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Pluton Class Fire Thrower by MikeDoscher Pluton Class Fire Thrower by MikeDoscher
While utilizing a very similar configuration to the Daedalus class of the Royal Navy, the French Pluton class was a smaller and much more experimental design. They took advantage of the location of the main battery atop the gravity generator to better bring to bear developments in incendiary weapons along Martian lines. While never wholly successful, the terror they created made them legendary.

Here we see an early example, possibly the Eurale. She is fitted with the unusual 'lazy susan' style turret which allowed the upper works and main battery to be separately rotated. These were quickly superseded as overly complicated and not a good fit for more conventional weapon systems when incendiaries fell out of fashion.

This is another illustration for 'Spacecraft of the First World War.'
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hgfggg Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2015
Reminds me of the ships from "Edison Conquers Mars".
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alexpat3d Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Looks very nice! How did you make that soft metal noise? Have you used textures?
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thanks! Yeah, there's two noise textures in there. One is a desaturated rust texture on a Multiply layer, and the other is a scratched and chipped metal texture on an Overlay, or possibly a Screen layer. I don't remember which, as I flattened them with the blocked-in color to work in some highlights with my brush set to Linear Dodge and a low opacity.

Most of the noise textures have actually been erased away, so they play reasonably well with each other. The Multiply layer has mostly been left in shadow, and the Overlay/Screen layer has been left mostly on the highlights, and worked back into by hand.
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JDunk1971 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014
Looks a little stubby for its height, buts its a French design from the first decade of the 20th Century.   Those were a little strange-looking, even in RL.
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lordhadrian Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013
Awesome piece :)
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Bakerdezign Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
Really nice Diesel Punk fantasy art here,just looks cool. You've got a great handle with your work. :+fav:
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dmaland Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really like the "vintage future" look of this.
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flaketom Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
Beautiful artwork! Really can't wait to see more of them Space crafts. You really nail the style and atmosphere of it!
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Sagittarius-A-star Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Ha ha, cute ship! :) I presume that the incendiary weapons are primarily for strafing Martians in an atmosphere?  Fire doesn't tend to work in vacuum unless you provide your own oxidizer, which may be hard to pull off.  Anyway, very nice work, I like the anachronistic mix of WW1 air and sea tech with spaceships.
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Somebody got the bright idea of using these things as close-in antiship weapons. The fuel is a little more exotic, being based on Martian semi metallic fuels with a very high energy potential. Because of the way the nullification drives work, the earlier ships tended to bring a small 'bubble' of atmosphere with them. This made hull breaches less immediately disastrous, but invited exploitation by flame and gas weapons. The red queen will have her way, it seems.
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Great-5 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconprutoplz:??
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
gooby pls
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gabruele Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it seems a boss from metal slug=)
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
Oh yes! Maybe that sub that comes up in the sewer level in... X? That thing had the coolest looking damage states. :)
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poderosoandrajoso Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013
GREaT
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vectorv12 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013
THIS IS AMAZING.

Oh, by the way, Spacecraft of the First World War is an amazing idea. Is it going to be an artbook?
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you. Yes, that's the plan. It'll be done in a format where there are plates and capsule histories for all the major types of the conflict, probably somewhere between 30 and 45 different ships or so.
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PK-Artist Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Incredible!! If you do make an art book of all your incredible ships, I'd definitely buy it!
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you. I would be more than happy to sell you one. :)
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decophoto32 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Very Cool.
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Clayman8 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013
love the chibi look while it still is a damn complex warmachine...
If i understand it right,this is essentially a flying flamethrower mounted to the shell? Really like the design,it has a vibe of both steampunk mixed with Battleship Yamato and real machinery. Your work is always a pleasure to discover
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you. Yes, that's essentially it, though the flamethrower is a little more exotic than something you might see in a WWII documentary or such.

I suppose with this one I'm playing with the tension between a very exaggerated outline and much more utilitarian details.
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JanBoruta Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Professional General Artist

I can't stress enough how I like your designs and pictures as a whole. I'm completely enchanted by your ideas for the spaceships of World War 1 - especially by how coherent they are with each other and keep the style consistent. I like how the designs take ideas and shapes from historical ships of war, but they have this retro-future twist to them. 


I myself work in this way and a few years back I was also designing spacecraft based on WW1 and pre-WW1 ships and aircraft, even though I had little knowledge in this matter back then. It;s not the case with your art - you display the knowledge of how warships looked and worked in the past, and combine it with your very imaginative ideas - to a great aesthetic and creative effect. I wish you more great pictures, for your and our pleasure :)

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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you, from an artist of your ability, these are high compliments. In particular, your sense of form and atmosphere are amazing. :)
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Plognark Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice :)
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TodK Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013
When is this book coming out and where can I buy it in its gigantic coffee-table-sized glory?
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Professional General Artist
I need to finish it first! :) I'm considering a number of different possible venues and formats, but I want to make sure that it's complete before I commit to anything.
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TypeProton Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013   Digital Artist
"Burn, [insert French cuss word here]!"
Great design.
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JimHatama Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013
Very nice! man
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MetalSnail Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome!!!
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johnnyharadrim Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013

Better than barbettes, the lazy susan, but less efficient than a proper turret ;) Also not so well-protected, I think, especially if the upper works' machinery have to go through the lower turret works.

My god, that is a TERRIFYING idea!

 

"No oxygen....we burn! We BURN!!!! AIIIIIEEEEE!!!"

 

No wonder flamethrower crews were showed no mercy on the battlefield...

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Corum01 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Student Filmographer
wow, you make it sound so believable. I love the amount of thought that went into this 

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Heretic1311 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013
Basically a flying flamethrower. Thatīs a horrifying idea.
I donīt want to get on the bad side of itīs captain. Or itīs gun crew...
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