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Main Battle Tank by Abiogenisis Main Battle Tank by Abiogenisis
Another commission from the Galkgrost 'verse, this time a heavy tank and its attendant crew.

You can check out the rest of their project here! kalgrost.deviantart.com/
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ManganMan Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Student Photographer
Looks cool :D
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ArrakisPrime Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
The tank is a great concept. Low profile, shallow front angles, side armor, secondary armament, it's all there.
The armor around the main gun is a little over the top, but hey, why not?

The only big question I have is: How does a species without appendages build, much less drive, *anything*?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
Ah, the head actually splits into multiple tentacles, so that gives them their 'limbs'.
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CrwnPrince Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
What is that serpentine shape near the side? Is it a model?
I'm going to try and search you gallery to see..
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
Not a model, a design for an alien land tank. That serpent is the pilot :)
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CrwnPrince Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
If thats so then why are there tread? Wouldn't the wheels be similare to the way that they walk.. Some type of beveled slithery single base wheel? Basically using the same mechanics as they do.
Not downing it, but that just kinda caught me off guard.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014
An interesting point!

Problem is, with a slithering wheel, large numbers of joints may be needed and every complication would be a possible failure point. It is certainly worth thinking about though...
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CrwnPrince Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014
Your are looking at it from a humancentric point of view. I once had someone explain that in the comic world everything is base 8, as opposed to our world being base 10. Why? Because they have 3 fingers and a thumb. Where as we have 4 fingers and a thumb.
So everything theirs... measurements, mathamatics... everything is base 8.

Now you have a race that slithers. They don't design in the same manner. don't see the same problems.. or instead in the way we do. straight lines would take a back seat to serpentine designs... What we see as a problem they might even see it.
And our solutions would be backwards to them. So maybe a slithering track would not be seen as a major problem, but our straight rolling treads might seem odd or wrong to them.
Their tactics would not be direct or straight... but indirect, circular. Heck they may worship gods as muti-angeled ones?? IJS
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Parasky Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have to disagree with you regarding the tank treads. While I do think the tank looks a little too much like a human design, this is a piece of military hardware and any species, regardless of their psychological viewpoint, is going to want military hardware to have the most effective and cost efficient design possible. Humans are bipeds, but you don't see us building tanks that walk around on two legs. The tread provides the best possible efficiency in the widest range of environments for the lowest cost. And some things are always going to take a back seat to reason: a slithering tread would be such a convoluted design that nobody, even a race that slithers as their natural form of locomotion, would pursue such a design as a serious form of transportation. Sometimes problems can have different solutions that are just as effective, but other times there is in fact a single, objectively best solution. For instance the best way to move a heavy object is to roll it, either by rolling the object itself or by using some other form of rolling such as affixing wheels to it or pushing it across a series of logs. There are, of course, a myriad of ways to move a heavy object, but any rational mind, human or otherwise, will know that rolling is the best way. It's not a matter of psychology, but logic.
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CrwnPrince Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014
Good points but even using that viewpoint if their perception isn't straight forward they wouldn't look at problems in the same manner. Which would lead to different solutions.
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