Then I got to wondering why some of them have such boring names. "T-72." Really? Just a designation? "AMX-30." Are you serious? "Mobile Gun System." As opposed to all those immobile gun systems on other tanks?
I jest, of course. They are all fine as military designations and all have become well known...but what about the opposite end of the spectrum? What about the ones you hear being said and it just holds so much moxy by the very name (regardless of actual ability or whether they were proven good/bad) that you can't help but feel a little swell of "Awww yeeeah!" from just seeing it?
And perhaps if we're feeling cheeky...a few ones we don't like too.
From all of history, so from WW1 all the way to 2013.
So here's my fav few, in no particular order other than the last one being the best.
The Centurion - Want to make your tank sound like a proper warfighter? Name it after some of the most badass warriors who ever lived! It's noble, upright, sounds great to say and implies your tank is still going to be rocking the world as a legend even after 100 years pass. (Which this tank seems well on par to do, it's still in use! Okay maybe not 100, but it's a daaaamn long lasting vehicle.)
The Crusader - When you think "cruiser" you think of this dashing little tank. The name gives such a lovely sense of movement and charging into battle across the desert with daring and courage. proper "cavalry", a "modern" day knight.
The BMPT Terminator - Unofficial name or not, this just draws us whole wealths of fear to hear coming your way. Blame AHNULD for that one. Rarely does a tank's name simply say "I am going to kill you" like this one.
The Merkava - The chariot! The word just rolls off the tongue lovingly, smooth and solid...just like the real thing. I just love saying it. Merkava. Merkava? Merkava!
The Black Prince - It may not have made it to the real war and it may suck in game (opinions may vary!) but you cannot deny how cool a name this is. It's like the good guy version of the Black Knight. Well...maybe an anti-hero at the very least. Standing tall and advancing undeterred by the mere peasant tanks around it...I just love imagining this thing to the title.
The Flugabwehrkanonenpanzer Gepard 1 - I love Germany. Do I really need say anything else with a name like that?
But my all time favourite name?
The Chieftain - How can you NOT love this as the best tank name ever? The very name is saying "I am the leader here. I am the top of the tribe. The Alpha Wolf. I am in charge because I am stronger than anyone else here." It's solid, intimidating and absolutely confident. You can imagine it from the enemy's perspective! "Sir, enemy Chieftain over the hill!" Not only that, but you don't get the concept of a Chieftain outside anything but the imagery of a warlike tribe where it has battered his way to the top through experience, cunning and brute strength in one unstoppable package that earned its respect from all manner of peers who tried to get there too. This is, hands down, the best and most powerful sounding tank name I have ever seen.
But what about some I really don't like?
The TAM Tank - TAM? Really? I live in Scotland, that's the name of a scruffy looking drunkard who always smells at the pub, not the name for a noble chariot of war!
The Europanzer - It took me long enough to accept "Eurofighter" only after we added "Typhoon" to it. But "Europanzer?" It's so...commercial. Like something you'd see in an affordable car showroom in Belgium.
PT-91 Twardy - This just makes me think this tank was tardy in returning its library books and has incurred a 91 pound fine on his Personal Tracking. Honestly, when you go to war you often find your enemy making joke names for you...but this one's already done the work for them! (Edit - I've been told in comments this apparently means "tough" or "hard" in the native tongue, which is actually pretty cool. But this was mostly just for fun and to English speaking areas...it does sound a silly word. :p)
The Challenger - Wait...what? Did I seriously just include the freaking Challenger, one of my most beloved tanks, on this? Yes, I did. For three reasons. For one...we already had a Challenger in WW2. Two, the CR2 is pretty much a completely different tank from CR1 and they just added a damn number? But three...the very name! Challenger! Coming off the Chieftain which went out and said "I am the boss" in every language possible, we get a tank who's very name is implying it's not on the top and is having to challenge for the top dog spot? The very name is saying "I am not on the top yet." Maybe they were thinking it was the Challenger to beat the Chieftain who held the throne already...but it just feels wrong for me. I can't help that they could have thought up an original name that had more oomph of meaning behind it.
So guys...what about yours? I gave a lot, but no need to do as much...or do more! Whatever you want.
Edited by TheFuzzyOne, 31 January 2013 - 09:59 PM.