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    IDW 0018: Steampunk Submersible

    IDW 0018: Steampunk Submersible

    Topic: Steampunk Submersible

    Background: The depths of the sea are uncharted, only a few dare go beneath the ocean waves.
    Design a vehicle that does just that.

    Captain Nemo's Nautilus is a good starting point.


    Brief:

    1. Design a submersible vehicle for exploring the depths of the ocean

    2. No modern or futuristic technology, make it steampunk.


    Deadline: Friday 13th October (I'll close it on Saturday)
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    Bother - another awfully tempting subject. I shall curse IDW for my loss of sleep.

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    Scans of a couple of sketches I worked with over the weekend. I think I shall do another model but this time limit my details and work out the camera angle in advance to save on some work - hopefully produce some fair competition.
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    Davy Jones's real rig

    Never did a steampunk thing before and not really up on it. I have been attempting to simply get involved lately so thought I would participate. Will do it as a wip. I tend to over paint things and it always looks to "thick" or flat, so any cnc's are appreciated.

    "Davy Jones's pirate submersible was responsible for a handful of legends. When he popped up out of know where, it was like a ghost ship appearing from no where. There was a coating of a whitish phospherous film on a lot of the top. It came from the caves where repairs where done out of site. The bullnose looked a lot like a whale and from afar looked as such. One thing was certain, you didn't want to see this, up close".

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    I have to admit that i'm not sure i really understand the whole "steampunk" idea, i've googled it but all it seems to come up with is anime, does it revolve around an industrial revolution styled design astheic but with more modern technological functions?

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    Pretty much, 'original' steam punk might be Jules Vern stories, the time machine or Nautilus.

    The name comes from a similar combination as cyber-punk, with advanced technology in a gothic-punk setting, steam-punk sees industrial revolution=>American Civil War=>Victorian (Brunnel & Stevenson & Armstrong) technology working to produce modern effects in a gothic-punk setting.

    The mix of big machines, Gothicism and imperial British imagery do help to make it popular in Japan.

    References from western-film would be, Wild-Wild-West, Legal of Extraordinary Gentlemen {- and comic}. For real world examples the Great-Eastern is practically fictional in its conception and Armstrong's Cragside (Northumbria) could be considered to be wonderfully strange and advanced beyond its time.

    http://www.greatoceanliners.net/greateastern.html
    http://www.north-country.co.uk/cragside.htm
    http://www.ejr.ndo.co.uk/crag.html - couldn't find much better for Cragside.
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    Wow, thanks for the information. I knew what steampunk is and I still found it interesting! The Great Eastern is a really great example (especially in use with this topic).
    I just can't get that computer game Arcanum out of my head--while the designs aren't too inspiring, the atmosphere of the game is (it's steampunk)

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    completly unrelated but very amusing example of steampunk: http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...+screw+on+head

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    I'll give it a try.... I've never done this before...... so, crits will be mostly welcome!!!

    Final

    Crits will do fine!

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    The Deep Dive I was built during the Industrial Revolution, in the middle of the XVIII century. Using mineral coal as its main source of fuel, the DD - I, could go deeper than the imagination would go and its captain, Arthur Dylan, was the first man to go underwater more than 1000 meters.
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    I'll have a go if I have time over the next couple of days, never done one of these either.

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    Eric - Nice and colorful start! Crit time though...
    First of all, too noticable repeated brushes (though I'm sure you planned on cleaning it up more). Along the same lines, it's a good idea to use a brush for quick fish, but those fish look much too similar to sharks/mammals to be in groups that large. Also, it's probably better to make the silhouette as simple as possible if you're repeating, and make it a mix of about 2 shapes.
    And, most importantly, the dynamics of your ship are a little awkward. I didn't know which side was the front initially, and the propulsion is a little strange--for instance, there is no way for it to turn left or right... it would just push/strafe left and right rather than turning in the intended direction.
    Try to incorporate some more steampunk stylings. As of right now, the shape and some features do look good, but a lot of it just looks futuristic.

    Sorry if I was a little harsh, I got carried away.

    Maybe I can slip in an entry as well.

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    I thought that people might find these references useful for some more marine inspiration.
    http://www.dreadnoughtproject.org/plans/SM_Wespe_1894/
    http://www.dreadnoughtproject.org/plans/SM_V1-9_1894/
    This site has many good (and detailed) references for 19th to 20th century vessel design although for this project the above two are likely most relevant (chronologically).

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    Johnnyhorse - Thanks for the C&C a lot! I'll do my best to make it better and more steampunk.

    Peace!

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