Bandolier: Hanging from shoulder diagonally across the body to the waist, a bandolier holds 12 apostles. An apostle is a wooden tube containing a measured amount of black powder. The loader simply bites or tears off the end, and pours it into the barrel.
Does the Bandolier provide any in game benefit? Maybe reduces the reload actions by 1?
The bandolier was just an easy way of keeping things in reach. I wouldn’t say it has any in-game benefit to be honest as, to my mind, the reload action starts once you have everything to hand. If anything, not having a bandolier would increase the reload time as you have to ferret around your pockets or pack to find the apostle.
That said, if you want it to provide a benefit, feel free 😀
The word ‘apostle’ is a later invention (I think 19th century). AFAIK, the wooden tubes were originally called by other names, such as charges or cartouches. A bandolier with cartouches was an inconvenient method of carrying around musket charges, but it sped up (and made easier) reloading in comparison to the earlier method which was simply to estimate the needed amount of powder by eye when pouring it into the gun’s barrel from a powder flask.
Cartouches were inconvenient because they easily banged together and made noise. Also, they were likely to explode if hit by enemy bullets.
In the later 17th century were developed co-called paper cardridges that were carried around in various sorts of pouches and boxes, such as the Whydah box. These were easier to use, as you merely bit the cardridge open, poured the powder into the barrel and then pressed the bullet (also included in the cardridge) wrapped in the rest of the paper down the barrel as well – and then primed the weapon with priming powder from a separate flask.
Perhaps it should be added that the number of cartouches attached to the bandolier varied in different countries/contexts between 8-14 or so. I think the number 12 comes from Spain where the term ‘apostle’ also seems to originate.
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