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A large crossbow-like siege engine, similar to a [[ballista]], except that the arms are a single piece (of steel or wood) that flexes like a [[bow]].
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An arbalest is a large [[crossbow]]-like [[siege]] engine, similar to a [[ballista]], except that the arms are a single piece (of steel or wood) that flexes like a [[bow]].
 
Derived from the French term <i>arbal&egrave;te &agrave; tour</i>.
 
Derived from the French term <i>arbal&egrave;te &agrave; tour</i>.
   
They are a popular for SCA combat because they are relatively simply to build and operate, are portable, and may be used in direct-fire against massed troops as well as against structures.
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They are a popular for SCA [[combat]] because they are relatively simply to build and operate, are portable, break down to a compact package for transport to and from an [[event]], and may be used in direct-fire against massed troops as well as against structures.
 
[[category:weapons]]
 
[[category:weapons]]

Revision as of 21:59, 25 February 2007

An arbalest is a large crossbow-like siege engine, similar to a ballista, except that the arms are a single piece (of steel or wood) that flexes like a bow. Derived from the French term arbalète à tour.

They are a popular for SCA combat because they are relatively simply to build and operate, are portable, break down to a compact package for transport to and from an event, and may be used in direct-fire against massed troops as well as against structures.