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Roman Onager

Posted by Konrad on 25 Sep 2019, 15:48

Something from me in a larger scale.

Hope you enjoy!


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Posted by MABO on 25 Sep 2019, 22:08

Where do you find those figz? Never heard of...
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Posted by Kekso on 26 Sep 2019, 03:01

Fantastic :shock:
How did they transport those things without wheels?
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Posted by Susofrick on 26 Sep 2019, 08:14

Kekso wrote:Fantastic :shock:
How did they transport those things without wheels?


Helicopter?

Great painting Konrad!
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Posted by Konrad on 26 Sep 2019, 15:25

Kekso wrote:How did they transport those things without wheels?


The onager was a Roman catapult and was primarily used as a siege weapon in order to destroy city walls and fortifications. It consisted of a large frame placed on the ground with a vertical frame on its front usually made of (timber) wood. It had a big arm in the middle that contained the projectile. The arm was pushed down against the force of the torsion ropes (made of sinew or horsehair) and further energy was stored by twisting the ropes with a winch. There was also a sling at the end of the arm (and not a cup like in the Middle Ages) which added power to the projectile. It was primarily used to launch huge stones up to 55 lbs in weight (25 kg in weight) often set alight with a combustible substance.
The onager was a large weapon weighing up to 4 tons and for this reason it had to be assembled on site. It caused great devastation by destroying enemy fortifications and setting cities alight. It could also be used to bombard enemy troops by using a large number of smaller stones (also set alight). The Romans started using the onager in the 3rd and 2nd century BC most notably against the Greek city of Syracuse, the Macedonians, the city of Sparta and also during the Roman siege of Carthage in 146 BC.
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Posted by Wiking on 26 Sep 2019, 17:39

Konrad wrote:
... it had to be assembled on site.

A kit !
A model kit !
In scale 1:1!
The first model kit ever !
Not from Hasegawa or Academy nor ESCI. From RIA (Roman Imperial Army).
No printed carboard box with a nice pic on top. Printing was started just a little bit later with Guttenberg in 1450. So no instruction or painting advice of model color, Citadel. Very simple.
Hard to get today even on evil bay, I think.

:eh:

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Posted by C M Dodson on 28 Sep 2019, 05:53

That is a real brute.

The painting of the troops is fantastic.

The camera always shows the imperfections without mercy.

These are wonderful.

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Posted by Beano Boy on 28 Sep 2019, 09:06

Prefabricated and most likely put together on site, :mrgreen: with instructions on the box Gunnar.

Superb Painting Style! Konrad
Well done it all looks rather super-cool.

i actually have some of that shot piled up in my garden , homemade by filling up plastic footballs with concrete. :coffee: My own mix of course. BB
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Posted by Santi Pérez on 28 Sep 2019, 22:35

Fantastic work, Konrad, great paintjob. :love:

Congratulations. :thumbup:

Santi.
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Posted by Peter on 12 Jan 2020, 14:22

Wonderfull painted figures and onager! :thumbup:
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