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In my usual flighty way I never stay on one project for long, so fantasy is on the back burner and I'm painting up a few historical figures that have been knocking around in my cupboards since forever.


The Lancaster gun was a very, very early attempt to make rifled artillery. It was like earlier smooth-bore muzzle loaded guns, but the bore was re-heated and given an oval cross-section as the barrel was manufactured. This made the cannon-ball spin a bit as it was launched and (hopefully) got it a bit closer to its intended target.


The design was soon superseded, but a couple were sent out to the British Army in the Crimea and were used in the Battle of Inkerman.



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