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  • Nightblue

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  • mbetteker

    12 20.34%
  • Phade01

    12 20.34%
  • Arthur 'Two Sheds'

    5 8.47%
  • John McKenna

    1 1.69%
  • LordVenom

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  • twentyone

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    Icon IDW #125: Pirate Dirigible - Voting

    IDW #125 Topic: Pirate Dirigible

    Deadline for voting: Sunday, May 2

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    While the Crimson Dawn was not the biggest or the fastest of the pirate vessels in the Kingdom, the bounties on her were vast and remained unclaimed. Her handlers' unprecedented ability to navigate the unpredictable air currents inside large rain clouds gave her name an almost mythical quality. Equally legendary was the cold accuracy of her hooking harpoon, with which she reeled herself towards the unknowing prey under shrouds of mist and cloud.

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    The ole' Floaty

    Captain Dirigible Pants and The ole' Floaty!
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    The Parasite is a motley collection of stolen parts: The hull used to belong to a merchant fleet up North, the spell-tree was poached from a Royal orchard, and the furnace was salvaged from a corvette which had laid dead in a swamp since the early days of the War.

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    This is very last minute, tried to make it fit to another airship i drew earlier.

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    Ahoy there Mates!
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    And some notes on this round as usual:

    Uhm, actually, I ain't got a lot to say Good round everyone, next round will be up soon. Be sure to post comments and crits if you vote please!

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    mbetteker: I like how the balloons are attached to the bottom of the vessel, and having the crow's nest underneath is a very fresh idea. More pirate flairs and aggressive shapes would help convey the theme.

    Phade01: Nice perspective and great shapes on the ship. The skull on the front is a very nice touch.

    Arthur 'Two Sheds'
    : Cool shapes! I like how clear your design is. Feel like the ship could use a bit more of a floating device though, on top of the cool missle maybe.

    John McKenna: Very creative design The pirates are not only mean but also green!

    LordVenom: Love the compact, grenade-like silhouette of your dirigible. It feels both industrial and aggressive, and it's probably the most practically possible design of this round. You got my vote!

    twentyone: lovely colors and textures! The beasts heads are intimidating indeed. The design looks very regal though, and the pirate flag feels a little out of place.

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    Aw hell missed the poll, thought I it didnt close just yet.

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    Ragnj: Sorry that you missed the poll. I'm trying to be a little more regular with these things so I can schedule them into my own agenda a bit better. Next time if you're not sure you're going to be on time send me a PM!

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    Ah ye its my own fault ofcourse, I think its good to be rather strict with the deadlines. I had it ready and checked the finals thread a couple of times but never got around to posting.

    Good round all

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    Alright, let's give this a go.

    Nightblue: I'm really liking the color and style you used. However, it doesn't really convey a 'pirate' idea; it looks a bit like an outdated spaceship, instead. The balloon also doesn't read too well, but that might just be me. Still a lovely design.

    mbetteker: I'm a fan of the color choices and composition. The ship itself seems fairly straightforward, but the little touches with the graffiti and crew members are quite nice. The only technical problem I could see is the bow of the ship having a bit of an unfinished look. Nevertheless, it's a nice design with a high cute-factor.

    Phade01: Definitely where my vote went. Great texture, great presentation, and very good suggestion of detail. I'm quite fond of how you combined the elements of the ship and the zeppelin into a believable package.

    Arthur 'Two Sheds': Very clean look to your work, but I feel the styles of the ship and zeppelin clash a lot. The balloon is very sterile and straight, whereas the rest of the ship uses a lot of curves and detail. It just doesn't really seem like a 'whole' to me. Perhaps a perspective shot would change my mind, but sadly, none of those.

    John McKenna: Very effective style, bit dreamy quality to it to fit with the design. I must say though, the design right now seems to be lacking a theme that's carried through, it's more of a combination of elements. Perhaps the tree's roots extending and forming a structural support?

    LordVenom: Holy steampunk Batman! Very nice, compact design - it looks as if it could actually be built. However, probably due to the last-minute-ness, it seems like the design and background clash, actually leading the eye into the background in places such as the top of the rudder.

    twentyone: I'm afraid I'll have to agree with Nightblue here, the design doesn't really say 'pirate' to me. It looks like the aerial fleet of an alternative French medieval empire. Still, there's quite some nice detail in there, the firing cannons giving a nice idea of how it'd be in action.


    Hope that one was useful. At the very least, rest assured I enjoyed looking at all of these pieces, and that I'm mostly really just nitpicking.

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    Man i love airships, this round was really fun!

    @Nightblue Thanks a lot an, it means a lot to me if people think my designs might be plausible, and thanks for the vote

    @vrt Thanks for the advice man, now that u mention it the background is really distracting in some areas. I need to get myself together and start working on these entries in time.

    I had a hard choice picking between Nightblue and Phade01. But i went with nightblue's design. It reminds me of an alternate future or retro futuristic past, and it has a touch of "Pirates of Dark Water" feel to it. I love the big harpoon and all the repairs all over. Definitely not a construction line vehicle but an over the time upgraded and updated war machine.

    Phade01 great Pirate airship all around nice design and execution, all the cannons and the spikes all shout pirate. Nice work here!

    mbetteker Absolutely cool design man, love the upside down lookout and all the balloons. My only problem with this one that it doesn't say pirate to me, it looks more like a merchant ship, and awesome merchant ship

    Arthur 'Two Sheds' As it was said before the zeppelin and the old style ship conflict a bit, if you'd taken a more early 20th century ship design it would have worked a lot better. But i like the polish you put into it.


    John McKenna I can imagine this ship in a "Stardust" like fairytale movie, i think it would work perfect there. A quick hit and run pirate ship. Would have been nice to see a not cross sectioned view to.

    Twentyone I agree with the others that your design looks more royal then pirate. And the fact that you have drawn more of them. Pirates usually operate alone and don't have ships that are very similar, they are stolen and heavily modified ships. Your designs look really cool but maybe for the military of an eastern/asian empire, with all the gorgeous golden details.

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    mbetteker : seems simple enough right ? Some balloons latched onto the bottom of the boat ? I like it though hehe, voted for it even. The American flag down under is probably my biggest concern : they're pirates dude (although I guess you could go for the whole "letter of mark" argument). Anyway, I like it : something "monkey Island" about it

    Phade : nice angle, good feeling for the scene. I wasn't too sure about the sails at first, but it gives layers to the design which I like. I'ld say maybe you could have made them bigger in fact, maybe a few more, more elaborate layering, I think that would have pulled me in quite a bit more. Not hooked on the skull up front but good entry.

    Arthur : Lovein' the Albator feel I'm gettin' from yours. I almost voted for it but something doesn't feel quite right ? I think it's that the elements don't seem to gel well together. I don't mind the old caravel-type boat lodged under a zeppelin (zeppelin's rule of course of course hehe) but I think it would have worked better with a more obvious unifying element, something they could both share. I'm also wondering if a side-elevation is the best angle to give us a nice view of her.

    John McKenna : I like the fact you used a tree in lieu of a balloon (trees float ??? wtf?). I'm not convinced the illustration really tells the story as well as it could, but the imagination factor is pleasing to me

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