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The launching of S.M.S Monarch
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Published: July 2, 2011
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The year is 1902. Industrial and scientific development reach their peak. The world of la belle epoque is a world filled with flying machines and steam engines. The vessels that are the most awe-inspiring, are the military airships, floating fortresses of imposing size and powerful armament.

On August 1st, a new steam battleship is launched from the military airdocks on the outskirts of Vienna. The pride of K.u.K. industry, this is the first ship of a new series of Habsburg fighting vessels. This is the S.M.S. Monarch.

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This took a whole lot of time. From a tiny sketch made on a boring lecture at some point in May, to this final piece.

Drawn on A4 paper with a simple ball pen. I believe it was a Pentel, but it doesn't matter. A pen is a pen.

Note: The real-world Monarch-class Austrian battleships were smaller and of older design. This one is pure fiction, loosely based on Radetzky-class battleships from 1907/1910.

I hope you like it!
Best regards,
Tom. :)
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klr1956's avatar
klr1956|New Deviant

Perfect! Mind-boggling! A feast for the eyes!

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300ospartans's avatar
Woow. Nice drawing.
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BULLETPROOFCHEETAH's avatar
This is beautiful display of love for  nostalgia and science fiction!Eli Shane. Apologetic smile 
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Linumhortulanus|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wunderbar! 
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zarkonnen|Hobbyist Digital Artist
So I'm making a game about airships ( zarkonnen.com/airships ), and this picture is absolutely going into my "major inspiration" folder. :)
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Woodsie-One|Hobbyist General Artist
Łoooo. Niesamowicie to wygląda Oo
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Greyest-Wolf|Hobbyist General Artist
That is legitimate. XD Nice!
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C05M0NAUT|Hobbyist General Artist
HOLY s#!t.
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Casper-viccc's avatar
Just...amazing!
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AMELIANVS|Student Traditional Artist
Remindes me movies of czech director karel zeman.This has so nostalgic feel for me and inspires me to do something in steampunk way on my own:-)
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JanBoruta| General Artist
It's a shame that Polish TV hasn't shown many Czech films, only cartoons - and so I haven't yet watched Zeman's movies. :( Thank you for a great comment though. Steampunk may not be a genre for everyone, but it's a great practice for imagination :) I'd love to see steampunk done in your style, as you already excel in it when drawing history! :)
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88kwk's avatar
real cool
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Timeship|Professional Writer
Magnificent work, bravo!
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CosmOSmocker|Hobbyist General Artist
gotta say: THIS IS THE MOST BADASS HOMMAGE TO THE HABSBURG FAMILLY VESSELS! i love your fog and smoke effects dude ^^
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Sagittarius-A-star|Student Digital Artist
Hey Tomek, this is a really cool drawing!! Thanks for sharing- this is actually quite inspiring. Somehow, I don't think steam jets are enough from a behemoth like that- perhaps she has a hull made of Cavorite?
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JanBoruta| General Artist
I prefer to keep it regular steel with some utterly expensive aluminium parts. I just like to think that the steam jets are extremely powerful to the point I can claim it;s magic :D As Arthur C. Clarke once said: any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. :D
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Sagittarius-A-star|Student Digital Artist
Steam jets make me nervous. Anyone who happened to be standing underneath the ship when she took off would be skinned alive in seconds by the jets. If the battleship belched out enough steam to hold her aloft for a few seconds without the aid of antigravity, the population of the entire city would be flayed alive (and that is ignoring the question of where the ship gets the water for her jets). ;-)

A casual observer may not be able to distinguish advanced technology from magic- but technology does follow physical law, nonetheless. A steam jet is basically a steampunk rocket engine, and rocket engines are not capable of indefinite levitation, as they will run out of propellent (in this case, water). Even the most powerful steam just will run out of water in a few seconds, so the S.M.S Monarch must have antigravity engines or at least some kind of reactionless drive. Still, this is a steampunk fantasy ship, so it doesn't have to make too much sense...

How did you achieve so much detail with a pen? You can't erase any mistakes you drew in ink, so I imagine it was painstaking work...
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PaxAeternum| General Artist
what is her means of lift? :D
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JanBoruta| General Artist
Those are barely visible, but there are four exhaust ports on the ventral side that eject high-pressured steam in great volume, maybe not the most rational solution, but it suits my designs :D
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PaxAeternum| General Artist
ahHA.

I take it she retreives water for the steam system by some sort of cloud-condenser that takes advantage of rampant cumulus stormheads?
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JanBoruta| General Artist
I don't think there is any room for the creation of ministorms inside the ship (especially in the smaller, older craft seen in the upper right). I'd rather think that the steam is being recycled from boilers and other stuff that is powering the airscrews and forced into small tubes thus increasing the pressure (and temperature, but I don't know how to sort it out yet) and then directed to the exhaust ports. However it is used mainly as a aid in taking off, though in my other drawings the ships use it during battles to increase buoyancy. I know this explanation is half-assed in terms of scientific correctness, but that's why I love sci-fi, you don't have to explain everything and instead say: MAGIC :D
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Holy shit! so awesome!!
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Augos|Hobbyist General Artist
wonderful
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CamelBall-Z's avatar
This is badass, is it some kinda story you made?
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