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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...

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

Regards,
Tom.
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Albinavonroth Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Wszystkie wojny są straszne.
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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!
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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 :)
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Crackshotz Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
you sir are amazing with pencil!
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IronEmpire Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Damn this is good. Extremely good. Keep making awesome things like this.
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kholdstare0013 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
your work continues to amaze me, keep up the good work.
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Greyest-Wolf Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This... IS... BAD...ASS!!! :D I LOVE IT! I love it a lot!
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EddyVance Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
The Mobilzitadelle can't traverse the mountainous terrain of Serbia for sure.
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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.
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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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SgtPossum Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
Excellent! I look forward to it.
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CyprumXecus Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist
Great inspiration for steam-punk warfare, hopefully you'll have more of these in your gallery :D
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JanBoruta Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Student General Artist
I have a few more steampunk-WW1 drawings in the works, but too little time to finish them soon. Don't lose hope though! They'll come around :D
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Grbr Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
Now THIS is real steampunk in my opinion.
I can't stand it when some noob in a top hat and goggles
slaps a clock and a crystal on a water gun and says it is
steampunk. You have clearly applied your steampunk to a specific period and made sure that your invention match the aesthetics of the technology of that time. And yes your skies do rock
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JanBoruta Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you for a nice comment. I share your dislike towards the posers that roam this world in countless numbers. I am somewhat akin to them when I "slap a clock and a crystal on a water gun" (in my case: unnecessary tubes, hoses, pipes and wings), but what I value most is realism mixed with fun, not only fun vaguely based on real world.

I think you've already come across this guy, but he is my role model in his attention to detail and strong realism: [link]
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flaketom Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011
Your skies are just amazing! And the rest as well!
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DragonStrider Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Never knew steam/diesel punk can look this good.
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JanBoruta Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Student General Artist
At the time I was drawing it I wasn't even aware of dieselpunk. Dieselpunk is more WW2, though, but WW1 is a delicious mix of both.
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DragonStrider Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed a mix of both which makes it unique.
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JanBoruta Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Student General Artist
At the time I was drawing it I wasn't even aware of dieselpunk. Dieselpunk is more WW2, though, but WW1 is a delicious mix of both.
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HerrFishie Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011
Marvelous. I love the placement of the aircraft here.
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ww1nut Featured By Owner May 1, 2011   Artisan Crafter
Oh God you are awesome, I love the story behind your incredible drawings.. All the best.
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Joesp519 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
can i put this on my facebook?
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JanBoruta Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Student General Artist
Sorry, but no. I want to keep it here. No offence :)
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Joesp519 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011
well im still printing it off And keeping it in a shoe box. That way it will always be with me and I tend to forget certain things
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JanBoruta Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Student General Artist
Now, this means more to me than just copypasting within the internet's vile web... :D
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LordGood Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010  Student General Artist
Amazing!!!
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SgtPossum Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010
Zivela Srbija! heh, I love the idea. Very original. The image itself didn't deteriorate from it at all; beautiful portrayal.
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klaudynaluna Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
właśnie wypatrzyłam, że w jakimś komentarzu odpisujesz, że na obecnej kresce "cierpi realizm" - a miałam pisać komentarz, że taka piękna, bajkowa ilustracja ^^; no bo cóż - o ile przedmioty i budynki mają tę realistyczną dokładność, to postaci... w jakimś sensie są komiksowe. nie znam się na rysunku i oczywiście interpretuję intuicyjnie.
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Bouben Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010
Mr. Boruta, you don't stop me to surprise me after those long months...Great to see how your skills improved. Makes me wanna draw again. I didn't touch the pencil for like 2 years.
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J-CashMD Featured By Owner May 28, 2010   Traditional Artist
Wonderful drawings! Excellent control and subtlety with the pencil.
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jezviking Featured By Owner May 14, 2010
Again another fantastic piece of work, will have to show this one to Vlad! I find it interesting to see the perspectives that you draw your scenes from. two thumbs up mate.
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pennyfarthing1893 Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! Love the detail. It reminds me of Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
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yarosh Featured By Owner May 12, 2010
no janek dawno cię nie było ale jak jesteś to od razu z grubej rury :) podobają sie szkice bardzo
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JesnCin Featured By Owner May 11, 2010  Student Digital Artist
This is such a dramatic angle, the way you set the situation is amazing...all the different fighters and their poses fit well into the perspective and background :D
The war machine on the back looks so threatening :O
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DeviantKaled Featured By Owner May 10, 2010  Student Digital Artist
This piece is absolutely fantastic!! It really illustrates what Steampunk is all about. Have you read "Leviathan" By Scott Westerfield, or "The Mortal Engines" series by Philip Reeve? Both have similar concepts to this magnificent work, but in quite different ways...
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JanBoruta Featured By Owner May 11, 2010  Student General Artist
I didn't make any kind of contact with those books, but I presume they are worth the time :)
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DeviantKaled Featured By Owner May 11, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Absolutely, I'd really reccommend them!

