Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Bolt-Shooting Torsion Catapults











Here are some bolt-shooting torsion catapults and crew that I've just finished painting. The three above all Vendel/Sgt Major figures and are early examples of oxybeles as illustrated in Duncan Head's WRG book Armies of the Macedonian and Punic Wars 359 BC to 146 BC (p.187). The one below is a later Hellenistic scorpion (p.188) with three crew and is by Relic Miniatures but doesn't seem to be on their website anymore, which is a pity. I will use all four for a Command and Colors Ancients (CCA) scenario of the Battle of Jaxartes River 329 BC, where Alexander used the catapults to provide covering fire for his troops, as they crossed the river and taught the Saka a lesson.










6 comments:

  1. Great looking model, Mike, and very cool backdrop.

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    1. Thanks Jonathan, it should be a fun scenario. The back drop photo was taken in Cappadocia in Turkey.

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  2. Good looking ancient artillery!
    Best Iain

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    1. Thanks Iain, it will be interesting to see how they perform in the Jaxartes game.

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