I have been working on this project for a long time, and finally got it assembled to the point of trial shooting. The string needs to be remade (it's too short) and the lever assistant may need to be adjusted to improve its strength....
It's inspired by the orc weapons in the battle at Helm's Deep from Tolkien's book and the movie "The Two Towers"
Greetings Orc-ly one. First let me say I have never seen a more orcish crossbow than yours. You have exceeded all expectations. Second and more to the point, note that your bolt struck the target (and stuck) at an extreme angle. This probably means you either drew the string off-center or one side of your prod is pulling harder than the other. Some tillering, or at least shifting the prod one way or the other should correct the problem. Geezer.
The bow is not full drawn yet. I may not be able to bend the bow at full draw. The string is totally loose like a tillering string . I think the test shot in the video is about like shooting from brace height....
I went and looked for the crossbow segment of Helm's Deep battle and have to say...working with only a few seconds of footage(8:26 in the video), my friend, that's dedication!
You did get really close, they did use a recurve prod on the originals, but I think your Orc-Tech Prod is more authentic to the Orc ways. After watching the video I also noticed the arrow strike sideways and watched it again more closely. No problem there, you just rested one of the limbs on the bench and that's what caused the problem...But that's what happens when you are in are in super sonic mode.
Nice build and brutal in all it's glory.
If I may add something to make it a bit better...
In the above picture I see a bit of a problem...the sharp angle right after the side plates is probably destroying the string right now...you definitely got to file/sand it under a slant so it's even with the side plate and there is no gap for the string to catch on as it travels down the track.
Definitely make that new string, perhaps a thick black bow string (some natural fiber like hemp dyed black) would give this bow the beastly Orc siege look it deserves.
~ "I don't have any special talents. I'm only passionately curious."
Thanks! I wanted to make some targets that would get attention and make peoplke get out there and shoot with us instead of the ole standard target butts
I made this guy by useing 1/4" rod for a skeleton then used the swimming pool foam noodles for the limbs, then filled out the body with those cheap blue sleeping foam pads.I then dressed him in some old clothes, made the armor out of the better looking foam exercise mats.....and of course bought one of the full head orc mask. The mask wasnt cheap at $40 but well worth it because it has taken hundreds of shots and still looks good.
I have also made some other armor to change him into a black knight.....and we have also dressed him as a viking once.
We have been shooting him for almost 2 years now and i havent had to do many repairs.
I think that is more for a Leonidas's Character........don't remember very well, but it seems from 300 movie.... Orc needs more dirty stuff, like a piece of iron with a hok on it's point, and a skull pending by the grip!!!
Yes-that is it , it's a replica of King Leonids' sword from 300.
Thank you for your replies. I do really like this sword. True , it's not a perfect match (by the movies) but this version of this sword fits my self made "Orc-style" I think. This sword was even cheaper than the one in the link above, my friend gave me a look at the catalog he ordered it from. It was sold as " able to chop nails "-- it's certainly a heavy blade, but the handle and the guards are really cheap. So I want to remake those parts....