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September 12, 2012

This is a small tennis ball throwing ballista intended to replace the orgional design that uses 4X2 as its main material.

Its made to break right down and fit into the back of the car so that I can get the etire Have-A-Go Range into the car.


Here you go, some stalker fodder.

September 7, 2012

Part 1 of a two part interview in Middle Ages Today.

We’re nearly there.

August 25, 2012

Project Agrippa has now raised $970 of the $1,000 target. There’s a bit more than a month left to go and if I can find the remaining $30 I get an additional 5% from the total pool.

Road trip!

August 22, 2012

This is the answer to the question:

Assuming the question is : Why did you leave the regular force? Because for the armoured corps the choice was here or Tekapo.  We had a saying Waiouru, If you can see the mountain its going to rain. If you can’t see the mountain its already raining. Yeah thats some real army beer-n-boredom induced poetry going on there.

But moving along. See that line in the sky, thats the edge of the clouds, also the training area. I kid you not. Wait I’ll show you.

And there we go. To the right, National Park, To the Left Army Training Group Waiberia.

Quick eruption check: Zero on the explody-o-metre. Kind of boring realy.

And this is where I ended up. Actually I’m not saying where yet, but it is now the home of the 22AD Catapult Collection and associated activities.

Anyway the scenery is nice don’t you think?

Ballista refurbishment The Completion

August 20, 2012

All done and dusted for the machine today. All new bits oiled and doing what they should while standing out like dogs balls compared to the older portions. About to be packed up and put in the back of the car for a road trip to somewhere shooty tomorrow. Asuming I get the sting made tonight.

Pictures will be up soon. In the menatime feel free to drop by Project Agrippa and see our fund raising efforts making some progress. A $20 donation will get you an Augusta/Agrippa repilca.

UPDATE: Pictures.

Day five of the ballista refurbish.

August 19, 2012

Today was slide and trigger day. The pawl pin is doubling as the anchor for the winch line.

You can see how the set up works in this pictute.

Once I have the slide installed and the trigger base mounted I moved on the runners for the arrows. You can se the profile of the runner here.

In this side view you can see the slide in place and how the ratchet pawls work. This lateral ratchet style was first used in 399BC for the grastraphetes and was common on Greek machines. The Romans prefered a round ratchet mounted on the winch drum.

Tomorrow the trigger will be mounted and all the new parts oiled and I’ll make the new string. At some later date I’ll make an alternate slide for throwing shot.

Ballista refurbishment Day Four

August 18, 2012

Did the dowling for the stand today. This is with the dowels in and wedged drying.

This is after sanding. Makes for a clean finsih that doesn’t result in black lines from metal fixtures.

Also put together the rear stand AKA the Y Stand.

This is what it looks like when you put them together. It seems that almost everyone who builds a ballista is convinced that they rested on a single rear brace that rested in a graduated rack on the back brace of the front stand. The problem is that this does not actually function. The aledged adjustment in angle is minimal and the configuration is unstable making the ballista usless in the fire support role.

To overcome these issues we went for this which we call the T/Y system. The front stand, the T stand carries the ballista and the Y stand has spikes set into the bottoms of the braces and you adjust the angle of the ballista by moving them forward of back. It makes the ballista very stable and reduces the grouping substantially. Usually at two events the ballista will be set up the evening before and will not require adjustment during the entire event. Given that we operate in some very confined places its essential that we don’t go waving things about randomly.

As you can see I’ve also started rigging. A lot and tedious activity.