|Drawing of a Yi Wo Feng, from 'Wu Bei Zhi (《武備志》)'.|
This weapon get its name not just from the swarm of rockets it can unleash, but also from its hexagonal wooden rocket pod. When multiple pods are stored together, they look like a beehive.
Da Yi Wo Feng (大一窩蜂, lit. 'Big nest of bees')
|Drawing of Da Yi Wo Feng, from 'Bing Lu (《兵錄》)'.|
Other weapons bearing the same name
Besides the famous rocket pod, there are several unrelated weapons in the Ming arsenal that have the same name. To avoid confusion, I will also cover them in this blog post.
Qian Dan Yi Wo Feng (鉛彈一窩蜂, lit. 'Lead pellet nest of bees')
|Top: A Qian Dan Yi Wo Feng stored in a bag. Bottom: Qian Dan Yi Wo Feng ready to fire. From 'Wu Bei Zhi (《武備志》)'.|
This weapon is probably a further development of Hu Dun Pao (虎蹲砲).
Xiao Yi Wo Feng (小一窩蜂, lit. 'Small nest of bees')
|Drawing of a Xiao Yi Wo Feng, from 'Wu Bei Zhi (《武備志》)'.|