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Tank Design by Bristow-Bailey Tank Design by Bristow-Bailey
Concept design for a futuristic tank. I gave it hydraulic suspension and a vertically-launched missile system as its main weapon in order to keep its height as low as possible - 1.8 metres with the suspension fully lowered and the turret not deployed. This makes it harder to hit and transportable by shipping container. The gun turret can be raised up to fire from behind cover. It's powered by two large hydrogen fuel cells (mounted over the front tracks) driving twenty hub-mounted electric motors in the wheels. The large blue cannisters in the rear are hydrogen fuel tanks. The two crew don't have any windows but see vio VR headsets and backup flat-panel displays. All the driving and weapons controls are fully duplicated between the two crew stations in order to allow the most efficient division of tasks between the crew in a given tactical situation.
The missile system is in a self-contained module, containing 4x6 "Wolverine" surface-to-surface missiles, 4x5 "Storm" surface-to-air missiles, or any combination thereof. Missiles can be reloaded either individually, in 4- or 5-unit pods, or en masse with replacement of the entire module.
The weapons module itself can be replaced entirely with a railgun turret modue, a mortar, a passenger compartment carrying six troops, a command unit, or an ambulance unit.
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green6644 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
A obvious problem is the clear lack of slope on this tank. Modern tanks such as the Abrams are highly sloped, making thinner armor highly more effective. The rounded design does offer some sort of slope protection, but not enough for a tank this size.
Chaosticket Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013
1 well an obvious flaw would be Electronic and missile counter measures making this weapon totally ineffective. Its one of the reasons why attempts to switch to missile tanks during the 1960s didnt work.

2 Hydrogen fuel cells? that would be highly volatile.

3 the defense turret would need to higher mount rather than a stalk. being on a stalk gives it better view but would also reveal the vehicle's location and make the gun easier to destroy.

4 the armor doesnt look anywhere sufficient and aside from the single gun, defensive weapons are nil.

This vehicle does however look like it would be a highly effective mobile weapon, but not a "tank" either in form or function. The railgun turret module would make this close to a "tank destroyer", but it would still have defense and fuel issues.

this vehicle has far too little of its mass available for any-kind of transport. a commom M2 Bradley IFV carrier an autocannon, tows missiles, and infantry. This vehicle has to choose between either a heavy missile load, or a small transport bay.
This vehicle lacks the multiple weapon mounts for versatility for an IFV and the space to function as a dedicated Armored Personel Carrier.
CalebKane Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013
What's the tanks role?
It kinda looks like a chimera to me...
Only 2 crewmembers to man that tank?

Seems implausible for such a tank.
And why is the turret telescopable and why do the tracks have a hydraulic suspension to raise and thus even more expose the tank to enemy fire?
And why are these liquid hydrogen tanks stored next to the missile siloes?
You do know that military hydrogen-driven vessels like Type 212 submarines use a metal hydrid storage and that the fuel cells are a means of secondary engine used for silent running and its main engine is a diesel engine?
Whar sense does a fuel cell engine make... in a tank?

Tanks are not exactly known for stealth...

This tank is a death trap, it doesn't even have anti-infantry packs attached!
Aseika Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how curious a telescoping tank head. cool!
Tulsatrash Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
Part tank part DDG all awsome!
BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
They'll just shoot the exposed tracks...
BO-7 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Great drawing! Loads of detail and accuracy here. I bet you could build that tank tomorrow if you had the tools and technology was available. Gj!
Panzerfan93 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
when i first looked at this i thought: "this looks too cartoony" but then i looked closer and came to the conclusion that this is a really clever design
good job!
palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
hydrogen... damn. i wouldn't like to sit inside this when it gets a hit. that most be a big BOOOM when the H thingy explodes =D
pardon my joking. i really like this one, it's one of the very few tank concepts out there on deviantart that were made logically and not just for looks. i'm not saying it looks bad, it looks great actually!
all the better the prctical aspect it has. i really like you made it low in the first place, many other concepts don't even bother thinking about it... there is still something about the tracks which i am suspecious about. i think the reason why recent tanks have them the way they do has a reason, i mean those wheels above the ground, but i guess it's the different drivetrain and transmission that allows this arrangement, and, excavators have the track wheels in line, so it has to work after all... =) well done!
PaMaThreat Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that is awesome
TrueEros Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
very awesome design, but when i saw the hydraulics it made me question its ability to survive landmines, a problem most tanks have trouble dealing with today...but either way it's an awesome design
davbla Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Seriously convoluted, but for gaming purposes what the heck, its all for fun anyways.
olafanderson Featured By Owner May 24, 2011
I don't mean to rag on you but where is the main gun? There is no cannon.
zomzombie Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Student Artist
super interesting
Teeroy766 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Student Writer
Rezec Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
dat's look interesting...
alphawolfgang Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010
i recommend you give it a V hull. and a cage on the exterior or an anti rocket laser defense.

i like it. very moddable and looks very useful as an all round military asset. quick resupply and many different possibilities for the chassis.
ebarr Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009
Interesting vehicle that looks quite believable. There would a couple of things I'd change. Give it a three man crew (commander, gunner, driver) since I think anything more than a battlefield taxis is going to need a dedicated gunner (unless you're counting on some kind of AI). Also I'd lose the side door. It would be a weakpoint in the side armour (unless that armour is already really thin)

