Steampunk Soldiers: The American Frontier

Steampunk Soldiers The American Frontier Even as the discovery and exploitation of hephestium helped bring the Civil War to its close in the arms race it engendered resulted in a cold war just as bitter and violent as open hostilities

  • Title: Steampunk Soldiers: The American Frontier
  • Author: Philip Smith Joseph A. McCullough
  • ISBN: 9781472815101
  • Page: 197
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Even as the discovery and exploitation of hephestium helped bring the Civil War to its close in 1869, the arms race it engendered resulted in a cold war just as bitter and violent as open hostilities had been With neither side willing to rely solely upon the talents of their scientific establishments, saboteurs, double agents, and assassins found ample employment AgainstEven as the discovery and exploitation of hephestium helped bring the Civil War to its close in 1869, the arms race it engendered resulted in a cold war just as bitter and violent as open hostilities had been With neither side willing to rely solely upon the talents of their scientific establishments, saboteurs, double agents, and assassins found ample employment Against this backdrop of suspicion and fear, thousands of Americans Northerners and Southerners alike headed west Some to escape the legacies of the war, some to find their own land, some for the lure of that great undiscovered strike of hephestium that would make them rich, and some simply to escape the law Ahead of these pioneers stood the native tribes, behind them followed the forces of two governments, while to the north and south, foreign powers watched closely for their own opportunities.This newly unearthed collection of the works of Miles Vandercroft fills a considerable gap in our knowledge of the travels of that remarkable individual, and also provides a fascinating guide to the costume and equipment of the forces active in the great drive westward.

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    1. Steampunk Soldiers is a pictorial guide and a historical study of the variety of steam-powered weaponry and equipment before the Great War of the Worlds.I found this book interesting to read because the different take on history with the rise of steam technology at the start of the American Civil War that change the world history. Unfortunately, I did find that the book dragged a bit. A much as I enjoyed reading about this alternative world was it just not always that interesting to read about t [...]

    2. You can read this and other reviews at Things I Find While ShelvingI received a free ARC via NetGalleyI liked the idea behind this book. It’s someone’s artwork of steam-powered weaponry and machines in the 1800s.But I don’t know that I buy it?Like, is there a book series where this is the universe and someone was like “let’s make some pictures!”? Because I want to know a little more about the world.Like.Why are most of the major powers still the same? Why was only the American Civil [...]

    3. More steampunk soldiers in an alternate history. . . a bit more alternate and a bit less steampunk, I think. (Also, the alternate path seemed a bit less plausible to me with the detail added.) Some interesting possibilities.

    4. Every time I come to a product such as this I always start with the same explanation of my exposure to steampunk; it isn't huge. I'm fully aware of steampunk and it's alternative take on history, and the way it blends technological innovation with the capabilities of the period - and maybe even throw in something exotic to help things along - but other than a couple of books and a few other smaller things that exposed me to this popular genre I've never really had any involvement in it. I do lik [...]

    5. More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog surrealtalvi.wordpress/This is a wonderful idea and so well executed: an alternate history modern world finding a 'lost' set of illustrations from the 'era of steampunk,' showing military uniforms of various countries. All have historical grounding but then spiced with a bit of different types of steampunk suitable to the cultures. This book was great fun to read and I appreciated that there was a story in addition to all the steampunk military goodness. T [...]

    6. I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for a review, and here it is:The first thing I have to say is this, the ARC of the kindle version really needs to be edited, this book is loaded with beautiful visuals which are cut up or missing when I read it on my Fire. I am assuming this will be fixed before it goes live. Reading this book on my computer I was able to see just how awesome it really is. Another caveat, the main reason I requested this book is because of a game. I recently starte [...]

    7. An amusing alternate-history work, framed as a collection of military uniform sketches and notes from the century before. You pick up bits and pieces of the alternate history from the notes. Though the first, the shower of hephaustium meteors that powered the original steampunk, is introduced in the introduction -- in a solemn note compared the original steampunk to what is obviously a more advanced version of that world.Covers approximately the same Great Powers as our end of the 19th century. [...]

    8. In 1862, a meteor shower brought to Earth a new element, hephaestium, which burned hotter and longer than anything before it and ushered in an age of steam-driven wonders. Twenty-five years later, artist Miles Vandercroft began an eight-year global odyssey during which he sketched the soldiers of the world as they used the awesome and awful weaponry and equipment that this new element made possible. Until recently his art was lost, but now it is collected in this volume, alongside notes from Van [...]

    9. This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 3.0 of 5Imagine a coffee-table style book of weapons and uniforms (I don't have to imagine too hard, I recently reviewed a book on weapons). Now imagine an art book of steampunk paintings. And now put the two together and you have this book.The idea is really interesting. Author Philip Smith has created a strong back-story -- a meteor shower in the mid-1800's gave the world a supply of 'hephaesteum,' which propelled inventors in [...]

