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Assault Tank by Shimmering-Sword Assault Tank by Shimmering-Sword
Another quick sketch. I lost my original little paper thumbnail sketch of this, but recent I had the idea to make a tank with the turret as big as the chassis :D So when the request of the night was tanks, this came out.
Heavy armor, huge auto cannons, anti tank missiles, and counter measures galore. This tank is designed to rumble through the urban combat environment and dish out serious damage to opposing tanks and mechs alike.
For clarification, I'm on the side that says just because mechs magically become viable doesn't mean tanks don't get to share in the same magic. This thing is a serious combatant and with thicker (more efficient) armor coverage than a mech of the same weight, face to face it has good odds of taking the win.
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sohryuL Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Mechs are already viable based on the same technology as tanks. Of course that doesn't apply to BattleTech with its magic space Ferro Fibreous armor.

I've got no problems with tanks having, I don't know, myomer actuators? 

Besides, mechs aren't tanks. To each his own? Gah, my English is horrible
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Possible and viable are two very different things. We can make a walking machine with guns on it today, but it will be absolutely outperformed by a tank.
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SamuraiTaiga Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014
Yes, standing up to be an easier to hit target with less effective armour as well slower. Pity, because mecha look cool and move so well in anime.....
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duandutoit Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Coool!
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EngelInc Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Looks like a beast :D Awesome
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BlackStallionSister Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
I  am just saying but those 2 cannons it have look like 233mm guns form one of U.K. SPG or Arty Guns I think it called Ground Carrier i cant remember the last part but just saiding
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Realmwright Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
when you don't have the mobility of a mech, you just gotta pack more boom
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Bebberino Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
I love this tank, something nightmares are made of.
Great Job.
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Hollynova Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
Holy Mother of God...what a marvelous Masterpiece of a Tank!...i want to call it Overlord or Carnifex or Odin or stuff like that! :O
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ragingcephalopod Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
tanks would probably be a bit more durable than mechs because they can't exactly fall over and they could still be a viable weapons platform even if their tracks are damaged or destroyed
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Commander-Fillmore Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
holly crap dude hey what do you think would win in a fight your assault tank or a baneblade
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
That more depends you gets the first shot and where, like most battles. Mine does have a ton of anti armor missiles, though it's main guns look smaller than a banes.
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Commander-Fillmore Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
good point it would be awesome to watch though
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Superbomber5 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
Its good

Don't be ashame of it , I really like it
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:)
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ReverseInReverse Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
It's true that even if mechs became viable they would not be the "god of the battlefield" like you see in many works of science fiction.

I always imagined they'd be more suited to close-quarters urban combat (Mechs are agile, but not exactly fast), or on a smaller scale, as heavy infantry (able to enter most buildings and rout out whatever is unfortunate enough to be inside)

Now that I think about it, it'd be rather silly to have a giant set of quadruple autocannons - like some kind of ungodly Shilka on steroids. Specifically designed for taking down nuclear bombers or airships but would perform rather well as a devoted mech destroyer. If that's not necessary, it can be built just for proof of concept and propaganda purposes. "We built this thing BECAUSE WE CAN!"
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Baconwaffles Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
It looks cool, but it does have some details.

Armor: The bottom of the hull seems flat (vulnerable to mines), the top of the tank's also a huge flat slab (so wide surface area for top-attack munitions). No ERA, so assuming shaped-charge technology also kept up it'd be vulnerable to HEAT warheads. The tracks aren't completely armored, and at twice the weight of a modern MBT a direct hit to a roadwheel would wreck them or at least cause it to throw a track. The glacis plate doesn't have much sloping, so I'm assuming the armor is ceramic-composite related. The missile pods don't retract, so they're a weakspot and cannot be reloaded from inside the tank.

Mobility: It looks too heavy for its tracks, so the ground pressure must make it dig itself into anything but prepared ground. Assuming a 140 metric ton weight, it's too heavy to cross most bridges, it would destroy average streets and collapse tunnels and urban infrastructure (and maybe fall into them). A fair amount of these might be too heavy even for a highway. Fording's also out of the question, it'd sink into most riverbeds. The weight also means that only very big aircraft or ships could move it, and these would require adequate facilities, so it'd take awhile to deploy a sizeable force of them. Places on earth that don't have these (like parts of Africa, Southeast Asia or Siberia) are basically no-go.

Firepower: The barrels are very short, so no high velocity rounds. No smoke grenade launchers, are they obsolete? Two barrels using big rounds means it'd deplete its ammo supply very quickly, and the auto makes it even faster, just by looking at it I doubt it could carry more than 40 120mm rounds internally, if you're using bigger, then less. No coaxial machinegun. No top mounted machinegun.

