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FFV5509 Emperor (updated) by Pyrosity FFV5509 Emperor (updated) by Pyrosity
Edit: reuploaded version without text, and transcribed updated historical prose below:

Edit2; uploaded new version with a few touch ups and a more finished background landscape. Also decided to flip the composition. This'll be how it stands for now, until/if I have time later to paint in the whole other half of the extended composition.


Developed by the Baloran Empire of the Old World, this 55-ton heavy tank is a symbol of Baloran military power. When it was introduced in c.335, the Emperor was technologically superior to any other tank, and remained state-of-the-art for several years. However, the arms race it caused shortly began to render the Emperor obsolete. Balor began phasing the tank out of service and selling it to other nations as early as c.337.

The fledgling Caluran Confederacy of the New World was the largest buyer of Emperor tanks, eager to build its armored forces. Though already obsolete by Old World standards, the FFV5509 was a fearsome and effective weapons platform against the then-unmechanized military forces of mhadyons in the New World, who lacked any armored combat vehicles of their own and were ill-equipped to deal with them. It gave the Confederacy a huge advantage until the Falidyn DhRr-5 Boxer medium tank was introduced by the Mhadyon Coalition in c.342, whose 7.7cm cannon’s high-velocity ammunition was easily able to pierce the Emperor’s armor.

Despite upgrades to the FFV5509 in response, including appliqué armor and an experimental adaptation of the Emperor’s 8cm Bf.9 cannon that used captured and modified Falidyn HVAP shells, the tank has long since been rendered completely obsolete by current global standards. Today, most of the surviving Emperors have been pressed into use for rear-area guard units and training purposes, or used as target practice. Nevertheless, the Emperor has secured its position in history as an incredibly iconic and significant milestone in armored vehicle technology, having set a new bar of performance and igniting the mechanized arms races in both the Old and New World continents.


The Emperor pictured here is unit 216 of the 1st Caluran Municipal Motor Cavalry Division, shown in the standard Caluran three-tone savannah camouflage scheme during combat operations in c.341 against the Mhadyon Coalition near the outskirts of Se Atle.
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chrisjr5 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014
Reminds me of the KV-2
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KAIZER433 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
you should do more of this id like to see a technical drawing or something, it be kewl.
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Pyrosity Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
What kind of technical drawing?
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:iconkaizer433:
KAIZER433 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
like you know a detail diagram like those star wars cutaways, it be kewl o:
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Pyrosity Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Ahh, I know what you mean. I've always wanted to try one of those, but I can never find enough time to do it! D:
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KAIZER433 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Theres always time for art \owo/
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Pyrosity Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe well, there's a hundred other things (art or no) I've gotta take care of, so stuff like that can tend to sit on the backburner for quite a while.
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MisterArtMaster101 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
Nice tank, although they're interesting they're... older... for my usual fare. Then again I tend to think up these FUTURE!Tech death tanks... like main guns firing heavy rounds (like 80kilos) at hypervelocity (like 3.5km/s) out of a coilgun of some modern caliber (like, say, 150mm or bigger)...
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Pyrosity Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist

Thank you :)

I tend to prefer working with older tech. WWII/Cold War stuff has always held my interest most strongly!

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MisterArtMaster101 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
But... but... awesome tanks! :(
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Wingnut55 Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
good light and colours. i have looked through your gallery from back to front, and i would say that your work has developed very well.
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Pyrosity Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :nod:
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davesingleman Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
I would like to see some of these in action
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Pyrosity Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hope to expand the composition of this piece to the full one I originally planned, which does show it in action a bit more (and has a few additional characters fighting around it). It's on my to-do list!
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yeah-10101 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Student Writer
Hmm, very nicely done. Kind of reminds me of some of the Germans tanks from World War II with how large the turret is, specifically the German built 'Jagdtiger'. Sadly from what I read despite how powerful the tank was, it was too overweight and slow, along with the weight caused many mechanical problems.
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Pyrosity Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I definitely wanted to evoke that imposing character of classic WWII heavy tanks ;]

Thanks!
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yeah-10101 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Student Writer
You're welcome! Should be interesting to see some more in the future. Perhaps some light tanks or APC's of the sort?
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Pyrosity Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Mhmmm, all in due time :]
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yeah-10101 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Student Writer
Excellent, can't wait to see them.
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KodyYoung Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, great job and design.
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Pyrosity Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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RealTimeBrush Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
Excellent piece of work I love the open track tank design it has that authentic design feel to it.
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Pyrosity Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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