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Spooky Kittens by MikeDoscher Spooky Kittens by MikeDoscher
Death in a perfect sunset, somewhere at the edge of the Venusian atmosphere.

Italian short range fighters with oversize Le Prieur rockets attack an Austro-Hungarian air vessel during the blockade of Phobos by the Central Powers. Smuggled aboard a cargo vessel, the 'Gattina Spettrale' squadron was not particular effective against the forces there, but the presence of allied fighters so far inside their own lines had the Imperial forces searching for carriers that didn't exist for nearly a month. This splitting of their fleet made the blockade untenable, and Phobos was relieved.
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TheLastHokuten Featured By Owner Edited Nov 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I like the emotion of the pilot in this, his posture and gesturing, and seeing an airship diving is just intense.
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RevealedFromtheVoy Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the design of the fighters and the pilot in it ^^
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perttime Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014
I mainly see the fighter design - and I love it!

The bar in the front looks like a docking device?
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
Yes, though mostly the clamp there is for launching the vessel. The freighter they were launched from used an inclined ramp and the fighter was attached to a trolley on it. The trolley was in turn attached to a weight with a steel cable. The launch was accomplished with the weight being dropped over the side of the launch vessel. Because of the downward slope of the ramp, this could be only done in the air and in a gravity well.
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Maximilian-K Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Is this a reference to Italian saboteurs who rode torpedoes to infiltrate enemy harbours? I know the bulk of that happened in WW2, but the idea itself was pioneered in WW1 when such a unit sank the Austro-Hungarian battleship "Viribus Unitis".
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
It's an echo of them, as well as a couple other audacious operations that while not wholly successful, made the enemy modify or abandon their plans. I was also thinking of the submarine 'Turtle' from the Revolutionary War and the use of modified Spitfires to intercept German reconnaissance aircraft overflying England at very high altitudes.

I suppose I was also thinking about the uses of deception in a broader sense to restrict the actions of your opponent.
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Jepray Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
it reminds me of a vanship, from  "Last Exile" :D love it
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TheLastHokuten Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Heh, I'm getting those vibes myself.
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Brady-Kj Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Neat! What's the backstory here? It's clearly an alternate history with an apparent WWI in space.
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks. :) It's part of an attempt to explore how history (and particularly World War I) might have differed following the events of The War of the Worlds.
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