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If Diplomats & Legions were Steampunk. Speaking of which, this is actually my first try at Steampunk. Finally got up the motivation (and the time) to do it. If it's worth doing good, it's worth doing bigger, right?
About this creation
So, this is going to be rather long, as you will see for yourself. Thought I'd try my hand at this and see how it went. Those of you that saw this on Flickr will see some differences. Sorry, but I don't have the time nor space to describe what 'Diplomats & Legions' is.


Who: Western Republic
Date: 1874
Place: Taiwan
The Valiant-class corvette, the Redoubtable and three of her sisters were sent deep into the Pacific to carry out the opening wave of the invasion of Chinese-held Taiwan. They were proving troublesome in the continent of the N. America where they were assisting our enemy, the Union of the Pacific. The High Command made the decision to hit them on their own soil and make them look to their own affairs instead of someone elses.

Leading a combined fleet of Brazilian, Commonwealth, and Inuit (Alaskan) ships, the corvettes were to sail up the Shiukuluan River, seize a high place, haul a cannon up it, and hold out until relieved. The 4 corvettes were to provide heavy fire support throughout the day with their dual 5-inch guns.

Here's the troops. Marines and grenadiers. Stay clear of those grenadiers, they have a tendency to 'splode under heavy enemy fire.









Depth charges. Union submersibles had been making a pain of themselves lately.







Armed with two pole rockets and two semi-automatic guns, the steam copter serves as the mobile artillery and light force projection of the Valiant-class corvettes.

Side skirts folded down for launch.









The boiler. I'd intended to have it bigger, but I made the deck too short to accommodate anything larger.





The Green Mountain Boys. Irregulars that often provide cheap or free assistance to the war effort. These are the last volunteers to be allowed to serve with the Republic Army.

The pilot of the copter.

The officers of the fleet and the captain of the ship.

Crewmen with grease-monkey. Western Republic grease-monkeys actually have the highest survival rates of any nation in the Western Hemisphere. So much so, that parents can send their children out to sea for the summer (whether rebellious and needing a lesson or dirt poor and needing the money) and have a 94% chance of getting them back. The other crew members have the luxury of handling the depth charges or the coal for the boiler.

Marines here in array. That lieutenant likes his job, perhaps too much...

Wall commentary:
Forgive the lack of individual pic commentary, there are just so many.
Paddle design shamelessly pilfered from Nieks G on Flickr. Thank you, sir!





Comments

 I like it 
  July 29, 2012
this is great! i plan on making a steampunk MOC soon.
Ultramarine .
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Christian H.
  October 1, 2011
That's better than I could do. Got to step up my game.
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  September 1, 2011
Very good! Unhappily, I suppose you won't be able to use it in the conflict group! =)
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  June 13, 2011
this is very nice
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  June 7, 2011
This is a nice steampunk realisation, Ultramarine! I love this boat!
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  June 7, 2011
This is a nice steampunk realisation, Ultramarine! I love this boat!
 I like it 
  May 23, 2011
Nice creation.
 I made it 
  May 23, 2011
Thanks everyone for the great reviews! @Oscar, those are depth charges. Not sure how barrels would sink, then again Civil War submersibles were always at periscope depth. @Levens, thanks, mate! Always appreciated!
 I like it 
  May 23, 2011
me:awesome! my sig-fig:meh,my space pirate ship is better =P
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  May 23, 2011
This looks great. Not sure about those things on the side but considering that it is steampunk it makes a nice addition. I think that ship maybe a bit crowded but it adds to the atmosphere. The nice little helicopter is very cool.
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  May 23, 2011
SO COOL!!! Love it, best, this is not just a Brown version of something, it's a real steam battle boat, love it mate...
 I like it 
  May 23, 2011
Very good! You should continue your work in the Steampunkery, and are those depth charges on the back?
Ultramarine .
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Eric C
  May 22, 2011
Very nice. I like the treads on the water wheels. How many studs long is she?
 I like it 
  May 22, 2011
Nice work, this thing is a monster! :)
 I made it 
  May 22, 2011
Quoting Eric C Very nice. I like the treads on the water wheels. How many studs long is she?
Thanks, she came out about 55-60 range.
 I like it 
  May 22, 2011
Cool build! Lots of great details in there!
 I like it 
  May 22, 2011
Great looking ship. Interesting story too.
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  May 22, 2011
Americans? Invading China? As Rarity said in My Little Pony: "Oh, it is on!"
 I made it 
  May 22, 2011
Quoting Nick Shelton If you could even touch the Chinese Army.
At this point, they would have still used sailing vessels which might have been ironclads, but much slower and more vulnerable to other ships like this one. So, we probably could have.
 I like it 
  May 22, 2011
If you could even touch the Chinese Army.
 
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