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The Cub of Skagerrak by JanBoruta The Cub of Skagerrak by JanBoruta
As international tensions grew before 1914, many nations sought to acquire cheap and reliable means for the defense of their countries. The Danes, a country which ultimately stayed neutral once the Great War broke out, were one such nation. Even though the Danish Navy was reasonably strong, given Denmark's long presence on Europe's northern seas and their big naval traditions, it too wanted to bolster its capabilities in the face of a possible Imperial German invasion (a resentment still lingering after the humiliating loss of Schleswig-Holstein to Austria and Prussia in 1864). 

The Danes wanted something quickly - and there were no quicker options than to commission a short series of monitor ships in British shipyards. Built and shipped over the course of the years 1910-1913, those monitors would be branded as Chrstian IV-class in the Danish Navy, and designated as coastal defence battleships. Their rather heavy armament mounted onto a small frame was enough to justify that. The set included a single 305 mm (12 inch) BL Mark X naval gun, and four older QF 152 mm (6 inch) guns mounted in casemates in the ship's central fortress. This combination of firepower, speed and small stature, proved to be capable enough to patrol Denmark's elongated coastlines.

Portrayed is the third model in the series, aptly named Tre Løver (Three Lions), as evidenced by the Danish royal crest mounted on the side of the central fortress. 


Pencil sketch, HB and 2B mehcanical pencil. 2015.  
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Tristikov Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Very cool work, I love the design; especially those vents along the bottom of the hull!
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Heart-und-Seoul Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
almost cute XD

big guns though
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YamaLama1986 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2015   Digital Artist
Great artwork, very interesting. :)
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DarthAsparagus Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Very cool. I especially like the use of shading.
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Avarus-Lux Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2015   General Artist
this style of ships i love, truly magnificent.
i love how "real" this looks and their plausible appearance compared to the real world.

and even though i prefer a double barreled main turret a single one suffices just as well :)
+fav
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2015
Just wonderful--grim, believable, great action in the pose, and a wonderful, very believable design.  Also, Monitors are incredibly cool. :)
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JanBoruta Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2015   General Artist
They definitely are! I find them most amusing in their almost caricatural shape, with one disproportionately giant turret with one heaviest gun... and not much else. Thank you for a kind comment!
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2015
Teeny ship.  HITS HARD.

U.S.I.C.S. Miantonomoh in the James:  "Yeah.  Finish those ironclads, send 'em down.  No, really."
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AoiWaffle0608 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like the steam effect from bottom
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verod Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015
Nice drawing!
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Todyo1798 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
God I love your designs. If I ever create a steampunk both yourself and Keith Thompson will be my biggest inspirations when it comes to vehicles.
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JanBoruta Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2015   General Artist
Thank you, this is one of the highest kinds of praise I've ever gotten. I normally would humbly disagree with you, though.

If you want to start, just observe the real historical machines. There is nothing more infuriating (me) than steampunk machines that are -too- unrealistic, made without any prior knowledge. 
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Todyo1798 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh but of course.  As a historian I hate seeing people making maps with absolutely zero basis in reality.  Shoddy engineering must be 10 times worse.

Your designs are very realistic though, by which I mean they're all based off of historical designs for tanks, planes, airships and battleships.  So you've taken things which people can easily identify and then added the steampunk twist, which is one of the reasons your designs work so well.

Though speaking of prior knowledge, I decided for my steampunk world that a decent change would basically be the discovery in the early 1800's of a type of super dense coal which burns hotter and longer than the regular brand.  Inspired by Doc Brown and his Presto Logs from "Back to the Future III".  There will also be some changes involving Charles Babbage and gear making to allow for primitive robotics.

How does that all sound?
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JanBoruta Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015   General Artist
Sounds good and not overly flamboyant - that's good in my book. A dense and high-energy fuel also makes me think of Fallout's microfusion reactors used to power everything including car radios, so that makes at least some sense as a premise for your setting. Not sure about primitive robotics (I don't explore that area), but it could nicely reference post-ww1 ideas like those seen in Metropolis. Wish you luck and persistence in creating your world. :) 
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npics Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2015
I do like design. Looks like a real thing.
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