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Time to shake the earth one more time.
Amidst the artistic choice of framing here you can perhaps get a look at how some of the Dwarven troop deployment tactics are done.

A series of vertically-powerful but horizontally-vulnerable supports hold up the ground above at structurally critical points, and are inserted during initial excavation. A small explosive (comparatively, at least) is set off that breaks a handful of those supports, increasing the load on those next to them, which inevitably collapse in a domino or ripple effect to result in a large section of land caving in, not unlike the collapse of a cave roof.

Now, in the first example with the arrival crater, this was a large circular area, but here it’s being used to produce trenches, both that the resistance forces can use for cover and to take a severe beating to the horse-drawn carts that are bringing in those initial troop reinforcements.

I’d be surprised if there were a single part of this storyline I hadn’t though intensely about.

Posted by: Lying

4 Comments »

  1. My question is, where did the dwarf who set off the explosive run to? Suicide mission, or did they build a shelter that wouldn’t collapse with the rest off to the side?

    Comment by Sorator — July 14, 2011 @ 12:28 am

  2. They send us in front with a fuse an’ a mine,
    To blow up the gates that are rushed by the line,
    But bent by Her Majesty’s Royal Engineers,
    With the rank and pay of a Sapper!

    They send us behind with a pick an’ a spade,
    To dig for the guns of a bullock-brigade,
    Which has asked for Her Majesty’s Royal Engineer,
    With the rank and pay of a Sapper!

    Comment by Dusty668 — July 15, 2011 @ 10:52 am

  3. Aww, no actual mole people.

    Comment by Gark — August 17, 2011 @ 3:33 am

  4. Dwarves are resistant to explosions

    Comment by Dr_Smart — June 13, 2015 @ 4:02 am

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