads, EA BF1942 models do not allow us to use different collar patches for each side! Let's hope it will be corrected in next versions!) However, it theorically existed, as divisional runes were regularly replacing the SS runes on collar patches (LAH, Wiking, Nordland etc...), I decided to use the graphically interesting DAS REICH rune, wich IMHO gives very good results.

NOTE: EA's ORIGINAL MODELS do NOT allow us to provide an ACCURATE depiction of the following elements:

- BOTH sleeve eagle AND cufftitle is supposed to be displayed on the LEFT arm only.

- In the SS units, the right collar patch bears the SS or the Divisional RUNE(s) while the left collar patch indicates the rank.

- Any Sniper,flag bearer, specialty badges etc... should be displayed on the LEFT sleeve any attempt to use such badges in BF1942 resulted in a ridiculously over-charged model since the badges appear on BOTH arms. The idea (a great one) was the dropped...

- I am looking for a "wool" texture for the tunic and trousers. A fine sandstone effect in Photoshop looked great on the DDS layer, but resulted in a bumpy and shady uniform when tested in the game. Any help or suggestion (or filter!) would be appreciated.

I WILL DO MY BEST TO EDIT VEHICLES (Tiger, Panzer IV, Kubelwagen) with the approprite tactical and divisonal marks in the coming weeks. Thanks for your patience and support!

AQUILA

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AQUILA'S DAS REICH (2nd SS panzerDivision) V.1.0

COPYRIGHT FREE - please provide the following references when distributing
and / or editing:

Designed by Aquila, March 2003

caius_julius@hotmail.com

Then, add any personal info

THANKS


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INCLUDED:

A complete set of 6 DDS files to use with MERCILESS TEXTURE SET

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1 -HOW TO INSTALL-


A) You must install MERCILESS TEXTURE SET (available at bf1942files.com)


B) EXTRACT the included files in a temp (or permanent, so you can backup it on a CD-R) 

Ex: C:\DAS REICH BF42 skin\


C) Open your BF1942 folder, then locate the Texture sets:

Ex: (presumably) C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\Battlefield 1942\TextureSets\BF1942\


D) You will see all BF1942 MAPS and options located in their respective Folder 

Ex:   Battle_of_the _Bulge
      Battleaxe
      Berlin
      Coral_Sea         etc...

E) To backup all your DDS files in a newly created sub-folder would be a VERY GOOD
   idea at this particular stage.

F) Extract your DAS REICH DDS in the appropriate folder (Ex: Kursk). You will be asked
   to confirm that you want to overwrite the existing files with your new DDS.

Ex: Do you want to replace the existing Germov_r.dds etc...

G) After MAKING SURE you backed up your original DDS files, overwrite with new one.

H) Start BATTLEFIELD 1942, select either MULTI or SINGLE player, select the map you just
   modified (in this case, KURSK). Enjoy your new troops!

   
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2 -HISTORICAL FACTS-  

There is already a huge choise of SS skins on thenet, so WHY putting
that one together? I first heard about DAS REICH Pz Div 20 years ago, back when I was 15, 
and a die-hard military modeler, thansk to both Tamiya corp (1/35 models) and the 
internationally celebrated modeler Fracois Verlinden.

When I discovered that it was possible to make custom skins for BF1942, I figured out that 
it would be a good thing to post a SS unit that could be ACCURATELY used on most of the 
European fronts availables in Battlefield 1942:


- KHARKOV
- KURSK
- OMAHA
- BOCAGE
- OMAHA
- BATTLE OF THE BULGE


Das Reich divison fought in Poland, France, Russia, France (1944) and ended it's
operations in Eastern Europe:

"SS-Panzer-Division Das Reich was formed Oct 1939 from the Deutschland, Germania 
and Der F├╝hrer regiments.

It took part in the campaign in the west 1940 and after spending some time guarding the 
border with Vichy France it was transferred to the Netherlands. It took part in the 
campaign in the Balkans where a small detachment led by SS-Hauptsturmf├╝hrer Klingenberg 
managed to get the mayor of Belgrade to surrender the city without a fight.

Das Reich took part in the invasion of the USSR and fought on the frontlines until Aug 
when it was withdrawn from refitting. It was sent back to the front Sep and a few months 
later it took part in the failed offensive against Moscow. It was transferred to France 
Mar 1942, with the exeption of a small kampfgruppe, where it was upgraded to a 
panzergrenadier division. It was sent back to the Eastern front Jan 1943 where it took 
part in the capture and recapture of Kharkov as well as fighting at Kursk (...) It took 
part in the heavy flighting in Normandy before retreating into Germany. 
It later took part in the fightin in the Ardennes, Hungary and Austria".

