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M-Tec Garafim Arachnoid Tank by NikitaTarsov M-Tec Garafim Arachnoid Tank by NikitaTarsov
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Kind of a medium autonomous tank of a unknown new player form the underground, not really spotet till now by the big nations of Astaras surface. The high tech machine is build in big numbers to fit in different positions, as heavy police support, military attack vehicle and even as silent hunter with upgradet A.I..
Powered by a chemical reaction cell and micro reactor it can handle the big amount of energy needet for it´s basic weapon system and drive. Weapon is a kind of kinetic rail weapon what fires a reactive element, found in the deeper depths of Astaras cave systems what, with ferromagnetiv elements combined reacts in target to a electrostatic effect. To vehicles and humans a similar shoking effect without a save of armor. The secondary weapons, the twin coaxial 30mm cannons are only a light backup against troops - and to be honest, more against heavy critters in the darkenss of Astaras caves. As well as these, the spotlight can be called a heavy weapon in the eternal darkness.
The drive is build up on magnetic balls, they can turn in neraly every direction, the balls at the end of the legs are in function wheels they can turn in every direction on flat terrain, and in heavy terrain it can be used as good schock absorbing legs.
The armor is easy made and of two sections, cause in the cavern systems heavy weapons are a rare spot(exept on the spider).
It is told that the tank can even operate under water, what would explain the device at the bottom, what can be a kind of waterjet. This would mean that the unknown nation has the ability to explore and hold even the cavernes with good filtered water. For sure the weapon systems would than use other ammunition, more like darts with smaler effect.

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Fix rules will follow;)
Oh and - i did all stucures by my own

Eine Art mittlerer, autonomer Panzer eines unbekannten neuen Mitspielers, der bisher noch nicht wirklich von den großen Nationen auf Astaras Oberfläche wahrgenommen wurde.
Die High-Tech-Maschine wird in großer Zahl produziert und dient in verschiedenen Positionen, als schwere Polizeiunterstützung, als militärisches Angriffsfahrzeug und auch als stiller Jäger mit verbesserter K.I..
Angetrieben von einer chemischen Reaktionszelle und einem Mikroreaktor die zusammen den großen Energieaufwand bewältigen der nötig ist um die Primärwaffe und den Antrieb zu versorgen.
Die Primärwaffe ist eine Art Magnetschienenkanone das ein reaktives Element verfeuert, das sich in den großen Tiefen Astaras Höhlensystemen findet, welches mit eisenhaltigen Material angereichert im Ziel dann zu einer elektrostatischen Reaktion kommt. Gegen Fahrzeuge und Personen ein gleichermaßen schockender Effekt gegen den kaum eine Panzerung Schutz bietet. Die Sekundärwaffen, dei beiden koaxialen 30mm Kanonen sind nur eine leichte Abwehr gegen menschliche Ziele - und um ehrlich zu sein, die weit aus gefährlicheren Critter in der Finsternis Astaras Höhlen.
Gleichermaßen kann das Flutscheinwerfer als Waffe in der immerwährenden Dunkelheit angesehen werden.
Der Antrieb baut auf magnetisch gelagerten Kugeln auf, die sich in fast jede Richtung bewegen können. Dei Kugeln am Ende der Beine sind in ihrer Funktion auf glatten Flächen Räder die sich in alle Richtungen drehen können, und in schwierigem Terrain schockabsorbierende Füsse.
Die Panzerung is einfach und in zwei Instanzen aufgebaut, da schwere Waffen in den Höhlensystemen ein seltener Anblick sind(außer an der Spinne natürlich).
Es gibt Gerüchte das der Panzer auch unter Wasser operieren könnte, was die Anlagen an der Unterseite erklären würde, die eine Art des Wasserstrahlantriebes sein könnten. Was bedeuten würde das die unbekannte Nation über die Fähigkeit verfügt Kavernensysteme mit gut gefiltertem Wasser zu erschließen und zu halten. Natürlich würden die Waffensysteme unter Wasser anders amunitioniert, wahrscheinlich mit etwas weniger effektiven pfeilartigen Geschossen.

