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After the Storm

This is the color plate that will accompany the afterword in Spacecraft of the First World War.
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cullyferg2010's avatar
Looks like someone got the short end of the stick!
aliboy357's avatar
Farewell dear Thunderchild.
gibsart's avatar
Great piece, very atmospheric.
MercenaryGraphics's avatar
Battleship all busted up!
Texshi's avatar
Reminds me of Warship Gunner 2 and the intro
Sagittarius-A-star's avatar
Looks like that warship has fought its final battle. :) Looking forward to this book!
kinda reminds me of the the fighting temeraire.…

MikeDoscher's avatar
I hope so, I was using that painting as my main inspiration. :)
keight's avatar
Lovely, Mike.
MetalSnail's avatar
Very cool, awesome colours!
TheFellowWithTheHat's avatar
On this day, December 7th in 1941, thousands of sailours of the United States were killed in the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbour.

Even if this is just a coincidence, it's a beautiful, but sad, depiction of the aftermath of naval warfare. <3
MikeDoscher's avatar
It is a strange coincidence, but perhaps a fruitful one. Synchronicity? Who can say.

I wanted to convey some of the hauntedness of the universe this takes place in, and my mind does sometimes drift back to the terrible stories of Pearl Harbor, told out from wrecks and artifacts. A hole in the conning tower of a midget sub that spoke of a quick death, or knocking from a sunken wreck that spoke of a slower one. I'm glad you like it, and are also able to sense a certain tragic feel to it as well.
TheFellowWithTheHat's avatar
Still a beautiful, haunting image if I do say so myself.
nomyai's avatar
The first thought I had, when I saw your wonderful illustration, was the scuttled Imperial German High Seas Fleet at Scapa Flow.

I've been following your progress on "Spacecraft of the First World War" and am looking forward to getting a copy when you publish.  Your imagination is priceless and you've turned out stunning work.  A hearty Thank You for constantly sharing with us. :-)
MikeDoscher's avatar
Thank you, I'm glad you like what I'm doing so much. :) I was thinking of that scuttling as one of the inspirations, as well as the scuttling of the Graf Spee.
CrossDevice's avatar
Seems very fittting. Lovely colour use
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JanBoruta's avatar
I'm very happy to see a naval scene, dare I say - finally? I very much like the classic structure of the foreground ship's bridge. Really does remind me of WW-1 British and interwar American battleships, complete with the angular enclosed observation post. The sky is painted in a very compelling, almost classical manner, but it somehow became more detailed than the sea - I suppose the latter could use a bit more definition perhaps. Very good job otherwise!

Finally, are the differences in designs of the ships the indication of technological progress, or are those simply differences between a sea-going and space-going vessel? The naval one, for example, has a turret with stub-barrelled guns, as opposed the the space-going one that sports pretty standard real-world armament. Unless, of course, the naval ship looks different just because it's a smaller class. 
MikeDoscher's avatar
I'm glad it pleases, though it may be a bit less proper than it first appears! :)

Without giving too much away, most of the spacefaring vessels in my book are designed to be able to float level and true to ease maintenance. I thought the tripod mast was a nice echo of Mars, so technological progression skips cage masts entirely.

Much of the scene is a sort of quote of Turner's Fighting Temeraire. The sea really could use more work, yes. I suppose I find myself in an odd half-life between painting a scene and painting a painting.

The large vessel has come to grief, but not by direct violence. The guns are much as you might expect. The small vessel is a semi-submersible with a large, low-velocity gun retrofitted to make her a sort of breastwork monitor. She would typically fire high explosive shells as plunging fire.

There's a bit more to it all, but it's all got more spoilers than an issue of Import Tuner. More to come!
JanBoruta's avatar
I'm always tuned in for more, so definitely looking forward to it! And thank you for all the explanation you could give. The similarity to Fighting Temeraire is indeed visible, although the sky made me think more of Turner's The Burning of Parliament - still in the ballpark.

As for the tripod masts, I would think they make much more sense in atmosphere re-entry situations than cage masts, with all the sturdiness issues and whatnot (not to mention it'd take longer to paint, he said on his own lazy behalf). And I did not expect the monitor to be somewhat submersible. I took the bulges on its sides as oversized anti-torpedo blisters and not a shape suggesting a submarine. 

I suspected the seaworthiness of your space-going vessels, but wanted to ask anyway out from an ignorant's point of view. I'm trying to come up with a solution for my own airships, whether or not they should be able to float in water as well - but I can't think of anything else than seawater getting into all the precious exhaust pipes, or exposed ventral engines immediately rusting away. I settled for dedicated drydocks built deep inland to circumvent the issue for the time being.  
MikeDoscher's avatar
The Burning of Parliament is one of those paintings that is so seminal that I'm sure it's an influence, even if I hadn't thought of it. Same goes for The Slave Ship.

The smaller vessel has some strange features that were developed based on fighting Martian tripods. While the heat ray is an incredible weapon, this was a class of vessels that were designed to minimize their advantage. Part of that is keeping the freeboard low in combat to use the water as armor, and part is the use of indirect fire weapons out of the Martian line of sight. I would imagine that the tripods learned the hard way the dangers of using the heat ray at naval targets that got too close! The tripods aren't sealed, and the pilots are of low enough mass that scalding could cripple or kill them. To that end, the ships designed to fight them are sealed against the black smoke and are capable of laying smoke screens and there were experiments with flame weapons as well.

Repair and construction at conventional shipyards seemed the only logical source for the construction techniques used and the available industrial base during reconstruction, so I followed the path of least resistance.

As far as your own designs go, they seem like they might be serviced in fresh water with relative ease. Perhaps a judicial use of bronze and aluminum on the machinery? I could also see some sort of flying barge being brought in to land on either flat ground or calm water to cradle them for overhaul.
Daemoria's avatar
I only lament the fact that my e-book reader is only greyscale. This is an awesome color study, nothing else really to say. Great design on the ships, and the sort of murky sea (sunken city?).

Looking forward to the release.
MikeDoscher's avatar
Thanks. :)

You should also be able to view the e-book on any PC or any Android or iOS device. Ideally, I want to see it printed as a proper book, and this may help me find a deal for one. Who knows, eh? One way to find out!
MoonyMina's avatar
really beautiful!! the atmosphere is really strong!
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