1. Copying kits is a crime that hurts original artists & producers. Help support your favorite artists by buying their original works. PlanetFigure will not tolerate any activities related to recasting, and will report recasters to authorities. Thank you for your support!

Ancient Roman Harvester (Vallus)

Discussion in 'Friends of planetFigure' started by Paul, Oct 14, 2015.

  1. Paul Active Member

    Country:
    Germany
    In Roman times a harvester, called the Gallic Vallus, was developed
    Described by the historian Pliny the Elder in 77 AD. According to Pliny,
    "on the vast estates in the provinces of Gaul very large frames fitted with teeth at the edge and carried on two wheels are driven through the corn by a donkey pushing from behind; the ears torn off fall into the frame."
    There is another Version with an Ox pushing a similar looking device, and both types appear to have had either teeth or long prongs at the front to rip the corn heads off.

    The conductor should be at the back of the frame and acts as a counterweight and to guide the harvester to the right, to the left, up, down. A conpulsor works at the front, pressing the ears of corn forward until they get stuck and ripped off in the teeth of the "comb".
    [IMG]
    The Vallus is built from CD casing, the wheels are from the Airfix Waterloo French Artillery set.
    
    The rake is scratchbuilt and the bod is from Linear-b´s Spartacus Uprising Defeat set.
    [IMG]

    A relief from Trier showing a gallic harvester. . How effective was it compared to a scythe? Tests with reconstructions Show that they do actually work and can clear a field faster than with scythes with as much or as little wastage.
    [IMG]

    Continue reading...

Share This Page

planetFigure Links

Reviews & Open Box
Buy. Sell & trade
Articles
Link Directory
Events
Advertising

Popular Sections

Figure & Minis News
vBench - Works in Progress
Painting Talk
Sculpting Talk
Digital Sculpting Talk
The Lounge
Report Piracy

Who we are

planetFigure is a community built around miniature painters, sculptors and collectors, We are here to exchange support, Information & Resources.

© planetFigure 2003 - 2019.