Post and discuss your ancient or medieval arms and armor.
Find a good HEMA or SCA group near you and use whatever they use.
If they're a HEMA group specialising in longsword, learn that.
If they're an SCA group with a few whitebelts using swords and centre-grip shields, learn how to use that.
You'll do much better learning how to use a harder style from experts than you will trying to learn an easy style by yourself.
Well he wasn't using a shield, because he originally made the khopesh for a "single weapon only" tournament and he was just practicing for it.
I was just using a heater shield because it's what I normally use.
As for the accuracy, it was pretty much the right shape, but the curvature of the concave section was a bit deeper than you'd expect and it was a few inches shorter. It also didn't have the strongly-defined "hook" points at the first bend and the tip.
The accuracy of it probably didn't make much of a difference though, because it was the first time he'd ever used it.
A kopesh is a really small weapon to use without a shield. That leaves you really open to attacks from longer weapons. I think if he had made it a few inches shorter it would have been too small and would have been like a dagger rather than a sword.
Well it was a bronze weapon so it couldn't be too long and the ore weapons it went against would have been a spear axe or another kopesh. Along with a large shield of stretched oxhide
any one else have a hard on for war hammers? I just like the idea of a weapon that's equally useful against knights and unarmored opponents.
My unsigned katana. From the early 1700's with papers from NBTHK
How did your friend make his kopesh? I've been looking at making one, and beyond clamping down a stick of rattan for a year to get decent curvature, I need to figure out how to make o e and get it sturdy enough for heavy combat.
Well I've seen a bronze one bought from Neil burrage. I assume to make one out of wood I would steam it until it it was able to be bent like how the Egyptians bent wood for chariot wheels.
Sup guys? Always nice to run into stick fighters on /k/. I remember when some of us had a nice thread about it during Battle of Nations. It was cool.
Anyway, I guess since sword and boards are asleep, post polearms.
>tfw sword like this used to only cost like 5 grand less than 2 decades ago. Now theyre around 100 grand.
If you have poles in your line who know what they are doing, you will definitely tear the other team a bigger one than they can you if they have none.
I throw mostly stabs with mine when I'm in a line, but I'll also break shields or snipe an armored limb with a red shot here and there. When I'm running around open field I throw a lot more reds.
Yeah, my unit tries not to get bogged down in line fights. We play the shock infantry role in most scenarios. At Rag we're the ones that blew a hole on Romes lines during the battle of Helms Deep. Not gonna hand out a name, but if you figure out who we are so be it, gonna assume you won't fuck with us.
We try to only have one or two poles per lance, most of the time we need the sword and boards to take up space more than an extra glaive.
can someone tell me the difference between a falcata and a kopis? I get the two confused.
Imagine the dozens of craftsmen it took to make that thing.
Miners, foundrymen, jewelers, bladesmiths, fitters, etc etc etc. Buying something that high-quality would have cost probably about the cost of a large freighter ship, these days. Makes sense it was owned by royalty; it was probably given as a gift.
That's actually a dagger they found buried in one of the pits surrounding his tomb along with the terracotta soldiers. There was something like 200,000 people total working on his tomb and making the things to put in it before he died so you're right, a lot of people probably worked their ass off to make that dagger.
That more or less leaves you with the greathelm, which could lead to you being beheaded, unless you have good chain on your neck, in which case they will just snap your neck with a heavy handed sword swing.
do you guys even lift?
I would bitch about it being a katana and usually the owners got one for anime or for the edgyness but since its so old I know you got it for the history of it, not for some bullshit
>I don't like bascinets, sallets, barbutes, or armets.
really depends on what date, and where.
for example, pre-1500, there is virtually no reference anywhere, worldwide, of gothic harness with an armet. It just wasnt done.
I assume its for shits and giggles, not for active use in jousting. Therefore my only remaining suggestion which is really practical is a kettle helm and bevor with falling buffe, in which case you're going from Gothic More towards flemish-italian Alla Tedesca type gothic armour than german Gothic, which is in turn a very different style of decoration to the besegaws, and the fine details of fluting.
Chris Dobson has done some research papers on the subject, I recall.