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British Tank in Gaza 1917 by hardbodies British Tank in Gaza 1917 by hardbodies
A british tank in Gaza, Palestine, in 1917.
British soldiers are talking with Gaza inhabitants.
I had few documents to do this painting, so i'm not sure about details of the Mark I Female tank.
The tank is the HMLS Nutty (Her Majesty's Land Ship), destroyed thereafter by Turkish soldiers. I had not enough ressources, so i made an huge mistake, it is visible here that the Nutty had different sponsons type: www.flickr.com/photos/7700258@...

Acrylic paints.
Work done for a Military History magazine cover.
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:iconmensjedezeemeermin:
MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner May 10, 2017
Lovely image, making the old monster vivid and vital again.
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LauncesMechanist705 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2016
What is interesting about tanks in the first world war is that they were designated a 'Male' or 'Female'. Male tanks were often equipped with cannons and Females were equipped with a machinegun-only armament.

Before the Germans introduced the A7V, they actually captured and used British and French tanks. A practice that was also employed during the Second World War as well.
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Leathrieon Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2016
So this is a female version?
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LauncesMechanist705 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2016
Yep, judging by the profile, I'd say the tank must be armed with 4 Hotchkiss 1915 air-cooled machine guns. Such a tank would have likely had a crew of anywhere between 13 to 16.
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Mizukiskouhai Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
That's the A7V. The Mark I British land ship would have about eight people inside.
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LauncesMechanist705 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016
Heh, sorry about that...
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:iconmizukiskouhai:
Mizukiskouhai Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh it be nothing
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DumbersTemplarsTC Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2016
Love it!!!:D:D:D Everything seems so lifelike and real.
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:iconfrohickey:
Frohickey Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
"You can't park that thing here!"
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:iconrommel101:
Rommel101 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016
LOL! I love this comment!
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:iconfrohickey:
Frohickey Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
:-D
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:iconeloise-caroline:
Eloise-Caroline Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
Haughtiness, and very realistic!
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ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
Sponssons ? What are those ? (I'm French)
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:iconhardbodies:
hardbodies Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Je me suis trompé dans l'orthographe, c'est "sponson". Ce sont les sortes de barbettes sur le flanc du char, un peu à la manière des navires de combat du début du XXe siècle.
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ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
Ah, ok. Les espèces de plaquettes sur le bas du côté du char, n'est-ce pas ? Savez-vous quelle était leur utilité ?
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:iconhardbodies:
hardbodies Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Non non, les barbettes sont les parties protubérantes qui contiennent l'armement sur les flancs ^^ Quant aux plaquettes qui sont boulonnées en bas, tout le long du char, je ne vois pas quelle est leur utilité. :o (Eek)
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ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
Ah ok.

Les plaquettes ? Gardes-boue, peut-être ? *hausse les épaules.* ^^
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:iconhardbodies:
hardbodies Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oui qui sait? Une tentative pour empêcher la boue de remonter sur les flancs? ...
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:iconfrohickey:
Frohickey Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Terrific work! (It must have been an oven inside that thing in the daytime. )
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malgrumm Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2015
not only that but the crew had to wear extremely thick clothing and a helmet that had goggles and a chain mail face cover built into it to mitigate injury from spalling.....also the engine didn't have an exhaust system what so ever so fumes from it would build up in the interior of the tank, forcing them to stop every so often to allow the toxic gasses to escape.
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Zanondorf Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011
absolutely amazing and so incredibly life-like!
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Master-of-an-empire Featured By Owner May 29, 2011
Very nice! I love it! :D
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ww1nut Featured By Owner May 1, 2011   Artisan Crafter
OMG!!!!!!!!! Awesome!!!!!
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Cid-Vicious Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010
Amazing piece of art! Your dedication to detail, the colorful and unusual scenario for a British tank is wonderful. Great, great picture.:)
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WormWoodTheStar Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010
You know, I'm not sure, but those on photos were male sponson, while here we have female ones; but then again, due to the shortages of male sponsons (specificaly: canons), sometimes males were turned into females.
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Max-CCCP Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009
Super
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tuomaskoivurinne Featured By Owner May 7, 2009   Traditional Artist
Great job! :thumbsup:
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:iconhardbodies:
hardbodies Featured By Owner May 7, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
:bow:
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JanBoruta Featured By Owner May 3, 2009   General Artist
Great stuff here, I love your painting skills in illustrating history :D I believe the tank is too little though, but I might be mistaken.. I think it should be about (or even at least) 0,5m taller and have other dimensions altered respectively. Nonetheless, this is a great piece of work :D
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:iconhardbodies:
hardbodies Featured By Owner May 3, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I tried to be the more accurate i could about size but maybe yes it's a bit small... :confused:
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frontline-row Featured By Owner May 2, 2009
I know this one,this was the first tank made in history. It can only go like 4miles an hour also thick armor,and the tank crew have some problems with the exhaust smoke on the inside.
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hardbodies Featured By Owner May 3, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yep, it was one of the first.
The first battle between two tanks occured in Villers-Bretonneux in april 1918, one British MkIV Male versus one german A7V. This first fight was epic! :D
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frontline-row Featured By Owner May 3, 2009
And that's why we won the war
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MuscleGoddessHaven Featured By Owner May 2, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Still awesome details! :salute:
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annoyinglizardvoice Featured By Owner May 2, 2009
Impressed with the level of detail on the tank.
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:iconlamnay:
lamnay Featured By Owner May 2, 2009
Well this is simply excellent. The Middle Eastern theatre was one of the most interesting.
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lakesidenancy Featured By Owner May 2, 2009  Hobbyist
No musclie women... but i like it.
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:iconhardbodies:
hardbodies Featured By Owner May 2, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hehe, i don't draw only muscular women :) but it is an old artwork,now, it's true i don't have enough time to draw other things than muscle girls :)
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