mikeland wrote:Hmmm interesting, do you think the Germani Corporis Custodes survived past the Julio-Claudian era?
Greg Porter wrote:Ingramus MX - The Ingramus MX is the vision of what the Roman Empire would have constructed as a machine pistol, had they chanced upon mercury fulminate and black powder. A heavy, ornamented construction of brass and bronze, it fired a 15mm lead ball from thin-walled rimfire brass casing, non-reloadable to keep pesky savages from gathering and reusing them. The long recoil spring is contained in the handle/buttstock, and this provides a convenient leverage point if a soldier is forced to use the bayonet attachment. The standard field kit is one weapon, three clips and 100 rounds of ammunition, which with cleaning kit masses a total of 9.5kg. The effectiveness of the weapon is such that while many grumble privately about the extra load, few do so in combat.
Tacitus wrote:...after an unfortunate incident involving the savage Iceni tribe (revolving about taxes due to the Empire), the city of Camoludunum fell to a disorganized assault by several of the neighboring tribes. The Ninth Legion was called in to defend the town, but after an ambush by Iceni gunners, was repulsed with heavy casualties. The barbarian advance upon Londinium was unopposed, but their crude matchlock were rendered ineffective by heavy rains. Supposing ours to be the same and lacking the discipline to wait, they advanced in a mass on the city, only to be cut down by Paulinius' personal guard and the remnants of the Ninth, who fought valiantly to restore their lost honor. The queen of the Iceni was injured in the assault, and died shortly afterwards from taking poison. After this, the uprising was quickly quelled, although resentment among the tribes remained high enough that governor Paulinius was eventually recalled to Rome to prevent a repeat occurrence...
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