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9.10.2012

Steampunk Holmes Murder Mystery Game


You heard us right!  Noble Beast, publisher of Steampunk Holmes, is partnering with award winning Shot In The Dark Mysteries to bring you a murder mystery steampunk cosplay game!  The game will be released in 2013 and will be sold by Shot In The Dark Mysteries and Noble Beast Emporium.

What is a Murder Mystery Game? A Murder Mystery Game is a party style game that is played at someone's home. Murder Mystery Games are usually designed to be played with 2 to 20 (or more) of your friends.  During the game guests and the host will take on various roles of suspects and investigators as they attempt to solve the mystery by asking other guests questions.  Players are invited to attend the party dressed as, and ready to play the part of, one of the suspects in the game.  It can be played along with a dinner or cocktail party.  It's like Sleep No More, but steampunk, and at home.

So, now you won't have to wait for a CON to get dressed up in your steampunk regalia, you can throw a Murder Mystery Party specifically designed for the Steampunk fans!  How cool is that!  Stay tuned via Twitter and Facebook for more information in the coming months.

8.20.2012

Steampunk Holmes: Audiobook Preview


We are hard at work editing the audiobook version of Steampunk Holmes: Legacy of the Nautilus and we wanted to share a rough draft of the first chapter. Please have a listen to the great performances of Gerald Price (Narrator and Dr. Watson), Shash Hira (Sherlock Holmes and Inspector Lestrade) and Nicky Barber (Mycroft Holmes) and let us know what you think.  Enjoy!



7.16.2012

Announcing 'Steam Patriots'!


Eaglepus by Patrick Arrasmith

If you are a fan of Steampunk Holmes than you'll like a new product we are brining to market, STEAM PATRIOTS by authors Scott Wakefield and Rory Boyle!  Scott and Rory, fellow servicemen in the U.S. Coast Guard, wrote an incredible treatment for the series which just blew us away!  As if that is not enough we are also announcing that the artist for the series is the very talented Patrick Arrasmith whose vintage scratch board art has graced many book covers as well as editorials in many National magazines.  This is a creative team that can't be beat!

STEAM PATRIOTS  takes place in 1776 at the start of the American Revolutionary War and features, among other famous patriots, George Washington, General at War, Benedict Arnold, double agent, and Benjamin Franklin, a man who has fundamentally altered society with his fantastic steam-powered inventions.

STEAM PATRIOTS  chronicles the adventures of Felix, a young man with an unusual gift: a photographic memory.  Follow Felix through this alternative universe as he serves General Washington and apprentices to Benjamin Franklin in a American Revolution that is both familiar and alien.  With huge steam-powered tanks, and other devices the Founding Father's never imagined, Felix travels across the Colonies and through Europe in a clever, action-packed, and often funny bid to win America's freedom.

As is the case with our celebrated Steampunk Holmes series, STEAM PATRIOTS  will be released as a series of several novellas in multiple channels including eBooks, Web books, audiobooks, paper books, and fully interactive iPad books.  The first book of the series will be available as an eBook in the fourth quarter of 2012 - to be quickly followed by the Web book, paper book, audiobook, and interactive iPad book. 

As we did for Steampunk Holmes, we sill launch a Kickstarter Campaign to finance development of the first two books in the STEAM PATRIOTS series. The Kickstarter campaign launches on September 14th, 2012 and will end October 14th, 2012.  We have a lot to accomplish between now and then including developing our Kickstarter video, book trailer, and reward selections.

After our very successful Steampunk Holmes Kickstarter campaign we hope to have learned enough to run an even more successful STEAM PATRIOTS campaign.  We aim to raise enough money to support the development of all the artwork for at least the first two books in the series in addition to some more software development in order to create the book app, the web app, ebooks, and more.

Please help spread the word about STEAM PATRIOTS -- the more fans we have before we launch our Kickstarter campaign the more likely we are to succeed. Follow STEAM PATRIOTS  on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and tell your friends!

7.07.2012

Steampunk Holmes: Looking for BETA Testers!




Development of the interactive iPad edition of Steampunk Holmes: Legacy of the Nautilus is coming along well. The ability to jump from section to section and to pop-up animated illustrations of gadgets and character portraits, among many other features, is in the works.

For example, when viewing the mechanical drawings of the Widowmakr, Sherlock Holmes motorcycle, the reader can animate various components of the vehical with the touch of a finger.  See top left for a composite video example (in the application only the component you touch will animate and it will do so until you tap again or several seconds have elapsed.)

