The Sarge

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  1. Oh, firearms are kind of my bag! So if we take the late Napoleonic period as the end of our time frame, that still allows for quite a few innovations in firearms. Rifled muskets as a primary service arm didn't occur until later, but there were quite a few rifles that were in use. The most famous of these, thanks to the Sharpe series, is the Baker Rifle. This was the main arm of the rifle regiments of the British Army, which were typically employed as skirmishers. Other common muzzle-loaded rifles were the German J├Ąger and the American Pennsylvania and Kentucky long rifles, used in both military roles and as hunting arms. But you aren't restricted to muzzle-loaders! A variety of innovative breechloaders were attempted in this period. They were mostly too expensive or simply too unfamiliar and new to gain traction in the military beyond special units, but they did exist. These I'll divide into two categories, simple breechloaders and complex (repeating) breechloaders. Simple breechloaders include the Queen Anne system, mostly used on pistols but also some carbines, the Crespi carbine, in Austrian service in the 1770s, the Hall Rifle (this video is a later percussion model, but the first models were flintlocks), and the British Ferguson rifle, used during the American revolution. On a larger scale swivel guns using removable, interchangeable breeches had been around since the 1300s. Complex, or repeating, breechloaders of the era include the Kalthoff repeater, a slide action rifle used in small quantities by the Danish Foot Guards, the Lorenzoni system, a finely crafted lever action produced by various makers for around 150 years, the Collier revolver, the Puckle gun, which was a small artillery piece, and others. As far as percussion caps go, the relevant chemistry discoveries and first designs show up around 1800-1820, at the end of our time frame. While you won't see them on military weapons, it wouldn't be unheard of to have a chemist or inventor messing with them, or have one or two firearms in the hands of a wealthy individual using them.
  2. On a small scale, at the end of this thread there is a breakdown for my boats. They can be scaled up a decent amount before they start to look odd.
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    [OL-ChIIICatC] Silver for Iron

    Thanks everyone!
  4. OL | ChIII Cat C | Silver for Iron Just in time!
  5. On an isolated beach near New Oleanda, a greedy merchant has arranged a trade - arms for silver. The new natives, these Tyree'De, have shown a clear interest in modern arms and the tools to make them, and a willingness to pay well with precious metals, particularly silver. One of their gaudily painted war canoes has raced across the ocean to make the rendezvous. Ahoy! I see you have the silver. I've your cargo here. A trusted sailor begins to load the cargo - a swivel gun, a barrel of gunpowder, a bit and brace set, bullet molds, an iron pot to melt the lead in. The giant crossbow and fierce warpaint on the bow makes him a bit nervous though!
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    [OL-ChIIICatB] Sweet, Sweet Rotten Eggs

    Thanks guys! @KeymonusThank you, you can certainly add it to the Fort Arltrees storyline.
  7. Altonia (NPC nation) is a mix of Dutch and Swiss inspiration. I'm going to be using some of their mercenaries in my Cat E entry in fact.
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    [OL-ChIIICatB] Sweet, Sweet Rotten Eggs

    Thanks everyone! @BodiYes, we may need to liberate the deposits from both sides...
  9. Oleon | Ch III B | Sweet, Sweet Rotten Eggs
  10. For two days Jacques had followed the rotten trail. Hacking through brush, dodging Lotii and Carno patrols alike, he had pushed on in search of the thing that made this island so valuable. Finally, he came upon a hot spring, smelling of rotten eggs, crackling and burbling a noisy yellow. The plants nearest the spring were dead or dying, and noxious fumes rose above it, but coated on the rocks was trace amounts of what it brought up from deep below. Sulphur! A rare element back home, but vital for the production of gunpowder. And the island was supposed to hold large amounts. Here was the confirmation he needed! Jacques slipped away to report back to the fort....
  11. WIP Tyree'de war canoe for the challenge. I tried to take the hull shape and war paint of Pacific Northwest Indian War canoes, cut the bow down to clear a swivel gun, then added a sail and an outrigger (other side) to blend in a little Polynesian influence and make it more believable as an ocean-going craft. Suggestions?
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    [OL-FB] Allemann Ceramics, Astrapi

    Thanks everyone! @Maxim II'll keep that in mind for the next one! I agree it would look better. @KeymonusThank you! Ceramic grenades are a little old fashioned for this era, but they do appear in the historical record as late as the early 1600s. And they're a lot easier than iron ones to make! @KhorneThe sign is from a set but I don't know which one. One of the modular City buildings I think, I got it off Bricklink.
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    What fabric?

    Thanks guys! It looks like polycotton broadcloth will be close, judging by the capes4minifigs site. Acrylic coated stuff only seems to be available in patterns.
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    What fabric?

    Hi, I was hoping someone knew what fabric would be closest to the stiff cape fabric Lego uses. I haven't done any custom cloth before but I want to make about 60 bayonet frogs for my Bluecoats. Thanks!
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    [OL-FB] Allemann Ceramics, Astrapi

    Thanks everyone! @Bodi More or less, at this point in time all grenades used ceramic, glass or cast-iron casings and were divided mainly into explosive or incendiary depending on what the filler was. The distinction between the different explosive grenades (fragmentation/defensive and concussion/offensive) didn't really come about until the early 1900s.