Steampunk has many variants, but one of the classic backgrounds for the genre has been the sea, as first described by Mssr. Jules Verne in "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea". I have put together this small offshoot of the Steampunk Tribune to delve a bit deeper (so to speak) into this topic, and hopefully will be a repository of Nautical Steampunk information.
Additionally, aside from nautical Steampunk, Second Life fictional works, to better document the burgeoning Steampunk narratives in the Steamlands!
Its been over a year since I made any entries to the Steampunk Travelogue, and more has changed in the Steamlands than I had realized. Numerous locales have sadly gone by the wayside (e.g. Steeltopia, the Hammerwielder Store, Legacies 1891), some locations have moved (e.g. the Curio Obscura mainstore, Whitechapel 1888), and some new ones have appeared (e.g. Goatswood, Stainless Steam). I'm currently in the process of updating the locations, and will begin the retrospective on some of our departed friends, along with some photojournals of existing locales. For more information, please visit the Steampunk Travelogue, at: http://steampunk-travelogue.blogspot.com/
Whilst I was taking a break from my lack of internet connectivity earlier this week, I happened upon an interesting little game (during a commercial break from Spongebob, the modern day descendant of the classic Chuck Jones works). Anyways, I saw this odd little MMO, which was directed towards children, but impressed with how it integrated two icons of Steampunk - Pirates and Airships! Once back online, I headed over after doing a bit of research, and discovered a pleasant little MMO for the younger set, a nice introduction to said Steampunk tropes. Not quite sure if I would consider trying it (after all, I am a bit out of the age range of 8 to 12), but for those who have hard-studying childern in their lives, this does look to be a nice little diversion, away from the smut-ridden information superhighway (ahem... except for Steampunk blogs, of course)!
For more information regarding Pirates 101, including a free trial, please visit:
Many airship views tend to focus uniquely on the ship itself, so I must admit to being quite impressed with a panoramic view of the sky, from *some* portion of the airship! Quite good, and I would certainly recommend a visit to Ms. Differentiation's Deviant Art site!
Came across what looks like an excellent Airship endeavor in the making, when I was over at Kickstarter! Leviathians Online: Monsters in the Sky, currently in development, appears to have all the makings of an excellent aero-battle type of simulation, with plenty of detail paid to the nuances of RL nautical combat, and of course, idealized Steampunk aero-combat. Instead of re-hashing the description of this work, I would highly recommend a trip to its Kickstarter website, at: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/642736004/leviathans-online-monsters-in-the-sky?ref=search
Continuing on with the Steampunk Skypirate series, I have an excellent image of a Steampunk Skypirate, by Mr. Frijoleluna, with the prototypical Steampunk enhancement (the side arm, mind you!), and an outstanding attire as well! To see more of Mr. Frijoleluna's work, please visit his deviant art website, at: http://frijoleluna.deviantart.com/
and... being that we are of a nautical bent here at the Steampunk Shipyard, I do remind all not to only catch what is perhaps the best football series in college sports, and also the crowning of the Commander-in-Chief's cup winner for 2012. That being said, when one tunes in at 3pm, EST, (with more news located here: http://armynavygame.com/ ), remember ... GO NAVY, BEAT ARMY!
Taking with the more aero-nautical theme of the Shipyard, I figured that a focus on imagery representational of the aforementioned denizens of the sky would likely be apropos for the blog. As such, I'm starting off the Steampunk Skypirate Inspiration series, with this very nicely photo-shopped Sky Pirate, complete with what appears to be a small mechanical bird on her shoulder! For more work from the outstanding Mr. Silinde-Ar-Feiniel, please do visit his Deviant Art website!
An alternative and unique rendering of Popeye, this time by the brilliant Mr. ~axlsalles, is what one might call a modern-ish version of the classic sailor, though I'm certain he has no problem with PRT (I'm supposing his rate would logically be a Bosunmate, so he'd get plenty of exercise! To see more of Mr. ~axlsalles work, please visit his Deviant Art webpage, at: http://axlsalles.deviantart.com/art/The-Sailor-322727927
As one may have noticed from the change in formatting of the blog, the far sidebar now includes a good number of piratical links, photos, and other assorted images. Why the change? Well, the rationale is four-fold. First, with a reduction in blogging time, I decided to shutter one of my longer standing blogs, SL Ports of Call, which focused exclusively on the SL piratical world. Didn't feel quite right leaving it hanging with out entries for quite a bit, and decided to merge it with the Steampunk Shipyard, to provide a better focus, as they both have a nautical fiction basis.
