Help fund a major research project!

January 23, 2013

And score yourself a catapult kit-set in the process.


Long Tan

August 18, 2012

The Battle of Long Tan (18 August 1966) was fought in a rubber plantation near the village of Long Tan, 27 kilometres north east of Vung Tau, in Phuoc Tuy Province, between D Coy 6 Royal Australian Regiment with support from Australian, New Zealand and US artillery and Viet Cong 275th Regiment with D445 Provincial Mobile Battalion NVA.

108-man D Company was in contact with a force of over 2,000 enemy for over three hours . Much of the fighting took place in a heavy downpour with the company position increasingly in danger of being overrun with the enemy frequently being halted in the assault by fire support. They held out untill armoured support of 3 Troop, 1st APC Squadron carrying B Coy 6RAR arrived from the firebase at Nui Dat

They suffured 18 killed and 28 wounded. It is estimated that they killed or wounded around 600 of their enemy.
The full documentry is avaliable on youtube.

This post is in acknowldgement of their professionalism and sacrifice. It is not an inviation for debate.


The refitting of a ballista

August 11, 2012

Scipio is back in the fold for a refit. I’m about to go hunting sponsors and I need something shiny.

Scipio is currently rigged for stone throwing meaning the tray is set lower than usual so I’ll be making a new one to carrrying sharps.

Today was stripping off the fittings and getting the wood for a new stand and the tray. If I can dig out on of the spare triggers I’ll make a second stone tray as well. Also on the card is a spanner since Scipio has never been tensioned to full potential. Lets see if we can do better than the previous 160 metres.

 


Project Update: Nearly halfway there!

July 19, 2012

Project Agrippas  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!


Friday Afternoon Lashout

June 3, 2011

For everyone in the library… on facebook!


…harming children is not part of Hamas’ policy

April 20, 2011

…nor is it the policy of the resistance factions.

Palestinian National Movement Hamas official Ezzat Al-Rashak said that the movement is not responsible for the murder of the five family members from the Itamar settlement.

LAST WEEKEND in Itamar, an Israeli settlement in the Samarian hills, terrorists infiltrated the home of Udi and Ruth Fogel and perpetrated a massacre of the innocents.

As news of the massacre in Itamar spread, candy and pastries were handed out in Gaza in celebration.

The Al-Qassam Brigades, a branch of Hamas, argued that the murder of Israeli settlers was permitted by international law.

A day later it changed its tune, insisted that “harming children is not part of Hamas’s policy,” and suggested instead that the massacre might have been committed by Jews.

He also confirmed that the possibility that the incident was carried out by settlers for criminal motives should not be ruled out.

Riyad al-Malki, also voiced doubt that the killers could have been Palestinian. “The slaughter of people like this by Palestinians,’’ he claimed, “is unprecedented.’’

It brings to mind the murder of Tali Hatuel and her four daughters, who were shot at point-blank range as they drove from Gaza to Ashkelon in 2004.

(Tali Hatuel, 34, and her daughters – Hila, 11, Hadar, 9, Roni, 7, and Merav, 2 are pictured here.)

Palestinians celebrate the murder of Jewish children with sweets and fireworks. they target children as being easier to kill, they arguee that it is legal and teach their own children hate to raise them to be future child killers. They believe the liberal west is so sympathetic to them that their monstrous crimes will be excused, ignored and even approved. I fear they are correct because the western media is full of the evil of the Jews. They say “Israel” and “zionist” but they mean “Jews”. We are told about the genocide of the poor innocent Palestinians who were there first. For the historically challenged apprently.

Lets see those evil Jews in action…

This is Cpl Haim Levin who has just saved the life of this Palestinian bay and her mother.  She did this in the settlement where the Fogel family had been mascared and within sight of the village where the attack was being celebrated.

“It was touching, but I couldn’t help but think that a few meters from there, people were sitting Shiva for another baby, who was murdered,” she said. “I was touched to see the face of the new baby, but I also thought about the face of the murdered baby.”

Remember, harming children is not part of Hamas’ policy. Now go and look at the photos again and do your own thinking before you get what you “know” from the MSM.

This post has been updated and bumped to the top of the postings in response to address the claims of one of the commenters. I refer the sensitive to the header of this site if they are under the impression that they have any rights here.

When the Fogel family were brutally murdered in their home the near by village of Awarta celebrated by handing out lollies to children and with a fireworks display. Initially Hamas claimed the killing was legal then changed their story claiming it was nothing to do with them and accused firstly the Israelis of the murders then the PA blamed a Thai migrant worker.

Hakim Maazan Niad Awad, an 18-year-old high school student, and Amjad Mahmud Fauzi Awad, 19, both from the West Bank village of Awarta have been arrested and confessed to the murders. They were assisted after the event by their respective families who have links to Hammas and Palestinian terrorism.

We are of course all shocked by this unexpected development. They will not be executed for their hedious crimes, Israel does not have a death penalty, unlike Hamas which descibes cutting an infants throat as “lawful”.

So in conclusion: Fuck you you sniviling peice of shit terrorist supporting asshole nemo. Go tell your bullshit Jew hating Nazi inspired tales of a million dead Pealstinian babies to people without functioning braincell you result of siblings breeding. Just shove this little gem of information up your hippie ass and pray to you socialist god that you never get in front of me because shit like you don’t deserve to breath the air of decent human beings.

Questions, comments, observations?


Harcourt Park photos

March 2, 2011

Thanks to Peter MacDonald for the following images.

We put nearly 200 kids through the have a go range and did a live shoot on the main range each day. Its actually really hard to fire a catapult that throws 1kg stones in an area that small so they were powered right down. I fired them from largest to smallest and pointed out the relative power Chucky – which threw a tennis ball with a lot of hang time and distance – to Vespasian and let people work out for themselves what woudl happen if I cranked up Vespasian.

The crowd was estimated at 8,000 – 10,000 and many people said they had a lot of trouble getting to the park on Sunday because of the traffic. Many families stayed then entire day because there was always somethign happening on the main area from archery to world class jousting. None of the kids got bored and it was a great day out for all.