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Old 07-13-2016, 01:32 AM   #26
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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.

Polearms were mostly against cavalry if I remember correctly.
Polearms were popular all-purpose weapons, rather than mostly against cavalry they did nearly everything. The Swiss halberdiers used them as their weapon of choice before adopting the pike. More or less anyone not an archer would use a polearm in the Wars of the Roses. Landsknecht made use of halberdiers against other pike squares.

Axes were overall pretty good, not ideal for armour piercing, but certainly far from horrible metal weapons.
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