    10. (I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)Steampunk Soldiers is a unique pictorial guide to the last great era of bright and colorful uniforms, as well as an important historical study of the variety of steam-powered weaponry and equipment that abounded in the days before the Great War of the Worlds.Between 1887 and 1895, the British art student Miles Vandercroft travelled around the world, sketching and painting the soldiers of the countries through [...]

    11. Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley Supposedly a collection of work by Miles Vandercroft, Steampunk Soldiers carries on the tradition of Osprey military books by detailing various soldiers from various countries during a Steampunk era. It’s cool. Each section focuses on a different part of the world that has developed various items and weapons due to the arrival of certain materials. The introduction of each section gives an overview of the country in terms military strategy and/or development. Ital [...]

    12. This is one of the most fun books I've seen in a long time. It's bright, it's colorful, it's imaginative and it's clever. The pictures get your imagination soaring. You could imagine that in an alternative world where steam ruled, this is exactly how the soldiers would have developed. I love that there are soldiers from all over the world with all kinds of weird and unusual weapons. I could just pour over the pictures taking in all the details and the pictures are very detailed. The combination [...]

    13. Gostei bastante deste livro. O texto está excelente, com belas descrições e apontamentos bem interessantes. As ilustrações estão maravilhosas, claramente dentro do género steampunk, como o próprio título do livro indica. Existem vários países, cujos exércitos estão representados, tendo em conta o séc. XIX e por aí. Senti a falta de Portugals enfim. É um livro precioso para quem gosta deste tema e para quem quer ter ideias para desenhar ou escrever com este contexto. Lindo!In Engl [...]

    14. To refer to this as history is laughable and an insult to historians the world over. While well illustrated it is clear that a great deal of artistic licence has gone into the depictions of these weapons and the soldiers whose them. Some of them may have been possible, but the majority are nigh on impossible. The author's obsession with the so called great meteor shower of 1862 calls his sanity into question as he raves about a chemical compound known as hephaestium, which supposedly revolutioni [...]

    15. Tried this one out on Netgalley. I have to be honest, I have an inherent distaste for Steampunk, but I do like the fancy uniforms and all that. If you are a steampunk aficionado you'll probably be way in to this, and even I couldn't help cracking a smile at the thje zaniest of this all. A lot of work went in to making this accurate, relatively realistic, and fun, and it succeeds on all counts. My only gripe is that this is very much a 'standard' steampunk reality, not at all original or ambitiou [...]

    16. just a note: i got this free in exchange for an honest review from Net Galleyis book is a strange creature in that it sets up an alternate history to present their illustrations and descriptions to you. i'm not a huge fan of the steampunk movement or have read a lot of stories based on those ideas but have enjoyed the few that i have. in this book the art is very nice and and the descriptions add little tidbits to each piece. i think this book would be a very useful tool for someone that runs or [...]

    17. This is a good companion to Steampunk Soldiers: Uniforms & Weapons from the Age of Steam. The format is the same with brief descriptions of mostly guns and garb along with color illustrations. The focus is on "the look" in the United States of America which did not have too much of the steampunk metal look I am accustomed to seeing (in general). The various makes and models of the guns were emphasized.

    18. As steampunk is a genre that is popular due to its aesthetics, books such as this one that emphasize illustrations and visuals is perfect.This book is a wonderful guide and reference to uniforms and weapons of soldiers from this genre representing several countries. Colorful images with brief descriptions of mostly the garb and guns run through this book.I was amused with the description for a Highlander Battlesuit - "the suit also includes a built-in set of automatic bagpipes."

    19. I received this book free to review from Netgalley. It has paintings and descriptions of 19th century steampunk soldiers that supposedly actually existed. I think it would be better if there were photos of actual artifacts as well. I think that people who enjoy steampunk and war items may enjoy this book.

    20. Steampunk Soldiers was a very clever and fun read. It sets itself up like a straight forward encyclopedia giving brief descriptions of each soldier while having an interesting and detailed drawing of the subject. Overall the book gives the reader intriguing meshes of Steampunk from various cultures which would delight any steampunk fan.

    21. This book is provides a guide to the uniforms sketched by a fictional British art student between 1887 and 1895 in a steampunk version of the world.Well illustrated in full colour with descriptive text; it is an inspiring text for anyone with an interest in steampunk, particularly the uniforms of the military.Recommended.

    22. A fictional, illustrated steampunk history of soldiers and warfare, this is a really interesting book. Lovely illustrations, and enough detail is given about the interactions between the nations and colonies for it to remain engaging, rather than just flicking through for the pics.

    23. I love the artwork and notes that go with each plate, just wish it was longer. I hope they do more books in this series, and flesh out the history.I'd rate this 7/10, which doesn't work with the 5-star system uses - it's better than 3 stars but not good enough for 4.

    24. An excellent book with cool illustrations of a Steampunk nature. It is a military uniform book, mostly. I enjoyed the illustrations and the history of the units. I only wish there was more and if they publish further histories of this world I'll buy them.

    25. The illustrations are some of the best I saw, I thought the first British soldier picture was a photo. I would have liked to see a picture of a Buffalo Soldier in steampunk. A story based on the drawings might make a good book.

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