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Arkau Tank Killer by JazzLizard Arkau Tank Killer by JazzLizard
To combat the Venrock heavy tanks, the Vulpesants developed and deployed a series of Tank Killers. These are high-survivability vehicles, designed to engage enemy tanks at range, receive enemy fire and come out on top. Though they never did battle with the newer Venrock armor near the end of the war, the Arkau Tank Killers could defeat any enemy vehicles they encountered.

Unlike most tanks, the Arkauís turret only traversed sixty degrees total side-to-side, as the entire vehicle would rotate to face its target. Every anticipated point of weakness was protected with heavy layers of sacrificial armor, and the base hull of the vehicle was incredibly tough in of itself. Aside from the engineer, the entire crew rode within the tanks turret, a driver, gunner, loader, and tank commander, with the engineer riding in the aft section of the vehicles body. This increased survivability while combating enemy units even more so. To protect against infantry and lighter vehicles, the Arkau was equipped with a pair of heavy machine gun turrets, the rearmost being controlled by the engineer. Being an advanced unit, the tank killer was powered by an enormous turbine engine, enabling the tank to keep up with its lighter and more speedier counterparts. She was often paired with two or more scout tanks, who would locate and entice enemy units into firing range, where they would then be dealt a supersonic duplex round to their main turret or chassis.

The duplex rounds fired by the Arkau could penetrate even the armored turrets of the Maganacor MK5 tanks, which made the Arkau an incredibly valuable asset to the Vulpesant military. These rounds were specifically designed for the main gun of this unique vehicle, and achieved ranges, accuracies and velocities unheard of in such a small caliber. Due to their expensive construction and skilled crews, these vehicles were rather few and far between, and were actively hunted by their Venrock opponents. A few were captured after being damaged in combat, but their crews followed specific instructions, destroying the breech of the main gun, and blowing the ammunition magazines up as they abandoned their vehicles, leaving little more than a burning hulk for the Venrock engineers to poke and prod.
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Gryphon2001 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
A VERY Good Design, especially the Standoff Armor Skirts, and a Tank Destroyer Usually does NOT have a Full-Swing Turret, and is More Heavily-Armored to the front.The Bofors (Sweeden) S-Tank had NO Turret, and the Gun was Laid by Tilting the Suspension and Hydrostatic Steering Controls. It had a Turbine Engine for Fast Travel, and a small Diesel for Sitting in Ambush or Slow Travel.
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JazzLizard Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, I did my research when designing this gal. Glad you like it!
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Gryphon2001 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
"Standoff" is Most Important for Protection against Shaped-Charge Rockets... look at all the Tanks/APC's and Trucks fitted with 'standoff' Cages and stuff... One of Your Descriptions mentioned a Company (in your World) that used a Metal/Stone type of Armor; This is known as "Cermet" or Ceramic Armor, and IS the stuff used on current Rus and American Tanks. Look at the T-90 (Rus) Tank, all those square and rectangular Panels bolted on the Hull and Turret are the Ceramic/Steel 'composite' Armor that is there to 'eat up' the Liquid Copper of a Shaped Charge, that otherwise would Burn Through a Steel Plate like a Plasma Torch.
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Commander-Fillmore Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
interesting tank design dude
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JazzLizard Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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jackmcslay Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010   General Artist
it looks good, but it's strange to call it "tank killer", seeing vehicles with such function are typically smaller to outmaneuver MBTs or more easily ambush them.
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JazzLizard Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Its primary function is to hunt and kill MBTs, thus it is a tank-killer. It's not designed to engage light vehicles, aircraft or infantry.
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jackmcslay Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010   General Artist
I see, but if it's a fully armored vehicle with treads and a turret with a cannon attached to it, it's by all means an MBT.

A tank-killer implies a vehicle that does not have all the characteristics of a tank, yet it's armed primarily with weaponry designed to attack armored vehicles
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JazzLizard Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Why can't a tank killer have similar characteristics of a tank? This vehicles cannon out-ranges any tank it would encounter on the field by at least double, it's sole purpose is to KILL tanks from a distance. If there were light armored vehicles, infantry, aircraft or armored installations, other vehicles would be used. Tank destroyers were used very successfully by all sides during WW2 and after.

Besides, it's my model, I can call it whatever I want.
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00Athus Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010
The tank is a good sound unit,but the rear MG would be impractical for 2 reasons.

1. Its on the engine block.
2. To reload the Mg you would have to craw out or crawl on the engine block.
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