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Abrams Redux Collage by enc86 Abrams Redux Collage by enc86
Living in the wasteland can be harsh. Pesky towns not "sharing" gas, do-gooders always picking on you, giant mutated critters the size of busses and a general lack of respect towards you and your friends. if this sounds familiar, than the Abrams Redux is for you. upgraded from a M1A2, the redux has all the old world beauty and firepower but upgraded with the latest in salvaged raider tec. featuring a 120 mm barrel with rail gun attachment, coaxial machine gun, loaders .50, dual .50 commanders turret and back mounted .50 for any tailgaters. The redux features the latest in defensive technology as well, smoke launchers, infrared targeting, raider tec guidance/ radio jammer dome and on board NBC detection suite. Additional wasteland survival armor has been added for encounters with the ones that are dumb enough to fight back.When out in the wasteland and you must kill every last motherclucker, accept no substitutes, get a redux today!

This is my kitbashed Abrams tank, built up in post apocalyptic style. Built from a 1/35 Tamiya "operation Iraqi freedom" Abrams, bit bin details, scratch built details and custom raider figurine. Hand painted with enamels and weathered with art acrylics and pastels. This project was super fun and a good excuse to be shamelessly un-realistic.
I had built the original Abrams kit about a year ago and really was never happy with it. I had messed up a ton of things and I had always considered it a failure. So it sat on a high shelf for a year collecting dust, mocking me.
After all the time and work i put in on my PBR model, I it thought it would be good to work on something a bit more relaxing and a lot less time consuming. Over the last few weeks i have seen some really awesome Abrams models/art and figured it would be fun to tear apart mine and make something I would be happy with. I gave myself a one week time limit and went to work. All in all this was really too much fun and i am happy with how it came out. a few things here and there could of been better but I wanted to stick to my one week limit (kind of like speed paint I guess, see what i could get done on a deadline) anyways hopefully soon ill find a good spot outdoors and take some shots of it with my screaming hawk.
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Get2daChoppa Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! What an amazing idea; the main battle tanks of today as the cobbled-together shadows of their former selves of the future! The model is simply excellent, & I sincerely hope that you never stop being awesome at this hobby!
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enc86 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014
thanks dude, this one really was a blast!

i have so much fun building and painting, don't think ill stop till my hands and eyes give out(Lucky i am a younger guy lol)
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clem-master-janitor Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I wanted to do one of these with my daughter's firetruck if she totaled it (she did and tossed it before I had a chance).  How do you know when you're doing the 'Mad Max' style additions that it feels right?  
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enc86 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013
that would be cool! these bashes are always so much fun.

thats a hard question. usually it just clicks (looks good and feels right) thats what takes me the longest in building these bashes, is just deciding where everything will go.

usually i start with a rough idea and some details or gimmicks in mind. then i dig thru boxes of bits, find some interesting parts and throw them into a box, then slowly build everything up.
sometimes its really really hard to tell, i am usually unsure about how everything is gonna look intill i get some primer on it. i guess some of it is luck.
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ColubrineDeuce Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Professional Photographer
Great work here.
Double cannons. Why haven't the done that yet? lol
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:iconenc86:
enc86 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013
thanks, lol yea was a bit on the nose but had to do it.
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fxdl96 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013
very cool!
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:iconenc86:
enc86 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
thank you, these build are always the most fun.
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shank117 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
remindes me of borderlands
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enc86 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
thanks buddy, i LOVE BL and this one was definitely inspired by it. Tanks are really something i hope that they put in 3.
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Awesome . 
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:iconenc86:
enc86 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
Thanks
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dreamdesigner442 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Magnificent scale modeling workmanship and weather effects on it!!:-) Also wonderful macro shot's!COngrats!:-) Tamiya always produce outstandingly Hi-quality plastic kits,but they are  expensive  and hard to find complete Tamiya kit's in here! 
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enc86 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
thank you very much! the photos were the hardest part for this build, just cause it was really hot(summer time) and i was under the lights for a bit. anyways it was super fun.
yea Tamiya makes very nice kits and while some are very expense, you could probably still find some that are not crazy expensive.
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Juho-Lee Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice shots.
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enc86 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
thank you!
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NDTwoFives Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
XD Random panels with explicit words for the stubborn!

