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Airship Design: The Wyvern by Natal-ee-a Airship Design: The Wyvern by Natal-ee-a
Too much digital touch up for it to be in the traditional category.

I'm not as much of a steampunk fan as others, but some mechanical battle crafts are present in my fiction and I do love airships. Never yet designed an air fighter for a war based story so here it is. I really like it!

Here's some information about the ship if you're interested:

Main Features
- Takes off from water and lands in water. Therefore, it can go as far as the fuel supply can take it over land.
- Maximum altitude for best crew functionality: 2000 ft - 609.6 m but ship mainly travels as low as 1000 ft.
- Built from lightweight material for flight and speed.
- Sails inspired by dragon wings.

Sails and Engines
- Wing sails, made of strong canvas, act like gliding wings to soar on the wind without needing powerful engines to provide high speed. They rotate to catch wind in order to gain altitude while taking off. When in the air, they fold to descend and open to climb.
- The main propeller provides a faster forward movement while in the air and speed in the water when taking off. The propeller can be turned off for a slow and silent glide during safe or stealthy moments.
- Support propellers keep the ship on a steady path and allow an extra boost while taking off.
- Tail canvas rotates from side to side in order to control direction. It also acts as a dorsal fin.
- Spoilers slow the ship while landing in water.
- Although the rotation of the main propeller does not work well with changing the direction of the ship in the air, its rotation is used to steer the ship while in the water before take off.

Weapons and Armor
- Although built lightly, poles and weak areas of the surface contain metal bands and plating. Ships with much armor and metal would have larger sails to lift the ship’s weight.
- Aside from the cannons, the bottom of the ship opens small doors to drop lit barrels of explosive material to targets below. The door cracks are sealed to avoid water leakage when the ship is not flying.
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3DMG Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015
So glad you made this Creative Commons. The Australian SteamGuild Used this in their Zine along with some of my 3d photos.…
Natal-ee-a Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is really cool, thanks for letting me know. I remember a while back I was asked by someone to use that same picture on an aircraft website, not sure if this site was once that same one since the name does sound familiar. But this would be the first time I got a picture of mine in a legit magazine, so it's quite the experience.

And to think, a while back I was thinking of putting a more sealed copyright protection on my work, guess I made the right choice for  allowing this kind of access to them and still keeping them protected to an extent.

Thanks again for informing me :)
3DMG Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015
Don't be surprised if any more of your artwork starts turning up in the Magazine, The editor told me he likes your work  and is looking for some more CC art for later issues.
I hope you like the magazine.
Natal-ee-a Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's pretty cool, great to hear, and say thanks to the editor for me next time you talk to them. Funny because that's one of the only steampunk pictures I've ever done though there are certainly more ideas in my head that I wish to get back to drawing more of soon. Just doing a series of updated original character designs and another large project so it won't be for some time yet.

Thanks again, for the favorite too. And yeah, the magazine was great! Have it in my bookmarks to read through and will certainly suggest it to a friend who likes that sort of stuff.
AWC3117 Featured By Owner Edited Mar 5, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Hey this is great (though i'd doubt it would fly : ) ) I really like the colors and tone you made. Did you custom make the parchment canvas? Oh, and how much of it did you do traditionally?
Natal-ee-a Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, glad you like it!
The canvas was actually a free stock texture, and all the small thumbnail drawings (such as the different views, the ship name, the hover boat, etc) were traditionally drawn and scanned. You could tell due to their graininess. The largest drawing was entirely digital and just meant to look like pencil/ink or whatever.
AWC3117 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Oh I see now. Well it really looks great. Couldn't even tell the difference. Thanks a lot.
DCForgie Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
sometimes, i'd think i'd be great if someone made one of these things and flew one. that'd be awesome. very well done. I love stuff like this.
Natal-ee-a Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, and yeah, I'd be the first on board with such an invention.
Forget planes, imagine flying a vehicle designed for the water! Glad you like it.

And thank you for the favorite and the watch :)
ninjanoto Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i like this you should do more of them
Natal-ee-a Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, and thanks for the watch too. Despite of what I have been uploading since making this, I have always had airship designs going on in my mind and just might do a bit more of these when I really start getting into putting together pages of concept art for my original home projects. I did enjoy this, even though mechanical and still life stuff aren't my strongest skills in comparison to scenes and organics. But we'll see because there are a lot of other ideas I have planned to work on at the moment.
Again, I appreciate your interest ^^
Lairundar Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
Well done.
DieWildnis Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Professional Writer
This is truly an amazing design. I've been looking at airships for a good while and I think this is my favorite.
Natal-ee-a Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! When I first made this, even though I was working for a design idea that was at least scientifically plausible in reality, I still thought my idea followed a cliche trend. I didn't actually expect so many people to like it.

I'm glad you do!
DieWildnis Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Professional Writer
It's a very original design. I don't find it cliche at all. And I can see it completely plausible because the wings extend horizontally instead of vertically. the whole reason I was looking up airships is for my story but I noticed that you're using it for your writing. You have given me a great idea though!
Natal-ee-a Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well I'm glad I did, it's always nice to inspire others as much as you get inspired yourself :)

Thanks again!
Anchor-Jealousy-On Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011
that is really cool, i like that it's an actual design, very neat, instafave!
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