I know the feeling.... I think we are watching you've got mail tonight...
OK.... since I am being forced not to work or do anything but sit at the moment (had a visit to the hospital today and got some stitches) I sat down and watched it. It was a fun show and the tests in and of themselves while perhaps needing some fine tuning (some a slight tweak others perhaps a sledge perhaps) it was rather good.
They use the gathered info of all the tests and then add them into some program (vague crickets chirping)
Viking 488 wins in 1000
Samurai 522 wins in 1000
Hardly a landslide according to their testing results.
The weight of most of the test items is somewhat doubtful. Once more this goes back to using people who are more enthusiasts and stunt men than people who work with the originals or both. Don’t get me wrong they have an important place but some fact checking would make this ‘testing’ 100 times better, and more accurate to boot. Some of the ‘historic’ accounts both sides were spewing were just the kind of oddities you find in common circulation but mostly founded on inaccurate info. I think the viking side was for the most part closer usually weight wise from the info and originals I have handled. Historic info on both sides was shaky I’d guess without a great deal of research. The Viking sword being of poor iron to the katana just not being true. In fact recent research shows a great number of low quality katanas…. Just like all cultures with arms you get a variety of good to junk.
The armour issue was very poorly done. I know they use mixed eras in this program but why is it always very late 16th/17th century or later but Japanese arms and weapons tested? Aside from that even late Japanese plate allows for a degree of Blunt force trauma which European plate does not the program did not even look at for them but did against the viking?
I think oddest issue was the distance of the viking being the spear over the bow? Bows were a part of their warfare (especially at sea) and it ended up being a deciding factor when it really was one of omission. Though I have to say the gent on the program was very good, his ability to hit targets was great at 45 feet that said my archer friends can at 30-40 yards, much further than him, hit a 6-8 inch target almost any time... I'd have liked to see it at a better distance. 45 feet is a bit silly. In a duel a samurai using a bow would seem a bit odd.
Now that said it was entertaining and I think the impact of the weapons made the program enjoyable.... though their conclusions were somewhat skewed from some off input data I'd wager. The independent testing even if perhaps off-center was great…. Some of the 70s horror movie gore was somewhat pointless as well though.
History Teacher off/
There ain't nothin' girlie about a tunic...