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ordinarybass Supporting Member of TMP12 Dec 2014 2:07 p.m. PST

My buddy showed up to our last Kings of War game with some new artillery made from prepainted Mage Knight pieces. They looked so good that I decided to take a somewhat similar tack for my Chaos Forces.
More pics, sourcing and process here: link
They're pre-painted (basic tabletop), compact enough for a ranked miniatures game, quite affordable and when rebased they look pretty good.

Did I mention I made 3 of these? Gotta love a good arms race!

PatrickWR12 Dec 2014 3:22 p.m. PST

Something tells me ordinarybass isn't going to tear up his nicely finished trebuchets… ;-)

skinkmasterreturns12 Dec 2014 3:23 p.m. PST

That is nice,but I'm considering scratch building my own out of all the sprue left from my GW days.

Privateer4hire12 Dec 2014 7:26 p.m. PST

I just sold one of those with one of my KoW armies :)

Balin Shortstuff12 Dec 2014 10:06 p.m. PST

The wheels do work well by adding a bit of distance, and allowing the counterweight to settle down faster, on a fixed weight treb. On a hanging counterweight like the one you made, they're superfluous, the hanging structure does the job of the wheels. Then again, if they're in scale with the figures, they're light enough to be semi-portable.

ordinarybass Supporting Member of TMP13 Dec 2014 7:35 a.m. PST

Thanks for the info folks.

As to the size, as seen on the blog, these are smaller than an actual trebuchet would likely be, but I wanted something that could be based, maneuvered and transported easily in a miniatures case.

As for realism, it's good to know about the wheels and I actually appreciate you guys cluing me in, but I'm not fussed enough to change the models anytime soon to match historical realites. I'm fairly certain historical trebuchet didn't have cast iron demon-face fittings and probably weren't crewed by armies of beastmen and chaos warriors dedicated to the darkgods.

David Johansen31 Dec 2014 10:20 a.m. PST

RAFM still has a really nice 25mm Trebuchet.

TheBeast Supporting Member of TMP02 Jan 2015 1:33 p.m. PST

For some of us, he had us at 'pre-painted'.

However, have to say, even the slack I give, Mage Knight qualifies marginally.


altfritz16 Jul 2016 6:59 a.m. PST

Eccentric miniatures was working on a trebuchet. I hope they do it as their ballista is excellent!

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