Armor is effective against bows. It was effective for the Hoplites at
Marathon and Plataea, for legoniars in inumerable campaigns, and though
the rise of the longbow and better crossbows led to the shift from chain
to plate mail, that was effective. A 75 caliber ball penetrates armor and
destroys the internal structure of the human body. That explains the rise
in amputation during the are of black powder.

Kenneth Gauck

On Thu, 8 Jan 1998, John Campbell wrote:

> So why don't other missile weapons do damage like that? Ever consider the
> cross sectional force of a metal tipped arrow? I know deer that have.
> You do this for guns you gotta do it for all missals
> John
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> on Jan 8, Kenneth Gauck wrote:
> Secondly, fire arms score four kinds of hits- miss, light wound
> (maybe d12 damage), severe wounds (maybe 9d4), and kills (save vs death
> magic to suffer merely 50 hps damage). You will note that nobles stopped
> fighting in the c16, and started commanding the Bob bartenders of the
> army. A lifetime of combat training is meaningless in the face of a 75
> calibre ball of lead with your name on it.