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Steam punk

Postby Amhran Nua on Wed Jul 22, 2009 10:35 am

This might be better off in early modern, but I think its relevant to the period. Would there be any potential for a crossover between reenactment and historical societies and the more recent artistic and craft-based Victorian steampunk phenomenon? Some sample images here:

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Besides the obvious aesthetic qualities of the work, would there be room for perhaps alternate history enactments of some sort?
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Re: Steam punk

Postby Dave Mooney on Wed Jul 22, 2009 8:26 pm

Steam Punk if an off shoot of Cyberpunk in so far as it's post modern but the futuristic items have a retro look.
As none of us really do 'Pre-enactment' it's not relevant as a historic thread (;P) unless you take into account that the idea was popularised in the 20th century. It was about a lot longer though. In the mid to late 1800's it featured in such things as the fiction of Jules Vern in the form of Captain Nemo's Nautilus etc. Very futuristic submarine for it's time (named after a real submarine from 1800) .
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Re: Steam punk

Postby the_power on Wed Jul 22, 2009 10:03 pm

I'm subscribed to http://thesteampunkhome.blogspot.com/ and love it - I wish I was a batchelor, as my wife isn't that interested at all.

That said...for "alternate history reenactment" - I think it's usually the provence of live action roleplayers. That said, I'd love to try a Lord of the Rings reenactment - ah, to charge a line of elves with my fellow pole-arm wielding, savage, uruk-hai! But...I'm not sure would I appreciate the expense of making a set of 'Golden Compass' kit, only to wander around looking pretty. I'd rather spend the money on outfitting my home like that, rather than my person.

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Re: Steam punk

Postby tommyargue on Fri Jul 24, 2009 8:25 pm

That pistol is kinda familiar.It looks very like Deckards 2019 blaster from Bladrunner... classic sci fi. Not re enactment I know but still interesting none the less.
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Re: Steam punk

Postby Dave Mooney on Fri Jul 24, 2009 8:30 pm

....We're awful nerds whatever way you dice it.

Nice piece. Is it made up/another Steam Punk piece?
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Re: Steam punk

Postby brendan on Sat Jul 25, 2009 8:47 am

Steam punk is kind of up there with Pirate reenactment - one of those things that are cool cos they are cool rather than because it has anything to do with history.
Still cool though

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Re: Steam punk

Postby Amhran Nua on Sat Jul 25, 2009 9:05 pm

the_power wrote:I'm subscribed to http://thesteampunkhome.blogspot.com/ and love it - I wish I was a batchelor, as my wife isn't that interested at all.

I'm a brass goggles man myself
http://brassgoggles.co.uk/forum/index.php?board=2.0
incredible stuff. Its more about the ornamentation of technology than anything else, I think, and reenactment crossovers would definetely be wandering into LARP territory, but still!
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