View Full Version : IDM - #001: Think Tank
April 6th, 2005, 06:42 PM
Our first topic will be to design a "Think Tank", a common term for modern research organizations.
But that's neither here or there. Our Think Tank is going to be a weapon of the future, and here our your Guide lines:
The tank must use tracks for movement
The tank harnesses(uses) brain power as it's main source of "ammo".
The tank must have a brain somewhere to draw power from.
- for any questions or help go here:
Note: The winner of this project will be put in the IWD Intro for the coming projects.
Post your Designs for this month, and have fun!
April 6th, 2005, 07:36 PM
i am curious as to the size of the tank, like a 2 or 3 man crew tank, such as the abrams, or can it be half a town colossal? size doesnt matter until your at the other end of the barrel.
April 6th, 2005, 07:39 PM
Very cool, I need all the practice I can get in the ID arena. Great idea...
April 6th, 2005, 08:22 PM
the size is up to you, if you think a good design would work if it was colossal, so be it. If you think it needs to be toy-sized, so be it. If the size of your design is realitive to the context of the design, be sure to show scale..
April 6th, 2005, 08:45 PM
Where is SAMMY! ;) he already gets my vote before having to see what he would produce :P
April 6th, 2005, 10:55 PM
Yea, I'm quite happy this was started up so fast... instant results! Look forward to seeing your work undertow, you're strong with ID. Hope alot of people hop aboard.
Good luck everyone.
April 6th, 2005, 11:06 PM
This is a crazy topic to start on as my first "Community Activity"... Oh well, might as well give it a whirl. Have fun, all. :D
April 7th, 2005, 01:59 AM
Let's Do This!
April 7th, 2005, 02:08 AM
oooo. . . .this is gonna be fun!
April 7th, 2005, 03:53 AM
Ok, ok, before another hundred people post their enthusiasm about this thread do it here:
This thread here is actually the 1st round of the activity, that means you should post your THINK TANK entries over here...you can comment on the works anyway, but don't overcrowd the thread with "i'm so in!", "This is cool" or "Let's do it" posts...;)
April 7th, 2005, 08:27 PM
www.garagegames.com..... think tanks is a game already that has been made unforunatly...... they are tanks that you play as called think tanks...
other then that i love this idea nad i will be participating in it weekly!!!!
April 7th, 2005, 09:34 PM
i dont know, but i hope some of us make some art better than the images of the "think tanks" in that game- besides, its a design competition, not a game idea, at least to my knowledge
April 9th, 2005, 05:08 AM
looking good, but i have some thoughts:
- the gun/barrel seems to be heavy stuff and is completely in front, so your tank is gunna tilt over
- give the front of the barrel some colour instead of just black
- your perspective seems off on some places:
° the track closest to screen looks like it's going more towards the screen then the rest of the tank
° the hole above the base of the barrel (air-supply?). the metal plate furthest away from screen is thicker then the part closest to screen
- also remember that this entry has to fit (approximately) in that box that says "your artwork here" from the first post yours is quite long (it's about twice as long as preferred size)
PS: i think this thread is for entries only, you have to post your WIP's in the other thread. the link is a couple posts up.
April 11th, 2005, 09:11 AM
From my understanding, it's cool to post WIPs, but to do so, you should just update the image in your initial post. The mods don't want you posting more than one image in this thread, and whichever is the latest version that you post when the thread closes will be the image that the mods take over for judging.
April 11th, 2005, 12:36 PM
The Riga2 tank (made in Russia)
Amplifying brainwaves provided by a human operator and some help of a Genu3 artificial brain this tank can fire a powerful beam of energy.
Crewmembers: driver, communication/navigation nerd , singing gun operator, Genu3 A.B.
Size: 14m long, 8m wide, 3.5m high.
Range: vs heavy armour - 2.5km | vs light armour - 3.8km
Can't get the contrast,brightnes right. It totaly depends on which PC screen I use.
April 11th, 2005, 12:49 PM
Hey guys, I uploaded a 'vanishing point' that I made often used to create my digital perspective grids --- just use it as an independent layer, transform it, and duplicate it as desired to create different vanishing points for a grid: vanishing point (http://www.securevirtualpages.com/~sammyha/helpfiles/VanishingPoint.psd)
It's cool to post wips from what I understand of the rules....
This is a sketch and color I did today. I was hoping for some suggestions or crits. All the bubble looking things in the chassis are the heads of pilots that are wired to the tank. I plan on fleshing out the helmets and the detail of the gun and treads. Are we expected to put the tank into a setting or more of a worksheet? Ne way, lemme know, laters!
nice and solid teyekanik --- your tank has a great sillouhette, and the colors are working.
