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A&A

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A&A

Postby duke1066 » Tue Jan 17, 2017 2:46 am

I saw this installment is scheduled for release in November of 2016. Can't wait!!!!!!
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Re: A&A

Postby GrahamC » Tue Jan 17, 2017 3:56 pm

Hi,

I must admit, I am too looking forward to the latest release.

But slightly surprised, apart from here, there has been no trumpets or fanfares announcing it arrival, and even here, I do feel it has been very muted!.

Unlike Cross & Crescent. I remember the queues to get it at Salute, all those years ago!!
Nothing in any of the UK wargames magazines.. Nothing at all, Most odd!
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Re: A&A

Postby duke1066 » Wed Feb 01, 2017 5:05 pm

So, I was listening to a podcast that says the Late Romans get a ballista.

Anyone know of a maker for the mini?

Thanks,
Steve
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Re: A&A

Postby Codsticker » Thu Feb 02, 2017 3:39 pm

Warlord Games does, but you might have to come up with new crew as these are Early Imperial Romans manning it.
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Re: A&A

Postby Pepys » Thu Feb 02, 2017 5:17 pm

A&A rulebook says Romans can use a manuballista and my understanding is that this is a smaller, more portable version of the earlier artillery weapons. I wasn't able to find a model under that name but Gripping Beast do some late roman war weapons which should be suitable: http://www.grippingbeast.co.uk/Late_Roman_Warmachines--category--111.html
The rulebook says that the manuballista has a crew of 2.
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Re: A&A

Postby Brian M » Thu Feb 02, 2017 11:14 pm

Manubalista.
The clue is in the Latin wording.It is a hand held version of the bigger balistas and probably needed a crew of two to (a) help to draw back the string,and (b) carry the bolts.Think of it as a fairly big crossbow.
Brian.

PS.Anything larger would require a field artillery frame support and we are after all playing a "skirmish" game.
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Re: A&A

Postby duke1066 » Thu Feb 02, 2017 11:20 pm

Thanks men. I *do* understand this won't be an 'artillery' piece per se, I wondered if they were going to make a specific model. The podcast says it shoots Lx2. Can't wait.

Steve
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Re: A&A

Postby King Krum » Thu Mar 02, 2017 8:28 am

The Manuballista is not the piece illustrated in the book strangely - neither did they have two crew. The rules say that the "piece" is lost when the two crew are killed - that would not be a Manuballista but one of the smaller ballista integral to Legiones. I have seen reconstructions of these in operation and they are light enough for two men to lift and position quite easily. I have modelled mine as a frame ballista with converted crew and the shield pattern of the legionary Hearthguard.

Aventine make a pack of Early Imperial manuballista but they appear to be wearing lorica segmentata.

Procopius has a nice section about ballistae and their effects. He specifically mentions their range as "two bow shots"
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