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!
Getting back to Steampunk, Air Lords of Airia is a series that came out earlier this year, and this short has a nice bit on air-combat. Though it has strong Steampunk stylings, I'd say there are more Deco-esque... which is perfectly fine! For more details on the Air Lords of Airia, please visit their website, at: http://airlords.eu/?lang=en
To the delight of all (except the 30,000 sailors and Marines at Camp Custer, MI), the early part of the century saw a good number of commands making unique designs using service members for the designs. Above is an American shield, and the below American Eagle! For more examples of formation photos, please turn to the Carl Hammer Gallery for more!
A happy Veteran's Day to all who served, and thank you for your service!
US service members in an eagle formation, 1918
(Note: More Steampunk uniform entires are hot on their way!....)
As there is no "Jane's Fighting Airships" (as opposed to "Jane's Fighting Ships"), I'll make a point of posting a bit more of intriguing imagery of Steampunk Air and Sea ships. The above is one of my favorites, the "Desert Airship", by siversword9 (though I'm confident a beauty like this would have a fancier name)! Please do enjoy!
From the 1991 TV movie Ironclads, this small clip show what was theorized to be the only battle between the Monitor and Merrimack. I'm not too convinced the full dress uniforms were used, but it does indicate some realistic battle, and I can only imagine how loud those cannonballs must have been hitting the sides of the hull! Still, a nice bit of work, and as I understand it, the damaging of the rudder of the end result of this battle. Unfortunate end for the Captain of the Monitor, but still, please do enjoy!
Well, a lot has changed over the past few months, with a shifting of blogs and other associated issues - and that isn't including "real life" adventures, so to speak. However, one of the upshots of ending my main blog (later this week - so this is "breaking news" for anyone who figures this small hit out), I'll be reviving the Steampunk Shipyard, which will include a combination of :
1) Late 19th and early 20th century Naval History, from the late 1800s up to the end of WW2 (with an emphasis on submarines - my own background)...
2) How Steampunk "meets the sea" - how the Steampunk genre could / would mesh with naval service...
3) and a healthy dose of Dieselpunk nautical articles as I'm able to find them!
Still, I left the remainder of the Sailor Jerry Biography hanging from earlier this year, and though I've even eyed one or two designs for myself, in the meantime, please do enjoy the remaining entries about the legendary Sailor Jerry - not just a beverage mind you, but an outstanding artist who established an unforgettable touchstone in nautical history!
The term "ropeyarn", or more appropriatly "rope yarn sunday", has its derrivations from classical nautical experience from the tradition of preparing and fixing one's uniform for use and for inspections (per the US Navy's Origin of Terminology webiste). However, one of the many unique aspects of nautical life is its uniforms, as is also one of the unique aspects of Steampunk. As I've seen over the years watching Steampunk, there is an intersting divergence between real service uniforms, cos-play uniforms, and what one might need on a Steampunk airship. I did wonder about the amount of divergence and utility of attire, so I'll try to touch upon a variety of articles of aero/nautical attire, including dress and work uniforms.
Though I do enjoy seeing ladies in sausy attire, most seem really ill-suited for a shipboard environment (though I'll still post them, of course)! For starters, I did wish to post some of the betst collections of Steampunk military art I've seen, from Mr. Keith Wormwood, who yes, did the seminal art for Levithian. Well, I'm off to start on one of my favorites pieces from the old days, and an iconic hat from the US Navy - the white hat (aka, the "dixie cup")!
My hat of "choice" for 20 years (or so), and yes, from the Steampunk era (1886)!
Continuing on with the Sailor Jerry series, I did wish to respond to a few requests to outline Nautical / Steampunk uniforms - from the classic era digs, to current cosplay works (and I suppose I should commeong on the god-awful modern "dress whites" - probably the worst military uniform devised for grown men). Stiil, for now, please enjoy part two of Sailor Jerry (Hori Smoku)!
Figured I'd start the "reboot" with a small series/documentary about the real Sailor Jerry - a very "old-school" kind of guy, and the impact he had on inking... and its nautical ties. Do beware - there are sailors, so yes, there is cursing, and maybe some gratitutious NSFW parts (in later episodes). However, for now, do enjoy this bit of sea-faring history!
As part of my re-focusing of the plethora of blogs I currently pen, I'm taking more nautical bent on the blog... not abandoning Steampunk, mind you, but just a bit more infusion of the sea/aero faring life here. You'll see small tweaks, such as more "old school" Navy blogs (so if you're a politcallly correct land-lubber, either hold your hanky and cry with your self-rightnessous as you read the blog, or feel free to read the plethora of Jane Austen blogs on the Steampunk Links), so please be ready for a bit more racy (well, for the mid 20th century norms) writing and photos! I will also repost some of the nautical / aero Steampunk entries from the Steampunk Tribune here (and an occassional "bonus" work), so do check back! I stand releived!
After a bit of consideration and re-consideration, I've finally settled on how I'll be running the plethora of blogs I'm responsible for editing. First, the Steampunk Tribune will remain the Steampunk Tribune, with more of a focus on "real-life" Steampunk. I've had a few comments regarding the merging of RL and SL Steampunk, and though I'll still list an occasional SL Steamland event on the Steampunk Tribune, I've started a new blog dedicated specifically for Second Life Steampunk, titled (not very creatively, I might add), Second Life Steampunk (www.slsteampunk.blogspot.com). This will focus exclusively on the Second Life Steamlands, and include a larger leaning towards stories and role-play Steamland events, though I will also include some works on SL Steampunk items, links to ongoing SL Steampunk stories, and a small bit on writing. The Steampunk Travelogue will continue as it has been, reverting to occasional updates when a new Steampunk sim arrives, or if one departs.
Where does that leave the Steampunk Shipyard? Back at its original starting place - all about the intersection of Steampunk, Airships, and Submersibles. I'll update it as new works comes about, and attempt to add more analysis of Steampunk versus Travel - so do keep posted on future works!