Acaila wrote:Have you seen pics of real French barricades? There are very early photographs of 1848 barricades and......well, I would take the stage version any day!
The stage version is certainly more vivid. The photos I saw (hopefully 1848 but maybe 1870) in a quick search show a lot of paving stones, and wagons too. I did not see pictures of the back sides of the barricades in this very quick search ("image barricades photos 1848") but I don't know how reliable those terms are because it turned up a lot of etchings as well. Just thinking about cannons, though, I don't think the stage version would hold out for two minutes and even though there are no cannons in the stage show, if I remember right, it bothers me. Looks more like an abatis than a barricade, something to slow them down while you fall back and...? In the book I can't remember if they have two or three barricades (the main one and at least one smaller in the Rue Mondetour but the third way out is open? Need to re-read).
Just my opinion, no intent to argue especially against an expert.
If I get the picture right, in the book there was an opening at one end (why?) and the grapeshot bounced in against the building wall and wounded a bunch of people. Hence the mattress.
Don't mess with Texas! We mess up enough by ourselves.
I have actually made bullets like they're doing in my avatar. Then loaded the gun with a ramrod, and shot it. But I'm not feeling real good about guns right now.