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Sunward by MikeDoscher Sunward by MikeDoscher

The Basilisk glides silently sunward, her iron turning to gold in Saturn’s glow. The seventh boat of the Cockatrice class, she was analogous to the torpedo boat and the submarine of more familiar seas. Armed with long range rockets, she could deal a lethal (if inexact) blow to ships and installations many times her size.

Another illustration for Spacecraft of the First World War. I used Corel Painter 2015 for this, with minor adjustments in Photoshop.

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Sundaytool Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Nice submarine!
RevealedFromtheVoy Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Very cool !
IMBLUEDABEDEEDABEDIE Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
lovely. i invite you to submit it to
TimMcJimFromPl Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014
Looks Amazing.
Loone-Wolf Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Looks preety, gold and blue are a lovely combination.
JanBoruta Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Student General Artist
Those are getting better and better. I have a feeling that this piece (or should I say: ship) is a tiny bit more detailed and sharp than some of the previous ones, but maybe it's an illusion - or it's because it's a single vessel portrayed. Very nice use of bloom - it's there, but it's subtle and tasteful. Also love the colours. :) My envy meter is off the charts. 
MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you. I think that my workflow is settling down. I actually did a tight pencil sketch for this one, then did the color work in Painter, and opposed to doing a digital sketch and overpaint in Photoshop. The CS4 brushes generally produce very flat, gouache-like  marks that leave you fighting them to get a good sense of gesture and form. The later engine is an improvement, but I'm still experimenting.
Urzu7 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014
The drive props at the back remind me of Outlaw Star.
Sagittarius-A-star Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Nice painting!  Those are some big rockets- they must pack a real wallop. ;) Do they have some kind of warhead or are they kinetic-kill missiles?  And, are they guided or unguided?  Anyway, still loving the WW1 style ships in space theme, looking forward to seeing more!!
MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you. I've only about half worked out the development and deployment history of these, but here's what I was thinking:

They're really too big as kinetic kill devices for anything but the largest vessels, and accuracy isn't the strong suit of fire control in that period, so you're probably looking at a bursting charge of cordite and a jacket of tungsten steel spheres. The cordite probably wouldn't impart nearly as much energy to the spheres as angling the shot down into a gravity well. I'm certain there's an earnest young Rotwang carrying out trials with gravitational warheads, but that lies beyond the scope of the book (other than through dark implication).
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