Sunday, 27 September 2015

Let's Talk Tanks!

Ok, let’s talk tanks!

When Panzerfäuste was originally released, the design of tanks was left somewhat ambiguous. The game was a section level skirmish game so we left decisions on what models, if vehicles were to be used, to individual gamers (Rob had a Dwarf Tiger tank). However with the introduction of Panzerfäuste: Mass Battle, we needed to cut through the ambiguity and make a decision of how tanks were going to look in the game!

We had a number of ideas, which we discussed at length, before coming up with a final decision that we were happy with (and hope you are too!).

First off we discussed just using historical models. There are a lot available and does reinforce the historo-part of the game. However, we didn’t think this really helped the fantasy vibe of Panzerfäuste and there was also the problem of scale given some races (like the Gnomes) might fit in 1/72nd scale tanks, others (the Orcs for example) would probably need 1/48th and others (Dwarves for example) somewhere in between…

We then considered making fantasy versions of historical tanks, exaggerating features, adding a load of bolts etc. Whilst that kind of works with Orcs (as MaxMini have done with their Green Alliance Orcs), we didn’t think this would look so good for Dwarf or Elf designs and was all a bit too Wacky Races.

Steve had for a number of years considered doing walker tanks, marrying historical tank turrets with AT-ST walker legs. A cool concept, but one DUST has made its own over the last couple of years.
In the end we decided we wanted something original. Something that would reinforce the fantasy elements of the game, but still look incredibly cool and eye-catching…

Enter the War-Beasts!


In Panzerfäuste each race will have an armoured war-beast. Imagine a giant animal, protected by armour plate and carrying a cannon in a turret as its armament on its back! Hopefully the concept art here of a Gnome snail-tank and Orc war-wyrm will show you what we mean.

We think these will look incredibly cool on the tabletop and hope that the Kickstarter allows us to make them.

If you aren’t so keen (are you mad?!!!!), we are not going to hold it against you if you wish to use some historical models or DUST walkers in your army, it is after all your game once you’ve bought it. You just won’t be able to sit at the cool kids table! ;-)


3 comments:

  1. That is quite an interesting concept. Has anyone read Harry Turtledove’s Darkness Series? It also has a fantasy WWII with large beasts in place of tanks.

    I assume Dark Elves would have armoured Woolly Rhino and Elasmotherium to represent the cold weather adaptations and superior armour and weapons of Russian tanks, as well as their emergency tactic of ramming.

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  2. That is quite an interesting concept. Has anyone read Harry Turtledove’s Darkness Series? It also has a fantasy WWII with large beasts in place of tanks.

    I assume Dark Elves would have armoured Woolly Rhino and Elasmotherium to represent the cold weather adaptations and superior armour and weapons of Russian tanks, as well as their emergency tactic of Ramming.

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  3. Hi,

    nice concept!

    Another idea could be to "adapt" the multi-turret tanks of the interwar period, such as these:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vickers_A1E1_Independent
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T-35

    etc.

    Regards

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