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Posted: 9/13/2010 7:15:59 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/13/2010 7:39:40 AM EDT by Katana16j]
Along the lines of the best starfighter thread.

What is the best tank design in modern fiction.

I'll have to go with:





The 4 independant treads provide unmatched obstacle clearing and survivability, while the segregated cannon allows for extreme hull down positioning. Further enhancing survivability.
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 7:17:11 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Katana16j:
Along the lines of the best starfighter thread.

What is the best tank design in modern fiction.

I'll have to go with:

http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20090624063237/halo/images/9/9f/Thumb800x800_1426904445_2c3ca4c9b1_o.jpg

http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100402203204/halo/images/a/a6/Reach_Tank.jpg

The 4 independant treads provide unmatched obstacle clearing and survivability, while the segregated cannon allows for extreme hull down positioning. Further enhancing survivability.


Hell no, I can destroy that thing with a sword.
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 7:17:42 AM EDT
Bolo. Bolo Tank
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 7:17:49 AM EDT
The sheva from posleen series.

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Link Posted: 9/13/2010 7:18:45 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 7:19:43 AM EDT
What was that tank from Hammer's Slammers?
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 7:19:47 AM EDT
Bolo Mark XXXIV
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 7:19:56 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 7:21:47 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 7:22:27 AM EDT
From the Warhammer 40,000 Universe: The Imperial Baneblade and variants.









Link Posted: 9/13/2010 7:23:03 AM EDT
Originally Posted By learath:
Bolo. Bolo Tank


THIS... One of the later marks tho..
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 7:23:14 AM EDT
Sorry, the Mammoth Tank will run over your crappy tanks every day of the week.
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 7:23:36 AM EDT
Originally Posted By learath:
Bolo. Bolo Tank


I'd have to agree.

Bolos are pretty bad ass.
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 7:24:11 AM EDT


OGRE is the correct answer.
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 7:25:25 AM EDT
Harkonnen Devastator...
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 7:26:51 AM EDT
Originally Posted By ThePatriot556:
What was that tank from Hammer's Slammers?


Icarus Industries M2 "Ursa" Hover Tanks... My second choice behind bolos...
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 7:28:11 AM EDT

Hammer's Slammers Hovertank
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 7:31:19 AM EDT
Originally Posted By VacaDuck:
Bolo Mark XXXIV


Planetary Siege Engine FTMFW!!!!!!!!!
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 7:33:38 AM EDT
The Takemikazuchi



Link Posted: 9/13/2010 7:33:44 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 7:35:23 AM EDT
Alamo Avenger.
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 7:35:33 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/13/2010 7:37:12 AM EDT by macman37]
Bonaparte

edit: Or for sheer power, the mobile fortresses at the end of the Appleseed movie.
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 7:35:40 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/13/2010 7:36:48 AM EDT by Harlikwin]
Bolos are generally deployed in groups to provide fire support, though individual units are occasionally detached to perform garrison duty - later marks of Bolo are considered to be so capable that a single unit can be assigned to guard an entire planet, even during periods when a human commander is not available. Nevertheless, a commander is provided whenever it is feasible to do so. When deployed by the Dinochrome Brigade for major combat operations, Bolos usually serve with what have come to be called "Planetary Siege Regiments." Before the development of higher marks of Bolos, powerful enough to often allow a single Bolo to conduct major planetary operations without support, the Regiments were only called "siege regiments."

The earliest Marks of Bolo were non-sentient: the Mark I was essentially a 150 tonne conventional tank powered by diesel engines and equipped with various servos and mechanical devices to reduce crew requirements. Conversely, the 300-tonne Mark III incorporated limited AI routines allowing limited independent action and was powered by ionic batteries able to support combat-level activity for up to ten years and enabling operation even when fully submerged. The level of AI support was increased with each successive Mark, until the incorporation of Psychotronic circuitry in the Mark XX led to Bolos becoming self-aware and capable of fully independent operation. The Mark XXVI proved capable of true independent strategic planning, while the final standardised Bolo, the 32,000-tonne Mark XXXIII was fully self-willed and able to operate indefinitely without external support.
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 7:37:30 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/13/2010 7:43:01 AM EDT by Katana16j]
Baneblade is full of fail.

Seriously, sponsons? Any tank with sponsons is full of fail.

We are not judging the OMGWTF factor of the described vehicle (If we did it OGRE's would win handily), I think you need to look at the design and see whether it incorporates things that we know are a poor idea. If you could look at the tank and design something better using comparable technology, then its not a "Good" tank design.

Warhammer tanks are really cool, but they suffer from too many guns of too many different calibers with too limited field of fire problems. Where the hell do they put all that different ammo. That compromises the amount of ammo carried for the main gun. It would be more wise to just have one larger gun then a whole bunch of randomly sized guns. It's barely out of the WWI tank mindset.

Link Posted: 9/13/2010 7:37:50 AM EDT
Starcraft 2 Crucio Siege Tank



Video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhpTYHdkbyg
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 7:38:54 AM EDT


Hell, SGT Bilko made it work!
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 7:39:19 AM EDT
METAL GEAR!?



Link Posted: 9/13/2010 7:46:09 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 7:47:27 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/13/2010 7:56:19 AM EDT by Blackhawk101]
Originally Posted By ThePatriot556:
What was that tank from Hammer's Slammers?


Hammers Slammers had tanks (M2's and variants) what were termed "blowers" or 170 ton tanks with iridium armor. The tank was a hovercraft powered by a fusion plant and the plenum skirts were steel.

