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!
Educate yourselves about the Puckle Gun [link]
Acrylic on paper, 42 x 29.7 cm - 16.54 x 11.7"