I'd keep the front transitioning into black like that -- it looks great, and you can use some simple, low contrast highlights later to brink out some details.
I'd do away with the dangly cords since they don't seem to functional, and part of the appeal of your design is how compact it is with no excess 'hanging off' --- your perspective is off in just a few areas, but nothing drastic -- plug in a grid with that file I put up, and it'll make things easy.
---- an amazing reference for vehicles like this are utitilarian construction vehicles, go check some out and apply the details as needed ---- treads can be hard, but find some good reference and clip it over your design -- go ahead and trace the ref to get a better idea of how you can make your linework reflect the detailing more realistically.
April 13th, 2005, 03:44 AM
ah, thanks alot sammy.. It's funny, I am working on this the exact moment I went and read your post.
Yeah, I found some good reference of treads on google. And I agree about the cables dangling. The perspective will be fixed up on the next draw.. for this sketch I didnt even lay it out with VPs and horizon lines, etc.
Thanks for the vanishing point file too. Sammy Kicks ASS!
April 16th, 2005, 12:12 PM
Hello, here's my try, really just for fun anyways
The brain shoots acid bits of hitself until it's empty and..well that's it and I guess someone would have to run behind the tank with kegs of fresh brain :dur:
April 18th, 2005, 07:54 PM
otzy you probably got my vote man... that just cracks me up.. it's briliant, briliant!!!!! can i run behind it and pour my brain in... please I got loads of it... briliant! i am laughing by myself... this is great! :vodkamachine:
April 23rd, 2005, 04:35 AM
TC-5 Synapse Assualt Vehicle
In 2034, the military finds a use for the brains of unusable human clones. Splicing the brains in half, they package them as a power source. When offset and wired into alternating power sources, the brain halves attempt to communicate with each other. Those electronic transmissions are tapped and amplified to produce mobile power and attack power. The disposable brain power cells are placed at the rear of the tank. When charged for a shot, the barrel draws and stores power, then explodes forth a devastating energy beam. (It blows stuff up with brain lasers.)
April 25th, 2005, 08:37 AM
Jmascho great concept, I love the gun. But it feels like will flip backwards if it has to go uphill. The gun is too big for the tank.
April 26th, 2005, 04:50 PM
just a tank...I guess not a walking building
The engine to fire is in the back and send the power to the front gun.
April 26th, 2005, 06:11 PM
This prototype self-governing traction engine features the latest Stalwart automatic canon and the amazing mutated brain power plant from Rekkenwyth Laboratories. This model was designed specifically for the Earl Of Denmark.
April 26th, 2005, 08:13 PM
In the not-so-distant-future, mankind will be stripped of their freedom and forced to serve robots. Useful persons will keep their positions in a restricted society but those who do not contribute to the advance of technology will forfeit their lives and become what they once used or created. This new generation of technology was created by computers programmed to think on their own. The brains of humans are taken and placed in specifically designed mobile carriers called "Think Tanks" such as the TT 001 prototype shown here. This particular model runs on the brain power of unemployed artists and is equipped with an infra red sensor in the front, and a set of image sensors topped by a pencil cannon that shoots useless used and unused pencils once used by the human race. :teeth:
April 27th, 2005, 01:41 PM
The “CETA” (cetacean = relating to dolphins and whales) gound/air tank unit
makes use of Bottlenose dolphins’ brains having the highest encephalization quotient among non human brains along with an overly high convolution rate enabling it to unleash incredible brain power transformed into plasmatic beams. Making it a bio-mechanical organism this tank is eventually able to operate uncrewed leaving yet the possibility to be controlled by two operators if needed.
The attached air unit can turn into an independent combat fighter propelled by 3 thrusters and equipped with a second weapon – a minigun mounted to the front.
Additional features include sonar communication among several CETA tanks and thus developing hunting tactics similar to those wild dolphins demonstrate.
Needless to say that the CETA Tank is also equipped with an impeccable echolocation system for advanced navigational capability.
Another positive sideeffect results from the fact, that dolphin's brains are active permanently with only one brain half resting at a time.
too bad, I took notice of this IDM thread so late...didn't have enough time to flesh this out... :-P
April 28th, 2005, 12:01 AM
The future of war is fought in the office 9 – 5 every day of the week --- ammunition of choice: the handshake
The Apple thinkTANK is the fully-realized evolution of past PDA devices. Capable of any function necessary to help succeed in a harsh business climate --- including the *perfect* handshake…
Apple’s unique nano-scanline earbud design is capable of mapping out your mental motor-skills and optimizing the best handshake you’ve ever given --- the most intemidating handshake you've ever given...
