Looking for a critique - Hover tanks

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Which do you like better?

  1. impressionistic style

    4 vote(s)
    30.8%
  2. pencil linework

    9 vote(s)
    69.2%
  1. ErikB

    ErikB Well-Known Member

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    Artwise I am a photorealistic artist and there is no appeal nor much artistic merit to impressionism or abstract in my personal opinion. But my bias against pseudo art aside, on a more practical note most artwork related to science fiction books, comics, movies, posters, fantasy art, etc is done in a realistic to photorealistic manner because it tends to appeal to the majority.

    As for hover tanks or other hovering craft it depends a lot on what it is causing your vehicle to hover but generally a bulky narrow (top heavy) craft, does not work or ring true because it is simple to topple, blow away if struck in profile, or if a port/vent/ repulsor/etc is struck or damaged.

    Think about quadcopter drones. Apply that to low profile and very stable tanks. I think you would do better focusing on horizontal bases rather than vertical hovering craft.

    Any mildly rough terrain would screw up that sort of tank. Easily tipped/unstable vehicles don't fare well in war.

    Just my opinion on the top heavy designs I am seeing on this thread. I'd spread it out. Stabilize and increase speed and mobility for your hover tanks.

    Good luck with your project.
     
  2. AlexanderSen

    AlexanderSen Cosmic Ghost

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    Hi, after a bit of hiatus I am back with more hover tanks! :D This hover tank is based off a tank destroyer mounted on a VTOL engine type theme. It's a pretty simple design which it's sophistication and efficiency I appreciate. I love the angles on some of the late war (WWII) tanks - sleek and elegant they both served a purpose of providing maximum protection as well as simplicity in manufacturing. It's hard to beat a solid metal plate at a good angle as protection. lol

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  3. cidetraq

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    I really like this one. Something about it reminds me of Star Wars on Endor with the hoverbikes and also Inception with the earmuffs (during the winter dream level). Nice design.
     
  4. AlexanderSen

    AlexanderSen Cosmic Ghost

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    Here is yet another design. This time an actual hovercraft! :D I envision this vehicle as a transition from armor treaded vehicles to hover vehicles. It would be an early experimental design which was not very successful, but lead the way to more successful and mobile designs.

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  5. AlexanderSen

    AlexanderSen Cosmic Ghost

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    My latest design is based off of the German WWII Jagdpanther Tank Destroyer, and the JagdP is one my favorite designs. I just love the lines and angles this beast has. ;) I started the design using the Jagdpanther body and the hover chassis in some of my previous posts. I decided to use the design of the hover engines as it gives the vehicle a fast and yet robust feel to it. It has a lot of thrust with all those engines and even if one gets knocked out by the enemy it still has several that could compensate for the loss of the thruster and or hover engine. I plan on coloring it, and I am looking into camo/color schemes for the hover tank. JagdHunter-QuarterView-1.jpg
     
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  6. AlexanderSen

    AlexanderSen Cosmic Ghost

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    Here is a color scheme applied to the previous design based off the JagdPanther. I tried messing around with the design a bit, so the chassis is slightly different with less thrusters, giving it a more functional/organized look and feel. Not sure which one I like better, but I am going to try and play with the color schemes and design some more.

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    Last edited: Sep 8, 2017
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