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    Welcome to the 7th Issue of the "Behind the Scenes" Blog!

    First and foremost, before getting into the spoilers, here are some updates regarding how the BTS-blog will evolve in the next weeks and months to come:

    After tallying up the likes in the last issue, there was an overwhelming majority in favour of a more serious style with collapsible formatting. This means that we will continue in with this more serious style, but still try to also carter to those who preferred the old more relaxed style. Basically everything rules-, spoiler-, or management-related will be written in a more serious tone, while the intro, transitions between topics and ending should be more informal. It is an iffy balance we know, but a trial and error never hurt anyone (...said the surgeon).

    Furthermore, after the flood of comments in the blog, we quickly realised that the Blog comments section does meet our needs for a good discussion, nor does it represent the various levels of interest in certain subtopics. Besides, it is a real pain to write longer explanations without the normal forum tools (and @Kathal gets grumpy after 200+ notifications - nah man :gcool: ).

    That's why we've decided to open a thread in the General Discussion sub-forum which is dedicated to each issue released.

    The link to this issue's thread can be found here: BTS Blog - Issue 7 Discussion Thread


    Last but not least, we're trying to implement a "fancy" table of contents in each BTS blog, to give you a quick overview:
    • Army Uniqueness, Identity and imperfection in the current game
    • A Peek at the 2.0 rules changes - Part 3
    • DL Spoilers - Unit design
    (if I find now a way to hyperlink the corresponding topics in the blog, it would be "truly" fancy) [Read More]
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    The dwarven civilian Marksmen regiments are justly famed for the barrage of deadly fire they can unleash at good distances, dwarven guns being both more accurate (on account of something dwarves call "rifling" though they would not share the knowledge of what it actually is with me) and very reliable, seldom jamming or misfiring as well as capable of the impressive rate of fire.

    The Marksmen rely on their heavy scalemail and stoud shields to weather both enemy counter-fire and any light skirmishers that would harass them. Indeed one would almost think that so equipped, the dwarven Markman could be the perfect ranged combatant. But there is a major issue with them... and that is with the dwarf itself.

    For while dwarves are natural close combatant with large amounts of thickly corded muscle, low center of gravity, heavy skull, long arms and a natural armour of fat, they are not so blessed in the fields of ranged combat.

    Indeed being finely evolved for the lightless environments of the underground, possessing poor eyesight at range and being easily blinded by the fierce glare of the sun on their deeply set eyes.
    Indeed it is only the superlative quality of their equipment and the length of their training that allows the dwarven Marksmen to even equal the performance of our own musket regiments, though the dwarves are of course far harder to remove from the battlefield.



    The mighty titan that is the dwarven smithing industry spits out a prodigious variety of guns for their Markmen to use. Markmen that use guns as opposed to those that use crossbows seldom craft their own weapons, usually commissioning them from a master gunsmith.
    Some Markmen, keenly aware of their bad eyesight choose to instead compensate with the high rate of fire offered by heavy dwarven revolvers, which while lacking in range are capable of spitting out a impressive stream of lead at close range


    Others want the best of both worlds, buying long-barreled masterwork revolvers from the very best, fitted with sighting deviced to compensate for their own inadequacies.


    Yet others opt for the traditional and well-known dwarven handgun, often for sale in Imperial cities of note. Fat-barreled and with great stopping power, it does little for the dwarves already poor accuracy-. But the noise itself can sometimes be enough to route foes of lesser quality


    But the real reason we have reason to fear the Markmen lies in those wealthier individual who opt for the very expensive long jezzails fitted with sighting devices. These excellent guns allow even the shortsighted dwarves to shoot the feathers of a sparrow in flight, wthout hitting the bird itself!


    As each gun is custom made for its wielder, they come in a bewildering variety of styles


    Including some arcane multi-barreled ones which I find quite baffling but the dwarf who wielded it ensured me that it was quite a fine gun indeed.


    In contrast to the professional regiments, the civilian regiments often take a more laid-back approach to their banners, often having them made by non-martial partners of their members. As a result their design is often far less impressive and instead of showing of figures of mythology or the sacred role of the regiment, they often glorify the members of the regiment, oftentimes with individual likenesses [Read More]