Continuing from part 1 and part 2. This is a really quick post about a Youtube channel that does a good job gathering, and commenting on, clips of self-defence and other violent encounters. Primarily shootings but occasionally stabbings and other incidents. A lot to learn that brings home some of the points I made in parts 1 and 2 of this series: Humans rarely die instantly, even when suffering a killing blow. To balance this statement there are off course cases where people die instantly, or are at least taken out of the fight instantly.
If you have studied Historical European Martial Arts you may be aware of the eyes being soft spots for lethal stabbing. Not talking about the “eye gouging” you always hear about from the self-defence crowd, this is about actual penetration. This video is a disturbing example of how soft this spot can actually be as a person is stabbed with a pool cue and reportedly dies. Again, quite disturbing but an important example of how attacks can end fast.
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If you are interested in Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA)/Western Martial Arts (WMA), reenactment, or off course wargaming you might be interested in this clip. The narrator talks about how hunting was considered one of the best ways to prepare for war. Fighting wars is about so much more than wielding a weapon and the hunt teaches those lessons of logistics, social interaction, and coping with fear and with being uncomfortable. I particularly enjoy one of the medieval quotations he shares which ends by saying that the chase is similar to war in that it teaches a knight to “conceal one’s fear”.
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I discovered the upcoming Victrix Macedonian Pikemen a few months ago and was horrified when I saw that they have modelled them with sleeves/couplers on the pikes.
An object was found in a Macedonian tomb and it was theorised that it served as a connector between pike halves. This is a very problematic/moronic theory and I cannot understand why Victrix would hang on to it. See for instance this discussion over at Roman Army Talk and the comment by JJartist at the bottom of a thread about competitor Warlord Games Macedonians at TMP. Some great arguments for pikes without these connectors and some arguments for the connectors. The discussions I have seen (as well as my own experiences in handling physical objects..) weight heavily in favour of pikes without sleeves. I mean, just the fact that no other pike wielding cultures have ever used pike sleeves should say something.
If they really believe in this theory they should at least respect that a lot of folks do not believe in it and make the pike sleeves optional parts. It would be waay easier to add a pike sleeve than to remove the existing one. They are immediately pushing folks towards their competitors if they go on with this design. And that is a shame since the counterweights on the Victrix pikes look way better than those on the Warlord pikes. I might even have to register a Facebook login for this blog so I can comment directly to Victrix.. Or if anyone else wants to comment about this please feel free to use the links I provided. Otherwise I’ll just keep my fingers crossed that the sleeves will be optional.
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Ok, this isn’t exactly recent news, but for anyone who hasn’t seen this yet it is really exciting. Victrix are going so deep into ancients that they have decided to do plastic cavalry, starting with Numidians. Not only is this fitting well with their expanding lines that cover the Punic Wars, but I definitely see uses for those of us that are into the earlier Greek period. It is lovely to see plastic horses without more modern harnesses (stirrups and such).
By swapping heads (and possibly left arm/shield) I should be able to get a cheap and good enough source of Greek cavalry. From what I can see so far, the horses look a lot better than what some other manufacturers has managed to produce.
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Some quick snapshots of the latest additions to the Italian condottiere collection. Llama painted these to a tabletop standard. The latest batch, the Easterners and some of the other guys, like the musicians, will need some touch-ups (like defining the faces more) but are to my mind essentially good to go. I based them just recently and have finally figured out the ground colour for my bases. In the background of the first figure you can see some civilians. The Easterners can represent Ottoman mercenaries, Byzantines, or a pimped out Italian mercenary group in fancy dress-up.
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One of the factions that are completely untouched by the plastic virus is the Scythians (of any variety). Here I take Fireforge Games Mongolians and use them as Scythian light/medium horse archers. I scraped away the stirrups as a way to shave off 1500 years. The rest of the horses harness/tack/saddle/whatever does not look Scythian but its close enough for me.
I took the separate quivers and bow cases and combined them into so called gorytos. Used some Victrix hoplite heads that I will probably never use for their intended purposes since they fall outside of my time period. The smurf-style hats are not really correct for Scythians at this time either but they resemble the Scythian/Persian/Thracian felt caps (diadem) enough to give the right feel. One helmet I scraped off the rim over the eyes to give it an older look.
Also modded a hoplite shield to give it the look of a big crescent shaped shield (pelta). Not really correct either but a nice look. Not really visible in this pic though. Will follow this up when I have more troops assembled.
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