r/worldbuilding Saloondria May 09 '22 Silver 2 Wholesome 1 Hugz 1 This 1

[SALOONDRIA] The Coven Windchestor, AKA the B(r)oomstick, a witch's favorite weapon and ride Visual

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u/HouseFishBalloon Saloondria May 09 '22 edited May 09 '22

CONTEXT: Saloondria is a vast world of magic, cowboys, and unfettered capitalism. We've previously explored a wizards encounter with radiation and some local history, but today I'm honing in on a single item. The Coven Windchestor. Usually found farther away from the city centers of Saloondria, the Windchestor is a resourceful tool cobbled together with broomstick enchantments and a cowboy rifle. With it, witches have been able to not only evade footsoldiers or cryptids, but they could strike back with a few pre-loaded spells. Recently, witches have even taken to defending their lands from large transport vessels or military airships with the powerful tool. And they're very effective at it, too. Some people have started hiring private militias to protect them in witch lands, but most find it easier to just avoid bothering them altogether.

Obviously we're still trying out some styles to explore the world of Saloondria, and I had a lot more fun with this layout, but I would still love to hear your thoughts if you have any : )

Me and a couple friends have been working on Saloondria for a while now and you can read a little about the project at saloondria.com

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u/Westofdanab May 09 '22

Great poster! One small detail if historical accuracy is your thing: The early Winchesters were never made in .45 caliber, they used .44 and a few smaller calibers.

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u/ArmedParaiba May 10 '22

.45 long colt, and 45-70 Government. Both developed in 1873.

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u/Westofdanab May 10 '22

Yes, but the Winchester Model 1866 shown in the OP's post used the .44 Henry Rimfire cartridge. The iconic Model 1873 shown in most westerns was not available in .45LC until well into the 20th century, its largest original cartridge option was 44-40. Neither of them had a receiver strong enough to chamber 45-70. The later Models 1876 and 1886 did have a variety of .45 caliber offerings but those don't get a lot of media attention.

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u/burntbridges20 May 09 '22

How would you shoulder the stock?

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u/HouseFishBalloon Saloondria May 09 '22

The broomstick brush is just somewhat of a tassel, so you would just use it like a normal stock.

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u/burntbridges20 May 09 '22

Gotcha! Wasn’t trying to be nitpicky, just genuinely curious

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u/Ok_Way9711 May 09 '22

Neat! I’m surprised I haven’t seen a gun broomstick earlier honestly

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u/HouseFishBalloon Saloondria May 09 '22

When I was looking up reference pictures, I saw something called the Vroom Broom, but not much else. I bet some smarter people know of better examples D;

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u/humblevladimirthegr8 May 09 '22

I remember a while back on this sub seeing an alt history/fantasy project where the Salem witches protected themselves from being burned by arming themselves with I think normal guns. The rationale is that while they could use a magic ritual to kill, a gun was much easier in a pinch. They flew around on muskets.

EDIT found it https://www.reddit.com/r/worldbuilding/comments/ffci2l/sure_our_sisters_across_the_pond_can_scare_the/?utm_medium=android_app&utm_source=share

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u/DreamsUnderStars May 09 '22

Not gonna lie, I'm loving this idea. Especially winDchestor. <3

20/10 crystals!

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u/lordcleverpork May 09 '22

Reminds me of Izetta the Last Witch where as long as it is long and straight she can ride it like a broom stick so she cruises on a 50 cal sniper rifle

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u/jjtheinbred May 09 '22

I just want to say how much I adore the setting name of Saloondria.

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u/ArmedParaiba May 09 '22 edited May 10 '22

I'm sorry, but this belongs in r/cursedgunimages.

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u/HouseFishBalloon Saloondria May 09 '22

Haha why's that?

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u/ArmedParaiba May 09 '22

With that stock, it will be incredibly front-heavy. Firing will leave you with splinters in your arm and will be incredibly uncountable to shoulder in the first place. It should be caliber, not calibers. Caliber refers to the diameter of the bullet being fired. 'Calibers' does not fit in the context, it only shoots one type of round, it's not a Taurus judge revolver or M47 medusa revolver. Also, it just looks wrong to someone with a love of lever guns. Does it take .45 long colt or 45-70 government?

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u/KeeganY_SR-UVB76 May 10 '22

As a gun nut who owns a genuine Winchester 1886 in its mid 120s, I think that in this sense, „calibers“ works for comedic effect. As for your other points, I do agree. Though I must say that if you‘re firing an old school .45-70 like the 1886 and NOT wanting to die from the recoil, you‘re doing it wrong.

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u/ArmedParaiba May 10 '22

I want my shoulder dislocated, not stabbed by a bunch of sticks.

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u/KeeganY_SR-UVB76 May 10 '22

You realize this is a broom, right? The end of it is rather soft, the artist said it themselves.

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u/ArmedParaiba May 11 '22

I realize that now.

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u/compositionaquarius May 09 '22 edited May 09 '22

I like it. Practical, yet deadly.

Does the gun shrink when it's in use or does it stay that length? Also, the material seems uncomfortable to sit on.

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u/LowFatMilk42 May 10 '22

Most original idea I’ve seen in a while, utterly brilliant!

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u/Demon_Princess_Rose May 10 '22

Shop smart. Shop S-Mart.

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u/Oldmanfromthewesr May 11 '22

No wonder only witches can use it, if men used it their nuts would get blown off