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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.
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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!
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PaladinCarter Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
"Hard Candy" Best tank name EVER!
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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.
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MetalArch Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just great.
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NicciLennie Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
magnifique!
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Gunny-Kilroy Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
Ooh-fucken-rah! Hammer's for the win man! Great work!
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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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.)
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TheElevatedDeviant Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
"<Point at Enemy" Simple directions.
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