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