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I watched an episode of "Doing DaVinci" a show on the Discovery Channel where each week the team builds a warmachine 'invented' by DaVinci.
This week they built a 3x11 barrel cannon that looked a lot like an Empire Helblaster.
If you can, check it out. Hopefully pictures of their project will be available on the internet soon.
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It wouldn't surprise me, actually. GW seems to have taken a fair bit of inspiration from Mr DaVinci. I recall reading a WD article with a ton of Leonardo De Miragliano's inventions (see where they got the name from?), all of which were fantastical concept sketches of insane inventions, one of which even got rules in the latest edition - specifically the pigeon bomb.
Of course, I wouldn't be surprised if they soon came out saying that Sigmar got married and had kids.
or to recycle JakeHunter's statement and turn it into a cheesy joke.
Oh, you haven't read The De Miragliano Code yet? Well, I won't spoil it for you....
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Additionally, the original Helblaster (oldest metal verion) had a commander that looked a lot like Leonardo Da Vinci and was possibly meant to be Miragliano...
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that HellVolleyGun looks an aweful lot like a scorpion...which is certainly not a renaissance weapon. Da Vinci was just smart and adapted old designs to new technology...not highly creative but very intelligent.
The Scorpion was an incredible weapon. It was indeed similar to Leonardo's volleygun, as it fired several decks of crossbow quarrels into the target. However, Leonardo's weapon not only updated, but also improved the design. His three decks were rotating, allowing the crew to fire the gun, and then have another deck ready to fire (if needed) while they reloaded the first.