The Gentleman’s Armored Battle Carriage was built by Mr. Finnegan O’Sullivan in the fall of 1865. Although most of the danger of the Loon’s Disease had past, many of the infected souls captured, Finnegan decided that a more protected mode of transportation was needed. He designed a battle carriage that would protect the pilot, provide adequate firepower and expand on the speed and luxury of the railroad. When the Great War of 1870 broke out with Japan, President Lincoln realized the importance of such a vehicle and commissioned large quantities for the war effort. The air superiority the Western Coalition enjoyed would need to be matched on the ground and The Gentleman’s Armored Battle Carriage would be just the thing.
A rare surviving example of this fascinating weapon of war will be on display at the 2013 SPWF! Its fine craftsmanship has been acknowledged by two nominations for awards in the Steampunk Chronicle’s Readers Choice Awards. Many more pictures are available to pique your rabid curiosity on the Hatton Cross Steampunk Facebook page.
Find out more about the historic events leading up to the creation of this device in David Lee’s Country in Ruin:1865, which will be available from the author (and behind the scenes genius responsible for this awesome tank)!
Epic Steampunk Vehicles of Mass Distraction!
Saturday, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Boardroom A (Radisson)
Presented by David Lee
So you’re a glutton for punishment and want to build a steampunk vehicle for your next con. In this presentation David Lee of Hatton Cross Steampunk will display his steampunk tank (The Gentleman’s Armored Battle Carriage). He will focus on tips and tricks as far as construction, “steampunk’ing” your vehicle, power sources, adding electronics to it, smoke as well as design ideas and things to stay away from. David will demonstrate unique features on his tank and how attention to detail can make all the difference in the world.