Dieselpunk/Retro Futurism: Weapons & Transport

Spacey Sadie with the Lab108 raygun

Commercial weaponry I own:

01. Classic Rayguns; 02. XO SWAT Weapons Unit; 03. WWII Submachine Guns

Okay, so I only own one raygun set but it’s perfectly classic!

One I don’t own:

Grease Monkey Weapons

There are lots of old military-style weapons, free as well as commercial, but probably should be more rayguns. These are often included in commercial outfit sets, which is a whole ‘nother post, but let me know if I’ve missed a stand-alone set.

Breaking down the transport into flying and non-flying, with a few reference images first:

Flying Machine Transport I own:


01. Vacuum Zeppelin ; 02. Retro and Junkyard Jetpacks; 03. Air-Worlds; 04. Rocketship Mongo (not available) ; 05. Steam Aircraft Dragon; 06. Zeppelin Star; 07. Skyship Avrora; 08. Greyling UFO

The Vacuum Zeppelin is on clearance at Renderosity, so it could disappear at any time. Rocketship Mongo was an old Platinum Club rocket that’s been vaulted, but included here for those who might’ve forgotten they bought it. That Greyling UFO used to be free at RDNA. 😕

Non-Flying Machine Transport I own:


01. 1920s Motorcycle; 02. Air Bike; 03. Pickup Dred; 04. Quad Tank; 05. The Drill Tank; 06. A Curious Bus; 07. R75 Motorcycle; 08. Spirit of Punk; 09. Bus Rex; 10. Car Victoria

That Quad Tank almost qualifies as a battle mech. All those cars, trucks, and buses are are included for use with this product:


Anti-Gravity Lift – Attaches to most vehicles, with length and width adjustments. DS Iray only, but it’s a prop so easy enough to adjust surface materials to 3DL.

Flying transport I don’t own (yet):


01. Toon Rocket and Moonscape; 02. Anti-Gravity Office Space; 03. DieselPunk Caravan Food Truck; 04. DieselPunk Gas Station; 05. DieselPunk Space Aola; 06. Airship Cabin; 07. Airship Hull; 08. Skycruiser Albatross; 09. Pulsar Hover Rod; 10. Lamda State Wagon; 11. Old Dakota; 12. Fokker DR; 13. Flying Wing; 14. Rocketship; 15. Grumman Goose; 16. German-D; 17. UFO; 18; Retro Rock-It; 19. Art Deco Airship; 20. Sparrowhawk Gunboat; 21. Kalinin K-7; 22. Rocketship X1; 23. Dirgible Perun; 24/25. Scrapper Vehicle

The Technophelia Retro Rock-It comes with bubble space helmets and rayguns. The Daedalus Scrapper has hood ornaments! I’m not 100% certain they’re separate object files, but if they can be swapped around, they probably are. If so, they could even be scaled up as building ornaments.

Non-flying transport I don’t own (yet):


01. Bus Pegasus; 02. Motorbike ZAZ; 03. Bus Maxis; o4. Immortal Elegance; 05. 1936 AM Sedan; 06. Tram Line; 07. Hiawatha Train for Vue; 08. ATSF Super Chief Bundle; 09. R75 Motorcyle Plus

The Hiawatha/Super Chief train vendor has lots of old vehicles; check out the Tucker! I don’t own Vue so am unlikely to buy the Hiawatha, but including it for folks who do use Vue. The R75 Motorcyle Plus is a prop add-on for the motorcycle.

I mostly included stuff that’s in my wishlist or seemed particularly interesting. Old-ish vehicles and weapons are popular, and there are way more products available than I can link. Please take a look at the catalogs of these vendors for more ideas:

* https://www.renderosity.com/mod/bcs/vendor/coflek-gnorg
* https://www.renderosity.com/mod/bcs/vendor/Cybertenko
* https://www.renderosity.com/mod/bcs/vendor/pamawo
* https://www.renderosity.com/mod/bcs/vendor/1971s
* https://www.renderosity.com/mod/bcs/vendor/Simon-3D
* https://www.renderosity.com/mod/bcs/vendor/kanaa
* https://www.renderosity.com/mod/bcs/vendor/adh3d
* https://www.renderosity.com/mod/bcs/vendor/3DClassics
* https://www.renderosity.com/mod/bcs/vendor/DreamlandModels
* https://www.renderosity.com/mod/bcs/vendor/BlueTreeStudio
* https://www.daz3d.com/the-antfarm
* https://www.daz3d.com/moebius87
* https://www.daz3d.com/nightshift3d

Again, I’m sure there are vendors I’m missing; suggestions welcome!

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Dieselpunk/Retro Futurism: Tech & Robots

A few images I saved that cover a decent spectrum of styles:

Again, there is likely a lot of suitable links I’m missing so please feel free to suggest additions in the comments. There are some repeats from the Harlem Renaissance and Space Day 01 / Space Day 02 themes from a few years back.

