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Marbanian Inshore Squadron by wingsofwrath Marbanian Inshore Squadron by wingsofwrath
Some older (circa 2009) concept sketches for "Inner Space".

I won't disclose too much about the world in which the graphic novel is taking place, but suffice to say there are two empires (and a few smaller nations) locked in a technological arm's race, cold war style.
The technological level is somewhat equivalent to our world's during the 1920s, and most machines are twists on old favourites (entirely justified in-universe, but I'm not going to talk about that yet).

This drawing shows some ships of the Inshore Squadron belonging to the Kingdom of Marban. These are ships designed for the shallow inland sea which divides the two main rivals (Marban and Tambria), thus they have relatively shallow draught. Pictured we can see a light aircraft carrier escorted by a pocket cruiser and one fast destroyer; also present is a steam launch and several small boats.

Mixed traditional media, including markers and ink.
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MRWHITE81 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015
looks great
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yusefth Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Good works!
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IsoGraph60XYZ Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013
Sailing for Spontoon island perhaps?[spontoon.rootoon.com]
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Alligator-Fists Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
I like the detail, clearly thought-out design, and bold colors. One doesn't see enough well-done traditional media art, and this is an excellent example. Love it.
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Terror-and-Love Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
Really like the colors you used.
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weter29 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
Самобытно! И очень красиво нарисовано, подобраны цвета и пропорции. Браво!
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frazamm Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011
Magnificent ship design, very original combining features of ironclads with pre-dreadnaughts. Aircraft carrier looks more like a seaplane carrier. I suppose aircraft carriers haven't been properly developed yet.

What kind of guns do they use to have such short barrels?
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wingsofwrath Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for your praise!

The reason aircraft carriers look like this is the fact there is no rubber (or rubber substitutes) in this world, so regular landing and arrestor gears are hard and expensive to build.
To overcome this problem, they've found the expedient solution of having airplanes hang from trapeze-like structures attached to overhead rails. This solves both problems with landing (when attached to a weight they work well in killing the aircraft's momentum) launching (when attached to a steam catapult) or simply marshalling in the hangar. For special maintenance however, the aircraft might be lowered onto ground based trolleys.
This solution works OK, but the lack of wheeled landing gear has the disadvantage that ground landings outside of purpose built aviation fields will result automatically in severe damage to the airplane.

You have already found the answer, they use rocket artillery.
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frazamm Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011
So what about the rest of transportation? They don't use wheels at all?
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wingsofwrath Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Of course they do, they just don't have rubber tyres on them, that's all. Actually, right now I'm working on some road vehicles designs (both military and civilian) and I'll post them soon, once they're finished.
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frazamm Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011
So I have to assume they use different road surfaces than what we use in order not to damage the roads.
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wingsofwrath Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
They use cobbles for urban areas, tarmac for main roads, and the side roads are metalled. Country roads, are, of course, unpaved. Even though they don't use rubber tyres, the roads don't get damaged that easily. After all, they've been using tarmac since 1845 while the first rubber tyre was invented in 1887...
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frazamm Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011
Rubber is used for many things and you have also ruled out substitutes. There is no rubber I assume because there are no such trees to produce it? I think you need several workarounds for most things that use rubber or something similar. What about plastics? I know it might be early years for its synthesis but someone could be researching it.
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wingsofwrath Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Because they originally came from a high tech world as refugees, they know vaguely the basic concept of rubber, but, unfortunately, there are no rubber trees in this world and they haven't found anything to replace it.
They are actively researching for alternatives, but so far all the plastics they've managed to manufacture are brittle and were produced experimentally in limited quantities. They are, however, well on the way of discovering a viable rubber substitute.

Of course, when I took the step of eliminating rubber, I made a list of all the different uses it has in our world and thought of workarounds. For Example, no rubber means no high pressure applications such as pneumatics and hydraulics are possible, and all lower pressure applications that must be liquid or gas proof must do with treated leather instead, which also caused the raising of livestock to become a very profitable industry.
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ozoneocean Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Love the style. Looks like battleships from the 1890s crossed with Soviet concepts from the 70's. Very cool!
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wingsofwrath Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
And, of course, you nailed dead on in terms of inspiration, even though I did sneak some bits from WW2 Japanese ships as well...
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kittyexplosion Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011
Love the designs. The writing is especially neat. Is it an alphabet or a logographic style?
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wingsofwrath Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It's an alphabet based on the early Glagolitsa, the precursor of the modern Slavic alphabet, with several influences from the Armanian wryting system thrown in. The whole lot was then transformed into a computer typeface so that it can be easily typed using a standard Latin alphabet "Qwerty" keyboard (not in this case, of course, since here all was hand drawn, but you get the idea).

That is, of course, the lazy man's way of making a foreign looking language (Tolkien would be ashamed) - create a typeface that roughly corresponds to the typical 26 letter Latin alphabet and use an already known language in which to write the text (I speak five. I can choose :D)
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kittyexplosion Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011
I'm lazy a bit in that regard too. I just go over to [link] Omniglot and poke until I find something I like.
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wingsofwrath Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Heh. Yeas, that site is indeed a good place to start, because it encompasses the basics of many languages in the same place. Of course, if you need something more complicated than "my hovercraft is full of eels", you can then go to a specialist website...
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