As I’ve said before imo the most likely function of the greatswordmen was bodyguarding the „Fähnrich“, in cases when worst came to worse – a break of the own formation during retreat or maneuvering. The Fähnrich needed protection to be able to move quicky and direct the reorganization of the formations. Then the mobility and versatility of the greatswordsmen came into play − in chaotic, but slightly more spaceous situations than "regular" close combat. Facing small numbers of opponents which may have managed to push through the lines, most likely armed with shorter swords, perhaps halberds. Not for breaking into formations or facing organized numbers of halbardiers or pikemen. Blocks of pikemen needed to be broken by outmaneuvering – movement of the own formation. Flanking. Outnumbering. And the wise use of artillery.
Now follows the conclusion, that whosoever shall think or find himself in his fight too weak for the agent's, or patient agent, and therefore, or by reason of his drunkenness, or unreasonable desperateness shall press within the half sword, or desperately run in of purpose to give hurt, or at least for taking of one hurt, to give another, shall most assuredly be in great danger of death or wounds, and the other shall still be safe and go free. - PARADOXES OF DEFENCE, George Silver, 1599
Im not sure cutting the pikes would work at all, and smacking the spears doesnt seem to do anything at all and just gets me stabbed in the face.
This is the classic problem with using simulators and feders--the swords just glance off without doing against pike or spear. The theory is that a sharp blade can bite into the wood and create a fixed point of control for long enough to get inside the reach of the spear or pike.
christain: Sorry to hear you are still having medical troubles, Rufus. But, hey....you've got a strong wife and healthy girls. Let THEM do the paddling.
Jan 22, 2021 3:15:42 GMT
cjman919: Sorry if im using this wrong but im just looking for a kusarigama somewhere idk why its so hard to find one thanks for the help
Jan 22, 2021 1:51:08 GMT
RufusScorpius: Sounds like a great deal of fun, which I won't be enjoying any time soon. I'll have my shoulder in a sling for 6 weeks at least, then therapy for 4 or 5 months after. Maybe early fall I can get out camping or someting.
Jan 21, 2021 17:04:32 GMT
christain: No need for a rope swing there. There's one spot where there's a deep pool of crystal-clear water with a cliff to jump off. Little fish nibble your toes while you swim. It's literally like another world. Wonderful.
Jan 20, 2021 19:26:42 GMT
seth: Sounds great Christain. We used to do that when stationed in Florida. We'd canoe in the maze of the blackwater river--always find rope swings and such people had set up.
Jan 20, 2021 15:43:42 GMT
Ouroboros: Porch damnit.
Jan 20, 2021 14:22:59 GMT
christain: I plan on me and the wife going boating on the river at Beavers Bend, Oklahoma. You can float your cooler behind you and pull up on a sand bar and camp out. Great fun.
Jan 20, 2021 4:16:08 GMT
seth: yeah trying to plan summer camping trips now--I can't wait
Jan 18, 2021 15:27:32 GMT
RufusScorpius: Mmm, campfire, fresh fish, some 'taters gathered from the woods... paradise....
Jan 18, 2021 14:08:25 GMT
Brother Nathaniel: Don't camp too close to the forbidden forest! A word of advice brother.
Jan 18, 2021 10:12:35 GMT
christain: If I were still in my teen years, I'd be camped by a fire on the edge of my pond with lines in the water...hoping to catch breakfast. If not, then go foraging the woods for nuts and berries. Not the easiest, but you'll live.
Jan 18, 2021 6:42:02 GMT
christain: A campfire and a good bottle of Scotch sounds pretty on-time right now. But only if I have a waterproof tent. The weather here is as unpredictable as a new wife. Watch out for the forest Elves and Gnomes.
Jan 18, 2021 6:34:48 GMT
Brother Nathaniel: My old friend! Well... you will always be welcome for a spot at my campfire. I am preparing to brave the forest again for some more research.
Jan 18, 2021 6:12:56 GMT
christain: Hey, Rufus! Sorry I haven't been on in a while to chat. Just too busy with the holidays and suffering a few medical setbacks. It really bites getting old, but I can still perform. My wife may have a different opinion, but I'm referring to swordplay.
Jan 18, 2021 2:45:15 GMT
RufusScorpius: Oh, yes. "Real life" I played that game once. Outstanding graphics, but horrible game play.
Jan 17, 2021 13:33:58 GMT
nerdthenord: Howdy scorp. Just been kinda busy with real life.
Jan 16, 2021 14:44:23 GMT
RufusScorpius: Hey there Christain, Nord! Long time no see...
Jan 16, 2021 1:15:04 GMT
christain: What's up, LG! Have any new goodies to show us?
Jan 16, 2021 1:04:00 GMT
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