The creation of Hellpunk Tank was driven by the question: “What if the demons that religion warns humanity about actually existed?” What state would both humanity and the earth be in if this was the case? One possible set of answers to those questions would be a human race locked in an eternal war of survival, and an earth ravaged by said war, and in humanity’s mad dash to advance technologically to gain an edge, their hellish foe would do the same. The most logical way demonic advancement would take place would be in the form of an amalgam of technology and demonic powers, and the most iconic demonic power is possession. Hellpunk Tank is a visual representation of that: quite literally a demon-possessed tank, a wreck of human design inhabited and modified the by forces of hell.
To create a visual style I looked to the closest real-world representation of “hell on earth”: WW1 and the battlefields of Passchendaele and Verdun. The main inspiration for the body of the tank was taken from that era’s technology and fused with elements from the sci-fi/fantasy world of Warhammer 40K. With this in mind, the tank is outfitted with ramshackle wooden armor, sinister-looking wrought iron spikes, and demonic symbology. Demons from the lore of Warhammer and the Pale Man from Pan’s Labyrinth were used as inspiration to create a pale and emaciated low-ranking grunt in the armies of hell.