My first exposure to the concepts of Steampunk and Dieselpunk were Tail Spin and Crimson Skies.
Tail Spin being the airship world that Baloo and the Jungle Book crew apparently inhabited after Mogli joined the humans. It was a brilliant mix of adventure and comedy that made Saturday Morning Cartoons amazing for the early 90s youngster. Pontoon planes, sky pirates, Kip sky surfing, the tiger guy being a most intimidating crime lord; the show was amazing according to memory nostalgia.
Crimson Skies is the flying game to define all flying games. In a Zeppelin, your crew sails the skies and fights off rivals in the most iconic of all steam/diesel punk aircrafts. I spent hours playing the game on the original Xbox.
Both were wonderful in their use of color to make the world come to life. So when we decided the dining room really needed a ceiling fan to beat the relentless summer heat, we knew we needed to find a cheap and “punkable”.
The classic steampunk copper is present, but steampunk in spirit is not all Browns and blacks. Steampunk is adventure, daring dog fights over blue lagoons, common metals used in uncommon ways, it is unexpected colors in every day objects. There’s no right or wrong, but Steampunk better be fun.
My wife grabbed blue and copper spray paint and created a wonderfully subtle steampunk fan for dining room. I look at it and see Don Carnage making a strafing run on an unprepared merchant airship. I lobbied for just two blades to really keep the propeller thing going. I lobbied poorly.
The slow incursion of steampunk decor continues at our house. Little bits around the house that remind the viewer adventure awaits. Sometimes ceiling fans are just fans, but with a few bucks of spray paint they can be the prop-plane of a sky pirate, the blades of a jumbo airship or just nearly colored fan blades.
A title change makes a big difference. A difference big enough it could make the installation process of a ceiling fan seem worthwhile.
Seriously, ceiling fans are a pain.