Tuesday, 4 November 2008

15 mm Mongol Artillery – Scratch Building Ideas

I’ve still to finish painting the artillery pieces I bought earlier this year but I was wondering about doing a human powered trebuchet and was looking for inspiration when I found Jeff Franz’s LittleHordes blog which contained this:

The photograph is so clear that it’s relatively easy to see how Jeff built the piece.  Jeff also provided some useful notes on the construction:
“I built this … piece … because .. all the ones I found were too large for the stand. I constructed it from square stock bass wood, wire, string, and paper. The sling arm is made from wire wrapped in string. The basket is made from a cut out piece of paper "under laid" with string and "glue wrapped" over a large rock.”
What’s amazing is that Jeff reported that, before the launching ropes were glued down, the model fired.  Well done Jeff a nice piece.


  1. it IS a lovely piece (I am assuming it is 15mm which makes it even more impressive) but I think it would look much better with a larger base and crew in a vignette...

    I guess he has gone for separate crew for reasons of casualty removal.

  2. It is 15 mm and I agree crew would improve the look. There's just not enough room. The base is only 40 x 40 mm.

  3. Great blog, spotted spanish wargaming mag, strategies & tactics in smiths has a Mongol section this month. Realy like your 15mm painting style. Added Mongols to my armies to do list.



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