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The Golden Fleet by MikeDoscher The Golden Fleet by MikeDoscher
Silver wings turn to gold in the sunlight. The American fleet gathers in orbit above Venus, spring 1922. The USS St. Louis is seen here following her conversion to a monitor, and below her is an unidentified carrier of the Longstreet class. Curtiss JTN rocket bombers were commonly used as orbital pickets late in the war. This was both because of their suitability for trans atmospheric work as well as a dearth of suitable targets from the end of 1920 onwards.
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LJ-ATCTION-360 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015
Love 
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spacewolflord Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015
The propellers made me think these were all airships not space ships.  Still neat pictures but I don't get the propellers.
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Professional General Artist
Basically, the propellers are there to project a forcefield that distorts the bubble of artificial gravity that the main drive generates, providing thrust. A lot of early and transitional vessels will have these, as it was the best solution at the the time for high velocities without dangerous feedback loops between the main drive and systems to convert it to thrust. Later vessels have different solutions which are less bulky and fragile.
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spacewolflord Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015
Okay that is awesome way to use propellers! 
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watcher25 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015
..... if anti gravitational generators can be made... it obviously makes any other gravity defying tech unnecessary... unless if the generators take up too much energy or resources to make and maintain...

even if a device cant reach space, I'd still love to see the return of air ships - a cleaner more flexible means to move anything it can carry anywhere overt the planet. all without being so fragile or easy to blow off course
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Khasnalada Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice reference to the Great White Fleet. You've done your research!
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you. There's always more to do, but that's the joy of it.
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Ashofthewilliams Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015
Murica...that is all..
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Professional General Artist
I imagine the rest of the world will have a certain expectation of an American artist and author to indulge in a little of that. Who am I to disappoint them?
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Ashofthewilliams Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015
True..
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Merc-King Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014
Venus is one of the hottest planet in solar system. Those ships need extra protection from the extreme heat.
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  Professional General Artist
They're above the cloud clover, and are about at 15 PSI and not too bad of a temperature at the cloud tops. Corrosion is still a big factor, of course.
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Merc-King Featured By Owner Edited Jan 5, 2015
I just realized that if they do battle if the ship is destroyed it will fell into the lower surface and it means instant death for the surviving crew in the ship. Unless there's flying life boats on the ship.
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jailgurdnegative Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Hobbyist
Haha, Awesome, awesome! Your interplanetary WW1 series is great. Although your stuff seem to be focused on the ships and space battles, I do like to see if there's any ground fighting happening.
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you. I'll probably hint at elements in the ground war, but I want to try and keep the book somewhat focused.
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jailgurdnegative Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Hobbyist
ahhh I see. Thanks for that. :D 
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Steambigbear Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
Nice
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Stargazer2112 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
Nice dieselpunk designs!
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Maximilian-K Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Now THIS is what I call dieselpunk. The plane design is oh-so-very-much-1920s, with the double-decker wings, tandem propellers, and floaters for landing. It very much evokes the flying boats of the era, as you said below.
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RevealedFromtheVoy Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I was going through DA submissions when I saw this.
I thought it was some WWII uchrony and I clicked on it.
But it appears to be the CRAZIEST and GREATEST uchronical story ever !!!
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Vanguard3000 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very cool design!
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DocWolph Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014
Venus? Venus is the most insane planet in the solar system. Surface temperature hot enough to melt lead. Atmospheric pressure equal to Earth's oceans around 3800feet. Rains sulfuric acid. The Air is almost entirely Carbon Dioxide and toxic fumes. You couldn't actually start a fire on Venus. Lava flows like water. The surface rock is hardest stone known in the solar systems.

If the Romans, who named this planet, actually knew what they were looking at, it would be called "Hades". The planet is a literal vision of Hell.
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Merc-King Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015
I think the Roman (and Geek) were right. Venus is the hottest goddess so it's quite..... related :p


Also imagine in the future when we start colonizing Mars and countries start fighring over landgrabs. It will cause war. So yeah, Mars is pretty much.... god of war.
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ndgmtlcd Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014
A float plane!  This Venus is covered with oceans like some of the ones of the 1940s pulps?
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Professional General Artist
The reason for the prevalence of floatplanes and vessels based on ship hulls is a little peculiar. Due to the destruction of civil infrastructure during the invasion, as well as the rapid pace of technological change afterwards, areas of protected water ended up being the most convenient place for dual-environment craft to operate out of. The situation is a little like the Pan Am Clippers in the 1930s- almost nowhere has a runway long enough, but almost everywhere has a long enough stretch of calm water to operate out of.

Venus is a little more like real life, as is Mars. The difference is in what lies beneath the surface, both literally and otherwise.
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VinceAndrews Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014
beautiful work as always
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waxx Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow!!!
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Enrico1946 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Amazing, just simply brilliant, keep it up :D :D
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Fires-storm Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Student General Artist
This....this....you just hit every single fandom I truly love, and made it even more epic. Bravo sir.
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Odd-Tech-0support0 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
lovely. i invite you to submit it to artistrwelcome.deviantart.com/
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QuantumCrab Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014
Glorious
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OctoberV Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing as always.
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oi101 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
simple perfect
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Mr-Obsidian Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
I would love to see more of this Longstreet class carrier!
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Spex84 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
A quad push-pull twin-boom biplane? Yes please!
Love this design, it really resonates. Great silhouette from all directions, and clear function. Awesome!
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KingWillhamII Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
Retro sci-fi, love it!
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MetalSnail Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool!
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templar127 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
NICE!
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killerweinerdog Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
Propellers AND rockets? Interesting combination. 
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