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« Reply #50 on: January 03, 2016, 10:01:18 pm »

Does Steampunk necessarily need steam tech to BE Steampunk?
My answer would be 'no', and Tesla/Edison electromagnetic tech would be the example I'd set
as my primary premise.  Secondarily I'd set forth clockwork tech.  Both of which are commonly
lumped in to that-which-is-Steampunk.

Mentioned above, there are some in the scientific community who believe they've evidence
supporting the possibility that Norsefolk invented an early electro-magnetic compass. 
I would imagine that Viking Steampunk would revolve more around electromagnetic power than steam. 
Some Red-haired, Blue-eyed, Thor-worshipping lightning-obsessed Viking Tesla had a meeting of the
minds with some Arab Edison when he'd gone a-viking and came home to the Lands of the Ice and Snow
to build Cap'n Nemo-style electric longships that fought Krakens (The Kraken being a beast with origins
in Norse Mythology specifically) with gear-powered oars replacing manual labor, electromagnetic gloves
and hammers that returned when thrown like Thor's, All-Seeing Odin's Eyes that are some sort of round
magnetic super-compasses, etc.

I recollect reading somewhere or other that the
priestesses of Þrúðr or Thrúd ( the daughter of
Sif and Thor ) could call lightning up from the
ground
against their foes.

And the Northlands have never lacked for minds
on par with Tesla and Edison - look up Kristian
Birkeland ( coilguns, anyone? ) and Hannes Alfvén
( magnetohydrodynamics! ), for example.

And in the article linked below, I commend to
you the works of Selim Lemstrom :

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« Reply #15 on: May 30, 2009, 08:48:21 am »

Pillars of plasma touching down from the aurora
in the sky upon mountain temples - literally
power centres - and distributing the energy to
the surrounding communities . . .

I think it's moving in the right direction.  Wink
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« Reply #51 on: January 04, 2016, 01:15:50 am »

One could imagine them discovering electricity before anyone else, through the use of lightning. Something similar to what was mentioned above, but with temples for Thor that drew down lightning instead of aurora. The power of which would then be stored and used in some form of weapons-grade tesla coils against their enemies.
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« Reply #52 on: January 04, 2016, 01:57:21 am »

Helmets with Jacob's Ladders instead of horns or wings  Grin  Cheesy  Cheesy Although horned helmets are a stereotype
Wiki https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horned_helmet
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Many peoples used them, but not, contrary to the modern myth, the Vikings
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« Reply #53 on: January 04, 2016, 01:59:54 am »

There are however very few surviving viking helmets in existence.
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« Reply #54 on: January 04, 2016, 12:01:30 pm »

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen.
Did someone mention Die Walküre?

There's nothing quite like having played the first two acts to this opera, then entering the pit to play this
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1aKAH_t0aXA

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« Reply #55 on: January 04, 2016, 12:18:34 pm »

sky drakkars
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« Reply #56 on: January 04, 2016, 12:47:13 pm »

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen.
Did someone mention Die Walküre?

There's nothing quite like having played the first two acts to this opera, then entering the pit to play this
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1aKAH_t0aXA

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That is an exciting piece .

Is it the piece  Wagner escaped the palace  while it was being played ?
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« Reply #57 on: January 07, 2016, 10:05:27 am »

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen
No idea, Hurricane Annie. The Ride of the Valkyries is the overture to the third act, and the entire opera lasts just over three and a half hours, not counting the two intermissions.

I can't imagine Richard escaping a performance of his own music, though. The man's egocentric view of the world rivalled that of Zaphod Beeblebrox.

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« Reply #58 on: January 31, 2016, 05:02:55 pm »

The Viking longboat gondola looks amazing! (and pretty Steampunk to me too)

I love Viking sagas and I had not heard of that one before, but it's fantastic! Next time I'm in the library I'll have to see if we have a copy on the translation so I can read it in full. Do you happen to know the name?

The town in Italy (no longer extant for some reason) was called Luna & the Viking leader was called Hastein.  He was upset when he found that he had not destroyed Rome.  This just goes to show you that if the Vikings did not HAVE Steampunk potential, they would have looted it from someone else...
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« Reply #59 on: February 02, 2016, 07:44:34 am »

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen
No idea, Hurricane Annie. The Ride of the Valkyries is the overture to the third act, and the entire opera lasts just over three and a half hours, not counting the two intermissions.

I can't imagine Richard escaping a performance of his own music, though. The man's egocentric view of the world rivalled that of Zaphod Beeblebrox.

