I’d like to start off by saying I am amazed and surprised at the turnout for this challenge. Not only have there been an amazing total of 25 entries(!), which immediately makes it an astounding success, but the quality of entries had me excited all the way through to the end, you just can’t tell who will win! Another surprise is the level of restrain exhibited by the community. The norm is that as soon as the challenge rules are presented, people start trying to find loopholes and ways to skirt the reasonable limits. Not here, just a few superheavies to be seen, no pentaturret monsters, no naval gun carrying behemoths, overall a very reasonable roster despite there literally being no limits established. Curious.
FV44(H) Alpha Wolf by RaspingLeech
Rasp was the first to finish with a very attractive and rather reasonable Soviet heavy. Then bam. Dropped not one but three variants of a late war Confederate heavy belonging to the Southern Victory universe. I’d rather get this out of the way immediately, the base tank isn’t a looker, but that’s >opinions. The tank is well drawn, the suspension is a very interesting point and has been well renditioned, the tracks and details are sufficient given the limitations of FD. The best this tank has in my opinion is the design, of both the base version and the variants. I feel they all make sense, are realistic and interesting, this tank would be a fearsome foe in 1944. Extra points for doing 3 views and for the schemes, making everything line up is NOT EASY.
AmCrO. M/44 Mammud by JCSTCap
An FD entry from someone better known for bigger scale tanks, the M/44 is attractive if a bit conservative (within the spectrum of oscillating turret tanks). The camouflage is pretty, the contrast between tones edges on the excessive on the lower hull and drivetrain but gets the point across. Believable and about right for a French inspired late 1940s Heavy. Would’ve loved more views/versions.
Panzerkampfwagen IX Löwe by Armoured man
A long and sleek E50-75 kind of deal, drops the interleaved roadwheels but otherwise about right for the formula. Some of the details are really good, some like the towing eyes are missing, shame its not camouflaged.
M1945 ‘Jalo’ by Psychicumbreon
A rather attractive and believable tank, very compact. Looks very modern for the era but not to the detriment of its realism score. Basic details are enough for a minimum but could benefit from more work done with highlighting and shading. Mattress armour is notoriously hard to pull off, in this case I think it wasn’t succesful, maybe a much darker or lighter colour would’ve done the trick. Time would’ve allowed for a front view, which would’ve helped appreciate the handsome shape better, and camouflage which would’ve made this vehicle really pop out (Imagine it in swedish splinter!).
WB-16 by Eswube
This tank is fabulously drawn, the high contrast between tones serves to define the shapes effectively, the roadwheels are a delight, the lifting eyes and top view details are fantastic. A superior example set by an FD master. The design also looks like a ferocious foe, equivalent to an M103 with similar strengths and weaknesses, but with a smoothbore gun (!). Would really like to see some schemes for it since plain green without any markings is very boring.
Hv XVI.II A Jörmungandr by Rorie
An excellent addition from a new member! Well defined shapes and sufficient detail. The tracks as they wrap around the (apparently identical) idler and sprocket need some work, the sections are too angular right now. Drawing proper sprockets in this scale is extremely hard, but the cut corners are evident too. Again plain green is boring. A 140mm gun makes for a ferocious armament, which is presumably loaded like in an IS-7. Proper monster this one.
Panzer 57 by Hood
A very ugly tank that looks like some sort of bird, but a very interesting concept executed excellently. Thanks for the 3 views, helps to make some sense of the tank’s alien form. The wheels are gorgeous, the skirts intricate and the back view full of interesting features. The high contrast on the tracks works very well. Nice trick on the number four on the side of the turret. The double black on the front view on the rangefinder edge could’ve probably been avoided and there could’ve been more contrast with the rear towing eyes but oh well, minor nitpicks. Consider it stolen for use in the Zürich Pact >:)
LT(H)-44 by The_Sprinklez
A lot of detail has been crammed in only a handful of pixels. The shapes are surprisingly well defined and betray the shape of a fierce brawler. The gun barrel could be darker in my opinion in order to stand out more. Duplex Drive version is ingenious and a welcome addition. Tank destroyer version is a bit ambiguous on the existance of a revolving turret. Ferocious.
SOM Poirot CB75 by Aiseus
Very french while not taking a traditional french approach. Rounded voluptuous forms, rather odd proportions and the pike nose all draw interest. The railing on the side of the turret could be rendered better and the cupola might interfere with the miniturret’s machine guns. Engine deck detailing is very good. A 130mm gun makes it properly dangerous. I’m very interested in seeing the Foch drawn. SoB maybe?
M-53 Vepar by Albert1099
A straight up very good drawing! Delicate details, well defined shapes, good tracks, and the rubber armour on the last one is simply outstanding, I’ll be copying this technique for sure. The crew is a nice touch, though the camouflaged ones have gradients on them which is very heretical. The skirts should probably cast a shadow on the roadwheels too. Not a very powerful tank by statistics, but one easy to field and maintain, the formations it belongs to would probably be an interesting foe.
P58/47 Leviatano by Morgansshipyard
A brave entry from a new member, the camouflage must’ve taken a lot of courage. The design overall is pretty solid though the rearmost bogie looks kind of out of place. It seems like the hull might dig into the ground when going down ditches. The idler and sprocket need more definition as a lot of black lines touch. Better use of shading would define the shapes better, specially on the lower train and turret. Details are about sufficient though you can barely see the shovel. Comments apply all the same to the second (?) entry. Good job and keep up the good work.
