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Commission - Star Trek Tank by Shimmering-Sword Commission - Star Trek Tank by Shimmering-Sword
A Star Trek fan commission for ~MajorDiarrhia

The Somme Class 'surface defense escort' is equivalent to the modern main battle tank, though it comes with some added features that make it far more versatile.
It's main gun is a torpedo launcher, giving it considerable punch right out of the gate. Several phaser arrays supplement this firepower.
Most systems come with considerable redundancy. Teleporter arrays on the front sides and rear top/bottom work in defense and offense. The front top and rear bottom hull feature a tractor beam for towing. Optical systems and sensor strips surround the craft providing the crew with full 360 degree vision and detection. With a pair of warp engines it can fly as a space craft and move at a limited warp speed.
Standard issue red stripes are proven to make it go faster.
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JESzasz Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015  New Deviant Student Traditional Artist
 I have to admit, I would've never thought of adding warp nacelles to any tank. I mean I'm thinking "isn't that what starfighters are for?".

 Still, they, and the rest of the overall design, works really, really well for me.

 And "standard issue red stripes are proven to make it go faster"=D (Big Grin) 

 I had a hard time finding where the phaser arrays were, not expecting them to be so big!
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Deviator101 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015
Nice! I especially like how you softened the name calling it something other than a tank. My research has concluded that the Federation doesn't believe in things like warships in name only, FUNCTION however well, just take a look at the Defiant class. They probably have the same out look on ground equipment.
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MajorDiarrhia Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015
Yeah, the name is directly inspired by the Defiant being called an "escort" instead of a "face exploding death machine" or "corvette."
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Mark-Wilder Featured By Owner May 14, 2015
"Escort" is exactly what Defiant was: a military escort class for a new fleet of warships to fight the Borg. Defiant was powerful, but only because it was a generation ahead of the rest of the fleet.

The Federation, in canon, had Dreadnaughts, Heavy Cruisers, Destroyers, and attack fighters.
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Deviator101 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015
Calling the Defiant a corvette is like calling the Yamato a tugboat. The USS Defiant was a GUNSHIP!
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Suga-Spice Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014
Awesome tank... Reminds me of the tanks from Star Trek New Worlds 95 game, I miss it.
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:iconthevampiredio:
thevampiredio Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
how does the teleporter array works? it teleports incoming fire away? wow thats kinda OP.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I don't think it's fast enough to target enemy fire, but it can move friendly and enemy troops around with ease.
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thevampiredio Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
oh so its like a transport then? 

interesting. 40k have a faction that uses a ship to teleport troops on to the ground too.:)
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
While it doesn't have much internal room, the transporters can move troops from one spot on the ground to another.
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thevampiredio Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
but wait a sec. i though star treks have advanced teleportation beam. that could beam people from one planet to the next. even in hyperspace.  
unless its jammed. so this could be a short range anti jammer teleport? 
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Almost every scifi fails to use its technology to its fullest potential, it's best not to think too much about that stuff :P
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thevampiredio Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
hahahha yeah lets not get too geekky. :P
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fai-kwan Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
Looks like the propulsion is a major weak spot, since the engine blocks are isolated in the back.
Looks cool!
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Propulsion is a weak spot on almost any vehicle. :)
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Alexander941 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
That thing I like!
It is far better than the klingon tank, it looks just like something the federation would use.

I would like to see you design a romulan tank.
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PixelOz Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Student Interface Designer
If it is a whale it is a very pretty whale at that. I wish I could draw as good as that but I am much more of a tinkerer and I have not have that much practice in drawing anyway so I create simple 3D designs for fun. I am nowhere near as good an artist as you are but I have a helluva lot of fun doing what I do. This is terrific work that you did here and I like many other of your designs too.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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MarkWilder Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013

"It's main gun is a torpedo launcher, giving it considerable punch right out of the gate."

 

I'd *hate* to be caught in front of that.

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Wisky-08 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
More Star Trek stuff.
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JovianJ Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
Beautiful design, in keeping with the premise of TNG's functional and yet artful approach.
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SultanOfAwesomeness Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
hm.... seems a bit overpowered.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Over powered is a gaming term, it's what you aim for anywhere else.
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SultanOfAwesomeness Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I know..it's just seems a lot more powerful compared to other tanks, (or at least what I'd imagine other futuristic tanks to be like). Is this a main battle tank, or some sort of special scout unit or something?
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist

Everything in Star Trek seems pretty lethal (like it should be), even when you have shields :D

I don't know everything about this unit as it's not something I came up with.

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bagera3005 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
vary cool
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Lokirus Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Student Interface Designer
This style is just gorgeous! I love it!)EmoteCopter 
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:iconheavenly777protector:
Bout fraggin time somebody did one of these!
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megadolon013 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
  I am glad that heavy firepower still remains alive in the star trek universe.  Main Gun a Photon Torpedo.  Wow never thought of it.
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KageRyuuUji Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
I don't know about you, but I'm not comfortable climbing into something named EXPLODER
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MajorDiarrhia Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
What's wrong with Exploder? It's over 9 *cough* I mean, it is...

