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Steamtank WiP Animation by JazzLizard Steamtank WiP Animation by JazzLizard
This is a model I've been working on for some time now, and I plan on it being one of my better portfolio pieces (when I put a portfolio together). It's a steam-powered tank inspired by older model British tanks and the ones from Warhammer 40K. This animation peels back the various layers of the vehicle, showing it's guts in all their glory.

First Layer: The tank itself, with it's dual-turret setup. The boiler and condenser assembly protrude from the back of the tank, leaving them rather exposed and vulnerable. These tanks were used for long-range support, and those engaged in close combat would have increased armor around this area. The secondary commander's turret on top of the main one houses an antipersonnel and antiaircraft dual-cannon setup, capable of defeating most lightly armored targets with ease.

Second Layer: With the turrets removed, you can see into the body of the tank, where primary ammo storage is situated. You can also see the pivots that power the rotation of the main turret.

Third Layer: With the top armor and side plating peeled back, you can now see the water tanks within the track assemblies, as well as most of the vehicle's powertrain. Both tracks are powered by a pair of steam pistons which rotate a large flywheel containing a simple transmission to engage or disengage power. The flywheel-gear is connected to the drive wheel via a heavy chain, providing immediate and reliable power.

You can also see the firewall which separates the main cabin and the boiler compartment.

Fourth Layer: With the tracks, hull and firewall removed, the wheels and casters are visible, along with the forward brake assemblies used for braking and steering. Control apparatus' are visible behind them, as well as a pressure distribution control box just before the boiler itself.

Fifth Layer: With the side armor and floor removed, you can now see the underlying structure of the tank's hull, along with the catalytic fuel tanks. Stored in two parts, when the fuel is mixed and compressed significantly, it combusts and creates a substantial amount of heat. This in turn boils water within the boiler, creating steam to power the vehicle.

Sixth Layer: This final layer shows the main fuel and reactant tanks, as well as the two water tanks and boiler assembly itself.

I plan on modeling the interior of the boiler and adding a ton more detail as well, since since I was a child I've always been fascinated by steam power, as inspired by my dad's fully-functional model steam engines. The driver's area and interior of the turret will be fully modeled as well, so don't worry about that.

Please provide me with any and all constructive feedback on this model, it's definitely one of my babies and I want it to turn out as awesome as possible.
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this is good :) I loved the concept and the whole animated thing you did with it, showing the insides... awesome...

details are also very good, you must be an engineer of some sorts, you seem to know your way around with machinery..

I bet if they saw these right at the beginning of world war 1 they'd have built these insead of those shitty boxes :)

you need to post a colored / textured version even make an animation with it as it attacks or something :)) lovely truly lovely...

anyway I want to say cheers and well done, its been some time since I saw some pro work on DA...
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EXCELLENT job! As far as the required critique, what I noticed is as follows: a) Crew space seems a bit cramped, I would wonder where the crew sat. b) Is this oil-fired or coal-fired? If oil-fired, one still needs a firebox, and if coal-fired, a firebox AND a coal bin of some sort. Perhaps you can further "punk" it with the addition of a "tender" (as one might find on a steam locomotive), or an exterior oil tank (giving a tempting target to the enemy and incorporating a deliberate "design flaw" as many WWI inadvertently did). Aside from that, however, this is arguably the best tank model I've (possibly) ever seen!
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spacephrawg Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014
how did you measure out the track links and so that they would loop around without a gap or overlap?
JazzLizard Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I just started wrapping on the front drive wheel, worked my way down and around the front of the tank to along the bottom and back, and compensated for any discrepancy in their spacing on the top stretch. I'm sure they don't all have the same spacing or gap size, but it looks good and that's all that matters in a model like this :)
Lemmy-koopaling Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
xparament Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012   Filmographer
i love it !!
JazzLizard Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
fmilluminati Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing! I'd love to see it with textures. :)
JazzLizard Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Same here, once I figure out how to do so, I'll add them :)
Ludo38 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
Incredible details... :O Congratulations, this is top-level Sketchup model !!
JazzLizard Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Well thank you very much for saying so! The next iteration of it is well in the works :)
screenscan Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012   Interface Designer
great stuph
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