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From:     Paul Westermeyer <westermeyer.3@???.edu>
Date:     Thu, 14 Dec 1995 12:34:17 -0500
Subject:  Re: Exploding Cannonballs
>    This had me rushing to my SJ collection.  I had always presumed that
>bombard shot was simply a high speed solid projectile.  And, search as I
>may, I could find no evidence to the contrary.
>    Does anyone know if any of the SJ books indicate that bombard shot
>explodes?  Has anyone changed it so they do?

How about a cold touch of realism?  My advisor (I'm a grad student in
military history) is just about the world expert on bronze cast cannon,
early iorn cannon,  and blackpowder.  I have subsequently been exposed to a
_huge_ amount of information on cannon casting,  aiming, and charging
techniques.  The movie _Cutthroat Island_ is basically wrong,  they've
added the exploding cannon for dramatic effect.
        Exploding cannonballs were possible,  and even occasionally used,
but extremely dangereous and unreliable.  Essentially a hollow cast iron
ball was filled with powder and had a fuse placed in it.  The ball was
placed in a mortar (this would not work in a standard 24pdr,  a very short
length and wide barrel diameter was needed) and fired.  The explosion that
sent the ball flying also lit the fuse, which lit the balls internal powder
and caused the explosion. This was mostly of use against fortifications
("The bombs bursting in air"  Francis Scot Keys,  Star Spangeled Banner).
        I would allow them for bombards,  with a double misfire chance,
double scatter percentage (or -5 to hit), halved range,  and double damage
against wood or creatures (normal damage against stone,  metal,  ect.)
Anyway, theres my to 2 cents worth.
Good Gaming!!!

"We look on the same stars,  the sky is common,  the same world surrounds
us.  What difference does it make by what pains each seeks the truth?  We
can not attain to so great a secret by one road..."
Symmachus,  "Memorial on the Occasion of the Removal of the Altar of
Victory from the Senate House" (392 AD)

westermeyer.3@???.edu
Paul William Westermeyer




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SubjectFromDate (UTC)
Exploding Cannonballs    Leroy Van Camp III    14 Dec 1995 03:35:29
Re: Exploding Cannonballs    Thomas O. Magann Jr.    14 Dec 1995 03:45:04
Re: Exploding Cannonballs    Ken Lipka    14 Dec 1995 12:47:47
Re: Exploding Cannonballs    Leroy Van Camp III    14 Dec 1995 13:16:26
Re: Exploding Cannonballs    Paul Westermeyer    14 Dec 1995 17:34:17
Re: Exploding Cannonballs    Eugene Shumu1insky    14 Dec 1995 19:24:45
Re: Exploding Cannonballs    Thomas O. Magann Jr.    14 Dec 1995 21:58:42
Re: Exploding Cannonballs    Leroy Van Camp III    14 Dec 1995 23:33:47

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