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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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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.
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.
Steambigbear Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
Stargazer2112 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
Nice dieselpunk designs!
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.
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 !!!
Vanguard3000 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very cool design!
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.
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?
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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