The First Taranaki War.

July 30, 2012

For those that don’t know I’m writing a thesis entitled “The First Taranakl War: A Divergent History”. Which examines the hisotriography and popular perceptions of the First Taranaki war, in particular why one version has become so well established in popular culture while the other traditional version has been largely marginalised.

I’ll be taking a trip over to New Plymouth in a few weeks to walk the ground and if any there has anything they want to share on the subject I’d like to know about it.

Please note: First Taranaki War 1860-61. Must stay focused at this stage of ones masters thesis.

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New Zealander builds worlds largest working ballista.

July 22, 2012

Yes thats right I’m going to keep banging on about it.

We’re at $490 of the target $1,000 and I’m going to be repetative and boring till we get there. So click on the paper, check out the funding campaign and share it about. If you have $20 to spare it will get you a nice replica Augustus/Agrippa coin (see below). Last I checked people were charging more than that just for the coin.

Go on, you know you want to!


New promo image

July 21, 2012

This is the updated front image for the Project Agrippa fund raising effort. Feel fee to the share the think, we’re half way there after just a fw days but all the linking has dropped off the page now.


Project Update: Nearly halfway there!

July 19, 2012

Project AgrippasĀ  fund raising is now on Reddit, here and here.

By all means go say something supportive and help promote the links.

Also if you haven’t checked out the funding page please do. For those that do make a contribution you will get more than the warm glow of satisfaction that comes from helping a madman build a weapons system, there are perks!

For donations of $20 or more you’ll get a hand cast, painted and antiqued AugustusAgrippa coin that was struck to celebrate the victory at Actium of Mark Anthony. Frankly people pay more than that for the replicas alreay.

For a contribution of$50 or more there is the very popular table top Onager/Mangonal kit which has been updated with new tensioners and two throwing arms. One sling one spoon as shown. So now you can learn for yourself why the mangonal was a fiction of the medieval monks. (Hint: It doesn’t work.)

For the erous people who contribut $100 or more there is a Project Agrippa mug. It’s cool… wish I could have one but I’m not allowed. [Sigh]

And finally if you go nuts and contribute $200 or more then you’ll get all of the above! You can drink hot chocolate and toss your coin to see which of the cubicle collegues will be targeted by your onager!


Not dead, just sleeping.

July 19, 2012

Yes its a new post, I’ve been absent for over a year doing other stuff.

So to sumarise:
Completed by honours degree,
started my Masters thesis,
got married,
having a baby in October,
starting PhD in Febuary 2013. Such is the plan anyway.

Further to that item my thesis is related to the impact of torsion artillery on ancient warfare. There is a strong focus on practical testing and there will be large catapults built and operated in field condtions. The largest of these will be Agrippa, a 4 mina ballista. (Thats fancy Latin talk for it throws 3.25kg stones.)

Disturbingly a couple of New Zeland based businesses have offered the primary ingredients of metal and wood to build this machine, so now I’m just looking to raise the funds to be able to move things from where they to where they’re needed. Below is a link to the fund raising site for Project Agrippa. Please go there, be amazed (that they let me write stuff without getting it spell checked), throw $20 at it (for which you’ll get a replica Augustus/Agrippa coin) and tell everyone you ever met, hell walk up to complete strangers on the street and tell them! Because its the sharing that gets these things funded.

More updates later when I remember that not everyone is my friend of Facebook.