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Torpilleur No209 by wingsofwrath Torpilleur No209 by wingsofwrath
This is another Shadowless concept art, the finalised design for the French flying destroyers. Like their British counterparts I tried to make my design as "national" as possible, a fact facilitated by the fact that French torpedo-boats of the era were indeed pretty distinctive.
In real life, since the French Jeune École ("Young School") of ship warfare emphasised the use of small torpedo boats over larger cruisers and ships of the line, they produced a lot and thus never bothered to name them beyond giving them a number. For my design I kept this practice and also adopted the real life numbering conventions, including actual font and the brass plaque affixed to the funnels.

Unlike the British Destroyers, which in the Shadowless universe are based on the work of
John Thornycroft, the French ships are based around the hydrofoil designs of Italian engineer Enrico Forlanini, who also experimented with hydrofoils around 1898 in real life.

In terms of paint schemes, the first two liveries closely mimic those used in real life by French Navy small craft around the turn of the century (larger ships had black hulls, buff superstructures and red marking their water lines) as well as the all grey livery used during WW1. The third painting scheme is a fictional camouflage loosely based on the real life tank camo used by the French in the interwar era.

In real life, torpedo boat Nr.209 belonged to the "type 37m" class also known as "dos de chameau" (camel hump), capable of attaining 26 knots (using conventional triple-expansion engines rather than turbines) and was built in 1898 by Bordeaux based shipyard "Ateliers et Chantier de la Gironde".
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menapia Featured By Owner May 5, 2014
Brilliant work, when will this book be available to purchase?
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wingsofwrath Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not sure at this point if there'll even be a book...
What it'll be, however, is an online graphic novel available to read for free, and maybe, afterwards, a book if enough people ask for it.

On the other hand, current work commitments + a ton of commissions have kept me from working too much on it, so I literally have no idea at this point when I'll be able to resume work on Shadowless. I have the scenario and concept phases neatly wrapped up, all I need is the time to draw the actual pages...
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JARM13 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Great looking ships, but you forgot to put on the torpedo tubes. I would suggest one on each  side of the hull over the "wings". There wouldn't be room internally.
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wingsofwrath Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Are you seriously going to tell me you looked at this drawing yet somehow missed the two torpedo tubes on each side of the bow?

Besides, I really don't like the way you approached this - helpful advice is one thing, even unsolicited one, but you went straight over to "insulting" by immediately correcting the "obvious mistake" you assumed I did but never bothered to double check.
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JARM13 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It was just a thought. Very low threshold for what you consider insulting, I suggest you check your electrolyte levels before answering next time. That's insulting but probably true.  Since they are too small to be torpedo tubes I thought they were lights or something . It's your imaginary world so they can be mini torpedoes or something. Do you go to job interviews with this kind of attitude? I still like the ships and the ideas
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Joniarty Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
You should try doing some German stuffs ;D
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wingsofwrath Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I understand your patriotic fervour, but not at this time. This is a comic manly about the Brits and the French. There isn't even a single German nation in this universe, because the Franco Prussian war ended in stalemate and thus the "Deutscher Bund" never transformed into the "Deutsches Reich". Bayern, Württemberg, Hesse and Baden so far resisted all attempts by the "Norddeutscher Bund" to court them into joining the federation and instead have their own loose confederation with Austria, since they always resented the Prussian influence.
On top of that, since 1892, there is a military alliance between Russia and France, so any attempt to enter the war on the side of the British will end with a much smaller Germany having to fight on two fronts... Thus far, they have remained neutral.
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Joniarty Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Ouch.... So you're more of a Frenchie kind of parson?
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wingsofwrath Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Not really. I can't say I like one European nation more than another - it's just that "Shadowless" was designed from the onset to be a retelling of the story of Joan of Arc in a steampunk setting, so I'm going to keep it between the French and the Brits, like the original war, and the only way to achieve that in the context of the early 20th century was to give Germany something else to do while the French and British fight it out, in this case trying to become one single nation. 
Oh, and, by the way, I am part German myself.
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Joniarty Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Joan of Arc OOOOOHHHHHH, that Explains it, Mah bood then.
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