Love its orangey rusty effect, makes it looking truly like an artifact from the old world that can still kick some major ass. =P
Oh my god, tis a railgun! q_q
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enc86 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
XD

thanks man, i really do love making this kinda stuff and yes a rail gun, i couldn't resist.
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Grombald Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Man, that's awesome. I especially like the battle damage. Looks really realistic.
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enc86 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
thank you very much!
 its not very "realistic" but sure lloks cool. anyways reality can be boring sometimes.
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KINGOOB Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
Total badass, love the color scheme!
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:iconenc86:
enc86 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
thanks buddy, my collection really was missing a raider tank!
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KINGOOB Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
Hell yeah, need a badass tank to combat badass monsters ;)
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:iconenc86:
enc86 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
lol pretty much!
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KINGOOB Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
Sweet :D
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Were-Owl Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
All that talk about 'wasteland', 'giant mutants', and 'raiders' makes it sound like this one belongs in Fallout 3.
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enc86 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
i LOVE the fallout games, guess that shows huh?=P (Razz)
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Were-Owl Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I was quite unhappy when I found what was left of the White House in FO3. Spent half the game wondering what sort of cool loot might be waiting in the Oval Office, or the Lincoln Bedroom, but what do I get? A big radioactive crater. I walked around that thing ten times before realizing that the White House just - wasn't - there.

But really, the tank does look like something that should be sitting on one of the deserted highways or abandoned military bases. There's an aircraft carrier (loaded with jets) docked on the Potomac, a Maryland National Guard armory on the north side, the Pentagon is downtown, and even regular Army trucks are everywhere. But no tanks. Where did they all go???
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enc86 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
I KNOW! thought i was the only one. yea that was a big let down, i mean you in D.C, COM ON! if i was going to make a game in that setting, you would think that would be one the first things you worked on.

lol yea never thought about it but that is odd! in fallout tactics you get a tank near the end (is some sort of sherman) and is something i would LOVE to see in 4.
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dalentalas Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Dis a propa lootid tank, 'speshully for a humie. Even comes wit' da red paintjob. Red 'unz do go fasta.

(Couldn't resist a Warhammer 40,000 reference. The style is so much like the Ork vehicles.)
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enc86 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
XD

i get a TON of inspiration from the warhammer models with the orks in particular, i guess it shows.
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Brandzai Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:squee: 

What a cool build! And that figure! Briljant!
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:iconenc86:
enc86 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
XD
thanks man, i had doubted myself at first but was a bloody fun time.
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Brandzai Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Never doubt yourself, dude, you're, like, your only true believer Ohm... Ohm... ...


Giggle
 
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SqueakyCakes Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
Epic :D
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enc86 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
XD
thank you, sure was fun
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PsykoHilly Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
... and the figure too!
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enc86 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
thanks again, he was cool to make.
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PsykoHilly Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
This tank rocks ... !!!
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enc86 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
thanks Friend!
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PsykoHilly Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
The right tool to solve problems with the neighbours ... ;)
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enc86 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
yea it would be XD
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Deadpool7100 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
love it!!!!
please tell me he is wearing a bandit mask from borderlands!!!
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:iconenc86:
enc86 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
XD
yup he pretty much is, i could not  add all the detail but that's what i was going for. LOVE BL's.
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Deadpool7100 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
Just EPIC!!!!!!!!
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SpinnerOfYarns Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
It's great.
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:iconenc86:
enc86 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
thank you very much, happy you enjoyed it.
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Jonas72 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
Love it! :)
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:iconenc86:
enc86 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
XD
happy you do! i always have so much fun on projects like this one.
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Jonas72 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
I can imagine. And I feel yet more inspired to take up model building again myself. :)
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