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PostSubject: New Britain "Champion" MBT   Tue Mar 03, 2009 1:48 pm

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PostSubject: Re: New Britain "Champion" MBT   Sun Mar 15, 2009 4:34 pm

I liek what you've done with this, Peter. It definitely shows a years worth of improvement, and is head and shoulders above the heavy tank.

I really like everything about it- the hatch and mg on the front are ace, and that's one of the sharpest tread profiles I've seen. The gun barrel is interesting, making good use of the technic pin joiner.

Here's what I find lacking, though. Technically, it's just one small place- the front corners. I understand why the side plating stops where it does- to avoid the sliver gap that appear between it and the 2x4 wing on top there. I think it would have been worth it to replace that corner wedge with a rectangular equivalent (be that what it may) and extend the side armour all the way to the front. You'd get a sort of "sharp cheese" look, which might, IMO, be better than what you have now.

My aesthetic beef: more colours, man! So far, you have one accent colour with sparing use of greys added to mix things up. Moar accents! Bits of yellow and red work wonders as warning indicators; use a med blue/blue/dk blue stripe somewhere to emphasize the main colourscheme. Of course, I know that you have a specific idea for what NB should look like- maybe my suggestions overstep the boundaries.

Lastly, the semantics. Either call make it bigger or stop calling it an MBT! MBT's are supposed to be very large tanks, and I'm just not getting that vibe with back cut off like that. Don't get me wrong, it looks sharp like that, but I would classify this as medium tank or something.

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PostSubject: Re: New Britain "Champion" MBT   Sun Mar 15, 2009 5:35 pm

Looks very nice Pete!

And Memory, I thought MBT stood for Medium-Battle-Tank?


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PostSubject: Re: New Britain "Champion" MBT   Sun Mar 15, 2009 5:43 pm

Main Battle Tank.

Here's the British one.

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PostSubject: Re: New Britain "Champion" MBT   Sun Mar 15, 2009 6:57 pm

Ah, Thats right, My bad! Smile


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PostSubject: Re: New Britain "Champion" MBT   Mon Mar 16, 2009 2:18 pm

Thanks for the in-depth review Memory. It's very much appreciated! Smile

The partial side armour was actually a conscious choice before the top tread armour was completed. I know it's a little weird, but (and htis will come up a lot) NB is really stylised, focusing on looks more than practicality. Having that front corner of tread covered made it look too heavy to me. That said I don't like the quick chop of it, so a compromise might come up (a more gradual halt with better merging toward the top armour).

Regarding the colours, I like the idea of warning indicators. I'll try to work in some yellow or tan for that...
Other blues would be neat too, maybe, but I wanted to get a sort of cold, clinical feeling with mostly cool colour temperatures.
So uh... that would totally work. I'll look into it. >_>

As for your final point, that shows how little I know about tanks, haha.
In my defense, the unposted backstory for this was that research for a cleaner and more efficient engine resulted in one that much much smaller as well, so when it was ported to the military, the room normally needed for engines became obsolete. So it's pretty much a Challenger II chopped behind the turret. Very Happy

Also it's the future. Nyah. Wink
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