200 B.C. Han dynasty crossbow reconstruction
I am looking for anyone interested to help build a 400lb @20"-25" draw length bow for this, as this was the most common specs according to our research of the Han dynasty.
My current reproduction is only a 100lb@28" fiberglass placeholder
based on archeological evidence there are prods made of laminated planks of wood steamed into a M shape and then glued together and wrapped. The one we plan to make is a reflex deflex (wingull shape) with low brace height instead of a reflex reflex (Magyar shape). This would also allow the bow to be strung much longer similar to deflex bows.
Such crossbow can theoretically be 3 times more powerful than a Mary Rose longbow, and we already have medieval horn crossbows tripling the kinetic joules of these longbows (by Andreas). 400 Joules would be very interesting to test against lamellar armor and siege thickness shields etc
I already have a 290lb@26" longbow but its a D shape so I am using that one to make a song dynasty crossbow instead because we have very limited evidence of D shape for specifically Han dynasty