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Dieselpunk is a derivative of the cyberpunk movement, and is similar, in some ways, to its more renowned counterpart, Steampunk; with the emphasis on historical periods and bold, fantastical images. Dieselpunk and its respective ideology, however, focus on a society whose main reliance is on diesel fuel. And whereas Steampunk is more pseudo Victorian, Dieselpunk has its roots set in the 1940’s era. Machines which run on diesel are ever present in this genre. It is in essence an alternate history environment which manipulates certain periods as if they haven’t occurred as yet. As well as diesel powered machines, art deco also has a central presence, and pipes and gauges are also quite prominent.

Here’s a collection of the best desktop wallpapers that incorporate all of these themes in various ways.

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

What better way to start than with an Angelina Jolie lookalike piloting plane. Great imagery as the formation is seen in the background.
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

Mechanic

The girl theme continues as this dungaree wearing mechanic sets to work on a cross between a tank and R2D2.
Mechanic

Flight of Fancy

An extremely large retro style airship passing over an ancient city.
Flight of Fancy

Desert Vulcan

Two rustic battleships glide through a desert wasteland.
Desert Vulcan

Present and Correct For Duty

Female pilot takes a puff on a cigarette as she prepares to take to the skies.
Present and Correct For Duty

Hoverbike

A young woman is astride a hovercraft/bike over a minimalist desert/sky background.
Hoverbike

Cruising Down the Backstreet

The first dieselpunk car on the list. This is reminiscent of a gangster style mode of transport.
Cruising Down the Backstreet

Majesty of the Skies

A striking image we see here of a cruise liner/ spaceship hybrid flying through the clouds.
Majesty of the Skies

Curves In All The Right Places

A fully fledged high performance bike with sleek lines and exaggerated tail pipes.
Curves In All The Right Places

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow #2

Second appearance by Angelina Jolie in the list, but then again who’s complaining.
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow #2

Unidentified Flying Object

A totally rad flying machine heading into the abyss.
Unidentified Flying Object

Chilling with the Top Down

This contraption could be any number of things but suffice to say it’s a locomotive shaped hover car.
Chilling with the Top Down

Wing Commander

Pilot looks set to go on a mission in this WW2 setting as plane waits in the background.
Wing Commander

Towers of Power

The industrial setting is ubiquitous and we have an example here with vertical pipes and chimneys included.
Towers of Power

Grand Central Diesel

Trains are probably the most prominent diesel powered machines. A locomotive is pulled up at a station. The suspicious looking femme fatale adds boldness to the image, without question.
Grand Central Diesel

Pilot Chicks

Dieselpunk fashion with girls representing and a 1940’s plane in the background.
Pilot Chicks

Directions

A sketch of 50’s style diesel bus/ RV with child over looking it.
Directions

Industrial Backdrop

In the foreground we see a gas tank with an airship in the background. Pure dystopia.
Industrial Backdrop

Bits and Bobs

A nicely shot abstract vision of the mechanics at the essence of Dieselpunk.
Bits and Bobs

The Halls of Innovation

The scene highlights the industrialised vibe with film noir tones. Vertical pipes and gauges – a real statement of dieselpunk.
The Halls of Innovation

Flying Through the Air

A common theme in the world of Dieselpunk, a 1950’s style craft whizzes past the buildings below.
Flying Through the Air

Glamour Shot

A bit of a spicy scene of a photographer snapping a naked lady.
Glamour Shot

Mountainous Metropolis

A beautiful, sketched landscape displaying diesel transport in motion.
Mountainous Metropolis

Prêt A Porter Diesel

An elegant design depicting a lady in chic clothing and Dieselpunk symbol in the centre.
Prêt A Porter Diesel

Mid Air Collision

A rocket man takes out the enemy in an alternative take on the classic dog fight.
Mid Air Collision