The Scott Westerfeld one is set in an alternative First World War, where the steampunk "Clankers" (Germany, Austria-Hungary, Ottoman) are fighting against the biologically engineered "darwinists", who take Darwin's work further and alter and grow animals as their war weapons... it's a really interesting book! The art created for it is amazing, you have to search for it.

The Mortal Engines series (my personal favourite) is set in a futuristic post-apocalyptic world, where humankind has had to regress back to a steampunk-ey type of existance - however their archaeologists keep on digging up old pieces of "old-tech", such as radios, war robots, and space age anti-grav technology, and use it to arm the cities of this new world. What is left of the western world instigates a new form of survival, deciding to pull the cities out of the ground, rebuilding them into giant "Traction cities", or moving fortress cities powered by steam. In order to survive, the bigger cities have to chase and eat up the smaller cities, who prey on the towns, who gobble down the little mining villages etc. The world works on a kind of "Municipal Darwinism".

So in your piece I see Scott Westerfeld's alternative world-war-one steampunk, and also Philip Reeve's "traction cities" =D

Sorry for the VERY long comment!!
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ctrl-4lt-d3l Featured By Owner May 10, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Awesome!
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elShoggotho Featured By Owner May 10, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Great device, that one! Sadly, my personal alternate history deviates at the Austro-Prussian war and has no World Wars.
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JanBoruta Featured By Owner May 10, 2010  Student General Artist
Well, I just put some ideas into real history and there isn't much alternative-ness within my timeframe, sadly... I just invent the devices :D
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RobertMakes Featured By Owner May 10, 2010  Professional General Artist
This is indeed epic.

-Robert
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RBL-M1A2Tanker Featured By Owner May 9, 2010
Doesn't seem to look very mobile, but it definitely is imposing as hell.
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JanBoruta Featured By Owner May 10, 2010  Student General Artist
Hence its untimely destruction... Though I think it could be used as a stating strongpoint after immobilisation.
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RBL-M1A2Tanker Featured By Owner May 23, 2010
Highly possible. Just because it no longer moves doesn't mean it's completely useless.
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Crudity Featured By Owner May 9, 2010  Student
Zajebista sprawa. 100% jakości w górę, zmieniłeś się bardzo, wyrobiłeś świetny styl. 3 favy naraz ;)
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JanBoruta Featured By Owner May 10, 2010  Student General Artist
Dzięki wielkie, Cru ;) Ja tylko nad jednym ubolewam: że styl mi się wyrobił, ale jednocześnie mam pewne maniery np. rysowania chmur, nieba, a przez mocniejszy kontur cierpi trochę realizm, jaki jeszcze miałem ze 3 lata temu... :P
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Crudity Featured By Owner May 10, 2010  Student
To przejdzie, chyba, że wolisz przy tym pozostać. Ja osobiście lubię taki kontur, dodaje jakiś element ważności z umysłu artysty. Zwykle mawiam, że realizm jest dla fotografii, a interpretacja wizualna (własna) dla grafika ;]
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JanBoruta Featured By Owner May 11, 2010  Student General Artist
Nie mam nic przeciwko dość mocnemu konturowi - ale raczej gdy ogranicza się on do pierwszych dwóch planów,bo naprawdę pozwala uwydatnić poczucie głębi. Ale w tym rysunku, na przykład, zastanawiam się, czy pozostawienie samego czołgu bez konturów i zbudowanie jego bryły i światłocienia poprzez otoczenie nie zrobiłoby jeszcze lepszego wrażenia - może wydawałoby się, że rzeczywiście jest jeszcze dalej w głębi obrazka. :]
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Big0Jack Featured By Owner May 8, 2010
I like the depth here - if there's one thing more war artwork needs, it's foreground.
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