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Author Topic: Battlefield role for a giant clockwork dragonfly? (Finished model posted Jul 30)  (Read 5803 times)

Offline Bullshott

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Re: Battlefield role for a giant clockwork dragonfly?
« Reply #15 on: July 19, 2012, 10:46:37 PM »
Have you thought about how you would mount the crew? A way of linking the model to historic Romans would be to fit a howdah on the back, in a similar manner to those used on the back of the Sassanid elephants the Romans fought. You could make the howdah a bit more ornate like the fortified towers mounted on Roman war galleys. Sit the pilot on or behind the head of the dragonfly and put a 2 or 3 of fighting crew in the tower.

Come to think of it, how about a flying galley using stolen flight technology.

For vehicle weapons don't forget greek fire projectors  :o
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Offline dbsubashi

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Re: Battlefield role for a giant clockwork dragonfly?
« Reply #16 on: July 20, 2012, 04:39:20 AM »
There is only one proper use of a VSF Mechanical Dragonfly, and that is to take your sweetheart out to see how the Earth-light reflects off the billowing steam off the mountains of Venus. The Dragonfly shape will of course confuse the Parrotmen! Whether or not the Etherdatyls mistake you for food is another matter entirely...

Offline Ray Rivers

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Re: Battlefield role for a giant clockwork dragonfly?
« Reply #17 on: July 20, 2012, 12:36:04 PM »

Two thumbs up to both Froggy and Chairface on the dragonflies. 

Very cool idea.  ;D

Offline Froggy the Great

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Roman Clockwork Dragonfly
« Reply #18 on: July 20, 2012, 03:51:20 PM »
Right, here it is completed!

Parts list:
-Handle from a kids' squeaky hammer toy.
-drywall anchor
plastic knives
-contact lens holder
-VCR rewind motor
-contacts from a parallel cable
-headphone jack
-pewter spider legs
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Offline Heldrak

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Very impressive!  :-*
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Offline Fates Fickle Finger

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Great stuff chaps!

Offline Grimmnar

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Re: Roman Clockwork Dragonfly
« Reply #21 on: July 20, 2012, 09:05:55 PM »
Right, here it is completed!
Looking spiffy there Froggy. I was always thinking and wondering what you were going to do with it. The finished product is great.
Any chance of seeing a pic of the bottom though?


Offline Steve F

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Magnificent ingenuity.  You are a true Womble.

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Things that the everyday folk leave behind ..."

Offline Mason

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Yet more great Froggy genius!

Love it!

Offline Bullshott

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VERY nice work indeed.

Seeing the completed flyer next to a soldier, I know understand your concept better. I do like the head/cockpit design. The Roman crest is a nice touch.  :)

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Offline Dr. The Viking

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Amazing scratching yet again Frog.
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Offline The_Beast

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So kewl, and still says 'Roman'.  :D

I still can't get over how well the 'wings' work, as are. Stealing the idea, I'll still want to greeble up...

Not likely to get to either coast in the foreseeable future. However, if you're ever in Lincoln, Nebraska, and don't laugh, it could happen*, just remember Gauntlet Games. Sir Randall runs most of his games in his basement, but usually the easiest way to track us down is to ask at our store.

*Amazing the number of folk that have 'relatives' in Nebraska. Not even two million of us, and we seem to have connections everywhere. Freaks me out meeting Aussie or Dutch folk visiting family. Years ago, had a drop-in distant cousin from Oz, myself...


Offline abdul666lw

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An amazing work of craft and creativity  o_o :o

Btw, for those of us not confident enough in their conversions skills, Tobsen77 is to issue an 'individual' late VSF one:


It would require some minor conversions to become a 18th C. / 'Clockworkpunk' contraption -because mechanical dragonflies also appear in 'Lacepunk' (http://www.drunkendragoonproductions.com/18thcentimagi-nation/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=81&p=241#p241) settings, for instance in the 'Ben Franklins War' http://bogdanwaz.blogspot.fr/2012/07/ben-franklins-war.html    http://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=27216.msg330644#msg330644:

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