April 28th, 2005, 12:03 AM
good to get some Industrial Design work done :yayca:
we gotta keep this up every damn month --- speaking of, it was great for us to have a month to really think these ideas out and submit a nice sketch. I really enjoyed being able to spend some time to think about stuff, and throw in some size reference people (though they were heavily referenced from photo, obviously) ---- Next months gotta be a doozy! We gotta think up somethin' crazy!
Hideyoshi - Awesome layout and show of functionality
BlindMan - HAHA, great idea and rendering!
some thumbnails I did over the weeks:
April 28th, 2005, 12:12 AM
Good Gracious! Sammy! <3
April 28th, 2005, 12:14 AM
definately one of the more well thought out designs sammy, very nice..nice to see something without a human brain attached to it somehwere ;) :P lol
I like the walk cycle down the staircase..
April 28th, 2005, 12:35 AM
sammy is my personal jesus christ of the month right now.
lol... I was actually considering participating for awhile... funny.
great work all you guys.. *goes back to the shadows*
April 28th, 2005, 01:25 AM
2007 Corvette Think Tank™ by Chevrolet.
With the overcrowding in large american cities, the government has decided to cut off the growth age of an adult american to 60. At the age of 60, their brains will be used for overseas warfare.
The adult brains are put into ammo-tubes used by the think tank. The tank will use it's speakers(by altec lansing™) to produce subversive speech patterns over the enemies units by using the brains own memories; causing them to unknownly work the will of the us army.
April 28th, 2005, 05:55 AM
Thanks Sammy! Yours is "awesammy"! :-)
I love all those thumb sketches.
Just realized I forgot the scale ref. I normally include in all of my designs!
Gotta update that...
April 28th, 2005, 06:05 AM
Vanishing point outside canvas
April 28th, 2005, 10:06 AM
WOW.. Sammy you knocked the cover off the ball dude.. Wow... Now thats conceptart!
April 28th, 2005, 02:11 PM
thanks to damn management and work, I'm working last minute out of state for the weekend. No time to finish off a few things on this pic. Guess this one will have to do.
close-up detail (http://www.medievalfx.com/machzero/graphics/idm0001d.jpg)
early lineart (http://www.medievalfx.com/machzero/graphics/idm0001b.gif)
International Defence Manufacturers “Terrapin” LBT-001x
In the late twentieth century, under heavy attack by the unknown invaders, an international conglomerate of defence contractors pooled their resources and developed a series of prototype “think tanks”. One of the successful models was the “Terrapin”, an experimental weapon system utilising the chassis of a mainstay battle tank and cutting edge biological research.
The “brains” of the think tank comprise of six primary artificial brains (located within the main body) augmented by two secondary ones. The primary brains handle basic targeting, each linked to a set of weapons (six in all, not shown). With six brains combined, the experimental “psy-cannon” can unleash a highly focussed beam of mental energy, believe to be effective against the alien invaders.
One of the secondary brains handle mobility, capable of manoeuvring each leg separately while maintaining stability for the weapons platform. The tank is mobile with up to two tracks functional, and in emergency situations or extreme terrain, can “walk” in a quadruped method.
The image shows the “Terrapin” being serviced, with most of its optional reactive armour removed, along with its secondary armaments (the close-in weapon systems and the sextuplet missile launchers). The tracks are in a raised position for maintenance on the underside.
April 29th, 2005, 12:33 AM
I officially hate you all now... :dead:
April 29th, 2005, 08:47 AM
In the year 2028, due to the changing nature of war, the U.S. and Japanese Governments have united, creating one of the most powerful and efficient militaries in the world.
Scientists and engineers have combined their abilities in the research and development of new metals and alloys. The scientists were able to create a metal/ alloy that is based off the DNA of humans.
This metal/alloy is cell based and can repair itself on the battlefield. Although the metal/alloy is not perfected yet, and leaves scars on the skin of the vehicle. It is most affective in its protection.
It has been said by solders that that vehicles with the material sometimes react on their own, whether it be to protect or attack. Solders who operate these vehicles have the brains surgically enhanced in order to receive the naturally created connections within the vehicle.. In other words...they operate the vehicle with their minds.
Now this is where things get interesting!
