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USS Hephaestus by MikeDoscher USS Hephaestus by MikeDoscher
Floating silently above the closing Exposition, the U.S.S. Hephaestus embarks on her shakedown cruise. While the lead boat of a planned class of six, events overtook her and the U.S.S. Weyland was never completed. The remaining four vessels were canceled before construction began.

While very much of the prewar character, with her riveted steel hull and naval bearing, she was also the first US ship to be fitted with a gravity engine derived from Martian designs. Experience here would later translate into the advances embodied in the 'Nevada' class, as well as have significant implications for the colonization of Mars herself.
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psymonster1974 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
Love your series of 'flying fortresses', and the history behind them- War of the Worlds round 2 This probe's for you!  Is there anywhere where you have posted a complete timeline of your alternate history?
MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you. :)

I've not yet published a timeline, as I need to work out the details and make sure I don't paint myself into any corners. I have thirty-odd vessels that are going into the book, and I need to make sure that they're all interesting and part of a coherent whole.

I will share it here when it's ready.
RevealedFromtheVoy Featured By Owner 12 hours ago  Hobbyist Writer
Is it ready ?
GTDees Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very well done! I love the design! :-)
blacklion68 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
I wonder what would a steampunk version of the H.M.S. Argus would look like? Nicely done.
MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks. The HMS Argus would be an interesting point of departure, but I'll probably be basing any sort of space carrier on something more like a seaplane tender.
Crafty-Jack Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing art, but I like the backstory stuff even better. I love creating worlds when I draw (albeit, not quite as well as you), and I love learning about artists that do the same.

Well done.
MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you. I've found that art tricked me into being a writer. :)
alexsanlyra Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your designs put a smile on my face... every time...
Shadow009 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow...that is beautiful and deadly looking. It kinda gives a Neo steampunk-ish feeling tho
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