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Chally 2 by markkarvon Chally 2 by markkarvon
This is the third piece in my armored fighting vehicle series, the Challenger II. The tank is painted in the markings which can be found in the Tamiya kit of the Challenger - the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, 7th Armored Brigade. The scene is Iraq circa 2003.

The original piece is painted digitally and measures 20" x 24" at 300 dpi. This image is of the 16" x 24" version.
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:iconcrazygobb:
CrazyGobb Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice ! :)
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Midway2009 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome shot!
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PropertyofLamb Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
The best tank in the world, done well. Nice one!
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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Nightbringer24 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
And to think that when I first saw this, that I thought it was a photo.
Brilliantly done.
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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John-234 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
Definitely an imposing design. I love that you even put the gimpy on top of it.

By the way, since you've probably done a lot of research on these vehicles, does the Chally 2 actually have that much armor, especially in the sides compared to the Abrams, Leopard 2 and such?
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
The Chally 2 has this much armor. Probably more since the time I did this piece.
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:iconjohn-234:
John-234 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
Ah. Do you remember what it was in terms of RHA, or just generically "heavier than an Abrams or Leopard 2?"
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Modern tanks do not use RHA. Modern armor is composite. I think the Challenger II is actually the lightest of the three.
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Stealer-L1F3 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Student Writer
The Challenger II is the heaviest Main Battle Tank in the 21st Century. The M1A2 Abrams and Leopard 2A7 come pretty close.
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John-234 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
Ah, I realize that but I meant the approximate RHA rating. An Abrams allegedly has the equivalent of 1500mm RHA in its frontal arc, for example.
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Thunderchild-Actual Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
love the tank, just wish it was lighter on its' tracks. both this and the m1 are too heavy for any bridge anywhere. most bridges are max. 40 tons, these are much heavier than that!
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Dueclaw Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012
And I'm the gunner of this 220mm rifled gun. I love my job
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
220mm? You have a cool job.
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:icon88kwk:
88kwk Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012
my fave modern tank,it looks great!
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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Cyklus07 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I like this, I'd like to see a Royal Dragoon Guards Chally 2 painted though they wouldnt commission such a painting. Though there is an existing paint job that could be painted, it doesnt have any markings only flags called TRFs or tactical Reference Flags/Flashes. The RDGs actually tested the Challenger 2 in Oman on Operation Sarif Sareea 2 where 50% of the Challenger 2s sent on the were out of operation within 4 hours. The powdery sand clogged up the powerplants and was a massive headache for the MoD. Fixing them added the problem of acquiring spare parts because the orders of the tank had just finished delivery. Or theres Op Telic 5 of which the RDGs were part of Iraq.
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. Fortunately the problems with suitability in desert operations were fixed by the time of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
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Cyklus07 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
oh absolutely, the MoD wouldn't have sent out 120 Challenger 2s into Basra if it hadn't been for the exercise in Oman 2 years before the Iraq Conflict in 2003. But still its decision not to desertise or even buy the Chally 2E was a big mistake. Not only did they have to buy the kits but they also had to pay for the replacement parts. An unnecessary gamble I think.
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Chilli-Con-Dre Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Amazing work!! Seriously cool
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much.
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Lt-Colonel-Sharpy Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
My fave tank of all times.

COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLL, MAN!!!
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. :)
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:iconlt-colonel-sharpy:
Lt-Colonel-Sharpy Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome, man. You are awesome.
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Electricfox5 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009
Fantastic work of a fantastic tank! :D
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. It is one of the top three in the world for sure; may be the best!
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TuomasTormanen Featured By Owner May 27, 2009
Very great!
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner May 27, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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RTJDudek Featured By Owner May 26, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the tank's pose and details.
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner May 27, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. I thought it was a good perspective from which to show the Challenger 2.
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Sampug394 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
The Challenger... One of Europe's Clones of the M1M2. :XD: They all are Damn Good... ;)
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Well, the Challenger was developed and went into service at about the same time as the Abrams. The Abrams actually uses the British developed Chobham armor. I think the fact the tanks look similar is more that they both use the same armor and not a matter of trying to clone any one particular design. It's more a matter of great minds think alike I think. :) They may look the same but underneath they are different beasts altogether. For example the Abrams uses a gas turbine engine while Chally uses a diesel.
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Sampug394 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Really! Never knew the Challenger used a Diesel Engine... :greetings: Also Figures that the Abrams is Not 100% "American Made"... ;)
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Not only does it use British designed armor but it uses a German gun. The Abrams originally went into service with a 105mm gun but was later upgunned with the German 120mm gun built in the US under license.

Folks like to tout the Abrams as the world standard and it is but they should not discount the excellent designs from Britain and Germany. US armor was inferior for decades to British, German and Russian designs. Britain especially has consistently been a world leader since they invented the tank in WWI.
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Sampug394 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. They Things they Don't Tell you on TV... :paranoid: Good to know it has a RELIABLE German Main Gun. And Yeah, Even the Germans Ran in Fear for a While in WW1 When the British's Tin Can Beast Rolled down the Battlefield... ;)
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politician444 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009
There are no words to describe the look and the color scheme of this extremely impressive machine. The Challenger 2 is a truly a force to behold on the battlefield and you did it justice. And even though I love the Abrams, I don't here near enough about the Chally.

Well done sir! :clap:
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much. I started on a piece featuring the Abrams tonight.
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politician444 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009
Awesome man! :thumbsup:
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factorone33 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2009  Professional Photographer
I dig the armored divisions. Nothing says fun like being cooped up in a metal can for days on end...
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
LOL, I hear it can start to smell pretty funky too.
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Krzychu74 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009
Revelation!
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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Panzerfire Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Very awesome scene. Love the details.
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much.
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:iconpanzerfire:
Panzerfire Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
No prob.
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Graphiticus Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2009   Traditional Artist
Great job on this Mark.
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Andy.
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StugMeister Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Another great job Mark! Instant fav!!! :D :+fav:

You gotta love them Challys!
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Peter. I do love them Challys! :)
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