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Mobilzitadelle 'Franz-Josef I' by JanBoruta Mobilzitadelle 'Franz-Josef I' by JanBoruta
When Archduke Franz-Ferdinand of Austro-Hungary and his wife were assassinated in Sarajevo in July, 1914, the whole world started its preparations to and open conflict. Austrians blamed the Serbs for arranging the whole affair and set an ultimatum, which meant an inevitable war in the Balkans. What we know as The Great War, soon became a worldwide struggle of old empires... A stalemate in Serbia resulted in construction of new weapons of war, one of which was the mighty Austrian "Mobilzitadelle", a huge steam- and diesel-powered fortress on wheels, capable of destroying a city within a few days.

The day is 15th July, 1916. This is the day when the Zitadelle was assaulted, immobilized and successfully destroyed by Serbian soldiers, despite its fanatic defence conducted by both Austrians and Prussians...

Old idea, but I only had a rough sketch of it. I finished it in the last few weeks. HB pencil on A4.

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Albinavonroth Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Wszystkie wojny są straszne.
Alligator-Fists Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
Wonderful pencil work, especially the shading and effects of distance. It's also always nice to see there are still some people who understand that 'steampunk' does not mean 'gear all over everything'. Great stuff!
WormWoodTheStar Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
Tak przejrzałem komentarze i się zdziwiłem, że nikt nie zrobił porównania do Ruchomego Zamku Howla ;) Jak dla mnie ta Mobilzitadelle ma mniej z czołgu, a więcej z tych przenośnych bunkrów/gniazd ckm z I wojny w skali makro :)
Crackshotz Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
you sir are amazing with pencil!
IronEmpire Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Damn this is good. Extremely good. Keep making awesome things like this.
kholdstare0013 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
your work continues to amaze me, keep up the good work.
Greyest-Wolf Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This... IS... BAD...ASS!!! :D I LOVE IT! I love it a lot!
EddyVance Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
The Mobilzitadelle can't traverse the mountainous terrain of Serbia for sure.
SgtPossum Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
Your description fills me with ethnic pride for my Serbian heritage. :D

Also, that is an excellent battlefield portrait. Gritty steampunk at its finest.
JanBoruta Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you! :D As a matter of fact, I believe only in this gritty, down-to-earth steampunk which attempts to be a tiny bit realistic (though still technically implausible).

You'll have to wait a bit, until October, when I will be able to upload a short comic exploring the battle from this picture further. And I'm roughly planning to portray each side's military equipment, uniforms etc. including the much better prepared Serbian army :)
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