LEGO steampunk

One of the joys of parenthood is watching my daughters starting to play with LEGO, one of my favourite childhood toys. They have quite a long way to go to reach the dizzying heights of LEGO artist, Guy Himber who won the award for ‘Best Art’ at the 2009 BrickCon Lego convention with this stunning recreation of the iconic 1902  Le Voyage dans la lune man in the moon.

Is that bits of LEGO Star Destroyer I see in there?

Guy is no stranger to steampunk but this latest creation surpasses anything he’s done before. Although, I must admit, I am quite fond of his Victoria Steam Carriage

Published in: on February 12, 2010 at 9:38 am  Leave a Comment  
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Steampunked K-9

K-1889 by James Richardson-Brown

After the steampunked Dalek last week, I felt I really must share this extremely cute reimagined K9. The artist James Richardson-Brown created it for a piece of Doctor Who fan-fiction entitled Time and Tide.

It looks to me as if he’s used the Character Options remote controlled K9 as a base.

Just when I thought that the Doctor’s mechanical mutt couldn’t go more retro…

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Published in: on February 10, 2010 at 2:44 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Cool cheetah couriers

Weighing in a 18 kilos this spectacular cheetah was produced by Andrew Chase over a period of 10 weeks (around 60 hours in total) and measures 127cm from nose to tail. Part of his ‘Timmy’ project, the robot cheetahs are used a couriers around a steampunked underworld. The crazy Timmy universe is poulated by hulking elephants and telescopic giraffes. Timmy itself is a cute little robot Trionic Morphatractable Engineer (or TME to its mates).

The motion captured film before shows what the cheetah sculpture would look like mid-run.

The steamblog is looking forward to more marvels in Andrew’s mechanical menagerie.

Published in: on February 5, 2010 at 7:01 am  Leave a Comment  
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“You have exterminated me sir!”

Steampunked Dalek by Peter Michael Tulay

And just because I’m a Doctor Who geek, ladies and gentlemen I present a steampunked son of Skaro…

(via Ancient and Forever)

Published in: on February 4, 2010 at 4:21 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Steampunked: Batman

Another busy day, but found the time to gather this artwork inspired by a recent post on Brass Goggles. I remember reading Gotham by Gaslight back in 1989 in the middle of Tim Burton Batmania. It was the first DC Elsewhere graphic novel, where DC Comics characters are put into alternate timelines or realities and it blew me away. It seemed such a fresh idea, re-imaging such a familiar character in a Victorian setting. Of course these days the internet is full of steampunked Dark Knight Detectives and here are a few of my favourites I’ve stumbled upon.

by Axigan via Deviantart

The Gotham by Gaslight Batman by thehand via zbrushcentral

Custom action figure by Sillof

by Dominus via Pandemoniumart

Custom action figure by Randysactionfigure via Figure Realm

by Little Katydid via deviantart

by Katie Cook via Sounded Good on Paper

Steambat by Broken Toys via Flickr

Have I missed your favourite steampunked Batman? Then email me today with a link or leave a comment below. Oh, and why has no-one done a steampunked Harley Quinn?

Published in: on February 4, 2010 at 7:00 am  Comments (1)  
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Dark and dirty dirigible

Been up to my eyes in real life today so not much time for a detailed post, but had to share this link sent to me by Henry-X, a steamblog reader.

Landscapes L51 by Gutalin

Dirty, industrial and just plain huge, the texture on this steampunk/ dieselpunk/ blimppunk concept is staggering. Just look at those little follows to the left of the airship. Head over to ZBrushCentral to see it in more detail.

Thanks for the tip, Henry-X. If anyone has any more steampunk art they want to share then email me today or leave a comment below.

Published in: on February 3, 2010 at 11:52 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Blast a buffoon

I’m off to Oxford today to visit the Museum of the History of Science’s Steampunk exhibit so in the meantime why don’t you have a go at blasting your chums with Dr Grordbort’s patented Blast a Buffoon. Simply upload their picture and fire away using one of three singularly futuristic weapons.

You can choose:

  • The Righteous Bison

    The Righteous Bison, which will cause your target to burst open like a poisonous pustule. According to the brochure the Bison “is about the same weight as a small brown trout (or two pints of Pale Ale) and can be fired continuously without exhausting the sportsman.”

  • The Victorious Mongoose

    The Victorious Mongoose that will reduce them to a pile of charred bones. The world’s first concealable ray gun is “able to project a conical emission for up to seventeen yards, the Victorious Mongoose will obliterate four pounds of Budgerigars in three fascinating seconds.” Golly.

  • The Pearce 75 Atom Ray Gun

    or the Pearce 75 Atom Ray Gun which will quite literally leave them in pieces. Like all of Dr. Grordborts Infallible Aether Oscillators the gun is “the perfect addition to a gentleman’s study or a deterring centerpiece for a lady’s powder room or chiffonier.”

OK, so the flash game itself may get all-too-tedious all-too-soon, but the rest of Dr. Grordbort’s emporium deserves a browse. These replica weapons, designed by Greg Broadmore, may be a little of the expensive side for your casual steampunker (my wife raises eyebrows when I spend our hard-earned dosh on Doctor Who toys. Imagine what she would say if I returned home to tell her I had forked out $155 on my very own Righteous Bison blaster?) but you have to admire the loving care the site has been put together. Did you know for example that the material used to fashion the weapons – Imitation Metal – is a light-weight compound that looks and feels remarkably like plastic under Earth conditions. Funny that.

Discover how you can arm yourself against the Moon Men by heading over to Dr. Grodbort’s.

Published in: on February 2, 2010 at 7:10 am  Leave a Comment  
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A Miscellany of Steampunk

Front cover of Irregular, issue two by Vyctoria Hart

Illustrator Vyctoria Hart has launched a new series of steampunk portraits over at her Deviantart site. A new entry in her Miscellany of Steampunk will be posted every week. Based in Yorkshire, UK, Vyctoria creates artwork based on a world where the British Empire has reached for the stars and established colonies on Mars, Venus and Jupiter’s moon, Io. It is a haunting mix of steampunk and art nouveau, beautifully realised in photoshop.

This week’s is entitled the Reanimator and comes with the following macabre annotation from the artist:

Have you noticed that your beloved is not quite so lively as once she was?
Do you miss her witty conversation, winning smile, rosy complexion and vigorous pulse?
Are you not yet willing to give her up to the arms of Death?
Then you need Doctor Herbert West’s “Reanimator Curative Compound”
Guaranteed to restore the vitality and vigor to the most cadaverous companion

To explore more of Vyctoria’s art check out her web site at phantoms-siren.com and her art blog. Vyctoria was also the subject of an interview in the third edition of role playing game online magazine, Irregular.

Published in: on January 31, 2010 at 7:01 am  Leave a Comment  
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