Steampunk – Dieselpunk Part I

When you skim the forums concerning Steampunk you will sooner or later come across the topic Dieselpunk. Dieselpunk and Steampunk are not actually very precisely destinguishable. Take for example two of my favourite movies: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. Both movies show elements both of Steampunk and Dieselpunk, TLoEG is more on the steam-, SCatWoT more on the diesel side, at least that’s my personal impression.

Dieselpunk has one definite advantage compared to Steampunk: You can dress up in full gear Dieselpunk and still attend a “normal” party and don’t stand out too much. OK, this also means that if you want to stand out, you go for the Steampunk look.

But as I said, Steampunk and Dieselpunk have much in common as can be demonstrated by this image:


This is me and I went to work like this a few weeks ago. The outfit is perfectly suitable for work and I could have gone to a Steampunk or Dieselpunk event afterwards, just add monocle, walking cane and aviators cap.

Zeppelins fit equally well into a Steampunk and Dieselpunk setting, as you can see in the opening scene of SCatWoT. Actually, the Golden Age of Zeppelins is in the two decades immideately after the end of The Great War and therefore well after the end of La Belle Epoche, which is the real-earth equivalent timeline of High Steampunk (as far as I’m concerned).

Oh my… This entry is drifting into the realm of Stream of Consciousness. I think shall continue later when the effect of this wonderful cup of Sake has faded…

For now: Oyasuminasai!