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Steampunk Seigemachine by dracorotor Steampunk Seigemachine by dracorotor
The 1800s version of the hellopolis, as I see it.

The challenge is this: You exist in a world with all the grand inovations of a society run on steam and exploring even the newest mysteries of electricity... yet wars continue and demand more and more inovations.

As an engineer, it is your job to come up with a means of assaulting high-walled forts on the outskirts of major cities such as New York, Washington DC, Berlin or Richmond. You need a machine that can carry troops through a firefight, a machine to get cannon into position faster than the enemy, and a means of scaling these forts...

solution? Put them all together!

This hellopolis of the civil war is my concept of how a contemporary visionary like Jules Verne would have solved this problem. It trundles accross a shell-hole-pocked field on specially shaped treads supported by a series of strong supports. Above is a large boiler that sits open to the air on the side, with armored walling that sacrifices some safety from bullets to alleviate the intense heat the stokers would otherwise experience. Above that are two floors that are partially open to the air, with cannon forward mounted, which are crewed in the manner of ships guns of the american civil war.

Above that is the ramp that runs to the top of an old-style fort's battlements to allow the troops concealed in the safety rooms on the two floors below to raid the fort from above. and atop this, of course, is the command module and the crank that would drop the iron drawbridge which is cut with an (unshown) rifle slit that allows troops to fire through from the top level at troops on the battlement about to be stormed.

The entire machine is certainly weak to concentrated cannon blasts, but the iron allows it to survive (and often even shrug-off) a number of disorganized shots from even the dreaded 12-pounders.

Although the boiler crew bellow and the 6 cannon crews are open to enemy fire, the bottom leven is heavily reinfirced and contains very thin forward and rear compartments guarded by concrete pillars wrapped in steel that can protect them from heavy response bombardments during the last stage of opperation (while the troops are leaving the upper compartments, and to hide from any concentrated fire or sharp-shooters on the approach, as well.
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Drakecreator Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
lol)
i like it! xD
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liam-ascendancy Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010
it could never work your pistons are not strong enough and you drew it so that if it was real the 2 paces of metal that move and are attached to the pistons’ and the wheel would brake sorry but i cant ignore that floor other than that love the concept.
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dracorotor Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010
Yeah, I know. I threw a few bits of artistic liscense in here. With this amount of iron on it, it needs more pistons overall, and they need to be more centered. That just lost a lot to the look on my initial sketches, and I minimized to compensate. ...I also draw some parts small out of habit. Most of my stuff is scifi style, and uss more modern materials.
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billiambabble Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Ace!
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dracorotor Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2008
oops! I left pencilmarks on my crate and one of the pistons. my bad
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