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Big Red by Rob-Cavanna Big Red by Rob-Cavanna
* * * O P E R A T I O N : D R A G O N S L A Y E R * * * [link]

The Proletarian was the most successful heavy mech fielded by the Soviets in WWII; a pivotal weapon whose appearance late in the war was yet another signal for the 3rd Reich that the end was nigh. Just as the name ďTigerĒ embodied terror for Allied soldiers fighting in Western Europe, the ďBig RedĒ, as the Proletarian was tagged, spelled doom for German soldiers fighting on the Eastern Front. Despite the higher cost of heavy mech production (compared to highly capable medium mechs) impressive numbers of units produced were a great help in exploiting the momentum which the Red Army had achieved in their late war surge onto German soil.

The Proletarian program was developed as the Russianís counter to Germanyís excellent heavy mechs, such as the Siegfried. The Big Red could go toe to toe against the best of Germanyís anthro-mechs without any fear of technological inferiority. Although the standard Proletarian was generally less lavished with special equipment, such as the Siegfriedís night vision systems and highly advanced optics, itís crowning feature was overall efficiency of design, which has numerous advantages, such as ease of maintenance and much lower production cost.

In the Proletarian, Russian engineers brought to bear all of the lessons learned from the rapid evolution of mechs throughout the war, and incorporated the best features of various models from all sides of the conflict:

-A very high waist-turret ring limits stress inflicted on rotation and suspension mechanisms, while also enabling superior turning speed and agility.

-An engine block seated low in the pelvic area for stability and lower center of gravity.

-Plentiful cast armor sections with great thickness and protection where itís needed most.

- Above average balance of heavy armor and mobility.

-Exceptional cooling outlets in the lower body, thanks in part to the bulky thigh assembly; Previous attempts to situate engine ventilation under the pelvic block proved to be vulnerable to AM (anti-mech) infantry, but in this case the mechís massive thighs offered much better protection.

-Full 360 degree waist rotation, without compromise to balance or stability... a true rarity among WWII mechs. Especially one so heavy.

-Combining superior agility and melee performance w/ heavy armor means the Proletarian is formidable against opposing armor at any range.
-A blast shield is housed within the Proletarianís bulbous head wear and can be lowered instantly to protect itís optic systems, either when taking fire, or launching shoulder projectiles w/ harmful exhaust.

Despite itís many outstanding qualities, the Proletarian was not without imperfection. In classic Russian armor form, the simplified construction and spartan design aesthetic left few creature comforts for the crew. The Proletarian had the distinction of being WWIIís foremost heavy mech with the very least amount of headroom and crew space. A sacrifice the designers were content to make in order to accommodate such a flat hull section. The Proletarian's design gave so little consideration to human convenience that when the mech first shipped, crewmen found themselves at a total loss as to the appropriate methods for entering and exiting the vehicle. In fact, a last-minute rush was made to procure and supply massive quantities of crude compactible rope ladders for this very reason. Like most late-war heavy mechs, The Big Red also lacked a rear platform or Ďgunners nestí. Instead, opting for a hull which extends far to the rear in the fashion of a tank turretís ammo cradle, with an upper hatch giving access to an externally mounted heavy anti-air machine gun.

Though it may have been lacking in luxuries for itís crew, the Proletarian was generally much appreciated by those who manned it, ever grateful to even the playing field against Germanyís most dreaded armor, both tracked and legged.

The model depicted here is armed thusly:
Right hand -85mm cannon + coaxial 7.62mm MG
Left hand -RED STAR mech mace
Hull -7.62mm MG
Rear hull (exterior) -DShK machine gun.

Original schematic sketch: [link]

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Many thanks to those friends who helped me w/ critical WIP feedback on this guy. :thanks:

Textures and background elements from CG textures.com

** T-34/85 image is a photo retouching. The original photo was posted by Ďtimsytankerí at G503.com: [link]

very cool site for WWII buffs.
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:iconpersona22:
Persona22 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013
This looks so cool...

If this is what a T-34 turns into... what does an IS Heavy Tank turn into?
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:iconscorp106:
scorp106 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
why he mace? for such work requires additional engines, a giant AC.
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:iconliquid-grievous:
Liquid-Grievous Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I like it=)
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:iconrob-cavanna:
Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
:D Glad you do.
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:iconliquid-grievous:
Liquid-Grievous Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
ya=)
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:iconussr1:
USSR1 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
It would make an awesome transformer more than anything, but that's still a cool idea for world war II
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:icongasparnolasco:
GasparNolasco Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012   Digital Artist
Robot holding a mace! *faves*
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:iconrob-cavanna:
Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
:laughing: thanks!

