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  • world war one tanks

    Origins (1916-1918)


    World War One was the deadly laboratory for many advances in warfare. The tanks were originally born as a way to deal with the deadly equation made up of trenches, barb wire and machine-guns. It was a way to make the long awaited breakthrough after nearly three years of a muddy, gruesome stalemate.
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    World War Two (1939-1945)


    Never in history were so many tanks built and destroyed in large scale battles. From the steppes of Kursk to the burning sands of El Alamein, tanks made history. Have a grasp of the tactics used by the Axis and Allies, how they evolved in the interwar, and a complete encyclopedia of all World War Two tanks from 1939 to 1945.
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  • Cold war tanks

    The Cold War (1947-90)


    Although classified as a conventional weapon, the tank was, and remains to this day, the mainstay of every field army in the world. A comprehensive overview of all Warsaw Pact and NATO tanks and armoured fighting vehicles of the cold war, and their tactical use throughout studies of conventional wars of this era, and of course, a comprehensive Cold War Tank Encyclopedia.
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  • Modern tanks

    Contemporary main battle tanks and other AVF's in service


    Since the end of the Cold War, tanks and AFVs underwent a number of significant changes. The great armoured fleets of the past were gone by new classes of lesser, very costly, but extremely efficient main battle tanks, the perfect mix of technologies for the contemporary age. A complete overview of modern tanks and armoured vehicles and the new threats and challenges they are facing.
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    Tank illustration tutorial with Adobe® Photoshop©


    Learn exclusive, efficient techniques. Learn how to use imaging software at its best to not only make a clean, cool and flexible tank illustrations, but also to draw as many variants as you want in a few clicks, with only a handful of graphical tricks.
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Type 96

Chinese 3rd gen. MBT

A long lineage since the Type-59, through the Type 69/79, Type 80/88, Type 85 and Type 90 led to this 3rd generation main battle of the Chinese P.L.A. A serious contender in the world top ten, which compare well with other Western 3rd generation MBTs in its final version. It forms the bulk of the Chinese Armoured Divisions today, its first line of defence. Due to growing regional tensions we will try to bring some light on an often underrated tank that is also the most produced Asiatic MBT in recent times, and the base for other successful developments like the Pakistani Al Khalid...
23/04/2015:
Mahindra Marksman (2009)
Mahindra Marksman
20/04/2015:
40M Nimrod (1942)
40M Nimrod
17/04/2015:
IS-4 Heavy tank (1947)
IS-4
14/04/2015:
M551 Sheridan (1965)
M551 Sheridan
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Make your own tank variants

A new concept of full illustration packages, with all original parts (textured hull, shadows, mechanical parts, weapons, etc.), versions, variants, accessories and markings. Get your free example here. This is a zipped .psd format. To be opened in Gimp or Photoshop CS+.
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Tank Illustration Tutorial...

Tanks illustrations from scratch using Adobe(r) Photoshop. A step by step process from the basic, neutral grey hull to the coloured, finished, fully-equipped model. Tutorials for variants and special effects as well.

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Deutsch Afrika Korps (1941-43).
ALL TANKS OF THE MONTH
April tank of the month: The T34/76 April 2012
May tank of the month: The M3  Halftrack May 2012
June tank of the month: The Panzer III June 2012
July tank of the month: The Cruiser VI Crusader July 2012
August tank of the month: The Char B1 bis August 2012
September tank of the month: The T26 September 2012
April tank of the month: The M3 Lee/Grant October 2012
November tank of the month: The Panzer IV November 2012
December tank of the month: The Mathilda infantry tank December 2012
January tank of the month: The Type 97 Chi Ha January 2013
February tank of the month: The Russian KV-1 February 2013
March tank of the month: The M4 Sherman March 2013
April 2013 tank of the month: The Merkava MBT April 2013
Sd.Kfz.250  Hanomag May 2013
June tank of the month: The Panzer III June 2013
July tank of the month: The T34/85 July 2013
August tank of the month: M4 Sherman Part 2 August 2013
September tank of the month: The Panther September 2013
October tank of the month: The Renault FT October 2013
November tank of the month: The Churchill November 2013
December tank of the month: The IS-2 December 2013
Chitsmas tank of the month: The Tiger January 2014
February tank of the month: The February 2014
March tank of the month: The AMX-13 March 2014
December tank of the month: The Centurion April 2014
May tank of the month: The T54/55 May 2014
June tank of the month: The Leopard I June 2014
July tank of the month: The M48 Patton July 2014
August tank of the month: The T-72 August 2014
September tank of the month: The AMX-30 September 2014
October tank of the month: The Chieftain MBT October 2014
November tank of the month: The M60 Patton November 2014
December tank of the month: The T-64 December 2014
January tank of the month: The M1 Abrams January 2015
February tank of the month: The STUG-III February 2015
March tank of the month: The AMX-56 Leclerc March 2015
April Fish: The Asad Babil MBT April Fish
April tank of the month: Chinese Type 96 PLA MBT April 2015