The portraits are also animated. If you forget who a character is you can touch their name and a profile with a portrait pops up on the screen. The portraits are all lightly animated - each in its own way.  For example, the portrait Inspector Lestrade (top right) looks right and arches his eye brow every now and then.

The BETA, which launches in mid-August, will be limited to a few select individuals so that we can keep the BETA manageable. As soon as the BETA period is complete (when we've flushed out all the issues ) the full version of the Book App will be released to the App Store (no later than November of 2012).  If you are interested in being included in the BETA program, please send an email to MonsonHaefel@Gmail.com telling us which iPad device you own and, in one sentence, why you think you should be selected for the BETA program.


6.26.2012

Steampunk Holmes: Frankenstein to be illustrated by Yun Ling!

Yun Ling, Random Paint, October 2011


Sometimes things happen for a reason.  As you know from this website, the art work that Daniel Cortes did for Steampunk Holmes: Legacy of the Nautilus is outstanding.  He is a fantastic artist, so we were really sad to discover that he wouldn't be able to do all the art for Steampunk Holmes: Frankenstein.  We had to find a new artist to do mechanicals and illustrations.

We looked at literally hundreds of artists, gave up for awhile, looked some more, gave up again, and finally we found exactly the right artist in the work of Yun Ling.  Ling is the Senior Concept Artist at Volta, a computer games company, and is originally from China.  His work is very well regarded and Daniel Cortes was absolutely thrilled that Ling will be picking up where he left off. So are we!

The second book in the series, Steampunk Holmes: Frankenstein, is a dark book about humanity, or our lack of it, and the art needed to reflect a certain darkness.  Yun Ling's style is a perfect mix of elements that are just downright scary. It's perfect - and having looked at the work of so many other very talented artists we were thrilled when Yun Ling agreed to join the project.

In addition to doing the big scenes, Yun Ling will also be doing the new mechanicals drawings. Some mechanicals will be familiar to readers (such as Watson's Arm and the Widowmakr) but there will also be a lot of new devices all rendered in Yun Ling's unique style. 
Yun Ling, Concept Art, Volta


For the portraits, Daniel Cortes will return to the project - the scope of that work is small enough that he can handle it in addition to all his other work.  We are thrilled to be working with Daniel again and to be working with Yun Ling for the first time.   Get ready this winter for Steampunk Homes: Frankenstein – it’s going to be fantastic!

6.09.2012

An Update on All versions of Steampunk Holmes


Steampunk Holmes will be distributed in many formats this year: paper book, ebook, web book, audiobook, and iPad. The paper edition is at the printer right now and should be available to ship by the end of this month. You can pre-order it on Amazon.com.  The eBook has been available for a while on SmashWords, but now you can also buy it from Amazon.com.  The audiobook is just now getting ready for editing - it will probably be ready within a couple months but no promises on that yet.  We are still looking for a capable team to develop the Web book site, which will provide access to all the books as interactive web pages on an annual subscription basis.
Development of the iPad book app edition is going to take a while – four months at least – but the guys at Floodlight Software - that's the company programming that book app for us - are already off to a stellar start. 
This past week Floodlight Software delivered a portion of the functionality, which we used as a demo, at the BookExpo America (BEA) – the largest book fair in the United States.  Our Chief Marketing Officer, Julie Brannon, presented the demo of our iPad book app to more than 100 different publishers at the BookExpo and the response was overwhelmingly positive! The demo was rock solid, and although limited compared to the final product, it was of the highest quality. No unexpected error screens or hiccups during the dozens of demos Julie gave at the BookExpo. 
We'll continue to blog our progress with all the different editions of Steampunk Holmes. The goal is, and always has been, to release all five editions (i.e eBook, paper book, audiobook, iPad book app, and Web book) by the end of November.

5.19.2012

The Paper Edition Available in June!



