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Old 07-12-2016, 10:24 PM   #22
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Default Re: Swords and plate

Originally Posted by Flyndaran View Post
Unless you're fighting well braced blocks of wood, axes are horrible metal weapons. You poke holes in armor not cleave in twain.
If the weapon looks too similar to a tool it's probably not optimal as a weapon.

The only way a realistic human will penetrate properly made plate armor with hand weapons in bob-and-weave combat is via chinks or swung impalers.
Polearms were mostly against cavalry if I remember correctly.
Good plate armor cost as much as a nice car or even small house. Local battles shouldn't be crawling with such rich nigh impervious mooks.
Basically none of this is true. You might read Sydney Anglo's work, or check out some of the historical fighting manuals here, where you will find instructions of using poll weapons and axes, etc.:
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