VKPz.VII Höhlenlöwe by Imperialist
Absolutely beautiful entry by another FD master. A more sensible E100 if you will, this tank is an absolute beast. The King Kong of the Eastern Front. The pintle mounted MK108 just blew my mind. If anything, I’d like a bit more contrast on the shadows, but this is super minor. Magnificent entry.
Rhinoceros I by WesleyWestland
Another newcomer jumping right into a challenge, good job on a completed drawing! A bit flat at first sight, the tank is actually fairly well drawn but the timid shading prevents it from popping out. Tracks are surprisingly well done, details are a bit lacking but not absent. The design is solid and not too ambitious. It is very original and believable though!
Char Lourd CL-50 by Laforest
A smashing entry from Laforest! Where the hell did this one come from!? Amazing use of colour and shading, beautiful details, I love the oversized bolts on the turret and the gun travel lock. The wheels and rivets are stupendous, the crew uniforms fantastic, these tanks push the edge of the scale. The tank’s design is also interesting, original and believable. Wish they had more views and schemes.
Teš. Okl. Bor. Vz III by jjx indoweeb
Yet another newcomer braving their first challenge (possibly, don’t quote me on that), and I think this one gets the Special Mention for Best Newbie Entry. The use of colour and shading is stupidly good, the details are very well rendered and the overall design stretches the continuum between realism and originality. The camouflage version is very beautiful, it uses very interesting colours and tones them down to a very enjoyable pastel effect. Bloody excellent job.
MV-386 Serval by wb21
An excellent drawing, very well defined shapes, excellent highlighting defines the turret very well, very good running gear. Details are sufficient. Only the sprocket looks a bit odd but in this scale its super hard to draw openings like those. The schemes are simple but attractive. Would’ve loved more views to appreciate the design better. The choice of gun is a bit concerning, what a monster.
Pz. Kpfw V ausf.A1 Puma by asqwerty3342
Another newbie entry, good job on a solid drawing. The cupola vision ports should be outlined in black, you can barely discern them now. The tank has plenty of details but not enough shading and contrast. The black line defining the front turret cheeks should probably not be black. A bit more practice and you’ll be fighting with the big bois. The design overall is very believable but gives me a weird sensation that its too conservative in some aspects while getting a rather newish look from the interleaved roadwheels.
105mm heavy gun carrier, H2 by Shigure
Absolutely beautiful design and drawing. Handsome and well balanced, the drawing has a lot of details and very attractive shapes. The case ejection port is an excellent detail. The tank looks like a fearsome gladiator, very competent. The variants are interesting and well drawn but less pretty.
CMP 62/44 by kvasius
I was present during the design process for this one. Pretty funny. Bobblehead tank manages to still look realistic, if a bit impractical in the operational sense. The scheme provides some good insights into the tank’s owners. The tracks are a bit messed up at the ends.
Kanonpantser m/59 Belgae by Charguizard
My entry so I’ll just tell you a little about it
Actually not my original entrant, I drew another tank before in FD, decided to draw it in 1.5cm=1px, figured out it had to be larger than what I had drawn in FD and then moved on to its successor, which is the tank I finally entered. If you guessed this tank to basically be a T110E5 with a welded hull… you’d be right. It also has a T54E2 turret more or less. The mention of strict transportation regulations should have you feeling nostalgic for a place that doesn’t exist, namely a certain tunnel. The commander is my little homage to Advance Wars and the last scheme takes a lot from Australian Centurions in Vietnam. I’d love to do a Marinejager and a modernized Indonesian scheme at some point.
TT-48 by APDAF
APDAF soldiers on with another challenge entry, his best yet for sure. The last scheme is the one that makes the vehicle really pop out. Better use of highlighting is needed to really define the complex shapes of the turret. Log is a nice touch. Towing eyes are sorely missing from the front view, which also could use another set of headlights and maybe something like a fire extinguisher.
Z.Hw.Sp. 13504/220 Oger by Kat Tsun
Wow, simply wow. Ogre meets Obj.490. Honestly I expected more crazy entries but Kattsun fills the entire challenge’s quota. The exquisite and delicate pixelwork is kind of wasted as the original drawing doesn’t follow style conventions, something our wise sperglord should be aware of. Perhaps the simple art of SB simply cannot contain the raw talent. The design is intimidating, anxiety inducing but also kind of believable. Simply incredible.
Oh and the fluff is a solid tl;dr for me.
Churchill WTT by J. Scholtens
Now to the opposite end to the crazy spectrum! Ace always brings something interesting to the table and this is no exception. The drawing is beautiful and represents the design very well. Only the colours on the markings look a bit saturated. The design is completely believable and goes well with its fluff, this tank of course is no war winner, more of a footnote in a fictional universe. I love it.
Char B2 ter by TigerHunter1945
I’ve used the word exquisite before but I have to use it again. TH’s skill has skyrocketed in the last year and this tank is a real beauty to behold. The curvy shapes are magnificently represented, the details plenty and appropriate, the design makes sense and fits its context, this entry is a winner. The final scheme is, simply put, luxurious.
FV4039 Tiny/Big Annie by Rodondo
If many of the entries here have been absolute beasts and monsters, this one truly is the Kaiju tank to rule them all, king of monsters. Not even a GDI Mammoth can match its majesticness, nevermind the whole train we get! This entry is what this challenge is all about. The drawing lacks not for points of interest, Rodondo seems to have thought about everything. It also happens to be the most powerful combat vehicle in the challenge, if you had any doubts (or maybe its Kat’s, idk, too much fluff). Worst thing is, the tank is actually believable, at least in its current test vehicle form. Only the set of wheels on the Green Mace’s towing bar and on the jeeps seem to lack a bit of detail. Big Annie shocks and awes me. Excellent job.
May the meanest win.