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AV-1 Courser by Pyrosity AV-1 Courser by Pyrosity
This might be vaguely familiar: It's a total rehaul of my old AV-1 design ([link]). Major inspirations include the British Cromwell and the Russian T-44.

The Courser tank was the result of a 5 year joint design project between Balor and Itlen. It was created to produce a working prototype with which to test the feasibility of CASCA, or "Charge-Assisted Shield, Composite Armor", an end to which it exceeded expectations.

The CASCA system is designed to work in tandem with composite armor plating on the exterior by running an electric current through the material, stabilizing it during the stress of anti-tank attack and absorbing a good deal of the energy. Once discharged, the system needs a short time to resuscitate itself, after which it is able to resume protection. The window of vulnerability varied between models, anywhere from a full 2 minutes in early prototypes, to under 30 seconds in the later, finer tuned field models.

Despite this protection, the vulnerability and system itself were exploitable - repeated attacks on a specific location still wear down the armor plating's integrity, and tandem warheads were designed specifically to counter the tech. Nevertheless, it proved a valuable asset, and was soon incorporated in many other designs.

As for the AV-1 in particular, it is a somewhat small tank by most standards, fitting somewhere in between medium and light weight classes. It was fitted with an 8.8cm BF10-T smooth-bore gun, a modification of the more common Baloran BF10 to accommodate a smaller turret, as well as a shorter overall barrel for reduced weight. The small profile and cramped interior necessitated an autoloader, and only a 3-man crew of commander, gunner, and driver. A coaxially fitted KCA M-1000 very heavy machine gun compliments its armament, along with an exterior mount for a light machine gun - usually a BSA LG28 Spike.

The tank is diesel powered, with an engine that runs the tracks and turret as well as an electrical generator for the CASCA system - its successor, the AV-2, would end up using twin engines for redundancy. The AV-1 was an infamous fuel-guzzler, and the shorter BF10-T suffered from somewhat reduced range and power. The AV-1 did the most good by using its small profile, speed, and maneuverability to outflank enemy armor and engage up close and personal, darting in and out of sight as anti-tank fire was (hopefully) absorbed by the CASCA system.

Overall, however, the AV-1 Courser proved an incredibly effective weapons system for Balor, and CASCA remains a technology closely guarded from Balor's enemy, Daube.

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Dragon-Paragon Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
I really love the AV-series! They just look so beautiful. There's just something about the oversized gun and the way the turret is shaped which makes me root for the li'l guy-I normally prefer heavier tanks! Chassis is super slick, too. All in all, a very pleasing design!
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Pyrosity Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! Glad you like it :3
Really ought to try making this one in sketchup, since it'd be technically not all that difficult. All angles, and such.
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Fringecrow Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011
Nice design :)

Though I can't help but see the interior of the turret as cramped looking at it O.O

And seeing mention of WoT, I need to get that game again >.<
I'm impatient to see the french tanks myself though.
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Pyrosity Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Hah, yes - it is very cramped and uncomfortable in there. The next model, AV-2, subsequently had a much more spacious turret.
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Fringecrow Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011
Any sketches of this next model available anywhere? :3
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Pyrosity Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
There are a couple old drawings of it; [link] (on the right) and [link]

I'll have to get around to revising that one, too. The old technical info will probably get retconned; right now the AV-1 is set to be the progenitor for charged armor, and I'm thinking the AV-2 will be both a general upgraded model as well as the platform used to test hybrid ballistic/plasma cannon tech. In the current timeframe focus of the canon, that sort of tech would be the latest cutting edge - don't have plans so far to go too much beyond that into ridiculous sci-fi stuff, as I want to keep a roughly late 20th century tech bubble.

I save the more outrageous ideas for the "future" timeframe of the canon (where most of my ship designs are).
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Fringecrow Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011
Hmm, what was the WW2 era stuff of the setting if I can asks?
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Pyrosity Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
So far, the "oldest" design I've shown is the one here: [link]
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Fringecrow Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011
I recall that one. I still like the look of it :)
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KodyYoung Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice touch up and info :)
And T-44? Have you been playing Wold of Tanks? =P
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Pyrosity Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
MAYBE.
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KodyYoung Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What you drive, let me guess, Soviet Mediums?
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Pyrosity Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Heh, yeah a lot of those. Haven't got a T-44 yet, still working on that. I've got a T-43, a KV-13, and I still keep my T-34-85 around because it's just a great tank to drive.

