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Seawolf by Baron-Engel Seawolf by Baron-Engel
I'm not really good at drawing ships. I'm getting better but is still an area where I am particularly weak. Especially when it comes to how they interact with the water and the wind. At the moment I just fake it.

These are study sketches I did a few years back for an idea I would like to revisit involving wolves and U-Boats. A real wolf pack. Okay that might be a bit cliche but you get the point.
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rubbervixen Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Nice P-coat.
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah you needed them in the north sea.
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NuvolaVolpe Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
:#1:
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anzul Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student General Artist
nope, thats no cliche at all :iconliarjackplz:

and what are those strings/ropes that conect the stern and the prow to the... head(?) of the u-boat
english, y u no working today?
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm not certain. They are present in all the photos I could find of them, and they are shown on almost every technical drawing I have. However I do not remember anyone giving a good explanation for their use or function on the boat.
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anzul Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student General Artist
well wikipedia doesnt know neither, for shame!

maybe they were there to have something to hang on in case of sliping of the railing?
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
The only thing I have seen them routinely used for was for hanging pennants and ships flags from. But that seemed to happen during departure and return from cruises. I don't think they are bracing for the conning tower, and they don't look like radio aerials so I don't know.

Do know that after the war deck guns, wires like those and railing were the first things that went away in an effort to quiet submarines when they were submerged.
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anzul Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Student General Artist
looks like it will remain a mistery :/

removed them to quiet submarines? how did that calm them?
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Generally there was an effort to remove anything that produced drag and slowed down the boat when submerged. However all those wires and railings also made the water flow around the sub in ways that created noise that could be picked up by enemy vessels. In some cases I have read about crews complaining about humming.

Remember that until after WWII submarines were boats that could submerge. It was only after the war and the Cold War that the sub truly became vessel that spent most of its time submerged. Therefore deck guns, and railings became almost useless.

Ah! I just got word from a source that those wires are actually radio aerials.
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anzul Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student General Artist
didnt know that could happen underwater, those u-boats must realy go fast to cause any sound at all

huh makes sense, internal aerials wouldnt offer very good quality and the outside clasic aerials would get frozen by the north winds, haha clever dudes
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Actually they didn't go that fast but you can get some very unusual resonances that can create unwanted noise, and since noise is the enemy of subs anything you can do to diminish it is welcomed.
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Ognimod Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Not bad!
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Cursive-Spill Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A U-Boat!? Sweet Celestia, you're one of my new favorite artist!

I still love the early war model of VIIB myself before the allies really developed Anti-submarine measures. I think if you followed this with the whole "Wolf Pack" theme it could make some great sketches. Great piece Engel.
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Thanos-san Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Heh... Very cool indeed. Even if you say you are not good at ships, I envy your talent at drawing them.

This Wolfpack also reminds me of a song from my favourite band; [link] Sabaton - Wolfpack

If you like power-metal, or just want to expand your horizons, I'd recommend checking them out. They have a great deal of military-history inspired music.
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