When I think of Steampunk, I often remember Jack Nicholson (as the Joker) in the original Batman. I don't suggest the film was Steampunk, of course, but when Nicholson looks at Batman and says, "Where does he get those wonderful toys?" he is asking the same question I always find myself wondering in the face of good Steampunk.
Where do they get those wonderful toys?
I know, Steampunk is more than just that. Steampunk addresses the conflict inherent between progress and safety. It lets us explore how technology and society bump up against each other by looking at technologies that never were and societies which maybe shouldn't have taken that right turn at
Yesterday I pointed you toward Alan Patrick’s webpage, who has some wonderful toys from the Space: 1889 universe. Today I've got an even bigger treat. Alan did his ships for a big Cloudships game put on by the South London Warlords at Salute in the United Kingdom. Here is the web page with all of the ships used in the game, as well as pictures from the event. It's so well done I'm adding it as a permanent link. The Hullcutter screw galley at the top of this page is one example, and a damned fine one, too -- exactly the sort of sinister menace I always imagined.