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Base Floorplan by Dreamkeepers Base Floorplan by Dreamkeepers
...After the marathon of consistency errors we corrected in the earlier graphic novels, we've put a bit more effort into planning ahead for Volume 3.

One of the scenes takes place in this setting.

The zig-zag outer wall design is reflective of military emplacements from the days of seige warfare. When the enemy is crowding against the base of a wall using it for cover, the angled wall system allows the defenders to continue pouring fire on them. I also tried to put some thought into a base setup that accomplished the main goals of the installation, one of them being storage... For example (This doesn't come up in the book, but I just thought it was cool) The springer cartridge storage area is flanked by water storage, so in the event of an accidental cartridge discharge, there's a natural barricade minimizing damage to the surrounding areas.
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anzul Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Student General Artist
huh.. the cartridge storage thing is realy clever, is it done like that in real life?
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TheCowardAndFool Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
Don't quote me on this but i believe that on wooden ships the powder room was often below the water line to prevent it from getting hit.
yeah though I'd guess that most ammunition storages would be protected in some way
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anzul Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Student General Artist
that would make sense, then again, they would put prisioners under-water to cut scape windows... i wonder if any prisioner ever played "jack sparrow" and blew up the powder XD
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GoldenArbiter Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
Wait, why would need water to defend against springs? The primary purpose of water in storage is to reduce risk of fire should gunpowder based munitions get to hot, and therefore explode.

That detail just kind of confuses me...
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Halpthiuian Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The springs in question are powerful enough to send their projectiles through a normal interior wall. Thus the need for a buffer to avoid damage to equipment and personnel.
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GoldenArbiter Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
Eh, Good point. Didn't think about that...
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Watch-it1337 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
Reminds me of using water as a protective barrier against TNT explosions

Also, I love designing imaginary forts myself so this is really cool :D
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petrichild Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
There's an ancient military design that works similar to this, for bases on a relatively open surface. It looks like a pentagon with each side curving inward and a tower or similarly armored extension in the middle.

Some designs even into the modern era work along the same lines. Hooray for using effective strategy!
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Crowdingfever Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
I like how you have the series of triangle like structures in the front. It reminds me of some of the American Civil War forts that I saw in Florida, being used as a cross fire area to prevent the enemy from getting to close.
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