Also have a fondness for the German tank destroyers, American Easy eight, and American heavies. LOVE my T29 :3
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KodyYoung Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol. I tried to go Soviet, but the BT-2 caught fire every time I got hit.
So now I'm a German Grille with a 98% crew :3
Which I will treat like a TD at times >:3
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Pyrosity Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I'll have to go back and get my grille again someday, I never did get the better gun for it.

As for the BTs... yeah, they don't hold up to enemy fire whatsoever. Fun going 60kmph from the get-go though! They're pretty much race-car tanks. It's a bit of a grind getting to it, but the T-34 and everything after it are soooo worth it. The higher Russian mediums are the best brawlers in the game :3

I even once saw a regular T-34 totally kitted out such that it could attain some absurd fire rate with the high-pen 57mm gun; something on the order of 40 RPM. He must have had a 100% crew with a rammer and ventilation installed XD

Actually come to think of it, pretty much everything tier 4 and below is rather mediocre, but once you get past that and into 5, 6, 7 etc, is where the game really gets good in my opinion. It's built for that, too; tier 5 tanks are all the most common, iconic WWII designs, and some of the BEST money makers in the game. You do earn more with higher tanks, but the repairs and ammo costs tend to curb your profits pretty badly. Apparently tier 9/10 are so expensive that you can't afford to run them solo.
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KodyYoung Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, Grille with its 2nd gun is ass raping. For the first gun is from the Bison that can't kill shit with its like 100-200 dmg.
The 2nd gun goes from 330-600dmg. Only problem is each shell costs $502 and you only carry 18 rounds max. So I spend like $2000-7700 on ammo :XD:
But now oddly after I added a rammer jammer I've been winning enough cash to cover my ammo expense, even in lost battles, where before if I lost, I only win $2000 while have to spend $3000 on ammo. Now it's like 20-30% above my ammo expense that I win.
Well, except in low tier matches with those evil tier 3s. They kick my ass hard.
I'm planning on buying a Hetzer, it good? Either I swing hetzer or finish % my Grille crew and buy a Hummel.
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Pyrosity Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I'm a big fan of the Hetzer. Their sloped armor can bounce a lot of comparatively big rounds, and their guns are pretty good too. They move real slow when they're stock though, with only a 100hp engine XD

After that you get the Stug which is pretty much a sniper, and quick to boot (it's on a p3 chassis), and the Jagdpanzer IV which is well armored and can get a nasty 88mm.

The Russian TDs generally have a damage advantage, but German guns are sooo accurate that they can easily sit way behind the front lines and escape a lot of punishment.

As for moving on to the Hummel, couldn't tell ya since I went the russian route for artillery. I hear Hummels are really good though.
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Fringecrow Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011
Played the Hetzer yet? >.>;

I'll admit I liked my 105mm howitzer Hetzer myself, despite limited ammos.
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Pyrosity Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Hetzers gonna hetz :B
Love that little bugger. I'm up to the jagdpanzer IV right now (damn jagdpanther is a looooong way off!) but I've considered picking up a hetzer again sometime.

The armor on those things is fantastically angled, I've had shots of my own ricochet off of them when I'm using tanks even a few tiers above it. Heard the 105 can one shot a lot of lower tanks, too. :D

How much ammo does that howitzer carry? It bugs me that they never tell you this when you look up the stats D: It can mean a world of difference, especially on certain artillery (cough*su-5 with only 14 rounds*cough)
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Fringecrow Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011
Why do you think I love the 105? :P

Seriously, when I see Lees, shermans, panzers III, some panzers IV and such, I simply go "Omnomnonom" with that gun.

I think the hetzer only get about 20 shells with it though. The Stug also can use that gun, but gets more shells.
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Pyrosity Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
At least with direct fire tanks you don't have to worry as much about ammo. With SPGs it's a bit more rough, considering the increased likelihood to miss.
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