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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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SeDevri Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014
I'd watch/read it
DariusSummuns Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014
.... <3 
All fantasy must now have cute tank mages, this is not a request!!!!
ONI-Defense Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist 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.
Wolfshadow001 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
overkill, totally worth it XD
JeKL-Is-Hyding Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
I'd read that comic.
Flodos Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
will we be seeing this one again?
JohnSu Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It's possible? But also unlikely.
bluescout12 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
need more dakka
pittbull44 Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
seriously... a pigsticker...against her. Then again goblins/orcs have never been known for being smart
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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