The initial attraction for me to this game was simply the word, "Gunmage". Awesome. I ended up a Merc, not Cygnar, mostly because while the art and fiction of the gunmages was rock on wicked, their models sadly sort of sucked. (New ones look hot though). But my infatuation there DID get me looking at PP depiction of their pistols, and that got me staring at the rest of their firearms.
Almost all PP firearms, regardless of artist, are depicted with the same lock mechanism. It's a sort of tear drop shaped shroud looking thing. From the images and function of the Cyclone and Sentinel we know that metallic cartridges are available, but the Magelock pistols, hand cannons, etc... all appear to be muzzle loaders. This also explains the very slow rate of fire all ranged weapons have. It would make sense that metallic cartridges are rare, and used for more important assets like the 'jacks, than infantry, but that still leaves me wondering what's going on with the firing mechanisms on the majority of IK guns.
They're not matchlocks, wheel locks or flintlocks: I only see any kind hammer at all on a few. The long gunners appear to have a giant lever action revolver (which is really, really cool), and I see paper cartridges on some models, but again, most look like muzzle loaders. The pervasive tear drop lock action thing makes me wonder if somewhere someone thought up what's supposedly going on inside these guns, or, if it was just decided to use them as a easy aesthetic shortcut, and no PP artist nor writer has any idea how guns in general, or those specifically in the IK, actually work. However, PP seems very detail oriented in how their IP is depicted, so I wouldn't be surprised if there's a fictional explanation for this tech.
Anyone know? Are there any blueprint type, technical cut away, (Forgeworld / Sourcebook-esque) materials for depictions of these type of things