Like all aspirant world-conquerors in the 19th century, Dr. Clay has his own zeppelin. As with everything in Cowboys & Engines, we wanted it to be cool, but also practical and real. Named for the university that began his path toward science, The Karlova isn’t a combat zeppelin per se, but Clay does expect it to occasionally get into some tense situations. We decided his priorities would be speed and maneuverability over the weight and lifting ability required for a heavily-armored, lighter-than-air ship.
These updated designs show the lift engines, more detail being added to the rudder, etc. It’s going to be amazing.
This shows how some concepts work and some don’t; this was the original take on the lift engines. Bryn felt it was a bit too simple and erector-set like.
These very early designs show some of Ryan’s concepts in this vein. The huge rudder allows for a more responsive helm, and having the framework on the outside of the envelope provides a measure of protection against various forms of attack (and also makes the ship look both dangerous, and downright badass.)