Reichbusters: Projekt Vril is cooperative action-adventure board game by Mythic Games set in late 1944. The Nazis have discovered a mysterious energy source known as vril that could change the outcome of the war. An elite team of over-the-top Allied operatives, called the Reichbusters, are sent in to eradicate this new threat before it is too late.
The art is by Guillem H. Pongiluppi from Barcelona, Spain.
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Igor Artyomenko is an American artist, originally from Kazakhstan, who has an knack for drawing midcentury warplanes.
His work also includes a steampunk town, a Blade Runner-esque future city and what looks like a steampunk’d version of the huge ion cannon from Star Wars.
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Put Paris and New York together and what do you get? Haussmanhattan, a portmanteau of Baron Haussmann, the prefect of the Seine who remade the French capital for Napoleon III, and Manhattan, the central borough of New York.
It is also a project of architect Luis Fernandes’, who gives us a fascinating glimpse into a world that never was.
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I hate to play favorites with the artists I feature here, but Tom Kidd’s is the sort of stuff that got me into steampunk. Not only are his paintings beautiful in their own right; they have a richness in detail that makes each a little exploration into a totally different world.
Kidd illustrated editions of The Three Musketeers (1998) and The War of the Worlds (2001) and is working on his own book titled Gnemo: Airships, Adventure, Exploration.
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Yakov Chernikhov (1889-1951) was a Russian constructivist architect and graphic designer, born in what is now Ukraine.
He set out his ideas in a number of books published in the late 1920s and early 1930s, but his (for the time) unconventional style did not win him many friends and favors under Joseph Stalin.
His later work, of which examples are shown below, was closer to the Stalinist Empire style — but they don’t exactly suggest he thought life in the Soviet Union was a happy one.
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Jarek Jaśnikowski is a Polish artist. He started out painting in a surrealist style inspired by Salvador Dalí and over the years gradually moved into steampunk.
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Marc Simonetti is a French concept artist and illustrator best known for his covers of G.R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novels and his designs for the science-fiction epic Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017).
A few of his personal artworks have a hint of steampunk.
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Aurora Noir is a dieselpunk world created by Israeli artist Tim Razumovsky. It’s full of streamlined vehicles, mobsters, chrome robots and Art Deco architecture. The city’s Aurora Springs Hotel seems to have been inspired by Eliel Saarinen’s Helsinki Central Station.
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Andrei Sokolov was one of the most prolific Russian space artists. He worked closely with cosmonauts, in particular his friend Alexei Leonov, to make sure his depictions were realistic. Some of his works were carried into space aboard the 1971 Soyuz 11 mission and later transferred to the Salyut space station.
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J. Otto Szatmari is an Hungarian digital artist, whose work includes floating cities, a flooded early-twentieth-century steampunk New York and poster art for the exciting dieselpunk project Acropolisworld.
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