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Fighting with a Glaive

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Fighting with a Glaive

Postby Life_Unscripted » Wed Jan 16, 2008 9:51 pm

I am posting this because I just got an army with the new (at least to me) spear looking weapon with the 5 blades on the end. I went on and found out it was called a glaive so I did some research and found out how they fought with them. I knew they were for going against calvary charges, but this was interesting to read. This is from one of the many medieval fighting recreation groups. Enjoy
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Postby Tower of Iron Will » Wed Jan 16, 2008 11:35 pm

A group of my friends and I would fashion weapons and shields many out of wood when we were in our twenties. Some of these battles were filmed (vhs) and were quite fun. We didn't go to the lengths the members of this site go to but fun was had none the less. Its good to see that others are scaring the --- out of the common folk, like we used to.
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Postby Life_Unscripted » Thu Jan 17, 2008 3:08 am

lol Yeah. I thought about joining one, maybe the SCA but too many rules. And I don't think I would have enough time or will to go do it all. Maybe if it was VERY local.
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Postby Odysseus » Sat Jan 19, 2008 2:16 am

if you are interested in a historical method of fighting with polearms, you could try something like this:

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Postby Heir of Black Falcon » Fri Jan 25, 2008 6:44 pm

AS Jonathan pointed out there are some good books on similar weapons. the one linked, Hector is a good one as is Hans Talhoffer.

Something to keep in mind is that the weapons mostly looked at in these are for one on one fights and usually 5-7 feet long not 12 plus. the ones over 8 feet or so tend to be more for mass formations than one on one fights.

The glaive lego does is rather odd historically. It is more a partisan-

That said glaive in historic tenses like many terms is rather loose. A glaive seems just to be any type of pole weapon.

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Postby Danielas » Mon Apr 07, 2008 11:44 am

if you go to the rest of the site it shows you how to make one for real i've read the hole thing and explored the website it's pretty good.
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