Archive for the ‘Project Agrippa’ Category



April 1, 2010

Its a word I often see when people are describing ancient weaponry. Once upon a time many years ago when the earths crust was cooling and HTMQ gave me money to wear green and stand in a straight line I was a weapons instructor amongst other things. (My father who was navy complained bitterly that the army had J/NCOs asinstructors while the navy didn’t have any instructor with less than 10/12 years experience and I pointed out that army was nortiously better at hitting the target, drill, discipline, organisation and not hurting ourselves than the navy and we had a different conversation) I’ve been trained on everythign from 9mm pistols to 105 howitzers and I’ve passed on a lot of that training to others via the manuals that came with these weapons.

Im nearing completion of the deisign for one machine – Agrippa – at 20 pages of engineering details, 10 pages of wood working specs and five pages of ammunition details. These are just the technical drawings, not the instructions. for assembly. The actual “instructions” which will include an operational manual, maintainence and repair instructions and training plans will come out about another 40 pages by my evaluation. That puts Agrippa on a par with any modern weapons system I’ve ahd to work with.

We may need to revise what “primitive” means.


Just out of interest…

March 22, 2010

Anyone feel the urge to send me like about half a dozen cedars for milling? It can’t be more than 10,000 miles across the Pacific.

No reason. Just have this bit of a catapult thing to build here and the local wood sucks, or is “too pretty” to actually use for anythign except postcards.


Well thats worth knowing.

March 18, 2010

The engineering specs for a 4 mina ballista cover 19 pages. Thats just the parts, not the entire plan by the way. The actual plan is only one A2 sized sheet.

Of course exactly how everything goes together and how it operates exists only in my head so thurppppppt. To be honest I don’t think there’s enough money to get me to part with the plans for Agrippa. It’s the result of 5 yerars work (so far). What would you pay a specialist for 5 years work?

Tell you what I’m in such a good mood I’ll show you the cover.

Go nuts.

Just while we’re chatting I notice a search for “Roman trebuchet plans”. I’m sorry but there’s no such thing. The trebuchet is a medieval counterweight weapon. The Romans were all torsion, all channels. Of course now I’ll be getting mutliple hits from people looking for Roman treb plans and the associated abuse, but thats life.

For those of you seeking plans who do get bitter that people like me don’t give up their plans I’d sugest you give some thought to the fact that we’re dealing here are actually fully functional weapons systems that dominated the battlefield for a longer time than gunpowder has existed. they kill, thats their job, they were designed to do one thing and do it well. Make dead people. I already give away a number of small scale plans and I frequently help people with projects but I can no more make public things like Agrippas plans than I could go about telling people how to put together explosives.

There are enough Darwin awards already and I’ll not have my name on of them thanks.