Still I like it.
VegaofTheBlackFlame Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009
Not bad for a fighter, but you should erase the little "side note" about the steering modes. It's on caterpillar tracks and those have no need to turn to turn the vehicle; simply reverse one while the other keeps going forward and that beast will pop a 180 in a flash and will keep doing so until you return the other one to a forward motion. Back to the actual tank: as I said, it's only good for a fighter. With the size of it, you might be able to fit a couple troops in the back, but you couldn't use it as a command unit or medical unit. The amount of gear you'd have to have in any case would fill up such a small space and leave no room for occupants.
Tounushi Featured By Owner May 16, 2008
Cool design concept, but the doors (generally the sides of the crew cabin) look a little thin to me. Is this intentional? Certainly looks like this woun't fill the MBT niche. Certainly a hunter-killer, but no combat tank.
Xenoken Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2009
Just one HEAT round ^^
MalletMann Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2008
Isn't hydrogen highly flammable?
Other than that, a good design.
Tounushi Featured By Owner May 16, 2008
It's flammable only when hit. That's why this tank is so low. Same idea as with the T-72: one penetrating hit could ignite the ammo inside and BOOM.
Peebo-Thulhu Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2009
Technically Hydrogen is only flammable in the right mixture of oxygen.

Assuming you're using a straight liquefied gas sent through pipes, then 'that' issue isn't a problem.

Of course, if you've seen Myth Busters, you know what happens when you put a hole in any pressurized cylinder.

Still, the only problem with Hydrogen is it leaks. As in the actual Hydrogen atoms are so small that they will literally seep through the very walls of the gas cylinders it's contained in.

There is a modern 'wonder' plastic that can stop this, I do think.

Just a side comment.

Flashfire97 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010
This is true, and ontop of that Incindiary rounds, if used properly, could subsiquesntly pierce and ignite the fuel tanks. Not to mention that a small leak would be devestating. If it let out half a liter of gas every minute, in one hour that gas would be equal to 30 liters and it would be pressurizing the inside of the tank which (for obvious reasons) should be air tight. The hot gasses of a launching rocket or stray explosive would cause this gas to explode, seeing as how the inside of the tank is already filled with air. It would puncture the surrounding tanks as well as blow the fricking roof right off. Not to hurt the idea, though. Just making scientific chatter. I'm not sure if I'm the only one drawing this stuff by hand, but I have never been able to match the stuff I see artists put out on this website. This is by far one of my favortie scamatics (my favorite kind of art)I've seen. *(favoriting)*
Peebo-Thulhu Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010

Have you seen some of the books by Stephen Biesty? Lots of amazing cross sections. I also assume you have all the "How does it work" Star Wars art books?

:) All I can suggest is send notes to those artist you admire and ask them for tips and hints on how they got to where they are, other than the "Practice, practice, practice!" mantra. Yes practicing is understood, but there are technical aspects that people learn as well.

Sorry I can't be more artistically helpful, the printed word is the best I can manage now-a-days, long gone is the time when doodles such as my P-thulhu's came easily to my hands.

Much cheers to you and yours. :D
ninetails11602 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2008
i may be a female but i love weapon machinary! (sp), this is a very great design. I love the details.
Konigstiger Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2008
Very interesting concept...did you picked a name for it?
Bristow-Bailey Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2008   Digital Artist
Name? - uh, no, actually. I hadn't thought of that. I'm willing to take suggestions!
Typh39 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2007
Interesting design and perspective. nice.
Bristow-Bailey Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2007   Digital Artist
Thanks! Regarding the perspective - it's in isometric projection, meaning that vertical lines stay vertical, but the other two dimensions are drawn along axes 30 degrees from the horizontal. It mean that all the lines stay parallel rather than converging towards a vanishing point, and things don't get smaller in the distance. Basically I chose isometric projection for this piece because it makes it a hell of a lot easier to draw than in twp-point perspective, and I knew that it was going to be a big enough challenge as it was.
anabele Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2007  Student General Artist
The only critique I can make is that the actual summation is not very dynamic. its a box with wheels. Very simple, if the exterior of the tank had some real cool lines and decent artistic cuts it would add alot of artistic value to a delightfully pragmatic design.
Bristow-Bailey Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2007   Digital Artist
thanks! You know, this and your above comment are two of the most insightful, well-thought-out comments anyone's made on my gallery for ages.
Yeah, I see what you mean about the "box on wheels". I'm planning to do a drawing of the exterior of the tank, without showing the insides. Maybe I can take the opportunity to give it a bit of a restyle...
Then again, in real life, the box on wheels look does seem to be pretty popular with designers of military hardware.
anabele Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2007  Student General Artist
Its a balance of realistic design and artistic ....wastefulness? I am a concept artist as well and I have had many a discussion about how big the bolts on the tank should be to be practical in a desert environment...things that in the long run don't really all depends on what you want to convey...and how much you care...and whos paying art is fun...
anabele Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2007  Student General Artist

Color, persepctive, lighting, line quality...all very nice.

You handle lots of information very cleanly. I am very impressed. Going to your gallery now...
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