Main armament consisted of a 20cm powergun firing from a 10 round disc of suspended copper atoms used to create the shot. The tank was also equipped with a 2cm tri-barrel fed via a hopper inside the turret- the tr-barrel could be independently targetted, slaved to the main gun or put on anti-artillery/anti-air mode controlled by the tanks computer system.

The tank was also equipped with a mine clearing "net" of explosive fillaments that could clear a roughly 250m x50m area of mines. Side mounted "buzz bomb" strips were used to destroy incoming missiles and/or used to kill nearby infantry. Later tanks also had the ability to emplace explosives charges directily under the tank to collapse trenches, tunnels, etc.

The typical blower had a crew of two - driver and commander/gunner. Early models had a crew of three- driver, commander/gunner and loader.

Command blowers have a crew of three - driver, commander/gunner and radio operator (older models had a crew of 4 and included a loader).

Command tanks can be identified by their elongated turret that incudes two crew hatches instead of one on the turret.

I'll post pics later of my Hammers Slammers games using 25mm miniatures, I have been heavily involved with the HS miniature games rules- I was both an editor, proof reader and rules contributors to the new rules compilation that came out this past May (Hammer's Crucible).

Also- it should be noted that the M2 Blower series is NOT the biggest, baddest tanks in the HS universe. The Terran Authority Star Marines use the HSAg series that uses anti-gravity as their propulsion system allowing them to deploy from orbit. Their armor is slightly heavier then the M2s and they use a rapid fire twin 10cm powergun which actually does more damage then the full on 20cm.
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 7:55:27 AM EDT
I've never even seen any of these tanks before. Must not play enough video games.
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 7:58:59 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Katana16j:
Along the lines of the best starfighter thread.

What is the best tank design in modern fiction.

I'll have to go with:

http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20090624063237/halo/images/9/9f/Thumb800x800_1426904445_2c3ca4c9b1_o.jpg

http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100402203204/halo/images/a/a6/Reach_Tank.jpg

The 4 independant treads provide unmatched obstacle clearing and survivability, while the segregated cannon allows for extreme hull down positioning. Further enhancing survivability.

Exactly what I was going to post!

Link Posted: 9/13/2010 7:59:11 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/13/2010 8:00:17 AM EDT by Kharn]
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 8:02:50 AM EDT
Mark 30+ BOLO

Serious bad ass alien stomping power.
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 8:04:19 AM EDT
Originally Posted By damcv62:
I've never even seen any of these tanks before. Must not play enough video games.


Actually the 2 good tanks are out of book series:
Bolos: Keith Laumer,
Hammers Slammers: David Drake

Most of the rest are 40k or cheezy video games.
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 8:05:03 AM EDT
Originally Posted By damcv62:
I've never even seen any of these tanks before. Must not play enough video games.


Actually the 2 good tanks are out of book series:
Bolos: Keith Laumer,
Hammers Slammers: David Drake

Most of the rest are 40k or cheezy video games.
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 8:05:05 AM EDT


SheVa tank. In particular, the one known as "Bun Bun", especially in it's post modified version, with the metalstorm turrets on the roof.
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 8:06:19 AM EDT


leman russ
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 8:11:11 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/13/2010 8:15:11 AM EDT by orangelo]

Always liked Metal Gear REX: walking tank that can launch undetectable nuclear warheads from anywhere on the globe.
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 8:14:53 AM EDT

Originally Posted By photokirk:

OGRE is the correct answer.

True. I played the First Edition game back at Fort Hood.

Link Posted: 9/13/2010 8:17:44 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 8:23:38 AM EDT
Until today, I had no idea there were fictional tanks.
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 8:26:10 AM EDT
Warhammer 40k has the best tanks.




Hands down. I kind would have to throw a Wave serpent in their too.

I havent played in years though so I guess there is something better now.
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 8:27:40 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 8:30:07 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Phlather:
Warhammer 40k has the best tanks.




Hands down. I kind would have to throw a Wave serpent in their too.

I havent played in years though so I guess there is something better now.


The hammers slammers minatures game is FAR better than 40k.
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 8:31:29 AM EDT


A BOLO is hardly a tank, although they may have evolved from tanks. Calling a BOLO a tank is like saying humans are just smart monkeys.
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 8:31:54 AM EDT
Originally Posted By shade_1313:
http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:KRSiFlHhSOuTCM:http://img43.imageshack.us/img43/8149/sheva.jpg&t=1

SheVa tank. In particular, the one known as "Bun Bun", especially in it's post modified version, with the metalstorm turrets on the roof.


See my avatar. Viva La Bun Bun....
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 8:32:56 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/13/2010 8:38:49 AM EDT by MrBear80229]
Originally Posted By ThePatriot556:
What was that tank from Hammer's Slammers?


Agreed, Drake, while not a tanker certainly was in the thick of it during his service with the armored cav in Nam.and it shows in his books.

And while I love the BOLO's and Bun Bun..they are not in the true sense of the word "tanks" Ones a mobile defense system and the other is a self propelled cannon.
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 8:33:25 AM EDT
Originally Posted By chibajoe:
http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/c0/c203.jpg

Sweet....that's the printing I have of Hammer's Slammers, I've always loved that pic! Viva 1979!
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 8:35:17 AM EDT
While there may be some debate about the best fictional tank, we all know what the best fictional troop carrier is.





EM-50 Urban Assualt Vehicle

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