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Feste Regeln folgen;)
Oh und - ich hab´ alle Strukturen selbst gemacht
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SpadeRiff Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks awesome, but I'm worried the joints are going to be an obvious weak spot for a vehicle designed to take heavy beatings
NikitaTarsov Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Against heavy weapon, for sure, but these are a rarely sight in the cave and caverne enviroment of Garafim. And against explosives, the shape has some benefits. But for bigger caves, like city sights or something, the walker for sure must modify its movment. So in attack walk, the front legs would stand much more in line with the vehicles body and guard the body with its inclined leg-armor. This way it can, even its not designed to exactly do this, make a good mobile cover for infantery. The joints beside this are a relativly solid design, so it can take a lot of low- or middle-caliber fire without bigger scratches. 
Enigmaticmuffin Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
good, but arachnids have 8 legs.
NikitaTarsov Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Yes i know, but it´s an analogy, an technological abstraction. And "insectoid" doesn´t really fit´s to the shape and motion. 
If i would be pedantic, i would say that the weapon bay(concelealed by the head in the main picture through the head) and the below attached cannon are "limbs" too=P
Andecaya Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ich mag das ding wirklich sehr! Das design ist klasse! Aber wo genau gehörts denn nun hin?
NikitaTarsov Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Dankefön ansonsten=D
BasileusIoannis Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
great job, Nikita! :omg: I was going to comment on your Air Carrier Blimp first, but this Arachnoid Tank distracted me :D

are you familiar with an anime from the early 1980s called Taiyo-no Kiba Daguramu (Fang of the Sun Dougram)? it took place on a foreign planet occupied by Earth forces, and was loosely based on Israel's fight for independence in 1948. anyway, they use mechs, about 10m tall, both 2-leg and multi-leg. the early mech was a 4-leg tank called the Crab Gunner; later, a 6-leg tank much lower to the ground called Desert Gunner shows up. the Desert Gunner's design is much simpler (being a 30-year old anime, after all!), but it was similar to your Arachnoid Tank in having 6 legs...if anything, it was more arachnoid looking, the legs go up and out to the side, then down, like a spider. very late in the story, they are fighting in snow terrain, and a smaller one with only four spider-like legs called the Blizzard Gunner comes pops up out of the snow, fires, then drops down again before it takes return fire. I think that design was influenced by the Entwicklungs Jagdpanzer E-10 with hydro-pneumatic suspension
NikitaTarsov Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Thanx a lot=D

No, never heared of till now - but a few pictures are maybe known form my younger days^^
For the design of my tank i had no idea at first, it cames with the work. Only idea i wanted to build into something was the magnetic suspension wheel(on this design also used for the links of the legs) - a friend and i had the idea 9 years ago. Then Audi told this to the movie makers of I Robot after a request for a futuristic car concept.
Yeah, i think my tank can also get lower to the ground. This would result in such a leg position like a spider, but i think this will be something like resting position. Minimal stress for the leg material and minimal space it needs to be stored.

Hehe - yes, Japan loves to use this designs. Think this is most of the strong imagery in storys the culture prefers, and the german tanks of this time have a strong pathos - beneth solid steel. AND, they have a love for the dieselpunk styles of the first world war, don´t know why.....
BasileusIoannis Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
ah, Magnetic Levitation technology was in its infancy back when Dougram was made, so it didn't feature maglev on its legs. Dougram had a finite end with no sequel, unlike the Gundam franchise that keeps cranking out new stories. the closest thing to a sequel it had was Armored Trooper Votoms, same studio but different storyline with much smaller mechs only about 3m tall (cockpit takes up most of the torso). these ATs had a motorized wheel in the bottom of their feet, which make them move very quickly on pavement with a nice turbo-like whine (like a dentist drill sound)

