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  1. Nah, I've made 0 points about you personally. I'm talking about pretty general ideas. Whether these thoughts apply to you in particular or not is irrelevant. So, about those sticks; yes they have hand guards. Those particular hand guards were popular in the 17th century because the swordplay of the day was broadsword/backsword. Those kinds of swords had basket hilts, so to train in their use you need something there to restrict your hand. Whether the leather cup actually did anything to protect your fingers or not is secondary to the muscle memory function. Earlier periods didn't use hand guards, but singlestick was still a practice that goes back to Rome.
  2. Ah, I gotcha now. Basically that's just the really safe version of single stick. It's a tradition as old as swordplay. So, I say it's as valid as anything else for beginners.
  3. Hey, take it from a poolboy. Pool noodles are the Pinnacle of melee weaponry.
  4. Few people have that resource lol @Garion That plays into what I was saying about the difference between a journeyman and a layman. You and your brother have a baseline, you have had instruction, so these concepts aren't just theoretical to you or your sibling. They're practical. You understand how they are supposed to work, so you can spot when they don't. Few players have practical skills in fighting, they have theoretical skills instead. So if they try to apply it in practice they have no idea if it's right or wrong.
  5. The only problem with getting up and going through the motions in private is that you lack an outside eye. Someone who has never had any instruction before isn't going to know that their movement is improper or that their technique is weak unless they have someone there to tell them. The other problem inherent in that is finding someone with an instructor-level knowledge base to help you work out your pretend fights on the internet. So, might be useful for a journeyman but definitely not for a layman.
  6. Mmmmm, half-dragonnnnnn. Boi, I need you for a plottttt
  7. I'll hit you up later in a PM about these sick Halberd plays - for now I monster hunter
  8. Well, the raw numbers are there but they're a bit out of order perhaps? You mention starting from a position only 8 feet away. Then you take a three foot step. That puts your body only five feet from Dauner, so one has to wonder exactly what kind of reach advantage this is? Dauner can strike you from that range just as easily, so this first play should have been a double KO. Tangential to this, as I understand it you're fairly new to Halberd plays?
  9. Just to add onto what Shize is saying here: As someone who has been an active practitioner of HEMA in my real life, I tend or incorporate what I have learned from those 18~ish years of experience into my RP fights, and I find there are two good ways to do that. The first is to use real life concepts. When you're actually fighting in person you're not a measuring tape. You don't know the difference between ten feet and nine feet, so you just have to estimate. It's more about feeling the distance out and going off of your experience to know where your measure is. So this translates into rather vague terms in RP. "I take a half-stride forward and deliver a blow intending to strike at the most distal point of percussion" Of course without knowing the terminology that simple sentence turns into two paragraphs, but it's a bit easier to digest. The other method is to actually use precice measurements. This is really quite boring to read and write though, and it feels robotic. "I am six feet tall and my strike is four feet. I take a two foot half stride forward. Bending at my waist gives me an extra foot, and my arms are roughly two feet long. I strike with a sword that has a three foot blade, but I have to aim six inches from the tip and so my blow reaches seven and a half feet from my starting position, but my head and arms are only three to five feet away from my opponent." Personally I prefer writing the former. Just my 2ยข
  10. A sword with a blade length of an arming sword, so, roughly 26-30~ inches, but with a two handed hilt assembly, is just a really short longsword (or in other words it's a bastard sword). To break down how these terms are used: Arming Sword refers to any type of cruciform double edged sword from Europe meant for use with one hand. Longsword refers to any cruciform double edged sword from Europe designed for use in two hands. Bastard sword refers to swords that have the characteristics of a longsword, but which are of a length closer to the arming sword. Ah, specifically, Europeans did break down swords with different names, but they cared less about the actual length or whether it was one or two handed. Any sword shaped like a cross but with two edges was called "sword". If it was the same shape but only had one edge, it was a Falchion instead. (Please don't make me go into super great detail about Falchions I'll be here all week T ^T) Claymore is a fun one. Claymore is really a misnomer as it is used to refer to a number of different swords from Scotland. Most famously is the Scottish greatsword, but less known is the basket hilted broadsword. It's use really depends on when you ask, rather than who. Zweihander is German, and it's not really the name of a type of sword, because they would have still just called it schwert. It's more of a modern term as well, so Zweihander in function is more of an adjective than a noun. Of course adjectives are alien to german because they just turn everything in a compound word, so Zweihander should read more like zweihanderschwert, which means "two handed sword" in English. ๐Ÿ˜„
  11. So on the subject of swords, the terms arming sword, longsword, and bastard sword are modern, and they aren't necessarily interchangeable. Arming swords are always one handed, that's their defining trait, so it's never gonna be a two handed arming sword. That's where the simplicity ends though, because longswords cover the swords of a similar shape, but for two handed use. Bastard swords are a sub classification for longswords, so they could be various sizes and the defining term is much less useful than arming sword. Historical people just called them all sword though, they didn't bother much with categories and labels. Ewart Oakeshott actually has a very useful typology chart about the swords of Europe and I'd recommend it as a reference https://www.albion-swords.com/articles/oakeshott-typology.htm
  12. @Die Shize Scimitar is an English word derived from French. It's more akin to the word "Bread" in use - by which I mean it's broadly applicable. The word itself just means "a curved sword of the orient", but in practice it means "curved sword from the region of Turkey all the way across to Sri Lanka". So a Shamshir is a scimitar ๐Ÿ˜„ So the term Scimitar doesn't reference a specific sword, but rather a region and a trend. ๐Ÿ˜„
  13. The second cutlass above is a work of fantasy based on older styles like this scimitar here It's highly stylized, meant as a work of novelty more than a depiction of historical fact. They're sometimes called Arabian cutlasses but again, they're fiction. It is good that you pointed out that cutlasses are almost short sabres, in fact that's closer to the truth than you might expect. Cutlasses are contemporary to the military sabre in Western Europe and they are designed for the tight quarters of ship combat. What you'll find in antique examples of cutlasses is that they weight just about the same as a cavalry Sabre but are significantly shorter with stockier blades. You'll also find that they have metal grips and fittings, as well as metal scabbards because of how fast wood and leather rot from salt air. This has been your daily sword lesson from a huge sword dork.
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