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Because there are some nice features like linking pictures in descriptions with a visible thumbnail and not only as a boring link and other nice stuff like this, I thought a premium membership would be kinda nice, to give you a more interlinked and pleasurable experience of my work.

So if you have some useless points picking up dust somewhere, feel free to drop them here.
It's certainly appreciated very much!

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Peter by Martyncollings by Arsenal-Best
Peter by Martyncollings
With pleasure I can add this cool sketch done by :iconmartyncollings: which came quite as a suprise.

He was inspired to create it by this wonderful picture of :icon42pixel: martyncollings.deviantart.com/…
And it was our good friend 42pixel, who prompted me towards this artwork.
One can imagine how honoured I am to be chosen for one of Martys Steampunk sketches. :happybounce:

Especially since this is the first artwork of my main Steampunk Hunter outfit and thus a perfect addition for this gallery (although incognito as 'Peter' :D).

I'm very thankful to Marty that he allowed me to post his piece in my portrait gallery as well!
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Dragonfrog wrist Gatling gun by Arsenal-Best
Dragonfrog wrist Gatling gun
I present you another commissioned froggy: the Dragonfrog!

Made for the traveller among the occult, this special Dragonshaped Froggy wrist Gatling gun with mechanical wings and dragontail is equipped with additional stakes cut from maplewood, because in west-prussian believe maple protects from evil spirits and witches and made into a stake never misses its target if used against vampires.
Further more the Dragonfrog repells demons with an enchanted pentagram and carries a miniature glasbottle containing a drop of dragonblood, which is said to have mythical powers as well.

The Dragonhead was sculpted by hand and the eyes are Swarovski gems.

Check out all the other Froggy wrist Gatling guns: arsenal-best.deviantart.com/ga…
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Finally released!

"Das große Steampanoptikum" is a fantastic journey through the german Steampunk scene.
Wonderfully illustrated with 176 pages full of great pictures in glossy colours.

Steampanoptikum by Arsenal-Best

It features a broad spectrum through the german Steampunkery may it be makers, writers, musicians or anything in between.
And even for someone in the scene, I was amazed about the richness of this collection.
For someone just interested in Steampunk this book also is a perfect entry to get an overview about the wide variety what steampunk can be (and achieve).

It makes me proud to say, that both Ms. Jules H. Aetherton and myself had the honour to be featured in this book as well.
You can imagine how excited we were. :woohoo: :woohoo:

It's available directly from the publisher www.roterdrache.org/catalog/pr…
or through amazon.de as well.

Steam on and progress!
'Copper Watusi Froggy' wrist Gatling gun by Arsenal-Best
'Copper Watusi Froggy' wrist Gatling gun
This one-of-a-kind piece is now on sale as an exclusive in my Froggy wrist Gatling gun line and is available here: www.etsy.com/de/listing/224551…


#28 of the February daily picture run.
Check out the complete series: arsenal-best.deviantart.com/ga…

The final picture of the Daily run!
For the closure I pulled something special out of the magic hat:

I present you the "Copper Watusi Froggy" wrist Gatling gun!

This is a project which took about two years (on and off) to finally get done.
Originaly I simply wanted to do a Froggy wrist gun in copper instead of the usual brass.
However, while doing some ornamentals in punching technique, they suddenly reminded me of the scar-tattoo the Watusi prince, rightful heir to the throne, wore, in that old Quatermain movie from 1950 with Stewart Granger (a movie I think fondly of).
From there I started to research the Watusi and wanted to tribalize the Froggy wrist gatling gun in a Watusi/African theme:

- I swapped the brown leather bracer with a Zebra hide replica (high quality printed cowhide from Argentina)
- added two stylized cobra ornaments on the neck
- added a fur crown to the head like many Watusi warrior (also the famous dancers) used to wear (I pressume in line with portraying a lion and gaining his strength for battle)
- and the box got Zebrastripes as well, which I did in pokerwork technique
Of course I used genuine Swarovski gems for the eyes as usual. Fitting to the copper in beautiful green emerald.

I'm very happy, that the Watusi Froggy is finally done and am very pleased with the outcome.


Of course if you want your own custom-made you can always order your very own Froggy here: www.etsy.com/de/listing/126830…


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Finally released!

"Das große Steampanoptikum" is a fantastic journey through the german Steampunk scene.
Wonderfully illustrated with 176 pages full of great pictures in glossy colours.