Other: Two barrels in that layout cannot depress or rise enough to target basements or rooftops, and guided missiles have long deadzones, so essentially it has no way to deal with infantry attacking from these and must rely on supporting forces. It can't fight from a hull down position either. The turret seems to be dominated by the missile pods and the gun, so hatches must be on the back, neither a driver or a TC could see directly in front of the tank to a certain angle. If two quadrants of the top have missile launchers (and the main gun), the other has the electronics (APS, radio, and so on) and another has the hatches, there's no blowout panels in this, so any hit/fire that would reach the ammo would cause a devastating explosion that'd incinerate the crew. Unless it is powered by a nuclear reactor, it's got either a terrible power to weight ratio or terrible fuel consumption or both.

But I like it, it looks cool.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
My favorite part is the last line :D
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Prince-Arcane Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
TANK!!!!! RAAAAAAGGGGHHHHH!!!!!!....T_T I was playing BF3... I ran out from the corridor and what do I find but the nose of a Tank barrel 5meters away from me....without the hesitation to fire. My Tank hatred went up 10fold lol... I take Mechs anyday lol.. Tanks are Turtles with a Shark bite X_X
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LordKorloros Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the idea of the tank, reminds me of the Sturmpanzer from WW2, though for logistics reasons I'd scrap the missile launchers and give it machineguns.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Tanks with fat mortar/missile launchers :D
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LordKorloros Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My tank is a tiger. Argument automatically invalid. :3
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
lol
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DeathMarshal Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Nothing more loveable than a heavy assault tank =)
Makes me wonder if the Germans would have built stuff like this
in the following decades if WW2 went their way lol
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Probably, they had all sorts of crazy plans.
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CrimsonMobster Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
Its so... Cute... for lack of a better term.
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fadugleman Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cool
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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XSONOHX Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If the emeny did not fall back from the M1 Abrams... they will now!
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
lol
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XSONOHX Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
XD
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Stigmartyr762 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
This looks like how I imagined a Devastator Heavy Tank to look in BattleTech. :)
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NikitaTarsov Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Big missiles for an attack-tank, but i seems to need it against such big enemys like mechs. What size is it?
Also seems that it has not so much ammo for the big guns, designed to survive a statistical time?
I have smoe incredible advantage against mechs - itīs cheaper, easyer to carrie and repair.
But the concept looks very cool at all.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Maybe double the tonnage of a modern MBT.
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NikitaTarsov Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Oh, not imagend it so small. Even by modern materials is tonnage a great help against recoil and structures. Specialy by these big guns which look that they would rip off the turret of a smaler tank.
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Axel128 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
that is really really good
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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Harry-the-Fox Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Absolutely awesome!
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
:D Thanks.
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Triumviratus Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Now that is a very slid looking machine. Good job, buddy, good job, excellent.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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Militant-Jester Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011   General Artist
I think the power required to simply rotate that turret would make it rather inefficient, it'd be pretty slow.. Still it looks pretty cool.

I need to catch more livestreams man! Well actually just draw more, but that's the next best thing.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
This is the future, better systems for that. Also with the short guns it keeps the mass centralized, so less force is used swinging them around.
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Seraph-Colak Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011
Can't wait for the inked version.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
No inks for this one (only time I do lineart is for odd commissions) it's just a sketch.
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Seraph-Colak Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011
Damn. Well, wishful thinking.
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devilscalling Featured By Owner May 24, 2011
but still the best weapon is the weapon you only have to fire once. in my case the 65 foot diameter thundergun. a flat topped tank chassis about the size of 4 city blocks. mounted on top is a 340 foot long 65 diameter magnetic acceration barrel. the fires either a solid slug round, a seperation round that breaks up into thousands of grenades covered in tiny little spikes. or my personal fav the plasma round. detonates over the target created a half mile wide umbrella which falls to earth and eats everything it touches. it passes through shielding and eats every metal known to man. its named the thundergun because the sound heard from hundreds of miles away sounds just like thunder
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner May 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Can your tank drive on a 2 lane road? :P
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devilscalling Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011
it doesnt need too. is airlifted in and airlifted out. if it needs to move from some place to another with a range of well over 4000 miles i dont know why it would need to move. but if it did nothing would stop it. it would smash through buildings over rivers forrests anything including enemy infantry and enemy tanks
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
So in a world where it's preferable to not level the citizens cities, just hide from it in the cities :P (my world though, I assume in yours you just evaporate everything :D)
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