Crossbow tests

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Crossbow tests

Postby Galloglaich » Tue Jan 03, 2012 8:12 pm

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Re: Crossbow tests

Postby Daeruin » Thu Jan 05, 2012 7:21 am

Nice. I wish they had put the breastplate up against a more solid surface, though, like a heavy log or something to keep it from being flung around. When it's being worn it won't just fly off. Still, it looked like none of the bolts made it through the armor.
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Re: Crossbow tests

Postby Galloglaich » Thu Jan 05, 2012 3:17 pm

yeah, we are also pretty sure it's not actually a 1000 lb draw bow, we think more like 450 #

But still an interesting test. I wouldn't expect a crossbow or a bow of any kind to penetrate a real tempered steel breastplate
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Re: Crossbow tests

Postby Galloglaich » Wed Nov 14, 2012 5:34 pm

Medium powered Crossbow with goats-foot, about 5 shots per minute, pretty interesting. I may need to adjust the stats

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIkxyjVu ... e=youtu.be

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Re: Crossbow tests

Postby Daeruin » Thu Nov 15, 2012 4:58 am

Heh. I think you posted the wrong link. Unless you're planning to put a Jeep in the Codex as a new weapon!
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Re: Crossbow tests

Postby Galloglaich » Thu Nov 15, 2012 8:15 pm

@Doh! My bad.

Fixed.

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Re: Crossbow tests

Postby Daeruin » Sun Nov 18, 2012 6:59 am

Now that is cool. It seems so simple and obvious once you see it.
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Re: Crossbow tests

Postby Galloglaich » Sun Nov 18, 2012 4:21 pm

The video is done by one of the (very few guys) who actually makes the more powerful crossbow replicas, Leo Todeschini in the UK.

Here are a couple of more pretty cool ones.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&featu ... xiXHImU4Yk

This is another type of crossbow I have to add to add to the Codex!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tW4lYh8Y ... ure=relmfu

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Re: Crossbow tests

Postby Daeruin » Tue Nov 20, 2012 7:51 am

You inspired me to look into this some more. There is a surprising variety of ways to span a crossbow. I found pictures and videos and posted them on my blog. I was surprised that the fastest method was actually the simplest: the belt-and-hook. Not that this was a really accurate comparison, but it's the best I could find.

http://www.benjaminrose.com/post/fast-a ... -crossbow/

I also found a pretty cool resource, a book from 1903 by Sir Ralph Payne-Gallwey with tons of great pictures. I'm assuming the pictures are in the common domain.

http://books.google.com/books?id=wXVPAA ... navlinks_s
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Re: Crossbow tests

Postby Galloglaich » Tue Nov 20, 2012 4:09 pm

Yeah I think he is the last guy who shot one of those monster 1200 lb crossbows.

I've been trying to get Leo Toedeschini to make a military grade one and test it with heavy bolts. I think it may finally happen soon.

http://www.myarmoury.com/talk/viewtopic.php?t=19926

if you wade through the entire thread it become gradually clearer and clearer that the 'big' crossbows used very heavy bolts which carried enormous kinetic energy. So far we got 147 Joules with an 850 lb crossbow. It has been very hard to replicate this but I'm hoping some time next year we will finally get a test with a 1200 lb weapon.

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