(collected at: http://www.skalman.nu\third-reich\ss-2.htm)

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3- WHAT ABOUT THE DAS REICH FILE


First of all, thanks to Killah for his inspiring work: for my first attempt at "skinning",
I used his "Waffen SS unit" available at: 

http://bf1942files.com/sort.files?cat=1162&ref=1159

The DAS REICH file was put together based on historical graphic accounts. In the current 
version the following has been modified:


- FELDGRAU color has been adjusted to be more accurate.

- THE FOLLOWING BADGES WERE ADDED (and are correctly displayed):

a) Close combat bar - above left breast pocket
b) General assault badge - left breast pocket
c) Iron cross first class - left breast pocket
d) German cross (cloth; field version) - right breast pocket
e) Ribbon bar: Iron cross 1939,  Winter Eastern front, West wall medal - Below close combat bar
f) Improved (detailed) SS aluminium belt buckle
g) Alternate (detailed) SS sleeve eagle
h) Corrected shoulder tabs (upside down in other skins!!!) SS Scharfuhrer (Staff sergeant)
i) Late war feldgrau collar (very few uniform with dark green or black collar
   were still in use from 1943 to 1945)
j) Feldgrau tinted tunic buttons
k) DAS Reich cufftitle


l) EVERY skin designer, to this day, left the WHERMACHT chest eagle on their SS skins.
   In fact, SS wore a specific BLACK and GREY eagle on their LEFT ARM ONLY. In the actual
   version, Whermacht green and grey "national eagle"was therefore removed.


m) To my personal knowledge,  there is no wartime photographic evidence of the 
   divisional Rune being worn on the RIGHT collar patch (sorry lads, EA BF1942 models do not
   allow us to use different collar patches for each side! Let's hope it will be corrected 
   in next versions!) However, it theorically existed, as divisional runes were regularly  
   replacing the SS runes on collar patches (LAH, Wiking, Nordland etc...), I decided to
   use the graphically interesting DAS REICH rune, wich IMHO gives very good results. 

NOTE: EA's ORIGINAL MODELS do NOT allow us to provide an ACCURATE depiction of the following 
      elements:

        - BOTH sleeve eagle AND cufftitle is supposed to be displayed on the  LEFT arm only. 

        - In the SS units, the right collar patch bears the SS or the Divisional RUNE(s) while
          the left collar patch indicates the rank. 

        - Any Sniper,flag bearer, specialty badges etc... should be displayed on the LEFT sleeve
          any attempt to use such badges in BF1942 resulted in a ridiculously over-charged model
          since the badges appear on BOTH arms. The idea (a great one) was the dropped...

        - I am looking for a "wool" texture for the tunic and trousers. A fine sandstone effect in
          Photoshop looked great on the DDS layer, but resulted in a bumpy and shady uniform when
          tested in the game. Any help or suggestion (or filter!) would be appreciated.

I WILL DO MY BEST TO EDIT VEHICLES (Tiger,  Panzer IV, Kubelwagen) with the approprite tactical
and divisonal marks in the coming weeks. Thanks for your patience and support!

AQUILA

caius_julius@hotmail.com



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INTERESTING LINKS:


http://www.skalman.nu/third-reich/index.htm

A HUGE source of precious and WELL DOCUMENTED informations on Third Reich militaria
NON - POLITICAL


http://www.dasreich.ca/index.html

A canadian website exclusively dedicated to the DAS REICH division



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DISCLAIMER:
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NOTE: I DO NOT endorse nazism and / or fascism under any circumstamces. 
These graphics and historical informations were assembled  to provide alternate & 
historically accurate troop options for all fellow Battlefield 1942 players. 

The interest in WWII German military history, itself, is NOT an equivalent of right
wing political claims or Propaganda, the same way an  interest for Roman legions should 
not be considered to be a potential danger of popagating ideas about feeding lions at 
your local Zoo with christians!



DISCLAIMER 2:
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Even though I try to chosse OUTSTANDING and HISTORY-ORIENTED websites in my link section, I CAN NOT be 
held reponsible for the content of any website refered to in my postings. 
















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