Posted by Ken on July 08, 1998 at 08:08:22:
In response to Chainshot, barshot, and topsails, written by Caroline on July 07, 1998 at 23:06:44
] You are right.Why does no-one get chainshot wrapped around his leg? What kind of trajectory does barshot have, anyway? ;-)
] And as for the sails...have you read that bit in "The Making of Emma" about filming the storm scene in a field in Oxfordshire?
Well, the chain shot would probably take the leg off (-: And bar shot just whizzes around in circles--in a generally forward direction, you understand, but not very accurately (-: Of course, it depends with either of these as to whether you are trying to use 2 cannon or no--in the early days of experimenting with linked shot, they found that it just whipped back around and killed the guncrew & any bystanders, if they tried to fire it from 2 guns (couldn't synchronize the explosions, clearly).
These would have been naval in nature anyways. I was thinking more of land combat, when shot would have been used at longer ranges--the Russian War & Peace actually tries hard to show this, with credible results, IMHO. And the TNT Gettysburg seems to show canister, which is rare in a film. But I've given up on naval--the filmakers so rarely get anything right, it's pointless to look for the flaws--cf. the execrable Moby Dick of a few months ago (execrable in terms of actual ships, that is).
Haven't read the Making of Emma. This is a choice bit, I take it (-:
Posting followups to old messages is disabled; instead go to the main index and post a new message which mentions this one.