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After All is Said and Done.... by PaxAeternum After All is Said and Done.... by PaxAeternum
Those who live in the Lone Islands recognize the amazing feats of determination and knowledge that have been accomplished over the past centuries. Those who sought a greater form of power than the hand harnessed the immense power of steam and held it inside a metal pressure vessel, at such levels of energy and excitation to perform any task previously unimaginable. Those who looked to the sky sought to fly but could not, built themselves wings held together by wooden ribs and piano wire and glided in the breeze. Those who sought to travel far built marvelous ships of sail and steam, plying the seas and then the air. In this modern age, locomotives pull trains at the speed of a hurricane wind, Buildings tower into the sky, complete mastery of the land and terra firma has been achieved by the steamshovel, the dam, and the massive derrick. Tremendous creations the size of small towns travel the skies and oceans between the islands, all harnessing the power of steam, and the mind to make it perform its many biddings. It would be easy for those who live immersed in this brave, new world to take it for granted, to become lost in it.


But, thankfully, the many industrial peoples of the world have remembered how to take a step back from all this, realise just how odd it is as well as how marvelous it is, and how detrimental it would certainly be to trust and live by it, and ONLY it. Those who rush around the countryside on their convuluted locomotives always take the time to stop, and remember what the world looks like when not flying by at immense velocities. No greater call of the ship captain is to remember to return to the earth and the shore after a voyage, no matter how long, and love it, celebrate its solidity, to always return to the earth, dulce domum, place of origin, to plant ones seeds firmly in the ground and return to rejoice with the Birds in the coming of spring.


To the undisturbed native peoples of the Lone islands, those who live in a balance never departed from when the few industrial nations began digging their soils for coal and iron, and never disturbed thereafter for the mutual respect held by all peoples in these islands for eachother, watch the machinations of those who pursued their minds over their hearts, marvel at them, but do not wish to be of them. These beings would rather take their joy in the comfort of a warm hut, a lover, healthy children.

For the industrial nations, to keep a balance and a rememberance, two rest-weeks are had, in which any and all machines, beit of factories, railways, seafaring or skyfaring, return to the ground and a state of motionlessness, and all those who live by them are forced, by their cessation, to rest, to remember. As such, they find they are not as dependant on the systems of their world as they thought, and they cling to the fact that life and love are the true constants, where all others fail.



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AlderanVoralsberg Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
excellent and very nice!! :)
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PaxAeternum Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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The-Necromancer Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks stellar thus far old boy! The golden hues of this one really work for me, and I cannot help but be curious as to the identity of the ship and it's location. Truly a glorious sight, and the message you've put behind this certainly makes one think a good deal about the state of the modern world we ourselves live in.
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PaxAeternum Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you sir, it was all about the message. I really have devoted my life into trying to wake everyone up from the desensitization they are immersed in, and see they are living in what is truly a nightmare. I am a life-ist. Its sort of a take on humanism, but covering that of all life, not just ourselves. We are nothing special, we must make do with what we have in a sensible way now that we are here.

as for The ship, she is the "Endeavour", One of the many privately built airships of the world. A 1500 footer, she one of the few semi-aerostats, built principally to lift very heavy loads and move them across long distances. Because she needed to lift heavy loads, she needed far more power than her lifting gas, and as such, her engines, being high power availability, became heavy as well. When flying under no load, she uses her gas for about 70 percent of her lift and her rotors for 30 percent, but when under load, her engines can delivery many times more lift than her gas can, making her a real freighter. Should her engines fail when she is carrying no load, she can very easily sustain aerodynamic flight to the ground. However, it should be noted that aerostatic airships are not liked at all for travel over the sea with heavy objects, for a loss of lifting engine power would result in not only having to dump the cargo, but the inevitable loss of the ship with no landing site, which would in most cases sink beneath the waves. Heavy freight movements of all kinds over the sea, for safety, are done by ocean vessels, and aerostats only cross the ocean when flying light. Whereas these aerostatic ships come in very practical for local over-land use, especially on large islands such as Centralis Keye. They are known for helping to erect buildings piece by piece. One of the roles in this world they serve the role of helicopters, as there are no helicopters in the Great Lone Islands. (Steam engine power to weight ratio simply is not high enough to make a practical helicopter work.)


