|An indoor shot taken with poor light and no flash.|
|Outdoors with natural lighting - a much better photo.|
|The carrying frame is made from Beehive Matches - only the best for my mules!|
|The poor mule looks quite overloaded!|
The resulting conversion is very simple, and in is something quite different from the normal supply elements on the table. Two different types of barrel were used to add to the mismashed look of the element. A rough calculation of the barrels containing around 158ltrs each, and having the weigh of the liquid at around 160kg (320 for both) and then adding in the weigh of the empty barrels, plus the weight of the carrying frame, puts the load in excess of the upper end of what a mule can carry - meaning that carrying this load long distances is going to be very bad for the health of the mule - if indeed the poor bugger can even move with the load! A more normal weight for a cargo load would be around 70kg. (according to the good folk at GDW, who give that figure in Twilight 2000 Version 2.2 p.88, and other less game related sources on the internet.) The maximum load for a pack mule in the US Army during the Plains Wars was 275 pounds or 125kg. Odds are then, that the barrels are only around a quarter to a third full each, putting the load at a more practical level.
|The other two mules are built straight out of the box.|
|All three stands await an undercoat of black spray paint.|
|Undercoated and overloaded.|
|A distance shot.|
|And the close up.|
EDIT: Drum volume changed from 200 liters to 158 liters, as I was using figures for the US 42 Gallon Drum. This makes the weight figures given make sense....