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:icondak-rommel:
DAK-Rommel Featured By Owner May 21, 2012
Richtofen! NOW IT WOULD BE A GOOD TIME TO USE THAT WUNDERWAFFE!!! RICHTOFEN!!!!!
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:iconkatamariguy:
Katamariguy Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
So why does it have a spare tread strapped to it?
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:iconrob-cavanna:
Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
a) for his tank buddy

b) for the extra protection
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:iconlord-vanaduke:
Lord-Vanaduke Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy sh*t, this is epic. I like that especially like that Red (morning)Star.
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:iconrob-cavanna:
Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
:D Glad you dig it.
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:iconjosh-finney:
Josh-Finney Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Brilliant!
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:iconrob-cavanna:
Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
many thanks. Looking back, I worry the pose/perspective is much too static....
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:iconsportyoldude:
sportyoldude Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
Those pesky walking contraptions can really ruin your day. GREAT PIC
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:iconsportyoldude:
sportyoldude Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
I HATE MECHAS! GRRRRRRR!
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:iconrache1911:
Rache1911 Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh Gawd!!! Luckily, the Soviets didn't have this... The United States would be communist sooner!
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:iconshowoff77:
ShowOff77 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011
Cool!
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:iconantonmoscowsky:
AntonMoscowsky Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
absolutely cooooool!!!!!!!!!
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:iconrob-cavanna:
Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
Thank you, sir!
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:iconantonmoscowsky:
AntonMoscowsky Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it is strange writings on robot's gun... means "Moscow's farmer" so Moscow is the city without any farms... o__0 where you get it?
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:iconcf-darthtater:
cf-darthtater Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
great choice of tank
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:iconqu-ro-quro:
QU-RO-QURO Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great design!
"Zvezda" style Mace, Nice idea!
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:iconrob-cavanna:
Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011
Thanks! :D Much inspired by Makoto Kobayashi + Kow Yokoyama.
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:icondru-zod:
Dru-Zod Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
That is excellent.
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:iconrob-cavanna:
Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011
Thanks! :D
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:iconkeydan:
Keydan Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011
Why would it have a piece of a track on it's groin - I have no idea! :D
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:iconrob-cavanna:
Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011
extra armor, or... carrying a spare for his tank buddies.
It wasn't unusual for spare tracks to be welded to a tank's glacis plate for added protection.
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:iconkeydan:
Keydan Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011
That I know, I just didn't get the point of putting it on a mech :)
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:iconrob-cavanna:
Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011
Improvisation. Integration of existing materiel.
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:iconballisticcow:
ballisticCow Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
that mace looks like it will hurt. 0.o wicked stuff Rob! Love the retro feel. :D
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:iconrob-cavanna:
Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
Thanks, Millie! :wave: Where you been hiding?
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:iconballisticcow:
ballisticCow Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
in my hovel...on mars. ;P

But I am back now, and it was nice to see some new arts from you in my devwatch section. :D
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:iconrob-cavanna:
Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011
I have a penthouse on Mars w/ a lovely rooftop zen garden. Come over some time for some Mars-tinis. ;)

Wish there were more new arts for you to see... happy to have you back around. :nod:
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ballisticCow Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
LOLz. :D

Me too, I love your stuff. :D Good to be back! :highfive: Lets hope I can keep up my current, rare streak of motivation. :party:
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:iconrob-cavanna:
Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011
You've got some good back-in-action pieces yourself. Breaks are healthy, just please don't ever disappear forever.

Motivation... aye, she is a fickle mistress. I'm married w/ little munchkins, which makes things more complicated. The mistress, she no like kids.
On top of that, been willfully succumbing to PS3 addiction lately. But still always working on things behind the scenes.
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:iconballisticcow:
ballisticCow Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I shan't. :D

Yay for PS3!!!! It temps me also XD
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MythAdvocate Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011
OoooOOOOoooooo!
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Taurus-ChaosLord Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW! super epic!
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:iconrob-cavanna:
Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011
Thanks, Augustin!
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:iconfxx360spider911:
FXX360SPIDER911 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011
looks amazing bro :)
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:iconrob-cavanna:
Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011
Thanks, Grant! Hope you're having a cool summer. :D
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:iconfxx360spider911:
FXX360SPIDER911 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
you too man :) i hope umm where ever you live your havin a good one too :D
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Jager375 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
It has a very nice... "integration"(I'm sorry I can't think of a proper word, my mind's slowing down)with the background.

Hah, I just got the head unit. Excellent, very Soviet. Da, da. :salute:
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:iconrob-cavanna:
Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011
Thanks, bro! Originally was thinking of a sky color w/ more contrast, like dull blue-gray, but eventually decided that more consistent monochrome palette was best.
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:iconjager375:
Jager375 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Yes indeed. The background is a picture, isn't it?
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:iconrob-cavanna:
Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011
The sky is a heavily manipulated photo -actually inverted. Rest of the BG was a really really rough paint w/ lots and lots of textures overlaid. So its truly several pictures photo-retouched.
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:iconjager375:
Jager375 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Ah yes, I can see that now. That is good work. :thumbsup:
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:iconrob-cavanna:
Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011
CG textures.com. My savior!
At first was going to do much more painting for the BG, but then I got super lazy and just started scouring that website for textures that would help.
Wound up finding and using a whole bunch of good ones. Several for rubble and junk piles, + a few of decayed bricks and buildings...
not to mention the gritty metal used on the mech.
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