On Wednesday Noble Beast (the publisher of Steampunk Holmes) and MX Publishing sealed a deal that will bring the first paper edition of Steampunk Holmes: Legacy of the Nautilus to the world this June!  Thanks to the generous support our backers the paper edition of the book will be in your hands very soon!
We are really excited about partnering with MX Publishing, one of the largest Sherlock Holmes publishers in the World, to publish the paper edition. MX Publishing has dozens of new Sherlock Holmes novels, short stories, and biographies of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. 
Winners of the 2011 Howlett Literary Award (Sherlock Homes book of the year) for ‘The Norwood Author’, MX Publishing counts among its dozens of titles these best sellers:
  • The Lost Stories of Sherlock Holmes
  • Sherlock Holmes and The Whitechapel Vampire
  • My Dear Watson
  • The Secret Journal of Dr Watson
  • Sherlock Holmes and The Plague of Dracula
  •  Sherlock Holmes and The Lyme Regis Horror
For those backers who are not getting the paper book as an award you can pre-order the paper book directly from MX Publishing or Amazon UK.  The paper book should be available on Amazon USA within the next couple of weeks for pre-ordering as well.  I’ll send an update when its available. Other Amazon outlets should be quick to follow.
When we receive the printed copies for backers, we’ll have a Shipping Party to box up all 400+ copies to delivery to backers who pledged for them.  I’ll be sure to send out another update before we package books so that folks that have moved since our survey can give us their new addresses. 
Of course, the paper edition of the Steampunk Holmes book is only one of several different channels.  The book is already available as an eBook on Smashwords.com and soon on Amazon and we will have exciting news about the iPad, audiobook, and Web book editions for you in the coming weeks! 
Although important updates will be sent to you through Kickstarter emails, you can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more frequent news -- and to connect with others Steampunk Holmes backers.

5.02.2012

Steampunk Holmes: Frankenstein

We've met our goal on Kickstarter for Steampunk Holmes: Legacy of the Nautilus and so now we have a new challenge for the rapidly growing Steampunk Holmes Community:  Help us meet our stretch goal so we can produce Steampunk Holmes: Frankenstein this year as well!

If you've read the original Frankenstein by Mary Shelley than you know its nothing like the blockheaded creature-flick made famous by Boris Karloff. Frankenstein is one of the greatest works of science fiction (not to mention one of the earliest)  because it is a masterpiece of literature.  The creature in Mary Shelley's book is not a mindless, clumsy monster, he is a character of immense depth and sorrow. An antihero if there ever was one.

In Steampunk Holmes: Frankenstein you can expect an equally deep character which will challenge the mind of Sherlock Holmes, the humanity of Doctor Watson, and the life of Mycroft Holmes.

 If you love this concept as much as we do, and we love it as much as Legacy of the Nautilus, then help support us by spreading the word. We need a big push in the next 12 hours to make Steampunk Holmes: Frankenstein a reality for December 2012.





Please support our project, Steampunk Holmes, at Kickstarter.com


4.25.2012

The Steampunk Holmes Motorcycle


This is the Motorcycle that Sherlock Holmes rides in the Steampunk Holmes book series.  It was originally designed by Mikky Solifague of Solifague Design in Russia.  We licensed the likeness of this bike for use in Steampunk Holmes but also as The Big Ticket Item in our interactive steampunk catalog.

You will be able order this bike custom made and street legal through the Steampunk Holmes web site and eBooks!  Each order will be hand built by Putsch Racing of Dublin, Ohio.

If the name, Putsch Racing, sounds familiar it might be because - in addition to restoring and building custom motorcycles and cars - Putsch Racing built the World's only jet engine powered bat car last year, a feat of engineering covered by just about every major news outlet.

We are super excited to include the Widowmakr (originally named the Black Widow) in our merchandise catalog and we can't wait to see these bikes hit the road!  In the Steampunk Holmes stories the Widowmakr runs on steam power, but in real life they will sport a wickedly powerful petrol-fueled combustion engine.

Here an excerpt from the book, Steampunk Holmes: Legacy of the Nautilus, which explains how the Widowmakr got its name. This bike is not for the faint of heart.

Holmes' enormous motorized bicycle, the Widowmak’r, was his pet hobby, and so enamored was he with its power and terrific capability for speed, he could not keep his enjoyment of the vehicle to himself. The Widowmak’r got its name from the engineer Holmes employed to help him build it. The engineer, a cankerous old man but a genius with H202 steam engines, told Holmes that no good could come of such a machine. He called it a “Widowmak’r” because it would surly kill Holmes and leave his wife a widow. Holmes had laughed at that, and said he had no intention of ever marrying, but he immediately fancied the name Widowmak’r – or Widow as he called it for short –  and has used it ever since.  
Doctor Watson 1885

Supporting this kickstarter project will help make this bike a reality - without Steampunk Holmes there is no Widowmakr and that would be a crying shame.




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Steampunk Holmes Interviewed by The Baker Street Babes

Yesterday, a podcast interview with the Steampunk Holmes team by The Baker Street Babes was released. It's a lot of fun to listen too!

