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'Incroyable' Class Destroyer by MikeDoscher 'Incroyable' Class Destroyer by MikeDoscher

We sang songs to drown out the rumbling of the engines, and at least challenge the shrieking of the wind. We were bright blades piercing the breast of the night, recalling Roland and Oliver at Roncevaux, as was only fitting. We perched on columns of fire, arcing in a gentle parabola and feeling none of gravity’s curse, having solved the riddle of the Martian gravity engines.

It was just a drill, just a show for our allies and enemies. We all knew though. We knew we were going to Mars. We knew we were going to fight something ancient and terrible, and dig it out of its hole. It had tried for us, tried to conquer and harvest our world, and failed. The ogre and the dragon are terrible, but how much more terrible is the knight with revenge in his eye and steel in his hand? Well, we all know how that turned out!

Still, we were young and the universe was a new thing. Those old ships were deathtraps, with their fulminate fuses and the engines we really didn’t understand yet. It was intoxicating, though. Intoxicating not like any wine that mortals know, but like falling in love and foreseeing your own death at the same time. It was a different time.

-Michel de Traci-Bocage, Mémoires du Futur

The Incroyable class was a stopgap class of vessels designed to intercept a third wave of Martian landers that never came. Fast, lightly armored and terribly fragile, they were the first space vessels to be fielded by the Third Empire in any number. While cursed with a number of design deficiencies and poor serviceability, they did give the French crown an edge in practical engine design that extended up to the time of the loss of the Gloire.

-Dominic Rossignol, Origins of the Fall

Another illustration and a bit of the backstory for Spacecraft of the First World War.

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RevealedFromtheVoy Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Writer
You know french ?
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Professional General Artist
Not really, but it's a very interesting language. 
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RevealedFromtheVoy Featured By Owner 19 hours ago  Hobbyist Writer
Je suis d'accord :D

Aren't you interested in taking course ?
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner 3 hours ago  Professional General Artist
Time is a problem. Between by day job and trying to get this book done, it may not happen for a while.
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NOMANSNODEAD Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome man!
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Hunter2045 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014
Nice.
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GratefulReflex Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this one is very intrigueing, is there some kind of book or collection this will be in at some point?
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
I'm glad it catches your interest. :)

Yeah, I'm putting together a sort of fake history picture book called 'Spacecraft of the First World War'. Hopefully it'll be out later this year, but life is pretty busy. I'll probably do it as a Kindle format e-book for starters, then do an expanded version for print if there's enough of a positive reaction.
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GratefulReflex Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hope you post a link to it on your DA account, though I don't have a kindle it's already interesting enough for me to buy were it in print.
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Professional General Artist
I certainly shall. :) Thing about the Kindle format is, you don't need a Kindle. I chose the format because you can view it on just about any platform- Windows, Mac, iOs, Android.
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