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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.
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
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.
Here is a basic design i came up when thought about it... This is one of the oddball things i like doing in my stories. Your idea intrigued me so much my mind won't let go. What do you think? Also tell me if you can't see the link.
APC-s, drone aircraft, missiles, the age of huge land battles a la napoleon/gulf war is coming to an end, now the wars will be fought over points of interest, insurgents. There may still be larger land battles between less technologically advanced armies but the age of a tank is drawing to a close
I like tanks not because of their murderous purpose, but because of a sort of admiration and awe. But you are right, tanks are becoming a thing of past, now one can rein death from above using drones and missiles, while comfortly sitting in a command hq in some 1st world country .
I still remember when they were convinced that aircraft didn't need guns, so they sent Phantoms into battle armed only with missles. Perhaps one day an engagement will engulf the earth so large that tanks are again needed to secure and hold urban centers.
nice side skirting..........also i can only really see two weak points on that.........the uncovered portion of the tracks and the barrels frontal covering where the barrel itself sticks out...............my inner tank nerd demanded i say that...........
that's true, but its upper and lower glacis plates at the front seem well angled so a frontal shot against it is likely to just bounce or ricochet off. heck even the side skirts that protect the tracks will most likely eat the shots before it hits the actual hull of the tank as they would act as spaced armor, slowing the shot down enough that it only makes a dent in the hull or stopping it completely.
i see and that's true if your going with more deflection than actual impacts that would make it a rather fast tank that's suited to hit and run rather than a tank that is designed to sit there and soak it up but, well a HESH round can really ruin angled armor regardless of the angle or thickness due to the head of the round flattening and then exploding over a wide area, causing severe damage to the tanks structural integrity. the most effective round i believe would wreck the tank in such a way that it has to be abandoned would be the HESH rounds, HEAT rounds to the rear of the tank as it looks flat or HE rounds for the similar damage that they do to a tank like the HESH rounds would but they just hit and explode that can also knock out the tanks modules i.e the tracks, the turret ring, the gun and in some cases killing the occupant with the sheer force of the explosion.