Tanks encyclopedia is a project in the making, since late 2011. As an objective, every known and sourced tank, SPG or armoured car built since the very origins will be treated, with any sources available. So please don't ask for a specific model, all will be treated ultimately. Just be patient, and feel free to send us informations, pictures, or better, to participate in the project as a contributor/author and make things faster !
Criteria to have a separate file for an AFV are:
1-To have at least one photo and some basic data about it
2-To be more than a simple prototype. Prototypes are to be treated either on the general timeframe/country page or as a derivative/origin on a more famous model file.
Some prototypes could be treated however if regarded of some technological/historical importance, series or semi-operational/operational use. The choice is left to the chief redactor of the team.
The main menu shows all existing and upcoming armoured vehicle on the website. Its main advantage allows every model to be reached from anywhere on the website. Depending of the link type (black and clickable or grey and unclickable) the models are available or in various degrees of preparation. Extra ones are hidden to keep the menu lighter.
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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.
>>> Tanks of the Great War
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.
>>> Tanks of the Second World War
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.
>>> Tanks of the Cold War
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.
>>> Today's tanks
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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Since the Crusader, having a small 2-pounder, light armour but speed only to oppose to German armour was no longer relevant in 1942. A lengthy programme was aimed at improving the whole concept of cruiser, both in terms of firepower and protection, eventually leading to the Cromwell. Because of the adoption of the Rolls-Royce Meteor engine (derived from the Merlin, Spitfire engine), the Cromwell did not entered in service before mid-1944. However it was mass-produced, liked by its crews as a real improvement over past tanks, and certainly one of the best remembered British tanks of ww2.
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+.
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.