V. Vigor (Telautographic Calibrationist) - steampunk




V.Vigor, Telautographic Calibrationist of the airkriegsmarine ‘Laterne Von Prussia’


The Prussian-flagged passenger airship operating on the trade-winds between the English Channel and inland Germany, known amongst crew and clientele as the ‘Lantern,’ the airkriegsmarine Laterne Von Prussia was decommissioned from naval service along with its sister ships the A. Vier Winde (The Four Winds) and A. Tänzer in der Ruine (Dancer in the Ruin) after the dissolution of Prussia’s territory and the disbandment of its fleet and armies.

The S/S Vier Winde was lost over Germany with all hands upon running aground after the ship listed heavily to port when its cargo of Anthracite dust shifted in storms. The S/S Tänzer in der Ruine was lost to pirates shortly after leaving dry dock at Southampton.

The ‘Lantern’, once the jewel of the Prussian fleet, famed for its swiftness and luxuriance, was partially destroyed by cannonade fire from air pirates journeying from Portsmouth to Gdansk. Now restored, the elegant, fast airship is one of the last passenger ships operating on the dangerous routes between the warring nations.

Crewed by few, The ‘Lantern’ is darkly opulent, although its riches are faded, and the walnut decks are unpolished. Its flags are grey, the furled fins are ragged, and the passengers are quiet. The journeys are always anxious. The ship is regarded with suspicion, rumoured to harbour spies and traitors from Germany, England, and elsewhere, desperate people that are escaping somewhere, or someone. In the dim fogs of war the ‘Lantern’ does not illume the darkness; it simply moves within it.

CREW ROSTA: S/S ‘Laterne Von Prussia’
V. (Vim) Vigor, Telautographic Calibrationist
Love Eckhaart, Chief Engineer
Ivy Maynard, Ship's Doctor

Count Louis de Theudubert (Captain of the HMS Valkyrie)
Captain Tobias Lestrade and Adora Belle (HMS Lovecraft)


The construct “Morgendammerung,” stands alone and monolithic against the yellowed, coal fired skies of former Prussia. The crop fields at its base are blasted to dust and ash, burnt to glass by German mortars. The war machine, partially completed, is a monument to Prussian engineering. Brick and steel make up its hulking, immovable mass, but it is quiet; but for the moaning, grating wind that shivers through the cables and struts of its body.

This war machine awaits a power source – A Tesla reactor. The crew of the Lantern are quietly searching; listening to the chatter of airships, the whispers of their passengers. Patiently, secretly, with bitter dedication, the Prussians scheme their vengeance. If awoken, the “Morgendammerung”, or the “Dawn”, will be capable of smashing the German navy from the skies, and retaking the nation of Prussia.


RanmaSyaoran posted on 4 June, 2009 - 19:35
Ooo~ This looks interesting!

Odd-One-Out posted on 4 June, 2009 - 19:56
Is the gun meant to be magnetic? ;D You will understand the reference.

sjbonnar posted on 4 June, 2009 - 20:04
If you need help, I might be your man ^_^ Steampunk is a bit of a passion of mine ^_^

Captain_Marvelous posted on 5 June, 2009 - 18:17
A-J you really are on the right track here :) your concept art has me intrigued, I have been out of coraspondance for a little while, when next we meet I want to here all your ideas. Will you be the jewel of our fuyucon meet? well done so far im very happy at how much you have taken to this :)

Charlie-Bear posted on 6 June, 2009 - 21:18
This is looking awesome already!! I wish I had your skills!!! Can't wait to see this all finished :D

Fables posted on 6 June, 2009 - 21:25
Ooooh I didn't realise you'd started your steampunk ^^, V. Excited to see more of this, the gun you've got so far looks awesome, puts my invisible one to shame!!

sjbonnar posted on 7 June, 2009 - 00:18
I'm loving the weapon hun!

Amy-Lou posted on 11 June, 2009 - 13:35
I love all the valves on the gun! This'll be interesting to see.

nanahara posted on 11 June, 2009 - 14:43
cooooooooooool, this is looking nifty ^^

sjbonnar posted on 11 June, 2009 - 16:10
I love your new bio and being the inspiration does nothing but fill me with joy! I also love the telautograph!

Captain_Marvelous posted on 13 June, 2009 - 05:13
Looks awesome, im loving the Telautograph im constantly baffled by your skillz :) really nice work. Thank you for the invitation to crew :) when im not blindly exploring the world I would love to come for tea LOL

Missytetra posted on 20 June, 2009 - 11:10
I'm sure this will be outstanding! I can't wait to see it- I'm always excited to see Steampunk costumes and the entire story and premise of the character is intruiguing! I'll be checking up on this all the time now XD

Leadmill posted on 31 July, 2009 - 21:55
I look forward to seeing this, your cosplaying skills match your considerable artistic talent :)

Progress Journal

19th June 2009

Illustrating the Lantern

The final step was just housekeeping - drawing on the cables, shading the sails, adding small details like the ship's name, and popping the logo onto the background. This isn't a tutorial, but if anyone ever needs any help on photoshop and thinks I may be able to help, please don't hesitate to ask!

I hope you like my small illustration. Drawing this really helps me to visualise how my costume should look and the general mood of the crew we're trying to muster!

19th June 2009

Illustrating the Lantern

Step three: Using photofilters, burning tools, and heavy use of the adjustment layers function on photoshop, the colours were corrected and altered to fit into the steampunk visual language. Painted on the Prussian eagle on the aft sail, and began to carefully shade the ship to reflect a downward facing light source.

19th June 2009

Illustrating the lantern

Step two: Now I have added the sails and painted in the body of the ship. The colour is still not very steam punk as you can see! It seems quite simple but by this time, I'd been working for six hours and I was starting to become tired.

19th June 2009

Illustrating the lantern

Step one: Following the sketches I have previously made, I began to build a rough shape from steam engines, shaping it all with digital painting with photoshop. At this stage, it didn't look much like an airship at all!

17th June 2009

More artwork

Working on my uniform, but with the help of friends (you know who you are!) also formulating a background story that will help with character building! We now have a ship's medic! That makes three of us, but we need more crew! Hint hint, wink wink. Did some artwork of the Morgendammerung, next I will do the Lantern.

11th June 2009


Went to local reclamation yard, found old copper fire extinguisher, huge red-glass railway lantern and ancient ampometer, covered in an inch of wood and brick dust, in a barn. The ampometer has formed the basis of the telautograph - A mysterious radio device used to deliver and intercept encrypted messages, as well as ostensibly delivering passengers messages in a similar way to a telegram.

4th June 2009


My ray gun is named after Nikola Tesla and is made from a silicone injector covered in salvaged parts! Plenty of work to do here! Painting currently!