Which are the most steampunk films ever made?

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Will Smith and Kevin Kline

Filmonic posted an interesting article earlier this year which showed a list of the 11 (why that particular number is beyond me when 10 is a perfectly rounded figure) films ever made that have a steampunk element. Continue reading

Attack of the Atomic Airships book review

Attack of the Atomic Airships by Steven Harrison

Attack of the Atomic Airships front cover

Introduction
Great steampunk adventures do not feel complete without airships, action, adventure and Queensbury rules. Attack of the Atomic Airships! is a fantastic book filled with adventures, mechanical wonders and an abundance of humour that would be a great read for most young adults. This book can be found on Amazon.co.uk brand new priced at £6.99 and is also available on Kindle for £1.98. Continue reading

Steampunk game selected for Indie prize

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Press release:
Steampunker is a new point and click adventure game for iPads. The game has been developed by Telehorse, a company established by Mariusz Szypura – a graphic designer and musician.

Steampunker, which was made in Unity 3D, is his first game to be published. It should be noted that Szypura created the game entirely on his own, also composing and producing the soundtrack.

Steampunker is inspired by sci-fi books by such authors as Jules Verne,
H.G. Wells, H.P. Lovecraft and Stanislaw Lem, as well as by Victorian graphics and Steampunk and Dieselpunk styles.

The player takes on the role of a gentleman hero named Vincent who, facing the invasion of evil robots from space, needs to save the world. In order to complete the mission he has to fix a variety of machines and mechanisms as well as solve a series of puzzles and brain teasers. The puzzles are linked
together into a traditional “point-and-click” adventure story. The ultimate
mission of the game is to save the planet and deal the final blow to the
evil robots.

Steampunker has been selected for the Indie Prize. The game will participate
in the Indie Prize Showcase at Casual Connect in Belgrade in November 2014.
The iOS version is scheduled for release on September 9, 2014. It will be
followed by the Android version towards the end of the year.

The price is yet to be announced.

Links:
Website: www.steampunkergame.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/steampunkergame
Twitter: twitter.com/steampunkergame
Trailer: http://youtu.be/rlNKj7bmWI0
Screenshots: http://www.steampunkergame.com/pictures/gamescreenshots/

Interview with Scarlet Butterfly

Scarlet Butterfly

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Scarlet Butterfly has burst onto the steampunk scene in the past year with a unique act which involves moving around on a pole, making it look far easier than I’m inclined to think that it really is. One delightful summer evening, we had a wonderful chat about the inspiration for her character Scarlet Butterfly, the idea of Fairies and how hurtling to the ground at terminal velocity is actually a good thing. Continue reading

BMW Z4 gets a steampunk themed makeover

Carlex Design BMW Z4 steampunk upgradePolish company Carlex Design have unveiled a BMW Z4 with an interesting steampunk look. The prestigious car modification experts have used a blend of steampunk based components to create the classic look which they’ve nicknamed PUNK Z”. Continue reading

Steampunk band in Battle of the Bands final

The Copperfield Ensemble Project

The Copperfield Ensemble Project in the Final of Battle of the Bands

The Copperfield Ensemble Project is an imagining of Victorian music played today: a cross between Chamber Music and Music Hall, this is Classical music to sing along to.
Born out of an experimental attempt to put the ideas Drustan Durman had bouncing round his head in the summer of 2012 into something he could hear instead of being driven mad by, the experiment continues. With Mel Orriss’ incredible musical ability and The Rev JD’s tweaks and engineering, Drustan’s slightly odd song ideas continue to reach reality in a catchy, breathtaking and completely unpredictable way!

The Copperfield Ensemble will be performing in front of 1500 revellers in the final of The Okehampton Battle of the Bands as part of The Big Party in the Park on 2nd August 2014 – http://www.okehamptonbattleofthebands.org.uk/ before undertaking the first leg of the 2014/15 South West UK tour, details attached.

The Copperfield Ensemble Project main image

The Copperfield Ensemble Project

From The Okehampton Times / Battle of the Bands Review:
‘The last heat of the 2014 Okehampton Battle of the Bands crashed its way through the Charter Hall on Wednesday night making it difficult once again for the judges but a great one for the crowd. First Band of the night, and winners of the heat were The Copperfield Ensemble Project. This Okehampton based outfit described themselves as Neo-Victorian Steam Punk and came dressed as the part. A string quartet, amazing vocals and percussion and a hauntingly mesmerising performance where dark cabaret meets theatre.’

The Copperfield Ensemble Project

The Copperfield Ensemble Project Battle of the Bands

As you can see we believe we are the most authentic Steampunk Band in the UK, bringing music of the time into the 21st century and will be playing at a host of major Steampunk & alternative festivals next year.

Catch a live performance of ‘Steampunk March No1′ here –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnOZvMIE7r4
The Copperfield Ensemble Project are on Facebook here – https://www.facebook.com/TheCopperfieldEnsembleProject

Tips on staying safe when modelling outside of events

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Group Captain Tony “Bootstrap” Bates

Tony Bates is the Group Captain of Steampunk Doncaster and he’s taken time to draw on his vast experience to give us all a few guidelines when arranging photography shoots outside of steampunk events. Continue reading

Heresy n Heelz Alternative & Burlesque Fair birthday revisit

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Slinky Sparkles. Copyright photofairground, used with permission

I mentioned in the Journal’s birthday post that the Alternative & Burlesque Fair was my first official press event, so I thought it fitting that, as they were back in Sheffield so close to the anniversary, I would pay them another visit and I’m ever so glad that I did. Continue reading

Images from The Alternative & Burlesque Fair, Sheffield July 2014

Ahead of my article about the Alternative & Burlesque Fair that I revisited in Sheffield, here are 63 pictures featuring a dance from burlesque performer Slinky Sparkles and pole art from Dance Blush studios.

 

Gear Con returns in 2014

Gear Con 2014 poster

Gear Con 2014 poster

It’s back again and this time celebrating the skies. If you’re happening upon Portland, Oregon, during the American Independence weekend, you could pay a visit to Gear Con 2014. Continue reading