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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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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.
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.
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.
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:
gzegzolka Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
Looks like grandfather of minigun. I like that design.
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
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.
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
Backsackandjack Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice design on this really looks like it packs a punch.
CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, I assume it would've. :meow:
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