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Starbo Aerial Drone Tank by Tabnir Starbo Aerial Drone Tank by Tabnir
Yay, finally, more DEV:

 Something of a cross between an Apache, a Merkava, and a UCAV, the Starbo is a relatively cheap, high-endurance, semi-autonomous, networked aerial drone-tank ideal for urban pacification and garrison duty.

 Success with the Nadom drone prompted studies into a heavier version with better cross-country ability that was capable of dealing with hardened targets; this became known as the Redom. In the finest tradition of tank design, the Redom was effectively little more than a big gun attached to a big engine, wrapped in armor. Designed to be simple to service and reliable, skeptics derided it as crude, yet it was indisputably effective in the field. The Redom's success led to further refinements; the most notable derivative, dubbed Starbo, addresses the Redom's urban combat deficiencies through some novel innovations.
 In contrast to the fixed main gun slung under the parasol-like linear float unit seen on the Redom, the Starbo inherited a scaled up version of the Falné battlesuit's overwatch float-gun concept. An 88mm hybrid automatic coilgun is mounted to the variable incidence linear float unit, forming the Satiga module. This float-gun unit is slaved to the Starbo command chassis' fire control system, and in tandem with the secondary armament on the
command chassis, finally allows a heavy armor asset to provide close support of infantry without hampering its ability to defeat enemy armor from standoff range.
 Of course, the standard combat configuration finds the Satiga module fixed to the command chassis. The Starbo rarely ever walks in this state; rather the legs are usually folded up and typically only deployed to assist in making rapid and precise adjustments to orientation in close confines.
It should also be noted the Starbo can be optionally piloted by a single crewmember to act as a field command locus. This is generally not preferred, as it places significant limits on the drone's maneuvering parameters.
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LTDragoonIII Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
SunSunich Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer

now that's an interesting twist on those insect-like mechanical beasts!

overall very interesting!
Biscuiteer Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Welcome back! How have things been going for you, other than your obviously flourishing art skills?
Tabnir Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014   Digital Artist
Things are alright, you?
Biscuiteer Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Better on my end, as i'm just starting to get some job experience and income. A rocky start for sure, but that's due to my inexperience in general. Should slowly improve over time.
pantophage Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist
He's alive!
WXYZell Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
NovaCatTrueborn Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Can I pet it?
TypeProton Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're back!
Tabnir Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013   Digital Artist
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