This blog is devoted to the military history of the Byzantine Era, to 1453.
|The hypothetical reconstruction is based upon written descriptions|
and one surviving illustration. A vertical brass pump provides air
pressure via a bronze-bound leather hose to the main tank
consisting of two pieces of copper sheeting soldered together.
Underneath is a small brazier and a pair of bellows. Another hose
takes the heated liquid to the nozzle.
Redrawn and Enhanced by Marcus Audens.
Reference: D. Nicolle, "Medieval Soege Weapons (2)," Osprey, 2003, New Vanguard 69.
|This weapon is probably a simplified version of a weapon common|
during the Roman period. The weapon could be aimed up and
down and side to side. It had two separate bow arms (oak) and
twisted skiens stretched across a wooden frame. A crosspiece of
iron with a claw is held in place by two staples nailed to the stock.
An iron "key" with a length of rope served as a release mechanism.
Redrawn ad Enhanced - Marcus Audens
Reference: D. Nicolle, "Medieval Siege Weapons (2)," Osprey, 2003, N.V. 69