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Starcraft 2: Terran Siege Tank

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Published: November 18, 2010
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Starcraft 2: Terran Sieve Tank Mercenary
Modeled by Trevor Jacobs and Phill Gonzales, final textures by Ted Park!
Animated by Trevor Jacobs

After premiering Starcraft 2 at the Korean World Wide Invitational (May, 2007), once we returned home we quickly looked online to see the community response to the artwork. The original Siege Tank was heavily criticized for being too cartoony, colorful, bulky, and Warcraft-like. One of the earliest revisions once the game went public was making the Siege Tank grittier and more detailed to appease the fans. Once we accomplished this and made most of the fans happy, there was a stigma on the development team that the Siege Tank should be left alone as to avoid bringing ruin down upon ourselves ever again.

Years later, while developing the Mercenary units for the single player campaign in Starcraft 2, these fears were rejuvenated! While working on the cosmetic upgrade there were recommendations of “be careful!” as people retold tales of devastating community critiques and unlimited heartbreak. The customizations were quite extensive actually, and nearly warrant remodeling the Siege Tank completely. All six transforming plates, the gun barrels, and the turret plates were brand new custom pieces of art based off a preliminary Siege Tank concept from the Cinematics department at Blizzard. The plates were quite bulky and had many different interesting levels which caught the light and looked great from multiple angles. Ted embraced the long-dead spirit of the original Siege Tank and textured the Mercenary version almost completely with team color. Some kind of relief settled on the Starcraft 2 team over this artwork, the abundance of color was embraced and there were many rumblings of replacing the multiplayer tank with the upgraded version.

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If it's any consolation, I think the Crucio looks much better than the Arclite did from both an aesthetic and technical perspective. Going by the in-game sprite, it's completely impossible for the turret to hold two 80mm plasma cannons and a 120mm artillery gun.

To be perfectly honest, for all that the Siege Tank is useful and balanced in-game unit, the vehicle is an atrociously shitty design.
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Randroid7Hobbyist Traditional Artist
R.I.P Arclite Siege Tank (March 1998 - May 2007) Cause of Death: Everyone's a critic... :(
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covert-opsHobbyist Digital Artist
I'd say you need to change the sound though.
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GurrathemanHobbyist Digital Artist
This is so badass, need something blown up?
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SdaerfheroHobbyist General Artist
Damn. The normal Siege Tank has one gun. This one has SEVEN. Seven OVERCHARGED guns. Seven overcharged AND higher Caliber guns. How do they store enough ammo for this thing?
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monk001Hobbyist Traditional Artist
looooooovvvve! sc 2 seige tanks are amazing
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AlbertoCarreraProfessional Artisan Crafter
I love this one in the game!!

great job!!
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PhillGonzoProfessional Digital Artist
You're welcome!
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AlbertoCarreraProfessional Artisan Crafter
no problem
your work is an inspiration
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BluDrgn426Professional Digital Artist
These mercenaries were beasts in the campaign!
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PaMaThreatHobbyist Digital Artist
great work !
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Every single time I played SP I was so sad we didn't get this in the MP. Truly a masterpiece of a tank.
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PhillGonzoProfessional Digital Artist
I agree! This is my favorite merc version because it looks completely over the top badass compared to the normal tanks! Atleast they showed up in the Left 2 Die mod...
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A slight typo in the title there, I'm pretty sure it's not supposed to be a "Sieve" tank, letting all the zerglings in. xD
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PhillGonzoProfessional Digital Artist
Oop!!! Fixed! Thank you!
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Also, kickass model, I'm almost hoping the decision to exchange this one with the multiplayer one goes through, it just looks so much more hardcore.
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najmulosmaniProfessional Digital Artist
OMG man i absolutely loved the merc siege tank design, i would call on them straight away, they are so unique looking, i love the barrels and the forw legs/tracts that spread out when deployed, gives the siege tank a very much deserved upgrade since the old starcarft! :D
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CantStoptheRobotHobbyist Filmographer
Hell yeah. It would be interesting if the third-level weapons upgrade gave the multiplayer tank mercenary barrels, and the third-level armor upgrade gave it the mercenary plates. Extra motivation for reaching full upgrades on your units.
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