Obvious tip: Retexturing near everything chrome is a quick and easy way to achieve peak retro futurism. Anyone have any favorite chrome or metal materials to share? Free or commercial.

Robots & Mechs I own:


01. WorkBot; 02. Steampunk Guardian; 03. D-Bot (unavailable); 04. D-Spot (unavailable); 05. D-Claws & D-Squeek; 06. Evo Girl; 07. Andromeda (free add-ons); 08. C.I.M.A.U.; 09. Cyber-Arm Extender; 10. M.A.G.2 Robotic Arm; 11. Technophelia Retro – Halon; 12. Technophelia Retro – Cyber Chic

The last two are clothes/accessories but for this purpose they fall under “build-your-own-gynoid.” Of course some props work for males too — I just don’t know the dude equivalent for gynoid. 😀

D-Bot and D-Spot (there was also a kid-sized D-Brat) are great retro futuristic robots; too bad DAZ vaulted them. D-Claw and D-Squeak are still in the store, though. I included D-Bot and D-Spot because old timers like me might’ve forgotten they bought them.

D-Brat, D-Bot, and D-Spot…gone but not forgotten!

It would seem I have no retro mechs or battle suits. I must remedy this!

Robots & Mechs I don’t own (yet):


01. Pin-Up Gynoid Phase 8 (she also has a charging station!); 02. Aurora Bot; 03. Helper Bot; 04. Mini Bots; 05. Great Greymalkin Robot; 06. Heavy Powersuit; 07. Haystack; 08. Aikobot Maria; 09. Alien Guard; 10. Centurian A.D.; 11. Dystopian Drone Trooper; 12. Vintage Robot; 13. Battlebot; 14. ML Bot; 15. Dystopian Worker Drone; 16. PR-4U; 17. Robo Buds; 18. Stellar League Body Tank; 19. Super D-Bot; 20. Grrrl: RoboGrrrl; 21. Midnight Rocketeer

A few of these are toonish, but they work well with retro futuristic themes (and The Jetsons look.) I don’t know if Super D-Bot requires the original D-Bot; it doesn’t say on the store page but it might be an omission. Robogrrrl! is a set of props like electric eye beams and sonic hearing waves; they should be easy enough to fit to other figures. The last one, again, falls under BYOG.

To me, dieselpunk robots and mechs look interchangeable with dystopian ones, as long as the emphasis is a heavily industrial military aesthetic. Lots of Soviet-era military influence too.

Retro Tech I own (not weapons or vehicles):


01. WWII Radios; 02. Vintage Radio; 03. Communications Gear; 04. Odysseon Station Computer Room; 05. Sci-Fi Control Panels; 06. Electro Apparati (not available)

Dystopian tech works for dieselpunk and it would work pretty well for retro futuristic too if you chrome it up. The Electro Apparati set didn’t make the transition from RDNA to DAZ, but again, old timers might have forgotten they bought it.

Retro Tech I don’t own (yet):


01. Ham Radio Equipment; 02. Vintage Tech; 03. Vintage Spy Kit; 04. Madlab-4; 05. Vintage TV; 06. Vintage Television Sets; 07. Vintage Television; 08. Odysseon Station Security Checkpoint; 09. Rybolt Mechanical; 10. Retro Sci-Fi Star Ship Bridge; 11. Portrait Vignettes Sci-Fi 2

Some of these are whole environments but they’re tied to the tech props, so I included them here.

Also, if you happen to own the old AeroDoll: Flightsuit for Aiko 3, the outfit comes with a retro space backdrop, though I guess it could be nautical too:

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Dieselpunk/Retro Futurism: Scenes & Props


Buildings, environments, and general decor props in this post. It’s not a huge listing and I’m sure I’ve missed a few, so if there’s something not listed that you think should be, please let me know in the comments and I’ll add it.

First, commercially available stuff I own (separating owned/not owned in case someone would like to see a render.) Click to view full image:


1. Nouveau Vignette; 2. Old Industrial Interior; 3. Fantasy Voyage; 4. Project Xion 1; 5. Project Xion 2; 6. Technopolis; 7. Space Base; 8. Greeble City Blocks 2; 9. Mynastropole 2; 10/11. Classic Deco; 12. Deco Redux Furniture; 13. Fifties Dinette Set; 14. Sixties Dinette Set

There’s also a Project Xion 3, which I don’t have, but it’s much the same as the previous two. The Mynastropole set is more fantasy medieval, but the plain building facade works okay — add a stylized eagle or gargoyle head.

Commercial products I don’t own (yet):


1. Tram Line; 2. Deco Vignette; 3. Deco Loby; 4. Gatsby Dance Hall; 5. Deco Club Exterior; 6. Deco Club Interior; 7. Deco Diner; 8. Paragon for Deco Club Exterior; 9. The Paragon for Deco Club Interior; 10. Tycoon Office; 11. Deco Hallway; 12. Bauhaus Hotel 13. Grand Hotel; 14. Deco Hotel; 15. i13 Art Deco; 16. Future Cityscape Density Blocks; 17. Vintage Lounge Furniture; 18. Classic Deco: Eclectic; 19. Art Deco Cabinet; 20. South Beach Deco Bar for Art Deco Cabinet; 21. Seat Bundle

The Tram Line is an acknowledged homage to the image I included in this post. A number of these are pretty old but retexturing is always an option.

