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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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:iconogan-kitapci:
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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:iconltjim:
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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:iconammoracker101:
Ammoracker101 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Kinda looks like the Grottractor XD
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:iconspacephrawg:
spacephrawg Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
how did you measure out the track links and so that they would loop around without a gap or overlap?
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:iconjazzlizard:
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 :)
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:iconphillipzu:
Phillipzu Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
O.O
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:iconxparament:
xparament Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012   Filmographer
i love it !!
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:iconjazzlizard:
JazzLizard Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconfmilluminati:
fmilluminati Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing! I'd love to see it with textures. :)
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:iconjazzlizard:
JazzLizard Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Same here, once I figure out how to do so, I'll add them :)
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:iconludo38:
Ludo38 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
Incredible details... :O Congratulations, this is top-level Sketchup model !!
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:iconjazzlizard:
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 :)
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screenscan Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012   Interface Designer
great stuph
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:iconimperaton:
Imperaton Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
WOW!:D Very nice job, bro! Just keep it up!;)
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:iconjazzlizard:
JazzLizard Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks man! The latest version of this guy will be posted soon.
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:iconladybhaal:
LadyBhaal Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
Very lovely :) Highly detailed and it all makes sense :)

*purrrrrrrrs* Well done :)
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:iconjazzlizard:
JazzLizard Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for thinking so, hun :)
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:iconladybhaal:
LadyBhaal Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
*hugs*
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:iconscifiwarships:
Scifiwarships Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Truely awesome and inspiring piece of work! Very very well done, mate!
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:iconjazzlizard:
JazzLizard Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks man!
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:iconscifiwarships:
Scifiwarships Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
No probs
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:icondru-zod:
Dru-Zod Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
Very nice.
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:iconjazzlizard:
JazzLizard Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:)
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:icontriadenforcer:
triadenforcer Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
I wouldn't feel comfortable sticking my rear end out like that.
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KoppKnakka Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
wow thats awesome really goood job
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:iconjazzlizard:
JazzLizard Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks man :)
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:iconishee:
ishee Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
this piece shows your dedication .
amazing
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:iconjazzlizard:
JazzLizard Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! That's kinda what I was hoping for :)
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SchnitzelMobile Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
Could you add some form of baggage, aybe bags and such, to the final? It would look a lot more like a tank that was actually in use, with equiptment attached an all
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:iconjazzlizard:
JazzLizard Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Can do! I've already added tow cables on the sides :)
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SchnitzelMobile Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
cool
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:iconfireberd904:
Fireberd904 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
Wow, this has amazing detail. Did you use SolidWorks to create this? I've never used the software, but I hear it's great for computer-aided design.
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:iconjazzlizard:
JazzLizard Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Naw, Google Sketchup. My dad uses solidworks, builds all sorts of intricate machines with it :)
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squidflakes Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
It really reminds me of the layout of the French Char B1bis or Char 2C
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:iconmensjedezeemeermin:
MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
Lovely to see so much thought in it... The closest analogy to a tank you'd have in the age of steam would be the ironclad monitors--you might look at illustrations of those and think if you want to go a bit more in that direction. You also want to use hand-cranked or externally powered machine guns. Modern machine guns are (eww!) examples of internal combustion, and if they had that, why bother with steam?
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JazzLizard Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I built a model of the Monitor for a school project when I was a kid :)
The machine guns are steam powered, but the cannon is explosively propelled.
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
Good! It's impressive, it's just that the chassis looks a bit too 1930's for my tastes. The 'peel away' is brilliant.
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:iconjazzlizard:
JazzLizard Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, well it's certainly not supposed to be a modern design.
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:iconmensjedezeemeermin:
MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
Actually, that was a TOO modern design! Tank design went through a real revolution in the 1930's, due to the ideas of... J. Walter Christie, whose earliest design resembles yours. You can look HERE:

[link]

It's a nice design for a tank, it just looks more late gas/diesel than steam, which is the root of my comment.
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Aalex-le-deviant Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
very impressive
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:iconjazzlizard:
JazzLizard Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for thinking so!
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:iconpixel-pencil:
Pixel-pencil Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Student General Artist
No such thing as too detailed I guess!
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:iconjazzlizard:
JazzLizard Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I agree!
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:iconbrentogara:
BrentOGara Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Outstanding! I am impressed (once again) by your mad modelling skills.
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:iconjazzlizard:
JazzLizard Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot, this one's been a ton of fun to build up.
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:iconbrentogara:
BrentOGara Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's a beautiful thing... and the animated layers are smooth and well thought out.
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flaketom Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
Absolutely friggin love it! GReat great concept and....just jawdropping! Can't wait and so wanna see more!
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:iconjazzlizard:
JazzLizard Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks man! That means a lot coming from you, you seem to effortlessly put a metric ton of detail into your art :)
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flaketom Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
Nah, man: I wish I could nail down forms and shapes as good as you. Love your aestethics and I am convinced that is much harder, than to 'overload' the models with so much stuff like I do...
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SerpentTheGreen Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
Great work, I love the detail.

Some Critique :

How does the crew gets in & out ? I see no hatches etc =)

Steam pistons on the same side should connect to the opposite sides of the flywheels -- maikng kind of crankshaft.

Turret rotation mechansim is usually located inside the turret, not in the hull.
[link]
(number 3 on the scheme)

Some nuts & bolts on the sides have no purpose -- they don't seem to be attached to anything
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:iconjazzlizard:
JazzLizard Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Well, the model isn't done yet. The latest iteration of it has hatches: [link]
I will definitely take the crankshaft idea into consideration, I hadn't even thought about that!
As for the turret rotation mech, since this is a custom tank, I feel fine designing it differently.
And which nuts/bolts are you referring to? The ones running up and down the sides are holding the plates together/to the hull and the ones running around the wheels are connecting them to the side plates and hull as well.
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:iconserpentthegreen:
SerpentTheGreen Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
>And which nuts/bolts are you referring to?
Ones running down on the sides near the front suspension wheel. Nothing seems to come out at the back of the plate.
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