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A Defence by CrimsonMagpie A Defence by CrimsonMagpie
~VonBrrr and I decided that our skyships needed some form of close defence against attack, and found the ideal weapon in the Puckle Gun.

The Puckle Gun - properly called 'A Defence' - was a 1718 invention by James Puckle that was basically a large revolver on a stand. It fired three times faster than a rifleman of the time could fire, which made it the fastest firing gun of its day. For some bizarre reason it was never adopted by any military.

This is the crew of a gun nest on board the English skyship 'Swiftsure' blasting away at some enemy.

I revamped the sky, it was fun to paint! :iconhyperlarryplz:
Educate yourselves about the Puckle Gun [link] ! :iconanimefaceplz:



Acrylic on paper, 42 x 29.7 cm - 16.54 x 11.7"
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EddyVance Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015
I think the puckle gun, in spite of its relatively simplicity of operation, requires a lot of skill to produce and above average knowledge to maintain it, which is why it's never adopted.
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm no historical weapons expert, but the Puckle Gun does seem to've been a lot more complex than contemporary firearms. It was just too ahead of it's time. 
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EddyVance Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015
I know. Hell, how do you manufacture that with 18th century skill and technology?
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
I think the answer is 'skillfully'. :p It wasn't beyond their technological capabilities, but I imagine it would've been very expensive. 
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EddyVance Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015
Not mention it would be very difficult for the ordinary soldier to use, given the literacy rates of the era. I think the Puckley gun should belong to the artillery branch since that requires some technical knowledge.
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pivole Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
Very good work, the gun is nice and clean, and the people look people-like.
I do like old-fashioned quick-firers, like this and the nordenfeldt.
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, I'm glad it comes across well! :la: The Nordenfeldt was a pretty vicious-looking thing; it'd be cool to paint one.
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JLBlacksmith Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
Great work§
I love the back ground reminding of sEAS fog and clouds, as well as the muzzle flash it feels...powerful, there's no other to put it.
I Wouldn't have wanted to be on the business end of this thing at firing range, must have been a devastating weapon !
Also the emerald uniform of the sky sailors offers a starK contrast with the greyish clouds/fog quite pleasant to the eye.
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, originally the muzzle flash was more subdued and realistic, but some artistic license made it more exciting. =p The size of the bullets it fired in comparison to musket bullets of the time would basically have made this the 1700s equivalent of a .50 cal machine gun. :la:
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gzegzolka Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
Looks like grandfather of minigun. I like that design.
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
One could call it he grandfather of all rapid-fire guns, James Puckle was really ahead of his time, so much so that people ignored his gun. =p
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artbatter Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
This is a pretty cool piece compositionally, but I really want to see more punch to the muzzle blast and some of that warm light reflecting on the characters. They seem too separated with all the cools on them. Nice stuff though.
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. :meow: This is actually the second version; the first had the muzzle blast referenced from life, and in life it's quite dull, just a small flame in a cloud of white smoke. If I'd had he time I'd have added better highlights, but coloured highlighting is not an area I'm confident in, so I opted for the safe route on this occasion. =p
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The-Build Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice design on this really looks like it packs a punch.
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, I assume it would've. :meow:
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danielhudson560 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011
Aye its another amazing picture but a failer in the field of battle are there any orgainals in the world to see. I hope your well its great to hear from you. I hope your in good health and in high spirits,
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danielhudson560 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
Great stuff. Really think they should have aproved it could save lifes. but hay it have have started a arms race too. Might have stated a whole new war like the ones Wellington had but with newer tecnogly in stead of muskets and riflws which areflint lock they use brech loader or bolt action. prucution cap was invented in 1800 funny but was not used until 1837 in the British army.

Germans were using the needle a first rifle with a bolt action of 1848 By that time we were using 1841 muskets brown bess and 1837 Bruswick rifles, the three band enfield did not come in until 1853 lol. could kill a man 1500 years,. wow I wiss I was one of this fab 1718 defices. speak to you soon. have a nice weekend daniel.
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. c: Yea, it's yet another example of the top brass being amazingly short-sighted and set in their ways when it comes to cutting-edge military developments. :P
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darksidermonents Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Student Filmographer
I like the style
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:thumbsup:
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darksidermonents Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Student Filmographer
ur welcome
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Tinoculars Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
So it is a skyship like I thought? :iconhypnolaplz: The gun reminds me of my steampunk timer. :iconteheplz:
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
What did you think when I said skyship? :O_o: It's a very steampunk device, isn't it?
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Tinoculars Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
I meant I thought there'd be a skyship involved when I critiqued your uniform guy, and I was right. :aww: It is, but I need to find a bell. :iconsadtardplz:
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah, that there is indeed. =p
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Tinoculars Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
:aww:
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Rayum Featured By Owner May 13, 2011
The painting on this seems very clean compared to some of your other pieces. Especially when it comes to that gun, the shading is crisp, and it looks stunning. : )
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, I perhaps spent a little too much time on the gun, but I'm glad you think it looks good. :meow:
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Rayum Featured By Owner May 14, 2011
You're welcome. Nah, I think it was time well spent. : )
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