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I'd comment further, but my perspective of Wagner's operas has been completely eschewed by Bugs Bunny cartoons...  Cheesy  Grin

Merrie Melodies' "What's Opera, Doc?" (1957)
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« Reply #60 on: February 02, 2016, 08:14:44 am »

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen.
Absolutely brilliant.
Scathing, witty, sophisticated, but probably only to be appreciated by someone with more than a nodding acquaintance with classical ballet and opera. The takeoff on ballet choreography is superb!

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« Reply #61 on: February 02, 2016, 11:56:41 am »

AGGGGG NOOOOOOOO!!! not Wagner!!

All of his operas are DIRE, to listen to, work backstage (LOADS of sitting aboot for not much stage action!)

Mind you the Vikings, once you get rid of the mythical "Horned Helm" deffo have a steampunk twist - those beautiful longships are crying out for a steamplant, weaponry could be expanded and as for costume.......well who knows!
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« Reply #62 on: February 07, 2016, 04:51:52 am »

.......
Merrie Melodies' "What's Opera, Doc?" (1957)
What's Opera, Doc YouTube


Ahhh My Dear J !  the memories ....

"Oh Bwoomhilda youah so wuvwie ! "

"Yes I Knooooow it I can't heeeeeeelp it! "


now I must go dig up my bugs bunny dvd's ... one of which includes an entire collection of "Bugs In Drag" ...

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« Reply #63 on: February 07, 2016, 08:52:44 am »

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen.
The old Bugs Bunny cartoons were marvels of witty humour.
Thanks for reminding us of them, my dear admiral!

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« Reply #64 on: February 07, 2016, 08:54:19 am »

.......
Merrie Melodies' "What's Opera, Doc?" (1957)
What's Opera, Doc YouTube


Ahhh My Dear J !  the memories ....

"Oh Bwoomhilda youah so wuvwie ! "

"Yes I Knooooow it I can't heeeeeeelp it! "


now I must go dig up my bugs bunny dvd's ... one of which includes an entire collection of "Bugs In Drag" ...

yhs
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« Reply #65 on: February 07, 2016, 03:22:20 pm »

Funny!
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« Reply #66 on: February 08, 2016, 01:22:31 am »

The tie-in to the thread of course, is that Elmer had his "Speaw and Magic Hewmet"


here is Elmer, complete with accoutrements


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wooing Bwoomhilda


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and a link to the complete 'tune for your viewing enjoyment:


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« Reply #67 on: February 08, 2016, 06:49:54 pm »

The small mountain village looked very peaceful from the distance, but I knew nothing to be more misleading. Last winter the northerners had come with their ships sailing like Dragons flying through the sky. You see, unlike pirates that only target other aircrafts, the Vilings plunder ships and villages and cities alike. There is no stopping them. You can't build wall high enough to protect yourself from the fire and steel they bring. Their ships have no engines but are powered by the men themselves, they row through the clouds carried by a single balloon, which makes them more silent than any other aircraft. And more dangerous.
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« Reply #68 on: February 08, 2016, 07:04:46 pm »

The small mountain village looked very peaceful from the distance, but I knew nothing to be more misleading. Last winter the northerners had come with their ships sailing like Dragons flying through the sky. You see, unlike pirates that only target other aircrafts, the Vilings plunder ships and villages and cities alike. There is no stopping them. You can't build wall high enough to protect yourself from the fire and steel they bring. Their ships have no engines but are powered by the men themselves, they row through the clouds carried by a single balloon, which makes them more silent than any other aircraft. And more dangerous.

Did you write that?  Great!
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« Reply #69 on: February 08, 2016, 08:56:37 pm »

The small mountain village looked very peaceful from the distance, but I knew nothing to be more misleading. Last winter the northerners had come with their ships sailing like Dragons flying through the sky. You see, unlike pirates that only target other aircrafts, the Vilings plunder ships and villages and cities alike. There is no stopping them. You can't build wall high enough to protect yourself from the fire and steel they bring. Their ships have no engines but are powered by the men themselves, they row through the clouds carried by a single balloon, which makes them more silent than any other aircraft. And more dangerous.

Did you write that?  Great!


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« Reply #70 on: February 08, 2016, 09:16:51 pm »

Very nicely written.  Goes well with my viking airship.



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« Reply #71 on: February 08, 2016, 09:31:54 pm »

That all works great untill one of the vikings stands up and then punctures the balloon with his helmet horns.
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« Reply #72 on: February 08, 2016, 09:38:15 pm »

That all works great untill one of the vikings stands up and then punctures the balloon with his helmet horns.

Viking helmets didnt have horns, but the image is too funny not to roll with it.
Very nicely written.  Goes well with my viking airship.





Ah, feel free to use the text if you want to.
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« Reply #73 on: February 08, 2016, 10:01:15 pm »

Thanks!
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« Reply #74 on: February 08, 2016, 10:29:02 pm »

Thanks!

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