Anyway, of the Somme class, here are some other names of tanks, I mean "surface defense escorts" (after all, if the Defiant has to be called an Escort, well...):

Khan's Wrath
Nog's Shin
Steve
T'Pau
Passchendaele
Schwartz
Sisko's Hand
Bad Neighbor

(Double Thunder, from the I Ching)
Forrest
Bob
Sehlat
Redshirt
Tiger Bear Thing
Prokhorovka
Ginger
Twerking It
Blitzkrieg
Tranquility
Short Stick
Big Stick
Wukong
Norstralia
Titus
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KageRyuuUji Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
Twerking It? Really? lol Anyway what's wrong with the name Exploder is that it hints at a possible future of it exploding, and soldiers are one and all a superstitious bunch when it comes to names, so much so I doubt even the Vulcan are any different. It'd be like naming anything after the Hindenburg or Titanic after what whopping successes those turned out to be.
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MajorDiarrhia Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
Indeed, by the 24th century, twerking is considered a somewhat rigid, but quaint form of ancient dance.

Na, Exploder is like vaguely plural. You can explode once, but you can exploder your enemies numerous times. This is the kind of logic you get when you let your crews name vessels (similar to captains getting to name their shuttles) instead of a board of admirals, but no one in Starfleet thought tanks were that important.
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KageRyuuUji Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013
Yeah you can exploder as well when the enemy hits you back.
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wanderingbishop Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013
....I'm not sure whether it's a good thing or a bad thing that my main issue with the tank is that all those systems would take up a lot of space, meaning that this thing must be less a tank and more of a landship. >_<
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
If you consider trek shuttles often have similar equipment while also being largely hollow for transporting crew, it doesn't seem like a stretch to fit the extras into this.
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wanderingbishop Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
This is actually a good point
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MajorDiarrhia Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
Do you know, Tiger VIII, Mause? It's about that big, but a little longer and wider.
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GreyAreaRK1 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013
Nice design.
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Sagittarius-A-star Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Star Trek, yee-haw! :) Nice one, Shimmy, this tank looks great... though it is more of a shuttlecraft/antigravity-tank combination, given that it has limited warp capability.  Question, though, what kind of torpedoes does this tank fire... antimatter ones, perhaps, i.e. baby photon torpedoes? :D That'll show 'em.  Phasers for supplementary firepower, good for disintegrating infantry, demolishing debris, flash-cooking a herd of gazelles for a tribal feast... and, well, stuff.  Transporter arrays are a must, with 'em I bet this tank can beam friendly troops around and play some nasty tricks on enemy troops (dissolve them and then "forget" to reintegrate, teleport them into a wall, beam a grenade right into their midst, beam a soldier twenty feet away... leaving his balls behind.  Oops.) And red stripes.  Yep, I want one.

You based the look of this tank on the rebooted Star Trek movies, right?  It has that "like TOS but modernized with less cardboard" look. :D I saw Star Trek: Into Darkness a few days ago, I actually enjoyed the movie quite a bit- it was fun and played closer to the original Trek with a story that had some morality questions as well as action.  So everyone could be happy, ha ha.  
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Good that you apprecaite it's capabilities. Most people so far are "hurr durr a tank isn't allowed to be that good".
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MarkWilder Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
I appreciate it's capabilities. It matches Star Trek's technology level and style at the same time. It's like a combat-runabout crossed with a tank. :D
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Phht Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
At first I was going to complain about the need to slap warp nacelles on a tank when it doesn't need them. Then I got to the end of the description and saw the fact that it's not atmosphere operations only. Well, if there's a good reason to slap them on there.... Tractor beams? Well, I think the runabout had one on it, so I can let one of those two slide. Proton torpedo launcher? Well, the runabout canonically had a torpedo launcher on it, so having something along those lines as a gun wouldn't be an issue. Other than... where do they store the torpedoes? Unless they were micro-torpedoes or the torpedoes were replicated straight into the tube for firing or something.

I don't really think the transporter arrays would work out like the client had envisioned (if it was for blocking attacks and the like). Though they could probably be useful for troop movement under fire. Beams troops to cover at a flanking position, beam wounded back to more rear lines areas, shift troops from where they're pinned down, etc.

Really, in the end my only major complaint is the deflector dish location. I mean, what happens in space the first time someone rotates the turret? :D
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MarkWilder Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013

"Really, in the end my only major complaint is the deflector dish location. I mean, what happens in space the first time someone rotates the turret"

 

Lock it in place during Warp Flight. Most ships have fixed torpedo tubes.

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MajorDiarrhia Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
I asked for the deflector in the turret, even though it doesn't quite make Trek sense. Remember "The Best of Both Worlds pt 2?"

www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2xa0B…

That opening scene is iconic for me, so I always wanted that ability as something intended from the start. Additionally, the idea is for the navigational deflector to act as the main gun's primary sensor, as well as bolstering the shields which ever way the turret faces. It's also a bit of sillyness, like the hull name being Exploder, or the class name being for a pointless battle, even if it was the first to use tanks.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist

I'm not sure what properties are involved with ST shields. My thought is just that it means the shielding will be strongest towards whatever it's aiming at. The turret mounting was also requested by the client.

The Torps are pretty small. With the turret unmanned and much of the hull space dedicated to equipment rather than cabin space I think there's room for a fair bit of ammo. Not sure what exactly he expects the transporters to be capable of but like you say it can perform some tricks. With shuttles already having so many features you're not really making something much better unless you take everything up a notch, hence the massive redundancy and capabilities.

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Marzipanzers Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That turret and gun is oddly cute...
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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62nh Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
I like it.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:)
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