If you want to understand how Richard Monson-Haefel (Producer), Daniel Cortes (Artist) and P.C. Martin (Author) developed Steampunk Holmes then check it out.  It's an intriguing behind the scenes look at the development and collaboration that has been so critical to the creation of Steampunk Holmes.




Please support our project, Steampunk Holmes, at Kickstarter.com


4.23.2012

Where Did Steampunk Holmes Come From?

Since I launched our Kickstarter campaign to finance the Steampunk Holmes project, I've been asked by several people what inspired the entire project.  Not just the mashup of Steampunk and Sherlock Holmes, but the entire approach to this unique and large undertaking.

Looking back on my past blog posts it all started in December of 2009 when Guy Ritchie's moving, Sherlock Holmes was released to theaters.  I had never really kept up with Sherlock Holmes, but that movie rekindled my interest and I started reading Arthur Conan Doyle's stories again. I think a lot of people did.   I discovered in my adult years something I think I missed as a kid: how well structured the stories are.  I became a big fan and kept reading.

In February of 2010, specializing in the design of multi-touch applications, I was engaged by a company to create an interactive eBook reader for the iPad. What was interesting about this was that the iPad had not even been released when I was hired on. I was in Costa Rica on vacation, but when the iPad was announced I started working with it immediately and never looked back.  I found a blog post from that February where I talk about why the iPad was going to be revolutionary.  The work I was doing on that project never came to fruition because of the budget problems the client had, but by the time I had become steeped in the design of interactive books for tablets. To be honest, I had become somewhat obsessed with the idea. I kept designing and researching and blogging about it.

By June 24th of 2010 I had decided to marry my two passions, Interactive books and Sherlock Holmes, in a project I dubbed, Sherlock Holmes HD.  This was the first iteration of what is now Steampunk Holmes, but there was no steampunk in my vision at that time. It was just going to be a straight adaption with lots of cool features. That project never got past the design stages but the idea of an interactive book with Sherlock Holmes stuck.

I ended up getting involved in a company focused on interactive book app creation for children.  We created three interactive books - including Treasure Island which was featured by Apple as one of the Book Apps of the week for an unprecedented two weeks.  That project taught me a lot about how to manage a book app project, which is really more like a movie than a book. Treasure Island, for example, had audio narrative (7 Hours worth), artwork, software development and more.  I went on to develop two more interactive iPad books for that company before I left in February of 2011 to start my own company, Noble Beast.

By this time I had designed and developed a general ebook reader and three iPad children stories.  Although I love kids (I have 4 of them) I was more interested in speculative fiction for adults and Young Adults than I was children stories.  I had also recently re-read The Difference Engine, which I believe is the quintessential Steampunk book.  After that, adding Steampunk to my other passions, iPad book apps and Sherlock Holmes, came naturally.

In June of 2011 I announced on my blog that I was going to create Steampunk Holmes.  I talked about hiring artists and writers and other things all of which came true.  Today, what you see on Kickstarter and this web site, is the culmination of all those events and influences.  I have had the pleasure of working with some of the best talent in the industry including Daniel Cortes, the artist, P.C. Martin, the writer, several voice actors including Gerald Price and Shash Hira, and many other talents. The outcome is fantastic; a level of quality that people see immediately.

The end of this journey is the development of Steampunk Holmes in a variety of formats including a Web book, iPad app book, audiobook, eBook and print edition.  It may have started as an iPad book but it has become much bigger than that.  To finally realize this vision I needed help and the only place to get that help is Kickstarter.

Steampunk Holmes has been two years  in the making and the past 10 months have been very intense.  I'm so excited to see people contributing to our Kickstarter campaign. I'm also very grateful to every one of the contributers. We have a lot to accomplish before May 3rd when the kickstarter campaign ends (8 days away!), so I hope you will help out by pledging what you can to make Steampunk Holmes a reality.



Please support our project, Steampunk Holmes, at Kickstarter.com


4.21.2012

WANTED: Vendor-Partners for Steampunk Catalog


Steampunk Holmes, in all of its incarnations (iPad book app, eBook, Web book, and Print), will include a catalog of Steampunk merchandise.  We are actively looking for vendors of Steampunk jewelry, clothes, devices, art, etc - if its steampunk we are interested - for inclusion in our catalog.

