Sieges are not a mystery. Bribe someone to open the gate or starve them out are the popular options. And actual assaults are not very common. Sun Tzu would even advice to
And the worst policy of all is to besiege walled cities. The rule is, not to besiege walled cities if it can possibly be avoided.
The armies of the past used clever and scientific methods to assault fortifications. Rams, towers, ladders tied to the ground, raising a mound, sapping the walls, using stone throwing engines, using protected stuff to get under the walls...etc.
Yet one wonders if our current scientific theories in say mathematics or engineering or physicists can actually influence older designs of any older equipment?
And that is the heart of the question. Imagine a scenario in which we have a science loving king in a prosperous kingdom in 14 century Europe world. The king hears of this bright scientist. The king then sends for that person and then as he is the king he commissions him to make him siege engines.
The purpose is that the king is gearing up for a war in the future 2-4 years. The opposing kingdom uses the latest and best fortified cities/castle that Europe had in the 14th century, so the king wants to have the edge against them.
The dreaded budget is basically the king telling him that his 14th century Europe kingdom will offer him vast resources to help him (Much like Urban and Mehmed II) But as they are in 14th century Europe; the genius of that person is limited by materials and people to help him as well as the purpose of siege engines and time and lastly the fact that the king expect him to do something somewhat better.
What is a siege engine?
A siege engine is a device that is designed to break or circumvent heavy castle doors, thick city walls and other fortifications in siege warfare
Now history is full of entire nations falling into the whims of Royalty so I don't think it's complete insanity to imagine this.
That person is very smart and for the purpose of limiting this question [I don't get why letting people be a little creative is frowned upon] He only knows up to our theories in those fields: mathematics, engineering, and physicists. Those is what I imagine are vital in making siege engines. But I could be wrong.
He is then expected to try his best.
If yes do you have an idea? If no can you explain more?
A list of limitations
- 2-4 years of making his stuff.
- Do better than what already exist in 14 century Europe's siege equipment.
- Actually come up with a siege equipment not tell the king to bribe people.
- 14 century technology.
- Wealthy kingdom with vast resources but limited to the time.
- He is only a genius (Up to what we know now) in those fields.
Thank you for all the suggestions and I'm really sorry for those who answered before editing the question, I appreciate the input nevertheless.