BSE Medium-Heavy Class Assault Tank ABT-1200 . Medium-Heavy class ABT-1200 Assault Tank for the Black Sun Empire's and-based military. . Hi,
As a second installment for the Black Sun Empire, I decided to make a tank-style ground unit.
This wasn't too easy, as being meant to be sci-fi themed, I wanted it to look different to a normal tank, and to avoid being gunned down by all the master chief wannabes, I wanted it to look very different to the Halo Scorpion, too.
The result was this treaded-track, armor-platted, but open assault tank, which seemed just on the borderline between Heavy and Medium class (I was going to call it heavy, when I thought how big a star wars AT-AT would be in comparison).
The ABT-1200 assault tank is a heavy duty land attack unit. It's tracks provide all-terrain movement, and are propelled by a powerful engine; though, due to the weight, it's top speed is limited; though still quite fair.
Contrary to a 'traditional' style tank, the ABT-1200 is an 'open' tank, with flat armor plating above the tracks, a walkways in front of the cockpit and in the main body to give quick access to either side of the vehicle, to quickly attach enemies that might pop up from an unexpected angle, and to keep a good 360° lookout. Like the LT-800 Hovercraft, it has an open roof, too - which means occupants can shoot outwards whilst being protected by the tank's walls.
Like a traditional tank, the space between the tracks is slightly raised to avoid damage by land mines or obstacles on the terrain.
The interior of this open section is fitted with storage compartments for weapons and other gear, and there is direct access to the detailed cockpit.
On each side, the walkways above the tracks are fitted with two rotatable lamps to help track enemies and to see further out, in compliment to the four powerful laps fitted to the front of the vehicle. On the front of the tank, on either side, are fitted two very heavy medium-to-long range cannons, which are automatically guided by the Black Sun Empire's state-of-the-art tracking systems.
For short range combat, the tank relies on the firepower of the soldiers occupying it on the inside and outside, as well as two small fixed laser turrets fitted to the front, on either side of the cockpit.
The tank only needs one person to pilot it, though additional crew is recommended; and seeing the power of the engine, it could easily move the vehicle if it were packed out to it's maximum capacity of 16 crew members.
Also unlike a normal tank, this open tank has other advantages, in transportation, not only for the number of people it can carry, but for strategic flash-attacks on enemy bases : the tank is powerful enough to blast and plough its way through a fortified wall, and quickly unload it's small contingent of solders into the enemy base whilst wreaking havoc with the dual heavy cannons...
This tank is a force not to be reckoned with; and though not the heaviest, is often a favourite tactical choice of the Black Sun Empire's strategists due to its flexibility.
Just a reminder, if any of you like this, or my last BSE model, and would be interested in building more of these 'Dark Sci-Fi' (or maybe 'neo-blacktron II' describes it quite well, aswell) , I have created a group here on MOCpages dedicated to collectively making models of this style between us - the Black Sun Empire series of models isn't just soomething I'm making, we all can be part of it :)
Check out the group if you're invited : http://mocpages.com/group.php/5853
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