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HMS Asterion by MikeDoscher HMS Asterion by MikeDoscher
Here we see the Asterion and the Cerebus, two sky monitors of the Daedalus class engaged in a bombardment against the Martian Remnant. The view is likely from the carrier Inescapable (formerly the MV Acadian Princess) prior to her loss in 1922.

While few were completed in time for the conflict, the class was notable for applying the principles of Martian gravity reversal drives to shock loads as well as suspension and locomotive needs. This enabled the prodigious shell weight of the main battery, which proved so useful in operations against the remaining turret complexes at the poles.

This image is entirely digital, and is one of a series of illustrations for my 'Spacecraft of the First World War' project.
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RevealedFromtheVoy Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Really great !

This is so cool x)
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Jankovic123 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is good! How does the ship keep upright though?
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks. Lift is provided by an anti-gravity device reverse engineered from Martian technology. Normally, it's trimmed to where the vessel has a sight negative buoyancy in a gravity well. Capsizing could be a problem, but the hull is laid out so that the main battery is right above the center of gravity.
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Jankovic123 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice, well nice art anyway.
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TheArtOfSanhueza Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Love this concept! The ship design is excellent (including the reverse-fire for balance) and the composition is very nice too. 

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Sagittarius-A-star Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Nice work, I like how the ventral fin expels excess gas downward to balance the recoil of the main big gun. :D And you have to love a spaceship with smokestacks and propellers, ha ha...
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SultanOfAwesomeness Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I absolutely love the idea of how the ventral fin seems to expel excess energy from the mortar. Having the main gun and the fin work in conjunction to stabilize the vessel when firing is just pure genius. ;w;
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wingsofwrath Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Here the game design experience is truly visible, since you managed to visually distil this design to it's core concept of "big gun" and "flies around", which is exactly what the viewer is supposed to understand from it.

Really amusing is the fact you ended up with the same kind of propulsion details I used for the old generation 3 flying ships for "Shadowless", with submarine inspired counter-rotating multi bladed propeller in pods separated by the main hull by struts. wingsofwrath.deviantart.com/ar…
As my designs went from the steampunk to the realistic (following a shift in the core concept of the comic) I gave up this design in favour of making my gen 5 ships ground effect craft using banks of aero-style propellers for propulsion, but I kind of liked the look of the old gen 3 so I'm glad to see the same thing pursued in your universe, because it makes a lot more sense in this setting. It also looks awesome.

Am I wrong in supposing the ventral fin contains a venturi nozzle that funnels some of the gasses from the gun as it fires, rendering the design  semi-recoilles?

Also, I like the quad AA pom-poms in the tubs next to the bridge. It was always a detail I liked on RL WW2 British ships.
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
Interesting! Much like the control surfaces in the other designs, I saw the propellers as projectors for manipulating the gravity field of the main drive. I really like your designs. It's funny how things converge.

Yeah, the keel fin has a tube with a countercharge. Mostly the gravity drive takes care of the recoil, but the countercharge is there to help maintain stability.
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RavensScar Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Very nice design. Is the Cerebus in the background showing the keel acting as a counter to the main gun's recoil?
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