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Hammer's Slammers Commission by Shimmering-Sword Hammer's Slammers Commission by Shimmering-Sword
Another commission for :iconmihoshik: *MihoshiK, had a great time working on it. If you're interested in commissioning me check out my journal [link]

Here I did a redesign of Hammer's Slammers mercenary hover tanks. The tank runs on a fusion generator, which powers their lift fans and plasma weaponry.
The main gun will melt enemy armored units to slag, while the tri-barrel plasma gun on top handles point defense against infantry, aircraft, and incoming projectiles. A final defensive measure is an array of ball shot mines surrounding the tank, which can kill incoming infantry and missiles.

I tried out some matte painting for the landscape, otherwise it's all hand painted. Made in PS CS4 with a Wacom Intuos3.
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DerekRestivo Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hammers Slammers! It's so cool to see a series like this comissioned.
Trollius2 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013
This is a fantastic interpretation of hover tanks from Drake's universe. The next time there is a 'Slammers book I really, really hope they contract you for the cover artwork.

Also, I would argue that the back of the turret is NOT a bad design for two reasons:
1: Yes, since WWII (and probably through the next dozen decades or so) such a design would indeed be a "shell trap" from the rear, but in the time of Hammer's Slammers the primary direct fire weapon is a bolt of plasma with missiles as a distant secondary weapon. Shell/grenade type weapons do exist, but are more in the vein of "mortar" type weapons.
2: The turret shown is perfect for rotating and NOT blocking the intake fans for the plenum chamber. That is a very logical design if the turret needs that amount of mass and not block the airflow when it rotates.

Thanks for sharing this beautiful artwork with us!
PaladinCarter Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
"Hard Candy" Best tank name EVER!
THenkle61 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
Awesome work! I'm a big fan of David Drake's work and loved reading Hammer's Slammers.
MetalArch Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just great.
NicciLennie Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Gunny-Kilroy Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
Ooh-fucken-rah! Hammer's for the win man! Great work!
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
LostColonel Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I love it. The battlefield would be large and the tanks in small packets, spread apart, as you have depicted here.

(Meaning no offense, but scratching up the skins a bit would make them look more "used" and not like they just rolled off the assembly line.)
TheElevatedDeviant Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
"<Point at Enemy" Simple directions.
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