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PostSubject: ye olde ammo depository   Mon 9 Jan 2012 - 9:27

Seeing Ghostbears wonderfull version of the Empire Chapel I started to think it would be cool to make an ammo depository from this chapel, including some of the conversions Ghostbear has made to de-religous-fy it (am I making up words again?)

As I was thinking it over I wondered what would happen to a building that stockpiled literally tons of blackpowder that stood in a city that was struck by a comet and burned for several days on end?

So I feared I had to model the ammo depository like this:
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or at least something like this:


What do you think: Could the ammo depositry survive the blast? Would it have been blown to pieces? or was it a possibility the town guard forsaw what would happen and could they have evacuated all the gunpowder?
I'm looking on this from a fluff perspective: what do you think would have been the most likely scenario(s)?
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PostSubject: Re: ye olde ammo depository   Tue 10 Jan 2012 - 1:20

I see no reason why a gunpowder store would be a smoking crater after the fall of Mordheim! Lots of area of the city were not destroyed by the comet - there are whole neighbourhoods that were not ruined (look at the map!). Very little of the ruined parts were burned as well, most of the damage (outside of The Pit) was from fragments of falling wyrdstone and rubble that smashed up buildings without burning them. Gunpowder doesn't explode on impact! Once the roof of the store is breached a lot of the powder (everything not in barrels) will get steadily wetter and less explosive as the weather gets in.

I vote for the powder-house project to go ahead - a converted chapel with lots of barrels and crates, and some cool signs / price boards.
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PostSubject: Re: ye olde ammo depository   Tue 10 Jan 2012 - 6:02

The crater would be an unlikely byproduct of black powder explosion. When the Gucci Fireworks Co, blew near where I used to hang my hat, it blew the roofs off most of the storage buildings...the walls & floors were burnt, but otherwise undamaged. What a Face

Using the Empire Chapel as a basis for a Armory sounds like a fine idea...anyone working around large amounts of black powder develops a profound belief in higher powers. clown
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PostSubject: Re: ye olde ammo depository   Tue 10 Jan 2012 - 14:57

I don't think it would be a problem, either. If the armory was not directly hit, I don't see why it couldn't have survived. First of all, it might not have burned, and even if, I suppose gunpowder might be stored in a somewhat safe place like a basement, and the guard will likely have tried hard to save the building.

Also, black powder was not very common back in the days anyways, so I suppose the building, while it might have contained some barrels, would not have been stacked to the roof with it Wink
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PostSubject: Re: ye olde ammo depository   Thu 12 Jan 2012 - 1:50

thanks guys! you convinced me to go on with the project
... now, who can I frame to give me one for my birthday? eeexcellent! ...
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PostSubject: Re: ye olde ammo depository   Thu 12 Jan 2012 - 3:06

Hi guys,

Going from my own experience as a former reenactor, It'd depend what sort of state the powder was in when the fire reached it, and how it was stored.

For example, if the impact had smashed the barrels and scattered it, it would burn quickly, but not explode - an explosion is essentially pressure building up in a confined space (Ie storage barrels or musket breech)

If the powder was scattered onto a fire, it'd effectivley sparkle - looks quite pretty if your using the amount in an American Civil War cartridge.

So anyway, before I ramble on too much, I'd say definately burn the place, take the roof off (After all, fireworks factory are VERY thick walls, light roofs as the saying goes Smile ) And maybe blow the windows & door out.

Good luck with it, and I look forward to seeing the results Smile
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