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Re: What are your favorite medieval weapon?

Postby dyntar » Fri Sep 11, 2009 2:04 pm

I've always liked the guillotine.. not many people survived that one :D
Maybe a poisoned chalice...
The trebuchet always looks impressive.. but not really accurate.
and i can't go past a pot of boiling oil.. as long as I'm the one dropping it .
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Re: What are your favorite medieval weapon?

Postby Blue Moon Knight » Fri Sep 11, 2009 5:30 pm

A tie! Claymore, L-BS, and longsword.
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Re: What are your favorite medieval weapon?

Postby JoshWedin » Sat Sep 12, 2009 12:40 pm

dyntar wrote:I've always liked the guillotine.. not many people survived that one :D
[snip]The trebuchet always looks impressive.. but not really accurate.


The guillotine is a good choice. Hard to use in the middle of battle but what isn't there to like about falling blades?

In regards to trebuchet accuracy, they are incredibly accurate, as long as the guy you are shooting at stands still.

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Re: What are your favorite medieval weapon?

Postby cloud » Tue Sep 15, 2009 2:45 am

My favorite weapon is the 2h sword or the the heavy sword so called.
well my favorite range weapon is the between the crossbow or the long bow. All said both very desirous , and popes banned crossbows because they were used for assassins more than other weapons. :orc:
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Re: What are your favorite medieval weapon?

Postby Laird Cashman » Wed Sep 23, 2009 11:53 am

Ranged: Longbow
Hand-To-Hand: 1-Handed sword and Large roman shield
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Re: What are your favorite medieval weapon?

Postby Blue Moon Knight » Wed Sep 23, 2009 5:44 pm

JoshWedin wrote:In regards to trebuchet accuracy, they are incredibly accurate, as long as the guy you are shooting at stands still.

Very true. Catapults are like that as well. :roll:
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Re: What are your favorite medieval weapon?

Postby Shadowviking » Wed Sep 23, 2009 6:35 pm

Hand me my bastard sword, Squire. Er, hand me my longsword, Sven, ja?

Blue Moon Knight wrote:
JoshWedin wrote:In regards to trebuchet accuracy, they are incredibly accurate, as long as the guy you are shooting at stands still.

Very true. Catapults are like that as well. :roll:

Actually, I wouldn't count on any projectile weapon of that type to hit the same place twice... ;)
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Re: What are your favorite medieval weapon?

Postby JoshWedin » Thu Sep 24, 2009 3:31 pm

Shadowviking wrote:Hand me my bastard sword, Squire. Er, hand me my longsword, Sven, ja?

Blue Moon Knight wrote:
JoshWedin wrote:In regards to trebuchet accuracy, they are incredibly accurate, as long as the guy you are shooting at stands still.

Very true. Catapults are like that as well. :roll:

Actually, I wouldn't count on any projectile weapon of that type to hit the same place twice... ;)


I've seen real trebs do it. Within a foot or two anyway. Throwing 10 pound projectiles up to 1800 feet. If they are built with adjustments, you can dial them in pretty close. There is an annual trebuchet competition in a town near here. They are going for distance, but the same trebuchet with a projectile of the same weight will hit extremely close to the same spot.

Also, NOVA built two historically accurate trebs a number of years ago (the special is called "Medieval Seige") and they were able to make minute adjustments fairly easily. They were using 250 pound stone balls and were initally missing their target wall by a few feet. Slight adjustments and they were nailing their target.

Medieval engineers knew their stuff. If they couldn't hit what they were aiming at consistantly, they would have been out of a job and quite possibly dead. I'd like to see our modern engineers build something like that while under fire.

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Re: What are your favorite medieval weapon?

Postby nanuck95 » Fri Sep 25, 2009 11:52 am

JoshWedin wrote:I'd like to see our modern engineers build something like that while under fire.


They can and do, except the people attacking them work in marketing and management. :wink:

I have always liked trebuchets though, and I have to agree that they really are impressive works of engineering.
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Re: What are your favorite medieval weapon?

Postby DarkTemplar » Mon Oct 26, 2009 9:46 pm

JoshWedin wrote:I'd like to see our modern engineers build something like that while under fire.Josh


I can't imagine how difficult it would have been to aim when you take in to account wind, the varying masses of the projectiles they were launching, equipment fatigue, and on top of all that they actually had to hit accurately. Though I suppose it's like anything really, you can be fairly consistent when you've done it enough. The inconsistency was probably related to survivability of the veteran engineers and difficulty in practice more then anything.

Anyway, Morning Star Flail! It's just to bad the new Lego one looks kinda cheap. I'm also a fan of the Broad Sword but that more due in part to the Jethro Tull Song.
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Re: What are your favorite medieval weapon?

Postby Stoob » Sun Nov 01, 2009 9:52 pm

boiling oil. no contest.
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Re: What are your favorite medieval weapon?

Postby Lord Lego 436 » Sun Nov 01, 2009 10:05 pm

My favorites:

Longsword.
Sword-Breaker.
Longbow.
Halberd.
Pike.
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Re: What are your favorite medieval weapon?

Postby quaraga » Sat Jan 16, 2010 8:50 am

well a few months ago I invented the perfect weapon and armor set (I don't know why I just randomly do these things) for this I will exclude armor
crank c-bow
halberd (with the spearhead replaced w/ a glave head)
wallace-style claymore (the one with the 4-loop quions and double-ball pommel)
leaf bladed shortsword
roman sica
warhammer
targe (technically a shield but anything with a 10 inch long metal spike is a weapon by my standard)
numerous dirks and a stilletto.
the ultimate infantry (maybe cut the c-bow ad have someone else use that but...)
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ps the claymore can be replaced with a viking greataxe in fact i recomend that.
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Re: What are your favorite medieval weapon?

Postby SunStorm » Fri Feb 05, 2010 8:14 pm

My favorites:

1.Short Sword
2.Long Bow
3.Throwing Knife
4.Spear
5.Battle Axe
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Re: What are your favorite medieval weapon?

Postby ragnarok » Tue Feb 09, 2010 8:11 pm

My favorite weapon of that time is the dagger. Simply because whenever the dagger or the poison have worked there was no need to bring up the heavier stuff :twisted:

Otherwise the greek fire was some weapon of its time...
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