I wanted to desing an artillery mecha, i had the idea in my head for some time and i tried with many different drawings, the main idea was to make a mech that looked like a tank or self propelled gun. I started working with some ideas in Mexico City but i made the definitive sketch during a winter i spent in Moscow, the snow and cold weather, big buildings and a lot of silence was a great source of inspiration.
I started one year ago but i didn´t have time for working with this illustration because many things happened in my life, each time i began working with it i had to leave for months before i had another chance to continue.
This is the Panzerskellet Носорог (Nasarok-Rhino), It´s a heavy artillery piece, a support unit. It´s main task is to provide heavy fire at long distances when attacking enemy postions or mech formations. Usually they work in groups of four machines to create a continuos barrage of fire, because the reloading time of the main cannon is very slow.
The Носорог is the biggest mech ever made so it is strong and heavily armored, but very heavy and slow too, it has to addopt a seated position to fire the cannon, hence it is vulnerable to an enemy attack at short distance.
While firing the main gun, two extra legs that are attached to the rear part of the waist, deploy to stabilize the mech. And also when firing in unstable ground the arms can be anchored with two big spikes. Moreover the long thin arms are used to load the ammunition in the field when the main gun is depleted.
Proto Nasarok, first concept, with two different type of radars inspired by airborne early warning systems.
It is equipped with two long range radars and missiles, they can detect and destroy multiple targets at long distances both in the air or in the ground. But the Носорог has to be accompanied by escorts for defense at short distance, normally a squadron of Черный призрак go with this machines to the battlefield.
The crew consist of three, pilot, navigator (radar specialist) and gunner , the fisrt two go in tandem seats and the gunner (commander) has a seat next to them. In the rear there is a toilet a small oven and a bed for resting during long missions. The cockpit of this lethal machine is protected by a very thick armor that has survived to direct hits from heavy cannons of enemy kriegskellets like the Svart Draken.
As usual all the sketching was made with pencil on paper, and coloring in photoshop and a few details in illustrator.
Panzerskellet Носорог Technical spec:
Height: 25 meters, Empty weight: 79 tons, Full combat weight: 139 tons. Crew 3, Armament: 60 cm cannon x 1, long range missiles x 16