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Syfy Steampunk series

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cap't MacKenzie Dec 2, 2010. 5 Replies

Has anyone else seen this new Steampunk series"Riese" http://www.syfy.com/riese/Its a Syfy.com webseries. Stars Christine Chatelain, Sharon Taylor, Ben…Continue

Fencing

Started this discussion. Last reply by CApt Odysseus Quaire Feb 13, 2013. 70 Replies

How relevant is foil, sabre, rapier or cane fencing? Is the art of fencing too early for Steampunk? If not what would be the best weapon. (With the understanding a sword cane might land you in jail…Continue

What’s it take to make a good Steampunk screenplay?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nickel Children Oct 11, 2010. 1 Reply

As I see it, the style, Steampunk is based around the Victorian “Penny Dreadfuls.” (Penny Dreadfuls were a type of British fiction publication in the 19th century that usually featured lurid serial…Continue

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Jim Sawyer replied to Heather Walker's discussion Television series needs people with Steampunk costumes! in the group Central Florida Steampunk Association
"What production group are you with? I work for a company that supports On Demand in Central Florida and am always looking for good content. Jim"
Oct 1, 2013
CApt Odysseus Quaire replied to Jim Sawyer's discussion Fencing
"Nice article, well stated.  FUN is what it is all about...  "
Feb 13, 2013
Paisley Pirate replied to Jim Sawyer's discussion Fencing
"I wish I could make Gulf Wars this year. Been promising ourselves that since we went in 2006. Sadly, work is a mess right now and I am trying to recover.The 25% might be a little high (it doesn't jibe with personal experience either) but that…"
Feb 13, 2013
Prof. Diggs aka the Shootist replied to Jim Sawyer's discussion Fencing
"And very SP good lady."
Feb 12, 2013
Ensign Witt replied to Jim Sawyer's discussion Fencing
"Here in the EK, you'd be hard pressed to find anything but rebated rapiers. I don't think I've ever even scene a schlaeger.  "
Feb 12, 2013
Ensign Witt replied to Jim Sawyer's discussion Fencing
"As another SCA fencer (whose mind is blow by the 25% C&T numbers. I have a hot local practice [~20 people] and if there is 2 C&T guys, that's alot) SCA fencing has the same problem that sport fencing has in terms of 'first touch…"
Feb 12, 2013
Paisley Pirate replied to Jim Sawyer's discussion Fencing
"@ Captain, I don't know where you are at (re: SCA and their usages)  but the Society has engaged cut and thrust throughout the entire society.  Right now about 25% of active rapier people are authorized CT.  It is growing, and…"
Feb 12, 2013
Ensign Witt replied to Jim Sawyer's discussion Fencing
"The IAAC, in conjuction with Professor Mark Donnelly and the Keystone Academy of Defense, has been hosting singlestick tournaments at Steampunk events for close to a year now. We hosted one at World's Fair 2012 and we will be doing so again at…"
Feb 11, 2013
CoastConFan replied to Jim Sawyer's discussion Fencing
"I'm surprised that the subject of Kendo hasn't yet come up in the discussion of fencing."
Feb 11, 2013
CApt Odysseus Quaire replied to Jim Sawyer's discussion Fencing
"Well stated...Having been associated with Renn Faire for many years and been around those who believed (but did not know) they knew sword intelligence, I applaud and agree with your statements. "
Feb 11, 2013
CoastConFan replied to Jim Sawyer's discussion Fencing
"I think people like the romanticism of sword carrying, but misunderstand the pitfalls and responsibilities inherent in the culture and practice, past and present.  It is associated, in their minds with a vanished aristocracy and the exoticism…"
Feb 8, 2013
CoastConFan replied to Jim Sawyer's discussion Fencing
"I remember them being called Heidelberg scars mostly.  The last known person sporting one that I recall would be Fearless Leader of Rocky & Bullwinkle.  After the collapse of the Eastern Bloc and the Soviet Union, he fled Pottslyvania…"
Feb 7, 2013
John Campbell replied to Jim Sawyer's discussion Fencing
"I think that swords, cutlasses, boarding axes, etc.  would be quite valid weapons in airship combat, if the goal was to capture the other airship rather than destroy it (of course, a ship being attacked by pirates would probably be just fine…"
Feb 6, 2013
Ensign Witt replied to Jim Sawyer's discussion Fencing
"Boarding tactics in steampunk is quite an interesting topic, particularly because there is no consensus on what an airship is built like. But coming over on the ratlines becomes much more difficult when each ship has a gas envelope that extends far…"
Feb 6, 2013
CoastConFan replied to Jim Sawyer's discussion Fencing
"That brings up a point about legality.  Just because something is antique or obsolete might not remove it as a possible threat in our ever changing landscape of legal quagmires and local ordinances.  It is best to be careful and know the…"
Feb 6, 2013
Captain Maximillian Drake replied to Jim Sawyer's discussion Fencing
"So far as Sword canes are concerned..........they are considered concealed weapons and banned in many states. So far as weapons go you are better off just wearing a sword, usually too long to conceal. Often depending on the town there is a parade…"
Feb 6, 2013

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OK, I'm older than dirt. I'm married, 30 years. My wife is a medical researcher. In the real world I am a professional video editor. I'm also an Indie filmmaker with all my own gear, I would love to make a Steampunk Indie video. I've been into SciFi since the 50's. Both my wife and I are Olympic style fencers, and I have a fair amount of classic sword training.

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At 10:42am on November 8, 2011, Jolly Roger said…
Happy birthday greetings to you good sir;)
At 7:33pm on July 3, 2011, Professor Alidus Faren said…
Greetings Mr. Sawyer!
At 12:15pm on April 13, 2011, Commodore Hamilton said…

Thanks for the kind words on our cast photo! More information can be found on our website: http://www.obviousnotion.com/engines_of_destiny/

 

You have my guarantee that you will not see a single piece of non-Steampunked-up weaponry in this film (or else I’ll make the Director, Hunter Cressall, eat my hat…again)! Thanks for the observation!

At 8:10am on April 4, 2011, the Baroness said…
Thanks for your friendship!  Cheers!
At 10:28am on December 26, 2010, Mila Pesic said…
Thank you for your friendship and invitation for Society of Gadgeteers
and Inventors! I got my gears from old watches and clocks, form a market
in my town. You can find interesting stuff there. By the way, I like those new goggles you made!
At 2:30am on December 24, 2010, Vinnie Indigo said…
Thank you for your submission of the logo for the Central Florida Steampunk Association! You are quite talented! NICE work!
At 10:32am on December 23, 2010, Alegrah Eredschtadt said…
Thank you for the addition!
At 10:01pm on December 11, 2010, Lady Grace Dudley said…

Pleased to make your acquaintance, good sir!

At 8:44pm on November 30, 2010, Skye Mckay said…
can't resist a man in a kilt!
At 7:12pm on November 11, 2010, Doktor Ottomatic Fatpony said…
Thank you sir!
 
 
 

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