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Machine Crossbow by paleblu Machine Crossbow by paleblu
Some sketches for a Gatling-bow I'm currently designing.

Please take a look at more of my concept work at ianbunting-conceptblog.blogspot.com
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DyskoDelThunderback Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011
I like #5 the best. Go banana clips XD You might make it a lever action to wind it up instead. Or would it cock itself?
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paleblu Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
yeah, I agree with you on the lever action to wind and I tried that on 3 and the 6's. The wind handle on the others does lack that feeling of power and speed, more like winding an old gramophone:)
For me it's probably and toss between 2 (with the above modification) and 6a. 2 looks more mechanical, heavy and suited for a human and I'd say 6a is more elegant and designed with an elven aesthetic.
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DyskoDelThunderback Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011
Lol yeah, plus with the proper pulley system you can make it a lever action like the old Daisy air rifle and certain shotguns. So is it supposed to be a fully automatic deal or just a quick-reload (semi-automatic)?
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paleblu Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
It's supposed to be fully automatic. There's heavy flywheels on 2, 3, 4 and the 6's. On 2 and 4 it's just in front of the crank handle, on 3 it's slung underneath, mounted in-line and behind the bolt magazine and it's quite clear on the 6's as the circular component towards the front. The idea is that the user would crank up the momentum in the flywheel and then fire a stream of bolts but engaging a clutch. It is totally a fantasy piece and if it were to work (which I doubt) it would be cumbersome and inefficient, otherwise me would have know about them:).
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DyskoDelThunderback Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011
If it was mounted it could be a little better, maybe with a foot pedal. It could be mounted at strategic points where masses of arrows can afford to be launched in rapid succession.
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paleblu Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Unfortunately that would be changing the weapon away from it's original brief. The idea is for a large, strong chap to lug this about much in the way you see the hero's in films wheedling heavy, over sized weapons. He would be slow and awkward but powerful and effective.
The weapon you describe could possibly be a separate design? :) I would see that more with a crew of two. One to aim and fire and another to crank and reload the next string of bolts. One variant could even be mounted on wheels. Less powerful than a cannon but quicker and nimbler.
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DyskoDelThunderback Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
YEah, I see watchya mean. :P Great ideas nonetheless.
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Shadowleaper Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I like the shaft of no. 2 and the metal plate of no. 3 I'm not sure the slots for ammo on the side make sense, it'd kill the balance, but that's just my rational brain, I'd ignore it ;P
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Arekkusu-Maafi Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011
Cool!
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Imrooniel Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011   Digital Artist
Suggestion: placing bolt magazine on the sides (as in 2a, 4, 6 a&b) might change weight balance of weapon and lead to decreased accuracy. Placing it in the middle, below the crossbow not only doesn't affect balance, but also lowers weapons weight center which can reduce recoil/increase stability
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