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Fenris Tank Variants by jflaxman Fenris Tank Variants by jflaxman
The Fenris is a practical and versatile main battle tank. While not ideally suited to highly mobile modern warfare, the Fenris and its variants will dominate the battlefield when good air cover is assured.

1 Combat Tank: The basic Fenris design provides a good balance of mobility, protection and firepower. The wide tracks and rugged suspension offer excellent cross country performance and provide a stable firing platform. Heavy plates of composite armour shield the crew and power plant from small arms and light artillery, and sloped surfaces aid shot deflection. Standard armament is an 88mm cannon which can fire a wide range of shells. Machine guns and grenade launchers are used to counter infantry.

2 Support: Like all Fenris variants, this version uses the same hull, but the larger fixed turret houses a 120mm cannon with an advanced muzzle brake. This fires much higher velocity shells, allowing the tank to hit targets several kilometres away. While these variants are mostly used to provide long ranged fire support, they also excel at static defence, and when dug in or camouflaged can score kills long before they are seen.

3 Assault: This variant is used for close assaults on heavily defended positions. The frontal turret armour is thicker, providing better protection at the cost of reduced mobility. This houses a 180mm howitzer for use against enemy strongpoints and other well-protected targets. Two integral mine projectors and an armoured barbette with a chaingun provide additional defence against infantry at close quarters.

4 Flame: This variant is also used for assault, but is better suited to attacking infantry in trenches, light structures or dense vegetation. The main turret is fitted with a heavy flamethrower which can draw fuel from an armoured trailer or chambers mounted on the tank. Flame tanks are often deployed behind the main battle lines to crush pockets of resistance and burn the farms and villages that feed and shelter partisans. The mere threat of a flame attack is often enough to induce surrender.

5 Missile: Dedicated strike aircraft pose a major threat to tanks, and these variants help counter it. Advanced surveillance and targeting systems allow them to locate and strike targets before visual contact is made. These tanks can also double as self-propelled artillery, using missile barrages to soften enemy defences or provide cover for a retreat.

6 Salvage: These variants tow disabled tanks back to base camps for repairs and strip wrecks of working parts. The rear-mounted winch and cable can pull crippled vehicles out of difficult terrain without risk to the salvage tank, while the main crane can swivel 360 degrees and is used for heavy lifting. Salvage tanks rarely operate outside friendly territory, but most are fitted with machine guns for protection against saboteurs.
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LJ-ATCTION-360 Featured By Owner May 24, 2015
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Now THAT is a OMNIVEHICLE!
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MightyBOBcnc Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011
Great profiles. I would totally take a crack at modeling them if I had any spare time.

Too bad the external modular bits leave some pretty nasty "blind" spots where the top machine guns won't be able to bring fire to bear.
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jflaxman Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
Thanks for the feedback. I've since made a few tweaks to the turret design on some of these variants. As in life, less can be more.
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MightyBOBcnc Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
Aww I would have uploaded those as a separate deviation instead of replacing this one.
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EmperorMyric Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Student General Artist
i like flamethrower variant!
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LaterTimeLord Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Student General Artist
I liked the assault variant, it looks suitable for urban combat. :)
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WhiskyTourFoxtrot Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Jesus, these are pretty cool. I'd love to see what you'd come up with if you experimented with a few military utility vehicles, like the American Humvee and the English Land Rover.
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jflaxman Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
Thanks for the fave. I've talked to American servicemen who don't rate the Humvee very highly, as it's proved vulnerable to small arms and IEDs. A lot have been equipped with additional improvised armour while several different companies are pushing replacement vehicles, some of which are currently undergoing field trials.

I've roughed out some concept sketches for a small quad I call the Packrat, which might feature in a post-apocalyptic or assymetric warfare scenario. I'm also working on a modular vehicle designed for a counter-insurgency role - it's not designed to combat armour so much as survive ambushes while moving troops and equipment through areas that may be safe one day and deadly as all hell the next.
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WhiskyTourFoxtrot Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Regrettably, the Humvee was never designed to participate in combat situations, it was meant to primarily be just a transport, a replacement of the outdated Jeeps.

But, I can't wait to see what you've done.
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b1nary-mast0r Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
And I thought the word "Death" couldn't get any more definitions.
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Aldark Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This reminds me of the tank customisation in valkeria chronicles. lol. its pretty cool.
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xxVectorZeroxx Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
i love hull mods!
primary design + derivative and multi role...... this is the kinda thing ive been working on myself, i dig the design and its variants. keep up the good work, and make more multi role vehicles! btw, id assume that the Fenris is a heavy tank in its basic form?
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jflaxman Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011
Cheers! The basic Fenris design borrows elements from a few modern MBTs like the Abrams, Leopard and Merkava. I'd class it as a heavy tank using older definitions.

I'm working on several modular weapon systems at the moment including a rifle with different barrels, sights and accessories - I got the idea from the G36 but the layout owes more to the Steyr. There's also a helicopter with fuselage variants and a series of tracked combat robots.

Modular systems are great for illustrators as well as manufacturers - if you've got Photoshop cutting and pasting saves heaps of time. I'm keen to see some of your ideas now!
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xxVectorZeroxx Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
lol. i would but my computer that had all of it in there, is blown to hell. im working on ship guns when i get the chance, ever played Borderlands? something like that essentally, im trying to make weaponry and ammo alter itself based on what the stats and type of weapon it is. procedural generation more or less. add hangar bays, and you get them visible on the hull, same thing with sheild generators, and the other stuff.

btw, im in the army, and we do a very similar thing with all of our vehicles, makes logistics alot easyer, by having core models, getting replacement parts isnt nearly as hard.

however, our curent mission required us to make an entirely new set of vehicles for our situation, they where made by 3 different companies, and the result has been a logistics nightmare, do you know how big an MRAP is? those parts take up so much space.......

eh thought tangent lol
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Dragonjaj Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
where these baxed of the 40k bane blade class? Or the usa's abrums and gearm's panther
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jflaxman Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011
There's no 40K influence here, though I've got friends who are into it and like some of the vehicles. The Fenris draws on a few modern tank designs like the Abrams (US) Leopard (Germany) and Merkava (Israel) but some variants go back further - the support version owes a bit to WW2 models like the Stug 3 and Jagdpanther.
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Dragonjaj Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
2s gun looks like that od the 40ks shadowsword and 4s flamethrougher looks like of the plasmacannon of the Leman Russ.
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OnGe Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011
Nice concept. Just to say model 1 rocket racks are bit vulnerable to be part of battle tank as well model 4 fuel tank (even if armored, aginst anti-armor equiped infantry its suicide unit)

May I ask you what software you used to make this and how much time it took?
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jflaxman Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011
Thanks for the feedback. I've kept the more reactive parts like rocket racks and fuel tanks external to minimise risk to the rest of the tank, but the flame tank would be vulnerable to many kinds of weapons. Flame throwers have often posed as much risk to their users as enemies as they're heavy, short ranged, volatile and easy to locate when fired.

The combat tank was roughed out with a 4H pencil and the dark lines were added in ball point pen. This drawing was scanned at 600dpi and the colours were added in Photoshop using Multiply layers and brushes on low opacity. The same process was used for the turrets of the other five tanks but the hull was copied and pasted. This took about eight hours all up.
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