Steampanoptikum by Arsenal-Best

It features a broad spectrum through the german Steampunkery may it be makers, writers, musicians or anything in between.
And even for someone in the scene, I was amazed about the richness of this collection.
For someone just interested in Steampunk this book also is a perfect entry to get an overview about the wide variety what steampunk can be (and achieve).

It makes me proud to say, that both Ms. Jules H. Aetherton and myself had the honour to be featured in this book as well.
You can imagine how excited we were. :woohoo: :woohoo:

It's available directly from the publisher www.roterdrache.org/catalog/pr…
or through amazon.de as well.

Steam on and progress!

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My love for SF started in the age of 6 while reading most of Jules Vernes works. "Discovering" Steampunk in 2010, it was instantly a perfect match! SciFi in the victorian style of Jule Verne. What could be better?

My first projects in this area after years of costume and prop building in "another galaxy", were two outfits with equipment for the Roleplay Convention in Cologne, Germany in May 2011 (biggest event of its kind in Germany). From there on I was infested with the Steampunk virus, continuing to refine the outfits and developing new stuff.

My approach on Steampunk design is quite simple: victorian aestetics combined with functionality.

There are many out there defining steampunk by simply bashing brass tubing together. The more the better.
I have a differend opinion:
1. if you take a look at the victorian age, you will soon realize that one essence of it was, that even machines and purely functional equipment should still be look and made like a unique and elegant piece of art.
2. every piece on every gadget and contraption I conceive should still look like it is there for a reason and has a plausible function instead of "just been put there".
To use a phrase of Walt Disney they must have at least a feel of" the plausible implausible".

That's my aim, I try to follow.


PS: Although I don't entertain a regularly blog, you can find more pics and WIP stuff here:
www.flickr.com/photos/arsenal_best

Facebook: www.facebook.com/arsenal.best.…


and I have an Etsy shop now.
Yay! :woohoo:
www.etsy.com/shop/ArsenalBestA…

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:iconsherryhill:
Sherryhill Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for adding me to your watch!=P (Razz) 
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Arsenal-Best Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015
My pleasure.

I find your ability to adept the different era's illustration styles so perfectly very intriguing.
Some of them also reminds me strongly of those nose-arts on planes from the second World War.

Btw, do you take on commissions? :)
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Sherryhill Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!Since I'm new to the computer world,I'm not sure how to do a commission-some one else asked me today too. If you can tell me how,i'd be glad to paint one for you!
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Arsenal-Best Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015
Oh, that's easy, since it is the same like in the real world.

Someone is interested in a specially made for painting and approaches you, you discuss the wishes and ideas, decide if you want to do it, negotiate the terms of compensation and then there is nothing left than creating another of your marvelous artworks. ;)

The only difference that might occure in the computer world would be, if someone is interested to receive the finished work only digitally.
In that case you would have to find a way to photograph or scan the painting without loosing too much of the quality.

However in my case, I would prefer the traditional way of receiving the real thing. And not just digital Ones and Zeros.. :D
Of course only if you do part from your originals!

What I have in mind would be another piece for our portrait gallery arsenal-best.deviantart.com/ga… (please see its description to read what it is about).
Though usually moving in the victorian Steampunk era, we will have a go at the roaring twenties in the near future as well.
And for that I couldn't imagine someone better fitting than you to do a portrait in your marvelous twenties style!
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slshimerdla Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015  Professional Digital Artist

Thanks so much for the +fav! I really appreciate it! Please consider throwing a watch my way if you enjoy my stuff, and have a good one! :)

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Arsenal-Best Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015
You're welcome and sure, why not and dito. ;)
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MartynCollings Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hello, I've just done a Steampunk sketch from a photo by 42pixel, I thought you might be interested in having a look.

Peter

Cheers
Martyn :)
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Arsenal-Best Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2015
Indeed I am and mighty honoured by having been picked as a subject for a sketch by you as well! :D

Would you allow me to repost your scetch in this gallery of mine, which is specifically for portraits etc. of Ms. Aetherton and me done by other talented artists?
arsenal-best.deviantart.com/ga…
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MartynCollings Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Of course you may, I too am honored!
I'm so glad you like it, it was a lot of fun to do.

I just looked at your gallery and noticed one that I had faved before!
 Alice en splendeur dement by ElinasArt

I must also say, you and Ms Atherton have a great talent for Steampunk cosplay, keep it up!
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Arsenal-Best Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015
Thank you very much. We always appreciate it very much, whenever people enjoy our creations!

Yes, the portrait by ElinasArt is absolutly fantastic. Many of the rich details in textures etc. are revealed only if you download the picture and take a look at it in full scale. Just amazing!
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