Secondly, dare I say one of the more popular Steampunk tropes are "Airship Pirates" (look no further than Abney Park, or many of the existing RL Steampunk groups). I figured this particular topic deserved its own little corner, as the Steampunk Tribune is more "generalized" apart from shipboard antics (both aero and maritime).
Additionally, there was a second blog I penned back in the day, titled The Steampunk Travelogue, which was of interest for mostly archival purposes regarding existing and past Steampunk locations, but it hit a bit of a wall over time, especially with the chaotic status of the Steamlands in Second Life. I'll be doing a bit of posting of some newer Steampunk locales that I explore, in conjunction with a smattering of Second Life nautical and piratical locations.
Finally, I'm hoping to make the Shipyard a more exclusive location for Second Life writings. Although the Steampunk Tribune started as a virtual world guide to Steampunk, it has grown dramatically over the years (five going on six, although there was an earlier iteration of the Tribune in 2006, but that's long gone), the SPT has veered and for the most part remained in the RL Steampunk arena. The Steampunk Shipyard will be a return to its virtual world roots, with a focus on Second Life Steampunk. (Although there are budding Steampunk realns on other platforms, I'm afraid I'll be sticking with Second Life, with its plethora of warts and all. I do hope to add more intriguing work soon, so please do visit!
While surfing a bit, I came across a unique bit of work regarding the classic aforementioned nautical icon, Popeye. A change from his traditional cartoonish appearance, the very talented Mr. Lee Romao has transformed him into an exceptionally realistic version of just about everyone's favorite sailor. Aside from the obvious appearance are the small nods, such as 01-17-29 date on his right forearm (the date Popeye first appeared on the daily King Feature comic strip Thimble Theater), the ink of the the "love of his life" on his upper bicep/shoulder (Olive, of course), his classic "I yam what I yam" across his collar bone, and even a nice nautical "Hold Fast" on just below his knuckles!
Even his full body view has a nice 13 button flap dungarees, massive forearms (must have been greasing loads of muzzle hatches (inside Missile Technician joke)) and classic boondockers (yes, the US Navy had its own unique and uncomfortable footwear for years). Not quite sure if this will lead to anything further than outstanding artwork, but to indulge in Mr. Romao's art, please visit his website, located at: http://leeromao.cghub.com/ !
After literally years since locating what is my favorite nautical Steampunk image, I have an attribution! The above artwork is by the amazing Mr. P. Reilly, a true genius within atmospheric artwork, I'd say! His above work is titled "Into the Depths", and I'd certainly recommend a visit to his DA website (located here), to enjoy even more of his work!
Much has been written about the legendary Sea Kraken, from both true historical and fictional sources. From the traditional Wikipedia entry (located here), to additional sources, there are plenty of research into this denizen of the deep. For more information regarding the Sea Kraken, please continue onto...
To start of the new month, I'm beginning with a nice topical theme - Krakens! More on the specifics later, but Krakens, both the nautical and aero types are terrible nemisis to Steampunk vessels, so a bit of insight into them is certainly in order. Starting the this very Dieselpunk-esque logo, I'll be touching upon Kraken specifically, so if one wishes to learn more about these denizens, do stay in touch!
A while ago I was a part of a larger discussion regarding medal and Steampunk cosplay uniforms. As a vet, I'm not enthusiastic about using current or past military medals as part of a Steampunk uniforms, but for some differing reasons than some may have. To me, its seems a bit lazy to use a current medal on a "Steampunk / turn-of-the-century" uniform (e.g. when I saw an advert for a convention, and one of the fellows was wearing a national defense ribbon), but more importantly, unique ribbons are a genuine opportunity to put one's imprint on one's attire. That being said, not everyone is handy, so when I saw this gem, I followed the link, and practically fell out of my seat! This Steampunk Pirate Octopus and Skull medal, from SpectraNova, is a grandiose work of art! Alas, its has already been sold, but I would most certainly recommend a visit to their Esty location, found at: http://www.etsy.com/shop/SpectraNova, and take a peek at their medal selection - excellent workmanship, outstanding design, and a value for the price! So consider a visit to their site, and hold on to one's plastic!
Ahoy! Back in port, and will do my bit to revive this small part of the Steampunk world! Currently, I'm undergoing a few changes in RL and SL, including my involvement in the larger Steampunk culture. More details as they surface...