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Fall of the 'Gloire' by MikeDoscher Fall of the 'Gloire' by MikeDoscher
The ship fell burning out of the night, her crew missing. She was intercepted by German pickets above Mare Erythraeum, and boarded by Raketentruppen when she did not respond to hails. This was a pivotal moment in many ways: Not only did it mean that the Anglo-French technical advantage in engine design had evaporated, but also that the Martian gravity technology could be used to warp time itself.  The crew was subsequently found to have been reduced to dust, an engine malfunction aging everything within the gravity field in a highly accelerated manner.

This is another painting for my 'Spacecraft of the First World War' book project.
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RevealedFromtheVoy Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting story behind the pic :)
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Kaitimar Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
Just consider all of your ships favoured : )
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Professional General Artist
Great mood to this, I really like it, especially the Gloire ... looks bloated and awesome :D looking forward to seeing more about the book too
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jailgurdnegative Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist
such a freaking pipey ship. :D
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NOMANSNODEAD Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Professional General Artist
awesome work!
a book project? now that'd be fantastic.
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dmaland Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love that industrial look, and all those smokestacks.
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Scha11enkrieger Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
do you plan a kickstarter for the book project? Id love to buy it
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Professional General Artist
I'd love to sell it to you. :)

Kickstarter is something I've thought about, but I think I might go another way. I want to have the book done before I start asking people for money, and I also want more people to see it than really seems likely through Kickstarter. I'm thinking of doing a digital release first through the Kindle format, and if that does well enough it could help me find a traditional publisher for an expanded edition. There really isn't any format that's perfect, but Kindle seems promising. I like how many platforms it's available for.

All this may change, though. More than anything I just want to make sure I have something good put together and I'm sure I can find some way to share it.
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waxx Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Please take my money.
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Trekkie5000 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'd buy it.
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ndgmtlcd Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
You really have the sputtering-steaming-sparking parts perfectly.  They give great motion to the scene. La Gloire seems just the right size for this piece of action. It looks like a barquentine size craft like its namesake:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:LaG…
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you. Yes. I was thinking of those transitional ships, and the likelihood that the great powers would reuse prestigious names. :)
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MetalSnail Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, awesome!!!
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The-Real-Evil-Steve Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013

Those Raketentruppen are really neat.  I enjoy your work, but I really like the rocket sled thing.


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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks! They'll get their own color plate, so you can expect to see more of them. :)
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SultanOfAwesomeness Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Woah. Eerie.
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graught Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This great stuff. Major kudos on originality and design.
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dinfet Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
Props to you for this work! Slight pun intended:)
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dinfet Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
I realized I misused the prop word here in this case because there are no propellers and a rigid support doesn't fit in this case- still an awesome painting with and great story behind it!
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TypeProton Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Imagine how the crew reacts. Yikes.
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Wolflich Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Like if they were drifting, I suppose. They'd run out of something, be it air, water, or food; if not because of a finite supply, then when something wears out and can't be replaced (though it looks like a ship with finite supplies, of at least some things).
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flaketom Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
Absolutely beautiful! Love the design of the Gloire!
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JanBoruta Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Student General Artist
Damn it, we had the same idea again, but your one makes so much more sense. www.deviantart.com/art/Flying-…

The design of the Gloire here isn't necessary my favourite, but it's familiar and otherworldly at the same time - just as it needs to be. I really like how the backstory of WW 1 in space is being developed, makes me really curious about future pictures. 
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
I like your design. Mine is really Rocketeer-esque but with more bulk and a sense of greater mass and fragility. Your work retains much more of a feeling of the period, whereas mine concentrates on rapid change and discontinuity.

The Gloire as seen here is a pretty ugly and overloaded design. I was thinking about the Fuso class, and the retrofit that squeezed the superstructure into such a weird shape.

I really like your own work, and the sense of aesthetic continuity that has gone into it.
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psymonster1974 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
Really want to buy this book...
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Venom-V13 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
Awesome!
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