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Uruk-hai Siege Ballista
The Uruk-hai siege ballista employed by Saruman's orcs at the battle of Helms Deep
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The Uruk-hai siege ballista employed by Saruman's orcs at the battle of Helms Deep

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   See the rubber band? Well, I originally wanted to use the rubber band to make it actually shoot, and it WILL do it... sort of. But it doesn't work very well. Not like an official LEGO set, or a happy meal toy, would...



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   This is not a good view to have of the Uruk-hai Siege Ballista. You remember that guy that got hit in the chest by it and was sent flying off the wall of Helm's Deep? I think he did that famous scream you hear in all the movies.



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   As you can see, I was unable to make a spear that looked like a grappling hook... Any ideas? Anyone?



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   "Dang, Braktu, wasn't this thing supposed to be lower?"
"Just load the bolt, you lazy sod!"

(don't try to verify the name "Braktu" was in the books because... it wasn't)



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   "Why couldn't we have gotten a troll or a warg to pull this thing? Blasted Saruman... needs better division of labor..."



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   The model is based on the miniature one I bought. Those two by four plates on the back are used to crank the bolt into place. No, they don't actually DO that on the LEGO! Sheesh...



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   The Ballista is my favorite type of siege engine. Unfortunately, it usually stinks in strategy games. I hope you can put them to good use in the upcoming Lord of the Rings strategy game, the Battle for Middle-Earth.

In reply to Mr. Chair: In the movies, the Uruk berserkers used large, two-handed, double-sided versions of the Uruk-Hai soldiers' squarish swords. My version was made by cutting short the blades on a LEGO pickaxe and sticking it in a gray "lightsaber hilt." It's not "a lightsaber" since I've never really seen a lightsaber with a solid metal blade with a pair of long hooks sticking off the top...



Comments

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  January 27, 2012
I'm not sure how realistic it is, but it looks great. Congratulations on MotD!
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  January 27, 2012
Nice. I like your Uruk hai
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  January 27, 2012
sweet
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  January 27, 2012
coooool!
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  January 27, 2012
really nice! that's a brilliant idea for the Uruk-hai's sword. personally I love the goblin swords with the two little points sticking out on the top of the sword. ...excluding when you're going up against one, as the points tend to hook onto you and pull you to the ground. and yes, I like ballistas too (though I prefer trebuchets more). by the way, there ARE a good number of grappling hook-like pieces that, if you remove the spear piece, should work for this.
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  January 27, 2012
Isn't this like your third MOTD this year?
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  January 27, 2012
Congrats on MOTD!
Justin Saber-Scorpion Stebbins
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szymon myszograj
  June 9, 2011
awesome ,for thne grapling hook use the harpoon from atlantis wreck raider set
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  February 25, 2011
coooool!
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  October 23, 2009
I like it. However, Berserkers actually have helmets.
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  June 1, 2009
nice! for the grappling thingy, I'd somehow combine a normal, 3 hooked lego grappling hook with the spear, sorry, confusing; I wasn't too sure about the uruks, u know u can get proper ork weapons from brickforge, and the beserkers are supposed to have helmets. Still, good work. 5/5
Justin Saber-Scorpion Stebbins
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Patrick Leon
  October 27, 2008
Wow I love it! check out my MOCs!
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  August 25, 2008
i thought the ballista was cool but not so much of the uruk-hai
Justin Saber-Scorpion Stebbins
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Brendan Dore
  August 21, 2008
u know how how u were going to make lotr in lego form, well i am in the process of the fellowship of the ring
Justin Saber-Scorpion Stebbins
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Alexander Safarik
  February 27, 2008
It's very nice, but the one in the battle had a lever and the hook was supposed to separate into three claws/hooks. Maybe you could fix that with some clay.
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  January 2, 2008
AUSOME MAN IM STILL A BIG FAN!
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  November 17, 2007
Very nice, but trebuchets are FAR superior. (^.^)
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  November 17, 2007
If you use that little piece that has four prongs and i used for palm trees in some Lego sets, you can make a Grappling hook.
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  July 27, 2004
wow thats ace ive seen all yyour lego how do u make the dcals plz tell
 
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