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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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yusefth Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014   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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