Sunday, 11 February 2018

From JasperO: Catapults cannot pass! (35 points)

Phew, my ballista is finally done. 'Stuff' got in the way and prevented completion for the BFG bonus round, but having seen reconstructed versions in real life, I'd like to think it would've qualified. German reenactors once told me their catapult was challenged by the local German army unit to launch a projectile at an army jeep parked a considerable distance downrange. The reenactors were proud to relate how their artillery piece did not disappoint and planted several kilos of stone in the jeep's engine compartment...


The Wargames Foundry Caesarian centurio in command of the artillery detachment was shown earlier, but the crew and piece are new. Now I just have to build the rest of a Caesarian Roman army. (25pts)


Tomorrow it's PolderCon 2018 in Utrecht. Guy (also a participant in this Challenge) and I are both running participation games. To make our lives easy, we're using the same table, just alternating Chain of Command (me) and Black Ops WW2 (Guy). Guy's game involves various parties trying to gain objectives around a Chateau in the countryside. Obviously, having been taken over for an HQ, that needed a checkpoint. I had one from an old Warlord set. Painting those black/white/red stripes on an uneven surface is a pita... The checkpoint doesn't nearly fill a 6x6" box, so I'll leave the points to the Saturday victim minion. (The mini is just for size)




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What fabulous work Jasper!  The ballista and crew are just sensational and worth every one of their 25 points.  Lovely additional pieces too and whilst not a full terrain cube the quality is such that I have no trouble in awarding them another 10 points giving you 35 in total.  Best of luck at PolderCon 2018 and we look forward to more splendid work from you in due course.

14 comments:

  1. That catapult is a serious piece of engineering! Lovely work.

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  2. Lovely work Jasper - hope the games go well :)

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  3. That is a lovely catapult, well done!

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  4. I like that Boulder thrower! Yes now you need an army to protect it. IIRC the Defenders of Gibralter used a ballista to effect during the AWI siege. Nice checkpoint too.

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  5. Lovely looking ballista and a great looking checkpoint!
    Best Iain

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  6. Great painting on both Ballista and checkpoint! I hope you enjoyed PolderCon.

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  7. Awesome work on both pieces 👍

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  8. Gosh both are beautiful, but I have to say I'm really quite taken by that checkpoint (those stripes must have been a bear to paint). Lovely work Jasper.

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  9. Great entry Jasper, I love the story of the re-enactors shooting the bejeezus out of the jeep, that puts those smart-asses in their place ;-)
    The checkpoint was great to see in the flesh at Poldercon although one could wonder why a British Manor had a German sentry-box and beam at it's garden gate ;-)

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