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A Summer Long Ago by wingsofwrath A Summer Long Ago by wingsofwrath
The title page for the second chapter of my ongoing graphic novel, "Shadowless" ([link])

The tank is based on the french WW1 "Renault Ft 17" with some elements from the italian "Fiat Modello 3000".
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Quite interesting. My compliments!

If I remember correctly, the Fiat 3000 was basically a Renault with a different engine, gear and armament, right? So, they're difficult to tell apart...
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wingsofwrath Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Quite the contrary I'm afraid. They're a lot easier to tell apart than the American or the Soviet versions are because the engine deck is completely different and has exhausts on both sides, the turret has a taller profile with the door is centred rather than offset to accommodate the different armament, the tracks and suspension are all modified from the French original...

This is a Renault FT: [link]
And this is the Fiat 3000: [link]

Also, looking back at this drawing - booy did I get some things wrong, and not only the unnatural posture and anatomy. Luckily, my drawing skills are much, much better.
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Yeah, I stand corrected, and I bow before your superior knowledge. :bow:
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wingsofwrath Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Heh. This is one positive thing to come out of my obsession with all kinds of war machines, the fact that I can identify all kinds of obscure tanks, aircraft, ships and artillery with nothing but the picture to go on. My flatmate, who is a studying for a doctorate in history, has brought a lot of pictures of unidentified vehicles he found buried in the archives to me for identification.
I can proudly report that until now the identification rate has been 100%, including a couple of pictures of a really obscure one-off prototype Romanian aircraft, which had previously thought to have been photographed only once.
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You know, you can call it positive thing, but after what you wrote, I'm starting to call it superpower! ;-)
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wingsofwrath Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Heh. Certainly it would be a no-power without the awesome source of instant information which is the internet...

Sure, I'm good at matching shapes and details in my head with things I've seen before, and my instinct provides me (instinct, is, after all, merely logic taking place in the background of your mind, so it's dependant of the things you know - the more you do know, the better it becomes at predicting stuff) with a good starting point ("this unknown vehicle looks vaguely Russian, let's do the Soviet vehicles first") but without a source of things to match against, all that becomes useless.
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