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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?
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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.
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RevealedFromtheVoy Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Is it ready ?
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Professional General Artist
I'm afraid it will be a while yet. :)
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RevealedFromtheVoy Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, not a problem !
I'll be patient ^^

PS : this history is epic !!!
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GTDees Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very well done! I love the design! :-)
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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.
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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.
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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.
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you. I've found that art tricked me into being a writer. :)
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alexsanlyra Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your designs put a smile on my face... every time...
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ShaozChampion 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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falcon01 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
outstanding!
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jailgurdnegative Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist
that ship looks awesome. :D
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zonkm Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
Too Cool!!
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KodyYoung Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice design.
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BrknRib Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
Super work. Love the textures and the details. Awesome.
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MetalSnail Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great stuff!
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axeman3d Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very well done, not only the modeling but the back story and intermix of real naval history and War of the Worlds stuff. Not sure a flying ship would need the torpedo net holders along the side though, but it sells the naval lineage.
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks. I retained the torpedo nets as something that early vessels would have had fitted to use as a sort of makeshift electrical fence to repel Martian predators once landfall was made. I liked the idea of ships first going in with limited information about the nature of the planet and being prepared for all sort of things that weren't there.
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keight Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
Oh, very well done, Mike.
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FarawayPictures Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
Very nice design.
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morgoth390 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist
Your art as usualis amazing how do you create these images
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
Lately, I've been starting with pencil line art and then coloring it in Photoshop. Over time, I find myself painting over more and more of the original drawing to where I have almost completely removed the original drawing. Sometimes I think I should just make the entire process digital, but I seem to think, as well as draw, better with a pencil than a stylus.

Eventually I'd like to put together some tutorial materials and go into it in better depth. Thing is, my workflow is evolving kind of quickly and it wouldn't seem right show how I used to do things now that I've found ways I like better.
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morgoth390 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist
Thank you for your advice i'll look into it and see if it works well for me. And i hope you get time to create a tutorial because it would be really good to look at and try new methods. And thanks for replying to my comment.
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
Oh sure. :) Good luck with you own work. If you're interested, one of the things I found most helpful for learning perspective rendering was Scott Robertson's tutorial DVD: [link]
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Sagittarius-A-star Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Wonderful work!! :) This spaceship has a very naval bearing, like a boat- is it designed for water landings? She's got a gravity drive, so she should be able to take off and land from planets easily enough. I'm looking forward to seeing a dreadnought too!!
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
The earliest earthly space vessels were actually converted monitor and coastal defense ship hulls, for a variety of reasons: The biggest thing was that the salvaged martian drives and reverse engineered examples were quite large, but with limited energy output. Monitors and their ilk had a wide enough beam to accommodate these while not being too heavy. Warships were used because of their rigidity and relative ease with which they could be converted to pressure hulls. The Martian threat had already render most slower warship design obsolete, so these hulls were now surplus and readily available to the major powers.

The USS Hephaestus is of the generation after this. Instead of being converted from an existing vessel, these were incomplete hulls built to a new purpose or entirely new spacecraft that were built *like* ocean vessels. This new environment was so novel that much of the space navies either looked like this or were highly experimental designs with teething troubles of their own.
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AtholTheDestroyer Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I so hope that we'll see an honest-to-god dreadnought at some point.
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
Soon! :)
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AtholTheDestroyer Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
SQUEEEEE! :D
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