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B1 Steam Battle Engine by JanBoruta B1 Steam Battle Engine by JanBoruta
*Alt-history warning*

The first Steam Battle Engine was introduced by the british in the early 50's of the XIX century. These were ordinary steam engines put on iron-reinforced carts, pulling a wagon with small-calibre gun. The proved to be very unreliable and never saw combat during the Crimean War. However, the British government asked for serious research on further Battle Engines. The machine shown here is of Robert Stephenson workshop's production and it has a B1 (or 0-4-2) layout - four powered wheels and two free in the rear.

Its prototype was built in 1858 and was soon put to trials. The prototype displayed several engine problems which have been eliminated quickly afterwards. The machine was accepted by the military and put into production. First fifty Battle Engines of that type were completed by January 1860. The manufcturers were: GWR Railroads' and Robert Stephenson & Co.'s workshops in Swindon and Newcastle respectively. The first production series' Engines carried a brand-new, breech-loading 3in howitzer with a revolutionary recoil system.

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It's based a little bit on a steam tank shown in anime Steamboy.

2-3 hours, HB and 2B mechanical pencils.

Enjoy!
Tom :D
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:iconsomerandomminion:
SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
If trains and tanks could have kids, they'd look like this.
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Assgoroth Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Student General Artist
OMG i think i just fell on love i'm a huge steamboy fan and have been trying to draw this for ages but it always came out like crap do you have any other drawings of stuff from steam boy?
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:iconjanboruta:
JanBoruta Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
Look and you'll find, but I don't like copying existing stuff. Maybe there are some drawings similar in style, but I never intended to copy Steamboy outright. 
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Assgoroth Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Student General Artist
kinda confused 0.O
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Codename-stmpengmk-1 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
so your my evil lost brother (yes I do draw alt history tanks as well around the same time in history)
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red10002 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Student General Artist
:3 I am the B1 as my pic.
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poppadopadum Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
The first tanks did actually use steam engines, although the steam prototypes were awfully underpowered. Petrol engines were beginning to show their worth as relatively lightweight, yet powerful energy sources so they were the natural replacement for the steam tanks. It should be noted that the petrol powered tanks were also terribly underpowered, but obviously the engines got better.
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GamerGirl116 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
Top is too exposed, and anyone can board it easily provided the crew does not shoot the boarders first. A single grenade or artillery shell can kill the crew instantly.
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Willie-W-Worm Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm in love! I'm checking the gallery for more!
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kholdstare0013 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
i like this, a good example of a steam punk military infrastructure, nicely done.
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Shattered-Warrior Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
knew it was from steamboy when i saw it :-3 got any plans to draw the crab tank from the same movie?
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:iconjanboruta:
JanBoruta Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
I didn't like the crab tank, honestly. I prefer conventional designs.
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Shattered-Warrior Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
True true the crab tank is a bit out of the ordinary but what about the steam soilders? Or the steam castle itself...to be honest I really think you could pull off the steam castle
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:iconjanboruta:
JanBoruta Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Didn't like the castle either :/ I liked the movie overall, but I'm not into such wacky steampunk. I'm more down-to-earth.
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Shattered-Warrior Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I see your point I don't really like the crazy insane stuff but I like things like the airships and land ships....stuff like that.
Although the steam powered suits of armor were a bit much for me I still thought they were a little cool
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SultanOfAwesomeness Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing!
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Javajunkie1976 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
Any chance of a detailed render in 3d? Great alt-history storyline and drawing. Though, how the heck would you steer something like this?
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:iconussr1:
USSR1 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
is this that one tank from steamboy, in the final battle?
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:iconjanboruta:
JanBoruta Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
It's based on one, but redesigned to make a little bit more sense (the one in Steamboy had the steam engine and boiler in the middle, while the coal compartment was in the rear. This would make powering the tracks quite difficult, but it looked symmetrical. I moved the engine to the rear, so it's easier to run the tank with less power wasted.
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USSR1 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
Either way, it looks badass. I am a large fan of Historical Setting Steampunk
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:iconjanboruta:
JanBoruta Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
I think stampunk is inseparable from historical setting, and I strongly dislike modern steampunk cosplays which don't have anything in common with the real age of steam, except for the abundance of top hats.
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USSR1 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
yush. I couldn't agree more
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Grbr Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
Really cool
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:iconryuuhiken:
Ryuuhiken Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Student Filmographer
looks a lot like the spg in Steamboy. I like the Train engine though a much more appropriately sized engine compared to the former.
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:iconryuuhiken:
Ryuuhiken Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Student Filmographer
certainly wished there was a comment edit function ==...
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:iconpandemonial:
Pandemonial Featured By Owner May 17, 2011
Iron Maiden should make a prop out of this :))
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TheAntsaBoy94 Featured By Owner May 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really interesting details. This looks really good. :)
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austin57 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
may i use this in a book im writing
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seb-deadzedcomics Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
NICE!, just a note, GWR is not a "railroad" company, but a "railway" company, this is England, we do things differently
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JanBoruta Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Professional General Artist
I'm from the continent, so I think I may be considered ingorant :D

