Lol- after being held up for much of this week (with both work and the sheer overwhelming number of possible designs):
I wanted to introduce the rough general ideas for the VANDAL superheavy assault tank.
As before- an extremely vague sketch to gauge any initial interest in designs: I've eliminated a LOT of nice-but-impractical designs, and kept these ones simple to begin with. Any that stand out as better will be refined properly
Basically, it carries the most destructive weapons:
A-the Red Mercury gun- basically a super-hot molten-temperature 'flamethrower'. Note, the inclusion of fuel tanks would replace the position of the mini-turrets,
B-assault guns, (for standard combat)
C-Mortar. Depicted here assuming it fires 'up and over' rather than pointed forward and used as a shorter-ranged mega-strong gun (as Soviet artillery sometimes DID do apparently when (successfully) improvising against tough targets).
The guns are variably shown mounted on ports:
A-Circular sockets (these might need to vary a lot between fore-facing guns (Mercury and Cannon) or diagonally (Mortar- THOUGH the mortar could simply be fore-facing if the same design is used). Varied designs are shown. Compatible both fixed-gun AND turreted designs.
B-A standard Soviet-style 'hinge' joint (most tanks have this, though typically they're fixed as they're mostly turret mounted- fine for the Mortar and Mercury gun- not quite ideal for the cannon. Compatible for ALL designs- built to insert into a flat base- the curvature of the other designs would simply follow the curvature of the mount.
C- Square port- based directly off a real-life WW2 Soviet Assault tank- and thus ideal for the cannon. As shown, the Mercury fits just fine. The mortar could potentially fit- but would look like a shortened cannon
For hull design, I settled on three approximate preferences.
All components have been designed to be cross-compatible with each hull, weapon mount and armament- as I've shown a little bit here).
1- round-domed chassis with a fixed gun (advantage of this is lowest ground clearance, potentially larger guns, and smooth strong armour)
2- polygonal chassis with fixed gun (most reminiscent of WW2 designs- one advantage is it would allow the same SOCKET version of the gun ports for ALL weapon types- I can of course smooth the edges more- but left the vertices on purpose to show geometry)
3- Turreted versions. (slightly taller, but naturally better at aiming and acquiring targets; mounting dual weapons is easier as the turret does the pivoting- making internal space redundant. Furthermore, it is still WAY shorter than the Vanquisher, yet more robust- making it an extremely tough nut to break; though more vulnerable than the shorter turretless variants) FINALLY, the turreted version can easily mount dual versions of ANY of the weapons OR singular- merely that the latter can be MUCH larger).
*I also tried long cylindrical roofs spanning the length of the tank- but these leave less room for attachments- so I left it out
AND finally, a bit about the Chassis length and layout
A- length. AS you can see, the standard Vanquisher chassis is VERY, VERY long for a fixed-gun tank. I've depicted ultra-SHORT versions (but can easily depict lengths in between!)
B- mounting stuff. Once again, I simply left the other details off to show the general space of the tank. I DID however show the fuel tanks on the Mercury versions to convey how length might affect them.
C- Mini-Turrets. As most designs have a typical raised forepart of the hull (or an actual turret) and a lowered rear, mounting mini-turrets will typically mean they only engage targets trying to sneak up on the tank (certainly an advantage in itself). This typically is only possible on a LONG hull- BUT the middle tank simply mounts the minis straight onto the roof- negating this problem entirely. The downside to doing this is the commander/spotters only have 180 degree vision (forward)- which isn't a big deal if the gun can only shoot forward anyway
Hope you like it!