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RA2 Mod- Soviet Devastator by Harry-the-Fox RA2 Mod- Soviet Devastator by Harry-the-Fox
Finally complete- the replacement for the apocalypse tank for my in-development Red Alert Zero mod;

The Devastator is not so much a tank as a form of hybrid vehicle codenamed a "Land Destroyer"; combining the roles of a naval destroyer, heavy tank, self-propelled howitzer and mobile command vehicle.
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The RA2 Apocalypse Tank was regarded by many as little more than a general tank that is individually superior- but overall inferior cost-effectively to the smaller, faster rhino;

The Devastator surpasses the previous class of ultra-heavy tanks by firing long-ranged naval guns at their targets- decimating most vehicles in a single shot, well out of reach for them to retaliate (keep in mind the range is still considerably less than what standard howitzers, naval units and self-propelled missile units can achieve).

Its disadvantage is that the latest Devestator had been rushed through production before technicians could find a way to equip the full package- meaning these vehicles are sent to the field with only their main guns;
-Roof-mounted gunners are rationed only to elite crews;
-The SAM system and chassis gunner systems must be installed separately, and unfortunately the vehicle is only capable of accommodating one upgrade.
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Well, design wise this vehicle had been darned tricky;
The idea was to make it look like a completely stand-alone vehicle type that needed its own special design specs;

For example, when you design a tank, you design a vehicle that can fit around the crew in an effective, but compact manner (at least as much as possible)- and as such the whole design is made to fit around the crew compartment;
-For THIS thing, accomodating crew is an afterthought considering how large it is- and the armour is built more around the engine- with a few tiny entrance points and cockpits here and there nestled deep inside.

I tried to mix bits and pieces of Russian Self-propelled artillery and troop-carriers, heavy tanks, and of course important details of the classic CNC Mammoth-type tanks, to try to make this thing look about right.

It has gone through MANY forms- either ones that looked way to delicate, bad proportions, or looked too much like the Mauler

Hope you enjoy it and please feel free to critique it!

PS- the words scrawled on the side translate to "Mister Furious" (courtesy of Translation2 online English-Russian translation)
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Neutral-Demon Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014
Awesome concept, but "Мистер яростный" would be better...
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DaViperDragon Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
A downgrade in design to that of the RA1 Mammoths with naval cannons is quite a different transition than most concepts have been.
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Harry-the-Fox Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers- my idea was it was kinda pointless having a second tank (as RA2 players actually deduced it was more cost-effective to just make Rhinos for the same price).
Thus, I decided a better idea would be to trade armour for range (and damage), making this unit a kind of bizarre support-fire unit that players would hopefully crave for its excellent reach (obviously far less than any artillery unit- but outranging any combat unit).
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DaViperDragon Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
Mid-ranged with heavy firepower and Armor?
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Harry-the-Fox Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
More mid-high range actually (with tanks being mid-ranged, infantry being very mildly less),
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Tr01ka Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Student General Artist
Sorry, I hadn't read description precisely.
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Harry-the-Fox Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
no probs- I enjoy answering questions ;)
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Tr01ka Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Student General Artist
Is that thing able to crush vehicles?
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Harry-the-Fox Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yep! But not other ultra-heavy vehicles; only the Battle Fortress can do that ;)
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Tr01ka Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Student General Artist
So, BF is still over Apoc?
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