Thank you for the comment!
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seb-deadzedcomics Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
sorry i was a bit rude, but i hate Americanisms !, no offense plz? o_O
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:iconjanboruta:
JanBoruta Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Professional General Artist
Don't worry, I didn't take any offense. Yanks are morons and that's true, except for a few people I like personally, and I wouldn't like to talk to a dumbass :D
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AlexDartois Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
Yes, all 300 million of us are all exactly alike...
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seb-deadzedcomics Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
true, i went on holiday there, blond girls flirting with me... one problem , i was 12.
other than that i saw someone stick a pencil up their nose in the waiting room at the hospital.. it was lol.
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InfectedNeon Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hello, my name is Micki and I'm making a picture-film for the Technical Museum of Stockholm, Sweden as they're having a steampunk exhibition.
I wonder if I may borrow this image.
Also, the film will NOT be uploaded to the internet, so if you'd like to see the finished result I'll need your e-mail adress. Also, your name will be shown at the end of the film, so I'll need your name and where you come from in that case!

Let me know if you approve (or don't approve!) soon!
Thanks!
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joetraincool Featured By Owner May 26, 2010
This is awsome. I never would have thought of putting side rods on a steam tank, though. I always pictured a chain or belt drive from a flywheel, so exta points for thinking outside of this already poorly defined box!
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:iconpalba:
Palba Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010   Filmographer
didn't stephensen build the first steam engine in real history?
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:iconbarksodaverne:
barksodaverne Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009
nice design! it must have been quite long (or hard) to do, haven't it?
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:iconjanboruta:
JanBoruta Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009  Professional General Artist
Apparemtly, it wasn't such a hard design, took a couple of boring lessons a long time ago at high school :D
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jrc000 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2009
EFFing cool
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Rourke1708 Featured By Owner May 26, 2009
Thanks for drawing this! For some reason, I can't find a picture of the Battlewagon from SteamBoy over the internet, this is just the design I was looking for. Good Job!
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Matthewsaaan Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009
Wooo! Swindond! Gotta love Swindon, and you've gotta love steampunk :)
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:iconpolterpneuma:
Polterpneuma Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2009
Simply amazing xD

I'm always fancied the steam age.
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:icondrawing425:
drawing425 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
that reminds me of the engin from steamboy
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:iconvanillachunder:
vanillachunder Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2008
Amazing work! Great detail
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:iconlord-malachi:
Lord-Malachi Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
haha that is amazing!

hey if i get bored would you mind if I worked out technical drawings for this? to like make it make sence in function sorta way?

btw, i jsut watched steamboy again last night so this like "wow" ^^
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nemedeus Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And that thing actually existed... and worked? COOL! ^^
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:iconjanboruta:
JanBoruta Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008  Professional General Artist
Sadly, I had to make up the whole story :noes: This is pure fiction.
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:iconnemedeus:
nemedeus Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww, you fooled me...

It still looks great! ^^
fav+
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discworlddarling Featured By Owner May 8, 2008
this is very well drawn! I love your stuff!
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