My entry for Round 2 of The Tourney.
My opponent and fellow guild member A. Sargent and his great entry.
Guild: Crimson Knights
Bracket: Foot Combat
At the Tourney, the guilds display their skill and teamwork in the difficult catapult challenge. Build a MOC depicting you and your fellow guild members competing against the other guilds in order to determine who can construct the best catapult. Please state in your MOC which type of catapult design you based yours on. It doesn’t have to be a working catapult, but we highly recommend it.
After escaping Brumbel and his thugs Rombaer and Neville arrive at the outskirts of Carthal to find Nevolnik preparing for the catapult competition.
“What is this thing?” Rombaer marveled.
“It's a trebuchet.” replied Nevolnik. “And you were supposed to help me build it.”
“I was detained, and YOU were supposed to save me.”
“Well, if I had to save you from every doting bar maid, I would never have gotten this finished.”
“I wasn't at the pub! I was captured. Luckily, Neville here came along...Hey, Neville. Nevolnik. You two could be related.”
“That's not how family relations work,” Nevolnik muttered.
“Who's that over there?” Neville asked. “A competitor?”
“Aye, That's one of the Average Gnomes,” Nevolnik said.
“What's he wearing?” Rombaer laughed. “Looks like a Onesie. But my god. That hair is fantastic.”
Rombaer strides over to the Gnome to say hello.
“Interesting catapult you have there. What are you using for ammunition?”
“Golden doughnuts of course.”
“I see. And how does it work?”
“Simply load the golden doughnut, and jump on the end. It's not speedo science.”
The Gnome demonstrates by firing his catapult. In the distant hills Rombaer spots a small glint where it lands.
“What about your machine there?” the Gnome asked.
“Ah, yes. The...uh...treble shay. It's a..You know, I'll let Nevolnik explain.”
“It's called a trebuchet, sire. Anyways, it uses a simple principle of leverage. The barrel we use as ammo goes here, and when the boulder counterweight above is released, the sling fires the barrel up and into the hills.”
“Here, let me show you.”
Nevolnik walked over to fetch a barrel.
“Amazing,” the Gnome said. “How do you release the counterweight?”
“Oh, just a lever on the other side of the machine.”
“This lever?” Rombaer asked. His reach over extends itself and Rombaer's point becomes a push.
Before Nevolnik can even respond, the trebuchet swings into action. The sling catches on the Gnome's leg and he yells as he's thrown into the surrounding countryside.
He lands very close to the top of the hill, further than the golden doughnut.
“Well,” Rombaer shrugged. “I guess that means we win.”
The trebuchet was a tough build, especially realizing how few brown pieces I actually have. I didn't have any lego parts to make a firing sling, so used a chain instead. Gear and counterweight work, allowing the trebuchet to swing, but since the thrown object is chained, whatever you're firing doesn't always come off the chain peg. Here's a video showing the function. I think the barrel didn't want to come loose on this one, but it was the best video I got.
The trebuchet, ready to fire.
The trebuchet after firing. Forced perspective. After building the trebuchet, I realized to create a whole course would be way too huge, so I tried my hand at some forced perspective which I've never tried before.
Another perspective shot.
The whole build. Tough to make a field look interesting. Hopefully, if I can make it to the next round I can do something more vertical.
“Hey! I'm ok!” the Gnome shouted from a distance. “Anyone want a doughnut?”
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Best of luck to all the Tourney competitors!