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(c)Kooskia (art)
(c) :icongoogynoober: (commission)
(c) Naomi Novik (original world setting)

Second commissioned art for :icongoogynoober: about a Temeraire 's world setting for modern dragon.
This is the second art i did after this design for Soviet heavy-weight dragon in WWII: kooskia.deviantart.com/art/Sov…

Now, a little background for this art:
As all the other Aerial Corps of the world, even the famous British Aerial Corps found themselves in trouble after the end of the WWI.
The first world's conflict saw the definitive superiority of airplanes and anti-aircrafts weapons that could easily hunt and kills dragons and that seemed to be the end of an era.
However, the new World War saw a number of countries develop new strategies for dragons on battelfield.

With the huge German bombings on London and the whole country, the British Aerial Corps were called to do the best in support the defense against the raids of aircraft bombers.
The RAF had deployed an aircraft named Boulton Paul Defiant with an interesting concept: all the weapons were formed by a single turret with 4 guns while the aircrafts itself had no forward-firing machine guns.
This aircrafts proved to be too much vulnerable against the German escorts of Me-109 and Fw-190 fighters but the Aerial Corps managed to adapt the same concept for dragons:

Dragons needed to remove defensive armors and under-belly nets: even the crew for dragons as the Longwings showed in this pictures was reduced to just 2 people: Captain and Gunner.
No other weight could be carried because the dragon needed to fly quickly and still carry the heavy turret with the ammunitions on the back.

Dragons managed to be a true turning point for the Battle of London because the night raids of He-111 and Ju-88 faced a new foe: differently from aircrafts, dragons could fly under the bombers formations and retreat quickly hiding in pre-selected location on the ground, heavily defended by AAA if the German night fighters attempted to follow the dragons.

None night interceptor aircraft managed to reach the results achieved by the hunting teams of dragons of the British Aerial Corps, making the United Kingdom one of the few country of the WWII to successfully deploy dragons for direct engagements.


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:iconzgerken:
Zgerken Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2017
Very very nice concept may use something similar for a story I'm planning.
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Kooskia Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2017
Heya! hehe no problem xD The concept-idea it's itself based upon Temeraire x3
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:iconzgerken:
Zgerken Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2017
That is true, mind you my ideas for dragons more revolve around them causing havoc behind enemy lines and ambushing aircraft because that's how I feel they'd be most effective for.
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Kooskia Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2017
Thats cool x3 i made other similar concepts however, feels free to check them in my gallery (still search for "temeraire") to find them
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Zgerken Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2017
Okay will do!
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k3ttch Featured By Owner Edited Nov 7, 2014
My headcanon is that Temeraire and Iskierka's descendants continued to serve the UK well into the 20th century. The ones gifted with the Divine Wind are called Hurricanes, while the fire-breathing ones are called Spitfires. 
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Kooskia Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014
A good idea x3
But for this series i deliberately avoided this kind of possibilities xD
Personally however i'm intrigued by the idea that they can inherite BOTH the fire and divine wind xD
Would be a supreme-dragon v.v
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:iconcodfish107:
Codfish107 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I have always imagined that dragons would fight solo with only their captain. They would just wear good armor.
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Kooskia Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
Larger you're in air, easier you're as target. That's almost all the bombers in ww2 had defensive turrets.
(i've done this for this other concept:  kooskia.deviantart.com/art/Sov... )

But even if could be nice, i don't think it's so easy for Temeraire's dragons fight openly in modern warfare: armour can protect by light fire, but expecially in WW2 aircrafts were well armed: just the Germans had 13mm, 20mm and even 30mm on their aircrafts.
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:iconcodfish107:
Codfish107 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Well i was thinking that heavy weights and ability dragons could aim at the tail and take them down.
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Kooskia Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
Ma sei italiano? XD Perchè parliamo in inglese? (rispiega l'ultima frase che non l'ho capita).
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Codfish107 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I don't speak Italian...
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Kooskia Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
Was supposing so because you've "Italy" on your page.
Well... however i've not quiet understood your line
 "heavy weights and ability dragons could aim at the tail and take them down"
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Codfish107 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Haha ya, i used  have it saying im not Italian. I'm actually an American, i'm in Italy because of the US Air Force.

I was thinking the heavy weight dragons like Regal Coopers could come from above and aim at the tail piece of the bombers. Then the acid of Longwings could easily corrode wings. Fire-breathers could aim at the engines.
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Kooskia Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
Oh... Air Force? XD
Hehe... but honestly i think that dragons has absolutely 0 chances to survive against escort fighters in medium-high altitutde.
Even if they plan an ambush, then escort fighters can easily reach and fire at them (due lower speed, the survival of a dragon is a bit in doubt):    with this kind of designes i'm making for Tem. series all focus on maximize the strategic outcomes with minimization of losses (expecially considering that dragons can't be replaced as quickly as aircrafts).

Just for
curiosity i've just think at a design for an US Dragon in WWII too...
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GoogyNoober Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
This guy looks pretty dangerous with his turret. I see they have destroyed three German aircrafts and fourth is coming. I will hope there is not an evil genius who adds nuclear bombs to dragon's harness. ;)
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Kooskia Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
I've think about the idea of "dragons-bombers" but actually i think it's not much reasonable. Apart for the fact that the same Naomi put the elements of crew launching small bombs from dragons, and the accurancy could have been actually very very low.
The problem it's that harness are not a "firm" thing, and bombs have to remain very well firm, before being launched.
And the option of adding a sort of "under-belly-wing", metallic and stable with bombs attached it doesn't make much sense because it's limit the possibility of the dragon to bent his body during the flying and movments etc...
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:icongoogynoober:
GoogyNoober Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
Yeah you totally right, I mean the Kamikaze-like dragons :( Though I don't like an idea of dragons' suicide with huge bombs. =)
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Kooskia Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
Same... apart for the fact that i doubt that Tem. dragons may be fine with suicide missions.
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