Posted by Ken on August 13, 1998 at 08:21:28:
In response to Doors, written by Captain Everett on August 13, 1998 at 07:32:58
] ] The scene I had in mind was the hero holding closed a door with a bunch of militia on the other side trying to get through. It seems, from what you've said, that he'd be shot to pieces. [snip] Linden
] If you wanted the militia to fire their muskets at the door your hero would certainly be well perforated. It would seem they would be very desperate to get him if they did so. I don't think they'd be doing that unless it didn't matter whether or not they took him alive. It would be more likely that they'd try to break the door down, maybe using the butts of their muskets.
Well, a 2X4 these inflated days is only a 1.75 X 3.75, or thereabouts (-: And pine is awfully soft. So you could make your door 3 honest inches of hard oak. Heck, make it 4--it'd take a young cannon to shoot through that, I bet (-:
What I question, though, is how the hero expects to hold the door closed against a bunch of desperate characters on the other side. If it locks, it won't need his assistance, and if it doesn't, he isn't likely to keep it shut for more than a few seconds against a determined shove from the other side. How about a scene where he shoves the first one or two back out of the way, shuts the door, drops a bar down or wedges a chair, then beats his own retreat? If you need him to be captured instead, you can make the momentary delay enough for other soldiers to head him off as he attempts to escape. Then you don't have to worry about shooting through any doors.
- Gentlemen, you are wonderful. Thanks muchly (nfm) Linden 19:27:07 8/13/98 (0)
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