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Breaking Orbit by MikeDoscher Breaking Orbit by MikeDoscher
The HMS Emperor of Mars and her support fleet break orbit over Neptune, sometime in 1921.

Another illustration for my 'Spacecraft of the First World War' project.

Edit: I've reworked the image slightly, and have adapted the image to look better on a wider range of displays.
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Adeptuschematicus Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
that is really awesome... but surely to break orbit they would be burning engines parallel to the planet's surface?
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
I fudged the angle a little, but that's what they're doing. I don't know the correct terminology, so bear with me: the middle of the planet is way offscreen to the right, maybe twice the width of the image or so. They're in an equatorial orbit and you're viewing it from edge on.
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RevealedFromtheVoy Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Very impressive :)
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zigzagLeo Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
That main ship is sooooo beautiful.  I want to be its captain.  ;_;
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QuantumCrab Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014
Can't wait till i can collect this physically!
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Wade7 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
really like the that fades in to the blackness of space....really well done!
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GratefulReflex Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ominous and glorious at the same time, I like the interplay of colors on this one. The smaller vessel lit perfectly in relation to it's much larger and deadlier comrade. The more distant silhouettes adds the weight needed to convey that this isn't a small group either. Simply fantastic.
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beltminer Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014
Well done smedley, reminds me of my days with the fleet.
Ham and bangers to a man, ay, wot..
Splendid, splendid...
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Matsucorp Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
I like the contrast... My brain has reconciled the differences... 
I imagine standing in a cave entrance, objects are nearing the mountain the cave is located in and are immediately cast in shadow... on by one the objects become darkened... or more apt, if your vantage is on the dark side of a moon, and the ships are passing into that moons shadow, this is how I see it. :)
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks. I thought that perhaps there might be some sort of luminous body that was partially occluded. As this is going to be a sort of 'in universe' illustration, I think I might just blame the fictional illustrator who made it.
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