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Submarine Steamwalker by flaketom Submarine Steamwalker by flaketom
*edit: added shadows
L’Hippocampe was the third design of submarine steam powered walkers of the ingenious French designer Adalbert Gustave Thoreaux. When finished in 1887 it was the not only the largest walker ever built to that day, but also the most versatile. It could swim small distances on it’s own and was able to dive as deep as 130 meters.
It was the pride of Le Grand Societe des Sciences Naturelles et de l’Ocean, and was also the climax of the art of engineeringsteam-powered walkers in its days. After successful test of the coast of Marseilles , L’Hippocampe embarked on expeditions which took it to Corsica, the coast of Algeria, the Red Sea, Madagascar and the Comoros. From there it returned to Europe and was the first Steamwalker to cross the Channel.
It’s crew - captain Thoreaux, marine biologist Antoine Magritte and the engineer Tancred Flaubert – where stars of their time, getting invitations of every court and salon in Europe.
One the fifth journey which took it to the Canary Islands – mere two years and 4 days after its maiden voyage – disaster struck. The crew of the accompanying boat first lost telegraphic contact and when trying to lift it they saw that the chains, as well as the air intake and exhaust tubes were torn. The immediate deployment of a diving bell as well as later searches haven’t found any trace of L’Hippocampe and its crew.
The story of its disappearance was a shock for the world and with it the great era of steam powered walkers came to an abrupt end for the next decade.

So this is my entry for the SU contest (other entries over here [link] ). I know it isn't really DEEP sea, but in that time and age it was....well.
Download is recommmended. :P More detail pics can be found here:[link]
The tunas in the background are from 3dwarehouse.

Oh and comments are always welcome! :D
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DoubleDandE Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The design and iron work looks great. Looks really nice. 
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flaketom Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014
thanks a bunch!
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Dixbit Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
Wow you did an amazing job! Awesome design, great details, and i like the small story you wrote about it. Captain Nemo would be jealous :D
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flaketom Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Thanks and glad you like it!
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JovianJ Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
This is GREAT! I love the steamwalker!
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flaketom Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
Thanks a lot!
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DrZoidberg96 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Correction...It's Bubble walker! You can't spot steam underwater XD
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flaketom Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
hehe, You're sooo right! :D
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esotericfreighttrain Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
This is very very cool....awesome job
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:iconflaketom:
flaketom Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
Thanks a lot for the kind words!
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Maripon Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome!!
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:iconflaketom:
flaketom Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
Thanks a lot und auch dankeschön.
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NOMANSNODEAD Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
nice! very good design mate. :-)
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flaketom Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
Many thanks! Glad you like it!
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NOMANSNODEAD Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
nope :-)
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Action-N Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Student General Artist
Sir,

I have no words to convey how awesome this is. My compliments on a job masterfully done.



Regards,
Action N
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flaketom Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
Thank you very very much for the positive words!
I do appreciate them much !
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Douad Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Now this is AWESOME =)
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:iconflaketom:
flaketom Featured By Owner May 18, 2011
Thanks a lot for the kind words! :D
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TheMiddleChild Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011
good machine design!
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flaketom Featured By Owner May 6, 2011
Thanks a lot!
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DeviantKaled Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Student Digital Artist
This is an absolutely amazing piece of work, utterly staggering in its detail and design work. :eyepopping:

Do you have 3ds Max? Apparently Sketchup and Max can now export into one another: I think texturing and rendering this using Max/Vray/etc. would have amazing effects...

Just have to say again - Absolutely fabulous work!!! :woohoo:
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flaketom Featured By Owner May 6, 2011
Thanks a lot! Nah I don't have 3d Max. Would love to be able to render better, I used kerkythea until now, but the files start to get enormous when I do it there.But it's definitely something to do in the future!
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DeviantKaled Featured By Owner May 7, 2011  Student Digital Artist
No worries at all =)

And I hadn't actually heard of kerkythea before, but upon a bit of research, it does seem to produce some decent results... But yes, I can sympathise with the large-file problem!

Correct me if I'm wrong (I know very little about sketch-up!), but I guess the things that would make a huge difference to the realism of this image would be multi-point lighting, as some have suggested, but also textures as well. Can you apply textures that have reflective and refractive qualities in sketch-up/kerkythea?

As far as 3ds Max goes, did you know that if you are at school or university, you can download Max for free, from the Autodesk Education Community website? All you need to do is provide a valid education email address and they will let you create an account, from which you can download their latest software...

Entschuldigung, I talk for too long! This is such a fantastic piece of modelling, I just can't help myself =D
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flaketom Featured By Owner May 12, 2011
No worries at all about being to long, comments are always welcome! Sketchup has only basic rendering abilities, no multi point light and no 'special' qualities can be attributed to the textures. Kerkythea can do quite all what a pro-version- rendering program can do (well most of...).
no student anymore, so the free Autodesk stuff is offlimits. Kerkythea is releasing a new version, will wait for that one to come out and then give it a try.
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DeviantKaled Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Student Digital Artist
(sorry for taking such a long time in replying to this!!)

Hmm I see - though for what it actually offers I guess Sketchup wouldn't really need too much else... Shame to hear about the lack of Autodeskness! But Kerkythea sounds interesting, I'll have to look into it =)
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Gibbtall Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011
This model is pretty awesome, but the whole piece could be waaay better if you worked on the lighting. Even Ambient Occlusion would help this heaps, and that only takes like 5 minutes.
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flaketom Featured By Owner May 6, 2011
Yeah, totally right about that one. I'm just not good at all with rendering...
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Gibbtall Featured By Owner May 6, 2011
It doesn't take much time to learn some neat tricks. just google stuff, check out CGTalk
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flaketom Featured By Owner May 11, 2011
Will do :D
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zlayter Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
love the creativity on this! I had never even considered and underwater crawler! amazing work yo!
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flaketom Featured By Owner May 6, 2011
Thanks a ton for the positive words!
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zlayter Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:thumbsup: no prob!!^^
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JARM13 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent picture , very imaginitive . Nice story to go with it also .
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flaketom Featured By Owner May 6, 2011
Thanks a lot! Really appreciate it!
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Nils-Iver Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
oh man that's so awesome! the eyes should have been glowing yellow lights however as a sign of..i dunno, a controlroom in use inside it's head or something! :P
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Omar6 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Agreed.
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Nils-Iver Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Agreed
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flaketom Featured By Owner May 6, 2011
Agreed. Just lazy...
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name-already-chosen Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
I would love to see this in a pulp movie.
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flaketom Featured By Owner May 6, 2011
See it walking would really be kinda nice:P THanks!
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StarSword-C Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks like something out of a steampunk anime. Very, very cool.
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flaketom Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
Thanks a lot!
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Kerl-of-Fox-County Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesomeness :-)
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flaketom Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011
Thanks a lot!
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Kerl-of-Fox-County Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Your welcome :-)
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E-Squid Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011
*le gasp*
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flaketom Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011
hehe!
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CalamityJones Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is completely mad... I love it! Fantastic details, so many gears and little things tucked underneath that it's actually hard to work out what it's all supposed to be :P I love all the decorative details, especially the wave swirls on the buckets at the front and the chain at the back :D

I will say, though, that the feet look a bit too small, maybe :P
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flaketom Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011
Oh you back! Nice to hear you like it!
Yeah, it got bigger and bigger while building it, and the legs where the first parts I've done.And taking pics was also a hard thing, that damn thing is to stuffed! But whatever... :D
and thanks for faving!
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