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Razorback by jflaxman Razorback by jflaxman
The Razorback combines the engine of a pre-Schism prime mover with a tracked rear unit, reducing speed and economy but greatly improving offroad performance. Further modifications vary depending on intended roles; some Razorbacks are more heavily armoured, others are more heavily armed, and others again are stripped down to increase their carrying capacity.

Design Features:

- Razorbacks use diesel engines which originally pulled road trains of 100 tons or more. A slightly shortened camshaft powers the tracks via forward drive wheels. As the front wheels are used for turning, drivers need no special training, though unlike fully tracked vehicles Razorbacks cannot turn on the spot.

- The cab-behind-engine layout is preferred for combat vehicles as it offers drivers more protection; the cab is also more easily lowered and armoured. Prime movers with cab-over layouts are more commonly used for civilian roles.

- The sleeping compartment formerly fitted behind the cab is replaced with a weapon mount. The open-topped barbette seen here provides less protection than a fully enclosed turret but better visibility. The main 75mm gun is used against hard targets; the 12.7mm machine gun is used for close range defence.

- The rear tray is also open-topped but its armoured sides and tailgate shield its occupants and cargo from low-trajectory fire. The external perforated plates add another layer of protection and can be used as anchor points for tarpaulins and/or extra gear.

- Though Razorbacks are more resilient than most wheeled vehicles, their large size and high profiles leave them vulnerable to pre-Schism armour and weapons used to counter it. Razorbacks usually work in tandem with lighter, faster vehicles equipped to deal with aircraft, tanks or rocket-equipped infantry.
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TheElevatedDeviant Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
Ooh, I like this VERY much. 
Will we see some tanks to accompany it?
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DragonStrider Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Makes me want to shout orders in German heh. Solid work my good man :salute:
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DerVulf Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014   Artist
The Razorback reminds me of those Wurfrahm launcher bearing German halftrucks (they quit being a "halftrack" after a certain weight-to-ordinance ratio was reached). Yet I see a bit of the early war AT-gun thrown in the mix; that cannon screams "yankee 75mm AT gun". You've essentially thrown together some of the best elements of allied & axis medium grade armored vehicles into one machine, which is quite achievement I tell ye'. 


So in summary of my aforementioned ramblings; well done, please continue to delve into post-apocalyptic dieselpunk artistry, for it is quite a marvelous steel-clad sight to behold.
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SloBro475 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
this looks very cool... exept for the big cannon, it doesn't seem to fit in somehow...
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jflaxman Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
It might seem overly militaristic for a general-purpose vehicle. I'd considered using a short-barrelled gun or a couple of AA autocannons, but it's on to the next project now.
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SloBro475 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
it definately looks great! keep up the great work
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Internet-Cancer Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The only disadvantage (that the actual Halftrack had, I should mention) is the tendency for the front wheels to lift off on rough terrain and make steering a bitch.
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jflaxman Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
More advanced halftracks combined normal steering for gradual turns with differential track braking for sharp ones, making this a bit easier, but full tracks are usually better offroad. We haven't seen many halftracks since tank suspension has improved.

I'm thinking of making a clearer distinction between my more advanced vehicle concepts (eg. Fireshark, Hecate) and more retro/throwback ones (eg. Razorback, Fugue). This was the original idea behind the Scorched Earth and Feral Steel folders, though there's room for crossover. Suggestions always welcome here!
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Internet-Cancer Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
aah. Aren't they trying to replace tanks now? A while back I heard that tanks were obsolete.

Suggestions?
Well...I dunno that much about military vehicles. I recognize them and I know the basics when I see them but I dno't have a detailed knowledge. What would be cool, however, is an MRAP that doesn't roll over on rough terrain.
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jflaxman Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
I've heard the same about tanks a lot. In the future we're more likely to see smaller, more mobile systems - strike aircraft already outperform tanks in a lot of their old roles and robots could do more again.

A stable MRAP's a real holy grail right now, given the new focus on small-scale, counter-insurgency warfare. I'll leave that one to the experts, though anti-mine technology makes for some pretty interesting reading. You've probably seen mine flails; for a truly bizarre approach check out the Alkett Minenraumer! strangevehicles.greyfalcon.us/…
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