yeah, Japan is very fond of 2.WK Germany, probably because they gained a lot of knowledge from them, like jet aircraft, Lenkrakete, medical science, etc. they also don't understand the darker nature of Nazism, so they like the uniforms, swastikas and such to embarrassing levels ;p it goes back to the mid-1800s, when Germans taught them modern medicine (I talked with Andecaya about this...many medical terms in Japan are in German) and gave them the first guns (I'm watching a period drama on NHK TV where they are obsolete flintlock muskets called Gewehrs, probably an early Mauser?). while they fought against Kaiserliche Germany in 1.WK, they got a raw deal from the Allies who encouraged their help in taking out German colonies in the Asia-Pacific theater, then when the war ended, they didn't want Japan to keep these colonies for themselves, but to return them to the natives. really. thousands of Japanese die to conquer these outposts, and the Allies want them to just return them, when the Allies themselves maintained colonies all over Asia-Pacific? is it any wonder that Japan became allied with Nazi Germany, and unlike Italy, remained a loyal ally up to the very end? thus unlike most all other nations on Earth, Japan has good feelings about 2.WK Germany, so it is not unexpected that German Panzer designs pop up in anime (like the PzKpfw III in Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood) :D
NikitaTarsov Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Hah - found the reason why some designes looks known to me. The Game Battletech stole a lot of designs from Animes, always wondered who stole from the other on the Macross stroys=P
Now Wikipedia told me.

The japan guys love mechs for its tech^^

Yes that´s some reasons. Beneth this there are a few other, not so logical, things. Germany, America and England had a ebassy in China, Beijing, after the loos of the opium wars. The Japan invade a ranged part of China where a german military outpost was placed. And a relatly small outpost strikes back the whole invasion army, these impress the Japan as well as the Chinese alot. The Japan, based on a warrior cast what first unite the land and so characterize the society, are proud and see a respectable enemy. This respect never fall off.
A famos quote of a Chinese these days was "The Japan are wolfes, but the Germans are tigers" - what was fascinating, cause the Chinese was oppressed and disempowered form the Germans, not the situation you found such words(in your and mine cultur backround).
It´s hard to say but, Americans had a much more players behavior than the German, so they insult the Japan by every situation(without the intention to). The Japan had first asked the Americans for modern weapons, but this failed epicly through this cultural differences.
So Germans got the reputation as best representatives of the remaining world(in the sight of Japan).
Then anoter aspect is that the Japan loves tech in a very special way. Perfection in all its ways have a religious part, and this goes such far that in mythologie every unliving thing has a soul, or better a spirit called Kami(you shurly know if you interest in Anime;)). A masterworked sword for example has to be respected as the mighty, death bringing Kami it is. Carry it with cutting edge downside insult the Kami and will let it fail in combat.
The germans also had a love for tech and function, even much more pragmatic. This was a kind of equal language between the cultures. And our military nobels are a good equal to its own Samurai caste(even also absolutly different in founding and meaning). The pathos of smart tactics and win-or-die ideology are also a winning point for the Germans. So a strong friendship was established(even if both sides surley had not the slidest idea how this could work XD).
Narzism is a tricky thing.....every single culture gots it, as older, as more tradition as "the same" culture it has the stronger is the feeling that everyone else are less worth, or at last wierd. Yes, the Japan had a, from our point of view, strong narzistic ideology. The hard and most time very cruel wars of the uniting of the land has forged a militaristic pathos. Beiing part of something bigger, making a honorfull life. But i always thought that the short form Nazi was a little confusing - narzism means just loving itself more than normal - but Natsoc´s maybe sound not so good..., another point could be that "national socialisms" is a fitting word for all involved nations during 2.WW XD
But to be honest, i´m more in the society backround than on political or history, i always take the parts i need and not really sort the rest=P
So i´m not sure about the timeline of all the events.
But i can say, for the normal Japan guy at the 2.WW it was unthinkable that the Kaiser could be wrong in any desicion(cause he is elected from heaven, the gods and the Kamis), and he(how unique in history-.-) was forced from his high militarys to go in this war. These guys were blindet by its new strength the modern weapons has brought them and the fact they feel outclassed from a now much bigger world.
Much more then felt, the Japan has lost enourmous ego and culture with the loos of the war. All what the people had believed in was shattered, it was maybe comparable with a America this time, if all christian believer got the proof that there faith is a pointless joke.
All of the traditions today was restored but never brought on that level, its now more a relict today what was keept with great love. This old ideal was seen everywhere in Japan today, most in new patterns. The big concern succsess of the ´80 and ´90 was build on a social understatement of the medevil times. You live for your concern and increase its power and honor.
Think this designs was a reminiscence to lost times and its charm.

Wow....that, all in all, sound a little depressive ah?.....sorry....
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