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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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MrAverage Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Professional Artist
Don't make Vic angry. You wouldn't like him when he's angry!

--M
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ledgerlock Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Professional Artist
Don't Understand the reply, Mr. Average. I like the piece. I didn't mean to type "arr", I meant to hit the t for "art".

I love the art.
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MrAverage Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Professional Artist
:D

I figured as much. Just playing a little. Though Vic's "ARR!" is quite potent, I can assure you!

--M
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DarkProxy Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
well WW2 is what lead to many advancements
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ScrapFish Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011
The three-tone technique is very nice when pulled off right. It's clean snd simple, but gives a good feel of dimensionality. I think you pulled it off pretty well!
Plus, that's a frikkin' huge tank. What's its tonnage?
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Err - expecting resistance?

That is one scary tank!!
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Lt-Havoc Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
So, that AI Tank is basically a early BOLO?
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MrAverage Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Professional Artist
Victor is a fourth-generation Autonomous Armored Vehicle manufactured by Nordyne Defense Dynamics. But yes, Laumer was a really enormous early inspiration to me and Rumblers draw a lot of inspiration from the Bolo. I tend to think my Rumblers' characters are more nuanced and less singleminded than the Bolos, though.

--M
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Robert-E-Lee Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011
HOLY CRAP, lemme drive that!
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MrAverage Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Professional Artist
:D

He's a robot, don'cha know. Victor-3-Victor drives himself.

--M
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Joachim-Berger Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
But he has no defences against Infantry, has he? Someone could climb up and dismantle him screw by screw.
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DreadHaven Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011
Love the guy with the shades and the barret.
The whole picture is great by the way, he just caught my eye.
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SwordSaint001 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011
Now that is just damn cool. I like!
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CadianConcript Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011
Icredible job, I love the idea of super heavy tank / mobile firebase! This is how we roll ine future =)
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Alighierian Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Student Photographer
overkill is an understatement =D

but this behemoth will be a sitting duck to planes, however
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SteamTank Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mmmm, smells like RATTE!
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GrimSheeper Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011
Well that's going to ruin somebodies day.
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STAN4US Featured By Owner May 15, 2011
Looks almost like Command & Conquer-esque with these forces lookin quite similarly to GDI. ;)
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GrimSheeper Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011
Yeah, the MARV mobile refinery...I shall await the coming of the prophet despite these overwhelming forces though. Hail NOD!
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dragonnaid Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
so so badass
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joulester Featured By Owner May 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
that is one big mother of a tank. Just look at the smaller (regular tank?) one beside it. Great work and visual =)
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teddy268 Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
( sheds a tear) beutifull :jawdrop:
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Dragonjaj Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
no its what hapens 20 years after the nation of the world sign a treaty baning the use and prodution of nuklear weapon
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miha9000 Featured By Owner May 2, 2011
added to 3D concepts in Sci-fi Archives
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MrAverage Featured By Owner May 5, 2011  Professional Artist
I appreciate it, but this is 2D artwork. I don't use 3D models.

But thanks anyhow!

--M
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
:D I saw the thumbnail thinking "that looks like battletech, I'll check it out" then I read you got it from me. Glad to give you the idea, though I only use cell shading out of battletechs art requirements.
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MrAverage Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Professional Artist
Meh, if it works, it works! No matter where it comes from. Your tanks were where I saw it most recently so, I guess credit where credit's due, either way. And actually, speaking of Battletech, the missile rack on Victor's back is an homage to the old SRM carrier design from TRO-2750.

--M
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MrAverage Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Professional Artist
Homage is a loose usage, though, now I think if it, because I used a Russian TOS-1 MLRS tank for reference, actually.

--M
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