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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 These were quickly superseded as overly complicated and not a good fit for more conventional weapon systems when incendiaries fell out of fashion.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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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 Traditional 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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