Friday 14 October 2016

Stealing art from Magic: the Gathering - Kaladesh edition

Back when I started this blog, Magic: the Gathering had just finished doing a Central Asian-themed set, Tarkir, which I promptly plundered for images to use with ATWC. Last month, they released Kaladesh, which is very nearly a clockpunk-Asia-themed set. (Its stylings are Arabic and Indian rather than Central Asian, though.) Given that there's not exactly a lot of clockpunk art around to start with, and almost all of it is draped with the trappings of Victoriana, this opens up an exciting new art-stealing opportunity!

The technology in Kaladesh is magitech rather than clockpunk, but it has the same kind of filigee intricacy that I imagine as characterising the technology of 'Against The Wicked City'. This is technology as art, not technology as industry: each work of clockpunk tech in ATWC is the expression of a single craftsman's vision and talent, rather than some kind of mass-produced off-the-shelf item churned out by a factory somewhere. So, here are some examples...

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This is very much how I imagine clockworker's workshops in ATWC - all polished brass and beautiful fiddly objects.

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And this, weird elongated back section aside, is pretty close to how I imagine bronze horses and the caravans they pull.

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Apart from the open cockpit, this is pretty much a Steel Spider.

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This is a great image of a clockwork giant - handy as a deterrent, but only worth winding up if the city is actually being invaded!

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A clockwork centaur-robot-centipede-lizard-thing. Love this guy. (This is the sort of thing that far-gone Steel Aspirants tend to turn themselves into.)

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Someone or other in ATWC will have built clockwork elephants by now.

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And clockwork centipedes.

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And clockwork snakes. (This one was probably commissioned by the Serpent Folk.)

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Clockwork soldier.

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Giant clockwork walker with gyrocopters. Probably built mainly to show off.

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