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"Medieval" Chinese Weapons

Postby ottoatm » Fri Mar 23, 2007 8:29 am

I posted this on my other LEGO home :wink: when I realized that it might be inspiring for conversation, and perhaps even some customs (for some of you amazing builders) over here on CC.

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Postby LORD DOOM » Fri Mar 23, 2007 8:47 am

Ooh! I like #9 (Counting from left to right) it's er...how to say..nifty! They're all really cool and it'd be great to see them in LEGO© format. Then again I'd have to weild them all in feirce to-the-death combat to truely form an opinion. Hmm...too bad I'm non-violent.

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Postby JPinoy » Fri Mar 30, 2007 10:06 am

That 9th weapon (left to right) is called the Kwan-Dao.

You can make it using the scimitar piece with either an antenna piece, 4L bar, or the 6L bar with stopper.
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Postby Rayhawk » Fri Mar 30, 2007 6:19 pm

Does anyone know what these little brass weapon ornaments are actually used for?

I bought a couple of sets very much like these while shopping in downtown Los Angeles - the shafts are too thin for minifigs to grip, but after wrapping them with a carefully-measured amount of gaffers' tape they fit perfectly. (You can see a couple of them here and there in the BrikWars rulebook photos, but you have to look close.) They tend to bend and break apart if you play with them for very long, but for a little while they're the perfect non-purist minifig weapons.
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Postby Legendary_Corsair » Tue Apr 03, 2007 7:01 pm

They all are pretty neat but i like #7and#9. (left to right)
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Postby leaf_of_lire » Wed Apr 04, 2007 7:05 pm

Those are huge :shock: . I really don't like the Chinese (no offence) or their weapons.
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Postby Recluce » Wed Apr 04, 2007 7:42 pm

Nice reference pic there, any idea how tall they are compared to a person? Some of those actually look like the new weird spear Lego has been producing, and others are easily made using existing pieces, even for purists.
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Postby Legendary_Corsair » Wed Apr 04, 2007 8:55 pm

They do look kind of big,but I think in war they would use what they had. :lol:
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Postby JPinoy » Sat Apr 07, 2007 9:58 pm

Weapons like the kwan-dao range from about 6 to 8ft long. The larger ones I would assume was being used by cavalry soldiers.

More recent Chinese movies you can buy or rent (with translations or subtitles in English) ranging from...
Crouching Tiger : Hidden Dragon
Iron Monkey
HERO
Curse of the Golden Flower
and others...

...often feature these famous Chinese pole-arms, especially the kwan-dao.

Albeit the battle scenes in those movies often reflect the Chinese mythologies of super-warriors and levitation/flight ability... it's no different than the Western fantasy films like the recent "300", Eragon, Lord of the Rings, and etc. Albeit those Chinese movies have fiction in them, much like these Hollywood-made fantasy movies the weapons used are quite historical.

Here's a clip from Curse of the Golden Flower, you can see the Kwan-dao and how it's used by infantry:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXoojFWnbs0
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Postby Samuel » Sat Jul 14, 2007 2:12 pm

JPinoy wrote:That 9th weapon (left to right) is called the Kwan-Dao.

You can make it using the scimitar piece with either an antenna piece, 4L bar, or the 6L bar with stopper.


It is sometimes called Kwan Dao because its use was made popular by the famous ancient Chinese general Guan Yu (Mandarin pronunciation - Cantonese would be: Kwan Yu). But this type of weapon was already in use before his time.

I believe the proper name for this weapon is actually Qing Lung Yen Yue Dao (literally "Green Dragon Crescent Moon Blade"). The "Qing Lung" (i.e. green dragon) is just a prefix, "Yen Yue" refers to its shape (i.e. crescent moon).
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Postby The_Vanquished » Sat Jul 14, 2007 4:12 pm

That "Curse of the Golden Flower" looks really good. Was it ever made in English?
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Postby JPinoy » Sat Jul 21, 2007 1:01 am

The_Vanquished wrote:That "Curse of the Golden Flower" looks really good. Was it ever made in English?


They do have the DVDs on BestBuy.
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Postby The_Vanquished » Sat Jul 21, 2007 1:43 am

JPinoy wrote:
The_Vanquished wrote:That "Curse of the Golden Flower" looks really good. Was it ever made in English?


They do have the DVDs on BestBuy.


I realized that, I checked the site, and stupidly I posted before I did, and forgot to edit my post. :?

Next time I'm there, I'm getting myself a copy.
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