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Contact - Main Battle Tank by Shimmering-Sword Contact - Main Battle Tank by Shimmering-Sword
Another vehicle design for the Contact book, this time a main battle tank.
Started out with a handful of concept sketches, then created a mockup in 3D which really helps with perspective and general lighting. Good old painting for the rest and better part of the time from there. I'm liking this new vehicle process :)

For :iconbiometal79: ~biometal79

Contact designs are not for personal or commercial use, no derivative works please.
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:icongreen6644:
That is some very well sloped armor.
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:iconchaosticket:
Nice design but too many varieties of weapons and mixed calibers. Grenade launchers, rockets, machineguns, autocannons. You forgot a flamethower by the way.
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Shimmering-Sword Dec 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Main gun is tank standard, smoke launchers standard, multiple caliber machine guns standard, and even some modern armor is known for attached missile tubes. So, not too much variety.
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1 Mixed caliber machineguns overlap in areas. a .30 caliber is fine for anti-infantry, a .50caliber has higher penetration and power, while a 20mm autocannon is great for light vehicles and anti-aircraft.

2 grenade launchers similarly overlap with rocket and missile launchers, as all have smoke ammunition but the grenade launchers are purely defensive.

3 you could have a pair of high velocity grenade launchers for anti-infantry, anti-armor, anti-air, and utility because the variety of shells. the only thing they would miss is guided warheads of missile launchers.
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Shimmering-Sword Dec 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'm just talking about real life here, this is normal for a tank to carry, let alone scifi where you can do whatever you want.
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:iconchaosticket:
Have you ever thought you could design something better?
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Shimmering-Sword Dec 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I design what people ask for.
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:iconchaosticket:
so you dont make art other than as commissions?
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Shimmering-Sword Dec 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Currently I happen to be painting almost exclusively my own stuff for a book I'm making, but usually the majority of my art is commissioned. All your critiques so far have been on my commissioned work, where the things you point out are all specified by the client. I guess your lack of comments on my newer and personal work means you like them better :D
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MacDigitalSpaceArt Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If I saw this in real life I think I would shit myself just a little bit. Or be entranced by the awesome, if in peacetime, and ask permission from the crew to take photos. 5/5 :D
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