Testing a Cheiroballista...Goery Images!

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Testing a Cheiroballista...Goery Images!

Postby Nerva on Mon May 25, 2009 10:17 pm

Salvete Omnes!

We've often been asked about the destructive power of Roman artillery. Recently we did some tests against shields but we wanted to test against something akin to human flesh. So we bought a 2.5 kg ham joint and decided to experiment (don't worry, the ham has been cooked and will provide food for my cats for weeks to come).

Here's the first picture. We suspended the ham joint from our trusted tripod via string at 10m
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The first bolt was loosed at about 70% power and struck the underside of the joint
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And
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Here's the hole...
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We then went to about 80% power and tried again
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And
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And
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Here's the inlet hole...
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And
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And here's the outlet hole...
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We then cranked her up to full power, about 520lb's or so...It knocked the tripod over and went all the way through the length of the ham joint!!!
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And
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Here's the entry hole
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We then had another shot which tore the joint apart...
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And...
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And...
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And here's the penetration hole...
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And
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And here's a size comparison with a human hand...
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And here are a few shots of our last bolt...
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I think in summary, it's fair to say that being struck by such a bolt would be devastating. Sorry for the gorey images but that’s all part and parcel of experimental archaeology...
Last edited by Nerva on Wed May 27, 2009 11:17 am, edited 2 times in total.
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Re: Testing a Cheiroballista...Goery Images!

Postby panda on Mon May 25, 2009 11:09 pm

Is that a hobbit human hand or a real human hand. :P
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Re: Testing a Cheiroballista...Goery Images!

Postby Nerva on Mon May 25, 2009 11:24 pm

I don't think Shane is a hobbit :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Testing a Cheiroballista...Goery Images!

Postby panda on Mon May 25, 2009 11:25 pm

He could be....A hobbit on steroids. :P
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Re: Testing a Cheiroballista...Goery Images!

Postby Nerva on Mon May 25, 2009 11:43 pm

panda wrote:He could be....A hobbit on steroids. :P


You could be right :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Testing a Cheiroballista...Goery Images!

Postby panda on Mon May 25, 2009 11:44 pm

Nerva wrote:
panda wrote:He could be....A hobbit on steroids. :P


You could be right :lol: :lol: :lol:

8-)
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Re: Testing a Cheiroballista...Goery Images!

Postby pajo on Tue May 26, 2009 7:16 am

just... feck...... :shock:
A hard on does NOT count as personal growth...

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Postby tri on Tue May 26, 2009 7:20 am

Thanks for the great images!
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Re: Testing a Cheiroballista...Goery Images!

Postby brendan on Tue May 26, 2009 5:31 pm

that is pretty cool. So definitely a bad idea to get close to a cheiroballista
What was the usual operational range?
Were they for fortifications or field use?
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