A few weeks ago while I was watching Hayao Miyazaki’s masterpiece Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, I spotted a large tank that caught my attention. From that I built this menacing ‘bad boy’ full of details and features and wrapped in a total dark gray color scheme.
It’s called The Hedgehog and the reason is quite obvious: dozens of dark tan claws guarantee maximum grip on all types of terrain. And the appearance resembles the small spiky mammal.
The shape is deliberately awkward and a little cartoonish. I added details and features without ever going overboard. The upper part with the turret opens to expose a detailed little interior with such an assortment of armaments and equipment.
Last but not least, the moustached commander looks like he came out of a WW II Panzer.

The Hedgehog joins my other tanks that I have built in recent years, give it a look it’s worth it.
The Hedgehog is heavily and loosely based on Hayao Miyazaki’s Akuyaku, a multi turreted tank appeared in some sketches of the master illustrator. Miyazaki has always been very fascineted by the tanks and planes used in the two world wars. I tried to transfer that style into my latest work too. And I dig it!

Miyazaki’s tanks and Tyler’s beautiful Bad Guy No.1 inspired this latest tracked MOC of mine. So thank you!