Roman legions were equipped avec small catapults which could be dismantled et carried by baggage animals ou on wagons. These catapults fired heavy arrows at an effective range of more than 300 m. Available catapults were deployed into batteries prior to battle, et they were served by regular infantry crews. The Legionare shown here is a member of Römergruppe Pfünz, une société de reconstitution historique allemande which participated at the Römertage Aalen on the weekend of 23rd et 24th Septembre 2000. Many modern reproductions of the Scorpion are based on the so called Catapulte d’Ampurias which was found during archeological excavations near Ampurias, Espagne, en 1912.
- 1/72 Fine Scale Factory AR01
- 1/72 HaT Industrie 8035
- Type: small catapult
- System de propulsion:: torsion
- Longueur: 1600 mm
- Largeur: 1150 mm
- Hauteur: 1400 mm
- Poids: 80 kg
- Portée: 370 m
- Munition: heavy arrow, 70 cm long
Scorpion of Legio VIII Augusta
Legionare et Scorpion at the camp of legio VIII Augusta
Films featuring the Scorpion
- The stunning effect of a battery of scorpions is portrayed quite realistically during the initial battle scene of the film "Gladiator".
- The Scorpion is the standard infantry support weapon of the Roman Legion. Scorpions were deployed in batteries et they fired salvos during battle.
Joueurs de Guerre will want to support their Roman infantry avec a battery of Scorpions. The Roman Artillery set released by HaT Industrie is a good source of Scorpions et attendant gunners.
- le costume et les armes des soldats de tous les temps, L. & F. Funcken, Vol. 1, p. 67
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