In the interactive iPad and Web books will allow you to interact with the ads and follow links to the vendors.   For example, if you click or touch the add for Abney Park you can watch Abney Park's new video.  From there you can go directly to Abney Park's page on iTunes.
With the Widowmakr, the street legal motorcycle we will be marketing with the book, you click on the ad and up pops a 360 degree interactive model.  You can play around with the bike seeing it from many angles and then with a click/touch go to the web site to find out more information and even order the motorcycle!
For the iPad and Web books, The Steampunk Catalog is embedded directly into the book and can be accessed at any time by pressing the Store Icon in the upper left hand corner of the books menu controls.  For the eBook and the Print edition the ads will be in the back of the book with web site information (the eBook can actually allow for hyperlinks).

We are really excited about this concept of integrating non-intrusive advertising directly into the book itself. We are experimenting with a couple different business models one of which has the vendor pay percentage of sales (backend financing) the other is pay per click.

We have three products in the Catalog right now, Abney Park, the Steampunk Holmes audiobook, and the Widowmakr and we are looking for more partners so the catalog can have several pages of merchandise. If you sell Steampunk merchandise and are interested, please contact us at monsonhaefel@gmail.com.

Please support our project, Steampunk Holmes, at Kickstarter.com


4.20.2012

Kickstarter Campaign: Help Us Spread the Word!


I'm really excited to announce that we have launched our KICKSTARTER campaign today. The objective is to raise $29,000.00 to help pay for application development, audio editing, typesetting, of Steampunk Holmes.  In addition, we need help paying for all the great work the artist, author, and voice actors have contributed.

I hope you will take a bit of time to go see our project on Kickstarter and, if you are able, help us fund the project.  We have some really great awards for all funding levels so jump in and join the party!

Just as important: Help us spread the word.  If you have a Twitter account, Tweet. If you are a blogger, blog.  If your on Facebook, Like us.  You never know what message is going to make the most difference - it might be yours!

4.16.2012

The ePUB Edition is Here!

The First ePUB edition with new the cover can be purchased and downloaded from Smashwords.com today!  If you've been aching to read the story than go to Smashwords.com and buy it today!


The ePUB allows you to read the entire novella and is a finished product. It's different from the iPad edition in that there is no art work or animation - its pure text.


We are so dedicated to the ePUB edition that we engaged John Coulthart to design the book's cover. You've probably seen John's work before on the covers of such books as Infernal Devices, Morlock Night, and Flamming Zepplins.  (for all those Cthulhu fans out there John also does a lot of covers for works by H.P. Lovecraft ).


The ePUB edition of Steampunk Holmes: Legacy of the Nautilus will be released in the Apple's iBookstore, Barns & Noble Nook store, Sony Reader Store among others.  We'll also be releasing the book in the Amazon.com kindle book store - either through Smashwords or directly!  

4.11.2012

Shash Hira as Sherlock Holmes

You've met three of the other actors including Gerald Price (narrator and Watson), Nicky Barber (Mycroft), and Hannah Melbourn (Victoria Valentine) - Today, I would like to introduce Shash Hira who is playing Sherlock Holmes.

Shash has done work on T.V. for Nickelodeon, Disney, Cartoon Network, Kerrang, MTV, as well as voices for radio and video games. His range is pretty incredible and for Holmes he settled on a voice that a bit like Jude Law but is unique to Sherlock Holmes.  We love it and we know you will too!

4.04.2012

Abney Park New Single Includes Steampunk Holmes!



Abney Park's latest single, 'Steampunk Revolution', was just released and the music video includes scenes from Steampunk Holmes' trailer!   In addition to Steampunk Holmes, there are lots of other Steampunk personalities and projects represented. We are in the best of company!

The new song is simply excellent.  Watch the video and see if you can spot the  outtakes from Steampunk Holmes trailer.


3.29.2012

Nicky Barber as Mycroft Holmes!


Introducing Nicky Barber as Mycroft Holmes.  This was one of the most challenging characters to cast for the audiobook.  We auditioned over 60 female voice actors over the course of a month and Nicky was a solid win!

Nicky has recorded many documentaries and shows for Discover Channel, commercials, and audiobooks.  Most recently she worked with Ridley Scott (you know as in 'Bladerunner', 'Thelma & Louise', 'Black Hawk Down', and 'Gladiator') on a Science Channel documentary.  Welcome to the team, Nicky!

3.11.2012

Hannah Melbourn as Victoria Valentine





I would like to introduce Hannah Melbourn to everyone. She is the voice of Victoria Valentine for the audiobook version Steampunk Holmes: Legacy of the Nautilus.  In addition to having done a number of commercials, Hannah has narrated a series of other audiobook as well as educational videos for teenagers.  Her voice is absolutely perfect for Victoria who is a young, intelligent, and resourceful (to put it nicely) young woman.

