This was the first drawing where we felt we had really nailed the new style we wanted for the Harkonnen faction for Dune:War of the Spice. We had defined the style we were aiming for as "retro-futuristic feudal steam-punk."
We decided to think of the Harkonnen tanks not so much as vehicles, but more as battleships of the land, which is what inspired the three-barrel design. Also unusual is the non-rotating turret which makes this tank more like a mobile pillbox. It introduces an interesting game mechanic where the tank packs a huge punch if it can bring its guns to bear on the enemy, but could be out-maneuvered by skillful use of weaker, faster units.
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