The Beauregard gets an upgrade with sloped armor! This will be the last tank I upload before I figure out why my iPhone is making all these photos display sideways. This is a view from the side. Another new feature in this build is the addition of a .50-caliber machine-gun on top of the turret, for both AA-defense and Anti-Infantry roles. We can also see Panzer Commander poking out from the turret, searching for enemy targets with his newly-issued binoculars.
The back. Observe the grill plates along the entire length of the hull. The two on either side help ventilate each of the two engines, and the center plate lets oxygen through, into a pipe, and through the pipe into the turret and front hull for the crew.
Here we go again with the blur! The other side, not much different.
Now, on to the front. Nothing special, but oops, looks like a section of the hull was coming off there.
"STORCH ABOVE! SHOOT IT DOWN!!!" A German recon Fiesilier Fi-156 Storch gets an overhead shot of our Beauregard Mk. II. Panzer Commander sprang into action after it flew over and used the turret-mounted .50-cal to put holes in the Storch's canopy, killing the pilot and sending it spiraling to the ground.
NOW you see the Beauregard's gun depression. If this tank were in World of Tanks, hull-down would be an effective strategy due to it having relatively weak 55mm frontal armor, and even sloped it is a weak 85-86mm of effective armor, barely better than the Panzer IV.
The bottom, displaying the suspension and each lower glacis plate.
After Flencer began producing the Beauregard Mk. I, they quickly realized that 55mm of armor was yet still inadequate to face Panthers, Tigers, and Tiger II's. So, they went back to Panther blueprints, adopting its sloped armor. While keeping the actual armor thickness at 55mm, they gave the armor a 50-degree slope, which resulted in the effective armor thickness being around 85-86mm. While still inadequate if facing an enemy head-on, experienced Beauregard drivers could turn their hull to make it nearly impossible to penetrate from an angle. And by the time enemies could get into a position to hit the Beauregards head-on, they'd have received a high-velocity 105mm shell or two. Beauregard Mk. II production started in March of 1945. They came too late to see service in WWII, but were still in service with some reserve units during the Korean War. In the little action it did see, Mk. II's performed well against North Korean T-34-85's during the first year of the war. After that, the Mk. III infantry tank and the M14-series of SPGs, both using the same chassis, replaced them as infantry-support tanks. Mk. II's were withdrawn from service immediately following the Korean War's end, thenceforth being used in the training role until 1972.
Armor: 55/45/55, though sloped armor makes it effectively 85/45/85