We see her here on the west end of Centralis Keye, near the river deltas. She has just finished the last scheduled job she had before the rest week starts, (which will be on the following day after the sun in this picture sets). The job was lifting some auxiliary equipment and several drums of lamp oil to the lighthouse you see, ( a very light job for such a ship, in fact reasonably handle-able by a true LTA vessel of a good size). Because rest week is on the following day, and the ship is well equipped, she is being steamed down here, and maneuvered by hand around the hillside to a well sheltered resting place in a nearby valley. The captain and some crew will stay aboard and use the down time to perform inspections and maintenance, whereas most of the other crew will be taking night trains home to spend the week with their families or in places of rest.
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The-Necromancer Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thankee for the even more detailed information Alex. I truly do like looking into this world of yours, even if I question it from time to time.

A Life-ist? Interesting concept.
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PaxAeternum Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
And you are most welcome, and please do question it, this is how I can make it better and even more realistic.
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The-Necromancer Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I think with this one you've got it all spot on!

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Keep it up!
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synonymordboken Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I like this - well done.
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PaxAeternum Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
Very promising. Combining Von Zeppelin and Jules Verne, are we? Robur is one of his more forgotten books.
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PaxAeternum Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
Just a semi-aerostatic ship. She is a heavy lifter, and as such her engines themselves are so large and heavy, they need to provide a portion of the lift for her to fly, along with the lifting gas.
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
Large empennage, undoubtedly.
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PaxAeternum Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
well remember, the more powerful an engine gets, the heavier it gets to be more powerful! Luckily, with steam and most others, if designed sensibly, the weight curve lags behind the power curve on an increasing graph, so the returns are not limited. Lighter engines just trade weight for higher stresses on working parts.
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
Don't tell the DOT!
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PaxAeternum Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
Oh but I WILL.
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2509-Silverlink Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Pixel. By. Pixel......... wow
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PaxAeternum Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
YEP. 8D
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2509-Silverlink Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're crazy, but so am I. I've been working on my current 'secret' project for about four months, and it will take another two or three to finish
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PaxAeternum Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
Months sir? I did this one in three hours! My I must be impatient.....
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2509-Silverlink Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Mine is a monumental task, on a far greater scale than my usual workings. All my knowledge of the prototype is going into it - it's mostly complete above the running plate and the driving wheels are in, but I haven't even got the tender started!

I've been working on the boiler lining for nigh on a week as it is :faint:
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PaxAeternum Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
what is the engine?
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2509-Silverlink Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll send you a note
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Daxserv Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
WOW (lost for words)
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PaxAeternum Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you for the kind Not-words!


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KirovRampager Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She is gorgeous your talent is very appreciated, thank you for sharing this with us here ^^
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PaxAeternum Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you and you are most welcome. 8)
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KirovRampager Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I currently am working on an American mallet do you have any suggestions for details? Considering you are very good at details
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PaxAeternum Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
well, first I need to know what you know about Mallets.

Is this a compound mallet? Is it articulated or non-articulated, is it feedheated and if so by what system, is it a tender or a tank, and if it is a tank what kind of tank does it have. What gauge does it run on, what is the wheel arrangement, what kind of boiler and what operating pressure, what schooling of design.....etc etc XD
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KirovRampager Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Compound, articculated, tender, superpower, standard american gauge, 2-8-8-2, 240lb boiler pressure, sewerpipe style boiler *aka massive diameter* built by Roanoke shops in 1938
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PaxAeternum Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
What do you mean by "superpower". Do you mean superheat, or firebox size/diemensions?


Well, since you are running a regular firetube boiler and compound setup, and have not mentioned feedwater heating, I reccomend inspirator type injectors. Sewerpipe must be slang as I have not heard it used in engineering terminology before. Is the firebox a keyhole type, a semiwide, a wide, does it have a bellpaire geometry or a combustion chamber? Does it have thermic syphons and whatnot?
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KirovRampager Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
[link] this might help better than I can explain and sewerpipe is slang for incredibly large locomotive boiler types
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PaxAeternum Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
ah, the Y3's. Okay that makes sense.


My advise, increase the weight on the drivers a bit (take out some give on the spring gibbs and equalization) and put in a reheater between the HP and LP stages. THis is basically a superheating element that the steam passes through on its way to the LP cylinders. Can't be too big or you will make the steam, even when lubed, cut the pistonvalve bores. Good to have a simpling valve, but the Y3's already did.
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