Topic: Ray Guns

Ray Guns are something which, it seems to me, cross over between Steampunk and Dieselpunk, Since they are both alternate universes, some devices defy categorization and I submit that Ray Guns would fall into that category. Buck Rogers would certainly qualify as Dieselpunk since between his adventures on Mongo, he constantly returned to a 1930s era Earth. Here is a CG model I did of  one of the original Buck Rogers ray guns from the films. This was based on a photograph.
http://i646.photobucket.com/albums/uu183/ProfErasmus/BuckRogersRayGunColor.jpg
Likewise Sky Captain made much use of ray guns in its Ortensian Dieselpunk world. Here is a CG model I did of Dex's ray gun based on one of the designs (pencil sketch) posted online by the production.
http://i646.photobucket.com/albums/uu183/ProfErasmus/RayGun.jpg
Here is another Sky Captain design that never made it into the final production, but I always liked the sketch so I decided to see what it would have looked like and modeled it.
http://i646.photobucket.com/albums/uu183/ProfErasmus/FinRayGun.jpg
Although not as sleek, here is a ray gun from my story "The Aerial Corsairs" which is definitely Steampunk and tries to imagine what kind of weapons a Victorian Military would develop if it had a bit of alternate universe technology. This is based on the Martini rifle in use at the time.
http://i646.photobucket.com/albums/uu183/ProfErasmus/MartiniPulseRifle.jpg

If it can't be expressed in figures, its not science, it is opinion.

R. A. Heinlein

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That last one looks very fanciful! Steampunk-esque yet definitely Victorian. Good job!

My favorite's the Sky Captain raygun though. Yours are excellent illustrations!

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Very nice rendering, Sir.  I do like the first one most, I must admit.  You will gather from other threads that I'm a huge fan of the old Buster Crabbe movies and seriels. And I loved Sky Captain

Erasmus wrote:

Buck Rogers would certainly qualify as Dieselpunk since between his adventures on Mongo, he constantly returned to a 1930s era Earth.

Surely you mean Flash Gordon? wink

the trouble with our times is that the future is not what it used to be

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Oops. You are correct sir. Flash Gordon it is. Or was. On the same subject, I would wager that no one would reckon that Gene Autry was a Dieselpunk, but I submit that his serial "The Phantom Empire" certainly qualifies. Who else would bring us robots in cowboy hats, Evil agents from beneath the earth on horseback, a singing Hero with his own radio show, all set in the 1930's with fashions and automobiles of that era. Oh, yeah and they had ray guns too.
http://i646.photobucket.com/albums/uu183/ProfErasmus/phantom_empire_poster_2.jpg
http://i646.photobucket.com/albums/uu183/ProfErasmus/PhantomEmpire.jpg

If it can't be expressed in figures, its not science, it is opinion.

R. A. Heinlein

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I found a few more posters for The Phantom Empire.
http://i646.photobucket.com/albums/uu183/ProfErasmus/dfmp_0503_phantom_empire_1935.jpg
http://i646.photobucket.com/albums/uu183/ProfErasmus/Phantom450.jpg
And though I've never heard of it before, apparently there was a Dick Tracy serial where he also battled a Phantom Empire. Judging by the green guy in the poster, it must at least have some sci-fi elements to it.
http://i646.photobucket.com/albums/uu183/ProfErasmus/tracy.jpg

If it can't be expressed in figures, its not science, it is opinion.

R. A. Heinlein

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Fantastic!

I posted up a link to downloadable old radio plays on one of the threads which you may want to check out.

the trouble with our times is that the future is not what it used to be

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In the same vein as "The Phantom Empire" there were other serials that we would also consider Diesel Punk today. The first being "The Undersea Kingdom" starring "Crash" Corrigan.
http://i646.photobucket.com/albums/uu183/ProfErasmus/undersea_kingdom_1.jpg
Like Flash Gordon, this existed in a (then) modern 1930's world, but with a ruthless foe from another world. This one underwater.
http://i646.photobucket.com/albums/uu183/ProfErasmus/UnderseaKingdom.jpg
And they had robots as well!
http://i646.photobucket.com/albums/uu183/ProfErasmus/UnderseaKingdom3.jpg
Then their were two precursors to "The Rocketeer". One was "King of the Rocket Men".
http://i646.photobucket.com/albums/uu183/ProfErasmus/King_Of_The_Rocket_Men.jpg
The other, looking very similar, but much more famous, was "Commando Cody and the Radar Men From the Moon".
http://i646.photobucket.com/albums/uu183/ProfErasmus/CommanderCody_Radar_01.jpg
http://i646.photobucket.com/albums/uu183/ProfErasmus/CommanderCody.jpg

If it can't be expressed in figures, its not science, it is opinion.

R. A. Heinlein

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Excellent! I would also reccomend a Dan Dare story called Reign of the Robots, which has some superb clanky robots that seem to be made from giant bean cans.

The Martini is really cool. It looks very much like the weapons I envisaged my own characters wielding.

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Those CG pieces you've done are lovely, Erasmus, as are the old pulp images! Do continue sharing your wonderful work and image finds big_smile

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"King of the Rocket Men"? Amazing! Now why don't they make posters like that no more?