A springald (a.k.a. an espringal, a bricole, a scorpio) is a kind of a catapult for throwing large bolts. First it was depicted on the diagram from the 11th century Byzantine manuscript. In Western Europe it became more evident in the late 12th century and early 13th century. These catapults were used during the battles for defense of the castles or fortresses. It was very convenient to fire bolts through holes or slits in battlements. Its design made the springalds suitable for the tight confines inside a castle or tower instead of for the field.
Please note that it’s a working model: while in a real springald a flexure of a wooden plank was used, this model uses a flexure of a plastic plank wrapped in paper. When you press the lever, the hook releases this plank that in its turn pushes the bolts with a great strength. As a result you can launch 3 bolts at once at 7-8 feet! And note that there is a traversing and elevating mechanism in this model: you can handle aiming right and left or up and down.
The set includes 11 flat cardboard miniatures of soldiers (25mm). They can be used as a crew or as enemy troops – a good target for your bolts! And there is a small carriage for spare bolts.
The model is made of durable cardboard of 1.5 millimeter thick; it has double-sided full-color printing and embossing (note that embossing is a unique technology for cardboard models!). The model could be easily assembled without glue or scissors. It is provided with colorful language independent step-by-step instructions.
For a widespread storming of a castle we recommend you to use other sets of siege engines (e.g., a battering ram) and fortress elements (towers, gates, walls) of the UmBum series. You can find these items and a lot of different terrain for war games in our store.
|Unit type||War machines|
|Scale||28 mm, 25 mm|
|Shipping weight||0.3 kg|
|Contents||39 details, an assemly instruction|
|Complexity of the assembly||3 (5)|
|Size of the assembled model (L*W*H)||4.5x5.5x4 inches (115x140x105 mm)|