The large canisters on the back of the tank are used to collect dead solders and fuse them with the skin of the tank. The dead solders act like the brain power giving the vehicle energy to function,
while the living solders are the "hands and reflexes" of the vehicle.
The tanks primary weapon is the large gun in the top center of the tank.
The ammo is electric energy created by the collective brain power of its passengers.
With the united powers of the U.S. and Japanese militaries, a safer world is in the making.
April 29th, 2005, 09:57 AM
damn i wont be ready to day :^^;: im making it in super sculpt and have been delayed couse i havet hade time in my art class or home *cry*
April 29th, 2005, 10:58 AM
I'm trying to finish mine off now. Race the deadline time!
Sammy and Hideyoshi! You guys are making my eyes pop out!
Cool idea with the tracks Machzero.
April 29th, 2005, 11:51 AM
Hey Sammy, Hows about some detail sketches of the idea sketches?
April 29th, 2005, 01:47 PM
well, I'll post my final.. lots of great stuff here, some really cool ideas.
April 29th, 2005, 03:01 PM
Concept: Prototype - Kinetic Energy Supression Tank
By 2413, the Hassaan Mining guild found itself losing ground on all fronts to Rival cooperation, the Canai Family Group. In the ruthless world of space commerce, the private armed forces of the two factions met time and time again, eventually resulting in the defeat of the Mining guild, forcing them back to just a few inhabited planets. With defeat iminent and seemingly unavoidable, the Hassaan Guild did the unthinkable and began experimenting in the use of Telekinetic abilities for arms. Long since abandoned by other factions, due to its unstable nature, this technology was to be the Mining Guild's last chance to save itself and regain its former glory. The Tank that was developed looked to be very promising; the first Telekinetic technology able to maintain stable containment. The Tank took advantage of particularly gifted psychic citizens, secretly taken out of their everyday lives and strapped against their will to power an untested super weapon. The psychic power of these people was mechanically extracted and storred in two great vessels on the back of the tank, compressed into a beautiful purple-blue plasma. In this very dense, compressed state, the energy was surprisingly stable but when released and unpressurised, it became an invisible, unstopable force of movement. Harnessed, this power could form a projectile of any size or strength, hitting with precision to any depth of a target. Unfortunately, the Mining guild was destroyed, and the only working model of the tank lost in the Canai Group's attacks. Now legendary, all that remains of the tank are scraps of blueprints and damaged test videos. Whether the technology will be further investigated is as yet unknown, but it seems unlikely such a force would be ignored by those hungry for power.
Perspective needs improvement but I guess it's a bit late for that now :[
April 29th, 2005, 03:59 PM
teyekanik - i didn't think your design could get any cooler. boy was i wrong!
April 30th, 2005, 02:05 AM
In 3005, Honda Motor designs a tank for military. We can get armor by picking a couple available packages like buying a car. Easy to buy, easy to pick and low down payment.
Watch out Terrorists.
April 30th, 2005, 04:09 AM
This tank uses monkey brain power. I don't have a good explanation why except to say that I think in the future there will be a lot of things discovered which we never could have predicted, so as it may seem illogical now, it may be perfectly reasonable someday for reasons I couldn't begin to comprehend. Also, I think a monkey brain makes for a more interesting concept. I figured that a brain would be better off if it remained inside the skull because it's probably always going to be easier to just implant things into it than to remove it from the nervous system. I had reservations about having the primate exposed in a transparent cylinder instead of inside the tank, be again I thought it was more interesting and I figured that in the future they'll have developed a transparent material which is as strong as any tank armor today.
April 30th, 2005, 10:47 AM
Nice one Kadza! Very cool looking design. And in 3d too...sweeeet.
I love the lightheartedness of Leckroniums too, its fresh to see something that doesn't take itself too seriously.
April 30th, 2005, 10:51 AM
Jeremy: That looks badass. The monkey in the tube is funny/disturbing
Hideyoshi: Cool design, I like the pop-out air fighter
P E N Ricklund
April 30th, 2005, 10:59 AM
Great stuff :teeth:
Sammy: Your idea is so kewl, one of it's kind :)
Jeremy: I just love this one. And it's so detailed.
The monkey is the shit, it looks like it's on drugs :D
April 30th, 2005, 01:43 PM
great concepts everyone!!! i like sammy's and jeremy's the best
May 1st, 2005, 04:01 AM
since it's past the dateline now, and I don't want to mess with the rules, the image in the first post will still be the final one.
however, here are some incomplete sketches. Would have made its way into the final pic if i had time.
May 1st, 2005, 05:24 AM
Jeremy. that tank is dope.