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Victor-Three-Victor by MrAverage Victor-Three-Victor by MrAverage
I admit that the three-tone scheme I used here is not my own invention. I got the idea from *Shimmering-Sword [link] who used the technique very successfully, and more skillfully, on some BattleTech tank designs. But I thought the look was so damned effective that I used it on a piece of my own.

This, kids, is what happens when there is no World War II, and atomic bombs aren't invented until the 1970's: conventional warfare goes to seed. At least, that's what happened in the world of my online Graphic Novel, 6-Commando. [link]

Here we see one of the sister formations to the eponymous military unit of the story. This is 4-Commando, and they operate in Somalia, which is part of the East African Disrecognized Zone. And with them is their Autonomous Armored Vehicle, a robotic "Rumbler" tank with no crew, named Victor-Three-Victor. Victor was "born" at the Nordyne Defense Dynamics plant in Calgary, Alberta on December 14, 1996, and he has been with 4-Commando ever since. He is not to be trifled with. He represents the apex of United Nations Alliance tank and artificial intelligence technology. Victor is capable of withstanding atomic blasts, and in the event of loss of command and control, can continue to operate on his own for up to three years, or until his ammunition supplies are depleted.
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DeathlessLegends13 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Student Writer
Curious, do the Federated Soviets have anything similar to challenge the Rumbler? mostly because I want to see a soviet rumbler so bad
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MrAverage Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Professional Artist
I'm afraid not.  They do have robots, but they're primarily utility and support units, not Mobile Armored Strongpoints.  The FSR has had a lot of difficulty with artificial intelligence and gel data systems, which the UNA has mastered as part of their Rumbler program.
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DeathlessLegends13 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Student Writer
Hmmm, So their advantage is stereotypically larger numbers and a massive tank fleet, am I correct (not even going to touch the Nuclear side of things)
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MrAverage Featured By Owner Edited Nov 9, 2014  Professional Artist
I wouldn't say either side has an advantage.  The UNA has more complex computers, more advanced aircraft, better armor and engines.  The FSR has generally higher industrial capacity, more extensive natural resources, more advanced electromagnetic weapons, more manpower resources to draw upon.  The FSR simply prefer more easily-maintained and reliable weapons over the higher technology of the the UNA.  Some members of the Politburo advocated a crash program to produce an FSR Rumbler, but the cost seemed to them excessive when they could produce far more better-tested conventional weapons for the money.

Also, nuclear weapons are a new invention in the 6-Commando universe, having only been discovered in 1974.  The FSR has about half as many nuclear weapons as the UNA (that is to say, Atomic weapons), but the UNA has them decentralized.  While in the FSR only the Russian People's Federative Socialist Republic is allowed to possess the Bomb, in the UNA, the United States, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Japan, Australia, and South Africa all have them, in varying numbers.  So their nuclear command is more decentralized.

But let's be honest, that's what the real comparative advantage for the Soviet was, as well: while NATO weapons were individually more effective and technically sophisticated, they were fewer in number.  Also, the Soviet was preparing to fight a war on his own doorstep, while NATO, especially the US and Canada, had to get over an ocean first.  And the Soviet just couldn't match for numbers or accuracy the American, British and French nuclear arsenals until well into the early 1980s, and the race to keep up in nuclear strength bankrupted his society.
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Lemmy-koopaling Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Amazing! ;)
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GhostBirdofPrey Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
I thought from the thumbnail this might be by David White (Mecha Master) or Anthony Scroggins (Shimmering Sword).

It's not but it's still awesome.
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MrAverage Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Professional Artist
Ha! I should be so fortunate as to be compared to his work. My wholly inadequate efforts have been repeatedly turned down by the concept art community - I'm too much a cartoonist, I guess.

--M
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scorp106 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
cool!
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ledgerlock Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Professional Artist
Love the arr.
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