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Tankmage by JohnSu Tankmage by JohnSu
During the Cold War, a super secret Soviet R&D facility was frozen deep underground. The officer in charge of it promptly forgot about it when he misplaced the map of its location, and told no-one in his embarrassment. The staff remained in suspended animation for thousands of years, until apocalyptic events defrosted the facility.

In the thawed post-apocalypse, the researchers continued their work underground, unaware of what had happened to them and the world above. Over the course of time they developed a series of increasingly compact tanks, eventually culminating in a model that could be worn by an operator like a sort of exo-suit. When they finally ran out of food, the staff sent up Petia - the daughter of the assistant mechanic - along with the tank suit to contact their superior and request additional rations.

But behold! The post-post-apocalyptic world had been transformed! The nuclear fallout combined with cosmic radiation and wild superstitions had given birth to a WORLD OF MAGIC. Ghouls and ghosts, dungeons and dragons, everywhere! But the Soviet Union and communism were nowhere to be found.

Petia shot and killed an orc and brought it back to her nerd family, who dined on the charred corpse as they listened to her story in wonder. After a lengthy discussion amongst themselves, everybody decided that yes, it sucked that their friends, family, and country were dead, but that it was pretty cool that America was too, and now would be a sweet time to take over the world with their tank and propagate the joys of communist doctrine.

And so, since Petia has the least health problems, they send her out in their latest tank model: the TI-83 (unrelated to the graphing calculator of the same name). Petia then joins up with Lin-Lin the witch in a quest to overthrow the current ruler of Eurasia, who I guess is a demon lord or something.

Even though the TI-83 has armor, cannons, and treads, it is not a true tank in the sense that it is really more of a girl.



This picture took a long time, but damn am I satisfied. I think I'm liking the look of the thin lines + gradient coloring style. A lot of the TI-83's design is inspired by the tech from my employer's work in progress, Firefall.

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EDIT: Several of you have brought to my attention that "Petia" is a Russian boy's name. The online source I got the name from said it was a Slavic/Bulgarian girl's name, so I was like "meh, close enough," but apparently it was too close to something else. So I'll say her parents were Bulgarian, and not Russian. Or they really wanted a boy.
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:icondoomrider023:
doomrider023 Featured By Owner 6 days ago
A friend of mine said their latest work was dreamed up looking at your stuff... This is the second pic I have seen, and I love the art!
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:iconblazingguns:
BlazingGuns Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Mind if I use this for a quest? (Tabletop game.)
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Go for it!
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:iconblazingguns:
BlazingGuns Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thank you!

Would you like to see the end product?
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Certainly!
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:iconsedevri:
SeDevri Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014
I'd watch/read it
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:icondariussummuns:
DariusSummuns Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014
.... <3 
All fantasy must now have cute tank mages, this is not a request!!!!
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:icononi-defense:
ONI-Defense Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I'm going to take a guess that the apocalypse was caused by the US and the USSR deciding to finally fucking blow each other and everything else up.

Tankmages; totally worth destroying the world for.
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:iconwolfshadow001:
Wolfshadow001 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
overkill, totally worth it XD
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:iconjekl-is-hyding:
JeKL-Is-Hyding Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
I'd read that comic.
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:iconflodos:
Flodos Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
will we be seeing this one again?
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It's possible? But also unlikely.
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:iconbluescout12:
bluescout12 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
need more dakka
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:iconpittbull44:
pittbull44 Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
seriously... a pigsticker...against her. Then again goblins/orcs have never been known for being smart
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:icon6-qubed:
6-Qubed Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
Hey I just wanted to pop in quickly to let you know that this picture still kicks ass and you are surely the best-smelling non-female artist who is named "John".
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
That is high praise
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:icon6-qubed:
6-Qubed Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
You are most certainly welcome, non-female John.
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:icondemialc-neeb-sah-em:
Demialc-neeb-sah-em Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Now that's one way to tank a monster.
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:iconp1gdude:
P1gdude Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
FPS RUSSIA FTW!!!!!!!!
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:icondarksoul444:
darksoul444 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
very nice, the orc is about to get fuck
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:iconfirestare14:
firestare14 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
freaking awesome!!
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:iconrivvion:
Rivvion Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
<overkill>
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:iconlacroa:
Lacroa Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is amazing.
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:iconcommode7x:
commode7x Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
ALL HAIL COMMUNISM
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:iconfllffl:
FLLFFL Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
i wish this was a game now like an RPG xD
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:icondunklematerie:
DunkleMaterie Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
the pig is cute ^^
and the picture genius work B-)
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:iconenemy-uv-light:
Enemy-uv-Light Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
Magetanks don't work, a proven fact over every game.
They're damge dealers, nothing more.
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:iconkirbygotenksabsorbed:
KirbyGotenksabsorbed Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is that a sexy white mage robe I see?
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:iconsciencefan12:
sciencefan12 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Student Digital Artist
yes the tank mage is so magical with it's enchanted bulltes! XD
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:iconeventua:
Eventua Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Student Writer
So awesome
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:iconnekokyuuketsuki:
nekokyuuketsuki Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
...Is it sad that I immediately recognized TI-83 as the name of a calculator?
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
That is indeed the name of a calculator!
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:icon500fsh:
500Fsh Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011   General Artist
I love this design!! Question, though: does the armor require a power source or ammunition? Either way, a really cool story could evolve!
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:iconsonofperun:
SonOfPerun Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011
Ow, gawd! How does that tiny waist support all that armor'n'guns?!
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
there is a mecha spine behind her that does that for her!
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:iconsonofperun:
SonOfPerun Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011
...oh.
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:iconkhoalam:
KhoaLam Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Student General Artist
anygame that have anime or manga based( look like, whatever u want to call it, dont give me a lecture about it plz -_-) im gonna be hooked with it for a while :3

maybe some shooting and intense action gonna make the game a go for me :P
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:iconarianod:
Arianod Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome! Are you really going to make this into a story? Because you totally should :thumbsup:
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:iconechiru:
Echiru Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011
Are these your original characters? o.o
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
yup!
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:iconfeyarts:
feyarts Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Student Digital Artist
"but that it was pretty cool that America was too" huhu... you can say that again...
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Mavralaxis Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011
This is great! I the little Lin-Lin's design because it appears to combine qualities of european AND asian witch clothing. And let's face it, she looks so darn cutesy with with that happy-go-lucky expression!
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Reyluna Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Student General Artist
The tank-suit is so "out-of-place" looking, I love it!
Plus the packpig is awesome, it's so chill in the face of danger. :)
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BldPwrQuntm11 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Hobbyist
That's some heavy artillery, and the orc's nearly defenseless. mmph-phphphph---HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA!
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:iconsalvaa:
Salvaa Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
The piggy rules here!
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:iconpokeboi:
pokeboi Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is win.
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:iconjessieshadowhold:
JessieShadowhold Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
That may be the best explanation for placing a tank in this setting I've ever heard...
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:icongodeyes:
godeyes Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL........communists..... :iconhurrplz:
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:iconikulynd:
Ikulynd Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011
this is when there should be a Fav All button...
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:icondefective-fishman:
defective-fishman Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011
This would make an incredibly funny and interesting anime, were the idea to be pitched to toei or some other producer. It would sell incredibly well and appeal to multiple demographics at once. In short, I absolutely love this.
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