3.05.2012

Steampunk Holmes free for "Read an E-Book Month"!





UPDATE 3/11/2012

All we can say is, "Wow!"  Our free give-away in celebration of "Read an E-Book" month was really successful!  What we noticed was that our "sales" were 20 times greater than when the book was priced at $2.99!

As a result, we have to ask ourselves: What is more important making money on the ePUB version of Steampunk Holmes or gaining awareness?  We would like to do both (P.C. Martin has to eat you know) but we want people to try out the book, get hooked, and hopefully buy the sequels.  In a fit of compromise we've lowered the price of the book to $0.99 making it cheap enough for folks to try out yet allowing us to make a little money and pay P.C. Martin some royalties.

You can buy Steampunk Holmes: Legacy of the Nautilus eBook for $0.99 at Smashwords.com right now.  Download it, read it, and spread the word!



We believe that electronic distribution and ebooks is the future of publishing because its better for the environment, easier to access for everyone, and .... well, let's face it ... cheaper.

In Canada its national "Read an E-Book" month and we are joining in the fun by offering the Steampunk Holmes: Legacy of the Nautilus eBook for free this week (March 4th - 10th, 2012) only. Download it now using coupon code RE100 to get it free (normally $2,99)!

While you are waiting for the enhanced iPad version of this story, download and read a free copy of the novella in HTML, ePUB, Kindle, iBooks, PDF or other formats. We know the story is as great as the art work and now you can decide for yourself. What's stopping you? Written by the talented P.C. Martin (pictured above) its Sherlock Holmes + Steampunk + FREE.  How cool is that?!


2.26.2012

Preview of our Kickstarter Video



In order to finance the development of the iPad application for Steampunk Holmes: Legacy of the Nautilus we are launching a Kickstarter project in April of this year (2012) - two months from now!

From the beginning Steampunk Holmes was intended to be a book app; an enhanced ebook for the iPad.  In fact, that was its primary channel although now we've added simple ePUB and Audiobook channels to our future release plans.

The Kickstarter project hasn't started yet but we hope you'll do us the honor of sharing this video with other Steampunk and Sherlock Holmes fans so that they learn more about the it and consider funding the Kickstarter project when it launches in April of 2012.

If you are interested in learning when the Kickstarter project launches, send an email to Richard@Monson-Haefel.com (that's me!) and we'll send you an email when the Kickstarter project launches.  We won't share you email with anyone or abuse it - we just want to keep you abreast of developments in the project moving forward.

1.11.2012

Victoria Valentine or Grim Vickie?


Appearances can be deceiving and this character, Victoria Valentine, is far more complex than her Victorian sensibilities suggest. Is she Victoria Valentine, the most innocent and horribly wronged of women, or Grim Vickie, a woman capable of doing horribly wrong things to the innocent? You be the judge when you read, "Steampunk Holmes: Legacy of the Nautilus". Another fantastic character imagined by P.C. Martin and beautiful portrait rendered by Daniel Cortes.

1.09.2012

Sherlock's Metal Gauntlets

Metal Gauntlets by Daniel Cortes

A couple of months back we showed an illustration of a battle Sherlock Holmes crew (Sherlock, Watson, and Mycroft) and Captain Nemo's Rajput warriors. In that scene Sherlock deploys another weapon of his own design, his metal gauntlets. The image above shows the technical drawings for those gauntlets which will be animated to show how they deploy from within the sleeve of his coat when needed.

"Holmes cast his revolvers aside; in the torchlight I saw the glint of my friend's steel mitts creeping up over his fists, like the scaly skin of a crocodile, with razors protruding between the knuckles, and thus armed he took his next opponent by surprise, even though the latter wielded a Katar, the dreadful Rajput triple-bladed knife, in each hand. The complex movements and lightning-quick thrusts and parries fascinated me, as though I were watching dancers in a complex choreographed display instead of a desperate battle to the death."
- Steampunk Holmes: Legacy of the Nautilus by P.C. Martin 

1.03.2012

Captain Nemo, Jr.


Every story has its villains and its heros and Steampunk Holmes is no exception.  Above is the portrait sketch for the son of Captain Nemo who is one of the main characters of the story.  We learn about his lineage, love life, and political orientation and we get to see him and his Rajput warriors in battle!  It's all good fun and in keeping with Jules Verne's original vision.  Is Nemo the villain, a puppet, or is he a hero?  You'll find out when we release the final manuscript by P.C. Martin of 'Steampunk Holmes: Legacy of the Nautilus'.