World of Tanks (WoT)

Gotta love those tiny details! #53 – BONUS: Char de Chastel

A new marathon is about to start, so it's a great time for another bonus post, this time about the brand new 3D style for the AltProto AMX 30.

Char de Chastel – AltProto AMX 30

This style is inspired by the legend of the Beast of Gévaudan (as can be seen in the description). In the legend the beast was hunted down by Jean Chastel – hence the name of the style.

In some ways it's similar to the Strv K style from the last marathon, as it also features some details making it look like it was made in medieval times. It also seems to be a better version of the 2D style for the Škoda T 40 – it also suggests that the tank is made out of wood and features some medieval weapons, but this one (being a 3D style) looks way better.

As with the Strv style there won't be many historical references, I'll rather point out some fun things that were included.

https://preview.redd.it/m206cm0oct181.jpg?width=584&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=85d7e3a2b2425387c8fa0cc13189e5e756d8240f

The barrel was made in a similar way to the Strv K one – it's rather angular, similar to the barrels of early cannons… Or the tank barrels in WoT 10 years ago, but that's another story. We can also see that the muzzle brake was made more decorative, some details and metal spikes were added. We'll see more spikes all around the tank.

https://preview.redd.it/8a95vgx5dt181.jpg?width=656&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=ae61cb32434cfd5d0d1a5775d2cab721cb7a8e1a

Even some bigger spikes like the ones right here were included. Long metal spikes were sometimes present on some siege engines, but I'm also thinking that they look kinda similar to the mine plows and hedgerow cutters used on WW2 and modern tanks. There's also a chain, characteristic for the medieval setting.

https://preview.redd.it/ii8tclsdet181.jpg?width=600&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=52e92fe161a7f8c128e1e2c05088e8fa706c5445

The original rubber pads were replaced by something brighter, I guess the pieces here may be just wooden planks covered with leather.

https://preview.redd.it/dotfyhoket181.jpg?width=409&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=e911912f7cb344465530109b3cccf90bc6792f93

Some more spikes making it harder for the enemy to climb on top of the tank, together with more decorative details.

https://preview.redd.it/tpty94spet181.jpg?width=734&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=0fa61dd3eef34aee1984b975bccd5f85929721e1

One of the plates on the sides of the front of the vehicle, clearly consisting of wooden planks. This one has an axe stuck in it – even wooden armor on this tank is strong, at least enough to stop an axe, it may be a bit weaker against tank shells.

https://preview.redd.it/nllwgya4ft181.jpg?width=634&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=cbe742dcbfad4602321f25a7cee1e03e91b69229

Some details of the gun mantlet. Plates connected with rivets were used, you can see that the connections are quite crude, but rather effective as the whole thing is still kept together. Actually I like it more that way, it would look artificial if everything was perfect.

https://preview.redd.it/gm43sgakft181.jpg?width=1186&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=0d7efbc9264fa8b866f345c594e7791dcb87f2bb

A huge double headed battle axe, probably the best weapon to slay the beast (albeit the legend took place in 18th century and the beast was just shot). I'm not an expert, but I guess that the holes in this weapon were used to make it lighter, but also to make it more decorative. You can see similar decorations on the replica below.

https://preview.redd.it/ov5p4a49gt181.jpg?width=1200&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=726aa8525008ef7bec157383a229e8646fb6be8a

https://preview.redd.it/2pwlicsbgt181.jpg?width=520&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=d7dbbb3464ab0e77d9ac07c9e7ea6cca1eccc467

More weapons – an axe, very similar to the one on the front of the tank, together with… A sword? A knife? I have no idea how this kind of weapon is called, it looks kinda similar to a machete, a khopesh or some traditional Asian weapons, but surely not to anything made in medieval France.

https://preview.redd.it/br93dz6hht181.jpg?width=648&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=ebd41887139d13f74e43ca4f924fe9f495867e7d

The exhaust of the tank were replaced by something that looks like a metal stove with a rather fancy smoke stack.

https://preview.redd.it/vgpqtfehit181.jpg?width=362&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=c22fab27927be1fafb98d7e257b5627cd2abad25

It's probably a crossbow bolt, as this piece is too short for a regular arrow. It looks to be made of metal, but it may be just a mistake, at least the fletchings should be made of something soft like feathers.

https://preview.redd.it/z7fytvu2jt181.jpg?width=389&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=d3f0044b0f995b01047bc07a5a89a9d21d169cd2

A rather interesting looking barrel, as it clearly features some kind of handle, which is more elaborate than a simple metal piece that was used more often. Nonetheless I was able to find a prop barrel where a similar concept was used.

https://preview.redd.it/lw1fu6qdjt181.jpg?width=640&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=64a38c3d951a955d0564c0b0933fb1640225865b

https://preview.redd.it/53rgd3ofjt181.jpg?width=611&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=7ba697db50468cb5e5c0d1bf244b96c9a3de6c4b

I like how the side of the turret looks just like a wooden wall of some fortress, together with metal pieces, rivets and torch holders. The fact that it's a 3D style really helped, as I feel that the T 40 2D style was way worse, despite using a similar idea.

https://preview.redd.it/n80ax0czjt181.jpg?width=913&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=7453767bb24df79e542fca2fc85e47d14943f560

And that's the piece that I like the most – a massive ballista placed on top of the turret, where an AA machine gun should be. The projectile looks way too big, but it's just a style in a video game, so it works.

https://preview.redd.it/80ygz58ukt181.jpg?width=721&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=be28de158089f8e00d85d59d1eb2480cbc384403

More little details that are rather simple, but they add much to the whole style. You can see the cloth surrounding the mantlet (maybe based on a cape), an empty torch holder and an observation slit that replaced the rangefinder.

https://preview.redd.it/on80sl6xlt181.jpg?width=1159&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=c685e4e9d9d7b0c003bc7d3d2940df517a27237d

Here we can see more pieces of cloth and the road wheels, that were altered in a similar way to the ones on the Strv K – they have long spikes and the connections between the parts are rather simplified. It's also worth noting that two types of wheels were used – that also happened on the real tanks and worked as long as the wheels had similar dimensions.

Conclusion

That's all about the new style. More of the regular posts will come very soon, but for now I want to wish you good luck with the marathon!

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