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Halvizard Hovertank by RyujinDX Halvizard Hovertank by RyujinDX
From Anno Astra...


A less sophisticated, older alternative to flowtanks, hovertanks possess similar offensive & defensive capabilities but have poorer speed, maneuverability and cross-country capability. Nevertheless, they retain certain attractive features, such as lower manufacturing and operational costs, and a lower technological base required to support them. These are due to several factors. Powerplants, for example, have a lower power-to-weight ratio and the lack of wing-in-ground-effect capabilities obviates the need for aerodynamic flight surfaces and the computing power needed to control them.

The depicted hovertank is an FMC Halvizard, named after a pseudoreptilian predator indigenous to the planet Grant. It follows the general layout of most hovertanks and flowtanks, with an unmanned, modular turret and a 2-man crew compartment occupying the rear of the hull. The main weapon is a 75mm coilgun with a secondary 15mm co-axial weapon. With the proper equipment, the main gun can be quickly reloaded by replacing the ammo cassette through the rear of the turret overhang. Recoil from the main gun is handled by a combination of vectored counterthrust from the tank’s propulsion system and an electromagnetic recoil buffer system.

The turret is thickly armoured along its frontal arc, although it does have a higher profile than many other tank turrets. As additional protection, the turret is liberally covered by appliqué armor plates of the passive type, a mix of composites and ablative material designed to absorb & dissipate directed-energy weapons fire. Defensive armament includes a 10mm coilgun repeater and a point-defense pulse laser. A mast-mounted sensor & countermeasures system is installed in a small turret mounted on the overhang.

The hull has thinner armour compared to the turret, in keeping with the prevalent tactical doctrine that tank crews should engage their opponents from a hull-down position as often as possible. Active defense arrays in the form of directional mines are attached around the perimeter of the hull, providing defense against threats such as ATGMs & infantry at very close ranges. The multilayered collapsible skirts are made of a tough, flexible ballistic polyamide and conceal the louvers in the plenum chamber through which vectored thrust can be directed. These are used mainly for hopping over obstacles up to about 2 meters in height. To cope with dusty conditions, filters have been installed over the air intakes in the bow of the hull—the air itself is drawn through a U-shaped passage in the armoured hull before reaching the drive fans.

This was done surprisingly quickly for me while waiting for the GL 27 sub to download. The turret design was based on an M-60's covered with ERA tiles.
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philpete13 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
Huge Hammer's Slammers fan.
Love your interpretation.
Beefankle Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010   Digital Artist
great concept. nicely done!
Shimbow Featured By Owner May 14, 2009
aye a hover tank would pwn... I.E.D and land mine proof.. meh.. probably a good 15 years down the line maybe... lol they dont like to think out side the box anymore
mind-thief Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2008
reminds me quite a bit of some david drake stuff, hammer's slammer's blower tanks
really good, keep it up :)
SudsySutherland Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I see some David Drake influence here... at least concept wise to some extent with the hover tank inspired by M-60A1... Very well executed! I love heavy armor (even if it was mostly a target I used to look for in my real job long ago...).
RyujinDX Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2008
I was, at the least, partly inspired by the covers of the original Baen edition Hammer's Slammers paperback & the more recent Butcher's Bill.
SudsySutherland Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Good books! I think cover art gets better and better though, some of the early editions, like the original "The Warrior" cover don't even come close to being accurate with the portrayal of the Drake's concept. I'm glad they are getting closer to what the book is about on the covers these days!
Zanslev Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2007
Awsome, you did this while you were bored?
Sebbythefreak Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2007  Professional Filmographer
radhiel Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2007
you are always good in mecha art >< and the details on the stories that come with it are great.
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