Check out DreamlandModels at Renderosity. A lot of his city blocks have a vintage vibe.

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Dieselpunk & retro futuristic, basic aesthetics

Been a long time since the last content theme at REC. This one has similarities to the steampunk theme, but while steampunk has a distinct Victorian industrial aesthetic, dieselpunk and retro futuristic are a little harder to pin down. Dieselpunk can have apocalyptic or noir-ish crossover appeal and with retro futuristic, how retro is retro? Does it end with the 40s/50s? The 60s/7os? Also, both are more global in scope.

This does a pretty good job of sorting things out, I think:

“Raypunk” and “Atompunk” are what I’ve been calling retro futurism. “Cassette futurism” is something I’ve not heard of, though the Guardians of the Galaxy movies have shades of this going on. Personally, I’d ease dieselpunk back to WWI, even if it most often leans toward WWII.

I collected a few images to file away in an “aesthetics” folder. Hardly comprehensive, but they get across an overall “feel” of things, and several have nearly identical 3D analogs at Renderosity and DAZ:

As I’m big on color usage, I also collected a few color palettes:

It’s a start! Up next: scenery and props.

Theme: Steampunk Fairy Tales


A mash-up theme inspired by…I have no idea. It just popped into being. I think I’ll have some freebies for this one too. First, though, a listing of commercial and free items that I own and have installed. This isn’t a comprehensive list by any means, but I hope it’ll spark a few ideas. (See Steampunk Kit-Bashing Central for more resources.)

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I included a number of commercial products that are no longer available for sale. Mostly to jog the memory in case these have gotten as lost in your runtime as they have in mine (and sometimes vendors may be willing to sell a discontinued item if asked; it doesn’t hurt to politely inquire.)

Modes of Transportation

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Steam House || Steam Aircraft Dragon || Spirit of Punk || Steamcoach (not available) || Steam Dodo (not available)

Notes: Maybe these props are what inspired the theme!

Knights in Shining Armor, Gallant Steeds, and Menacing Dragons

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Steam Powered Armor (no longer available) || HellHorse || Bonus texture from Soul Nexus Armor || Steam Dragon.

Notes: The HellHorse is a bit of a PIA to use in DS because its materials are Poser-only, but I’ve managed to get some decent results.

Thematically-Related Textures

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Anu Blue Rust (not available) || XTreemeSkin 1 (not available) || Fime (not available) || Naiya October Rust (not available) || Gloria Industrial Revolution || Industrial Man, Tin Man || Rusty Dreams || Mechanica No. 5 || Adena

Notes: I didn’t want ordinary looking princesses, princes, or evil witches and queens, so I went digging around for some of my weirder character textures.

Extra Details

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Steampunk Implants || SP AirMan || Steampunk Protective Mask || Steampunk Goggles || Steampunk Top Hat || Steam Pilot || Dive helmet from Nautical Bric-a-Brac || Torpedo (no longer available) || Technophilia – Breathless || V4 Eyez

Notes: I have lots of other goggles and steampunk-ish headware that came with various outfits, but didn’t include them here.

Scene-Setting Props

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Steampunk Castle || Hydrogen Station || Steampunk Wall || Rock House || Never Home || Steamworks || Steampunk Clock Tower || Electro Apparati || DM Inertia || and the cog base from Base Camp Vol 01

Notes: Castles, towers, throne rooms, hovels where witches plot the destruction of princesses, and general scene-setting props. I have more scenes similar to these — including the entirety of AntFarm’s Never series — but these are a pretty decent representative selection from my runtime.

Mechanical Soldiers, Dwarfs, Huntsmen, & Fairy Godmothers

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WorkBot || Steam Mech || Miss Pannikin || Steampunk Guardian

Notes: I didn’t have a lot of “Mechanicals,” but I’m sure there are others that would work equally well.

Stuff I don’t have, but wouldn’t mind acquiring if I suddenly won the lottery

DM Clockwork, DM Eclectica, Steam Outpost, Steampunk Cryo Chamber (for Sleeping Beauty or Snow White, of course), Steampunk Office Equipment, Steampunk Shop Clutter, Steampunk Explosives, War Unicorns, Steam Pirate (Captain Hook!), a huge Steam Sword for the equally huge Steam Powered Armor, Steam Betty (she’s fantastic; why don’t I own her?!), ClariceRagnorok Mask, Mechanical Doll Wings, Druid Wings, Tube Long Skirt, and Caged for Imprisonment (which I own.)

Free Stuff??

While I don’t have lots, there’s enough for a mini-theme. This time the freebies are listed inside…

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