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Author Topic: Refit and Repair 2. Magna Mongadizafra, 2nd Pregame Design Phase.  (Read 2010 times)

Madman198237

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Monteriggioni Vetreria 15-foot 'Spyglass' Rangefinder
With so much of our national budget directed to the navy, naturally our glassworking would be excellent. Truly, we have the best of all the important industries in the world. Our glassworking experts have come up with glass precisely machined enough to produce rangefinders of large size and high precision and ease of use. Our rangefinders are made to a higher spec than the present standard, with clearer fields of view and better magnification, as well as having a longer-than-average width, which means a longer usable range. The superior machines also mean fewer failures when producing rangefinders and therefore less wasted material. Finally, we've standardized our rangefinders, so that all ships carry the same, standard, fifteen-foot-wide high-grade rangefinder. This one, in fact. This very one. This rather expensive, but very impressive, rangefinder.

What? The marketing campaign was really good.

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Tre Montagne Acciaierie Armor Steel
Fundamentally, the best way to not die is to not get hit. However, sometimes you get hit anyway. In fact, a lot of the time you get hit anyway, because your enemy is doing their best to try and hit you. Dodging isn't always good enough, so surviving the hit is the next best thing. And the best way to survive the hit is to keep the projectile on the outside of the ship, through possessing sufficient armor. And the less mass of steel gets you to the "sufficient" mark, the better your ship can be at doing other ship things, like dodging incoming fire or carrying bigger guns to shoot the enemy with. To that end, we've invested heavily into the armor industry, which is important because very few people outside of a navy have reason to order hundred-ton ingots of steel and the hammers necessary to beat them into eighteen-inch-thick plates several meters long and a couple tall.

One particular steelworks, in the scenic mining town of Tre Montagne, has hit upon a combination of factors that work quite well for us. They produce armor steel of the Krupp type, using water-jet cooling and extremely long periods of heating and carbonizing and annealing and so on. To make the long story not nearly as long, they are pretty darned good at armor plate, and are capable of achieving an impressive depth of the hardened face of the armor plating, at least by 1890s standards. This gives added resistance to armor-piercing shells, particularly for thinner armor plates.

Reworked both proposals at least slightly and, well, here, they're new now and the armor one, at least, is substantially better. The rangefinder one is much less inspired but much better at explaining what it's trying to make.


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Monteriggioni Vetreria Improved Rangefinders (2) : Happerry, UristMcRiley
Improved Armor Steel (2) : Happerry, UristMcRiley
Monteriggioni Vetreria 15-foot 'Spyglass' Rangefinder: (1) Madman
Tre Montagne Acciaierie Armor Steel: (1) Madman

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We shall make the highest quality of quality quantities of soldiers with quantities of quality.

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Monteriggioni Vetreria Improved Rangefinders (2) : Happerry, UristMcRiley
Improved Armor Steel (2) : Happerry, UristMcRiley
Monteriggioni Vetreria 15-foot 'Spyglass' Rangefinder: (2) Madman, TricMagic
Tre Montagne Acciaierie Armor Steel: (2) Madman, TricMagic

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