Giant industrial machinery is an element often used in science fiction, dieselpunk, cyberpunk, and post-apocalyptic worlds. It can often be found dotting the landscape to help set an industrial tone, similar to how giant skeletons and skull rocks may be used in fantasy worlds. Giant industrial machinery can also be used to serve a distinct, world-specific purpose.
Designing Fictional Giant Industrial Machinery
When designing giant industrial machinery, consider the function of these machines. They may be tethered to a single location, or they may be able to move on their own or with the aid of a separate massive vehicle. Also consider their power source and how they may be maintained. If they are being used in hostile environments, they may break down regularly.
Heavy machinery often moves slowly, can be expensive to repair or replace. It may be the target of saboteurs, rebels, terrorists, or enemy combatants.
Heavy industrial machinery can be used to explore themes of man versus nature.