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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.


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

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

Tom :D
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SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
If trains and tanks could have kids, they'd look like this.
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?
JanBoruta Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Student 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. 
Assgoroth Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Student General Artist
kinda confused 0.O
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)
red10002 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Student General Artist
:3 I am the B1 as my pic.
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.
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.
Willie-W-Worm Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm in love! I'm checking the gallery for more!
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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