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Old 08-04-2021, 06:54 AM   #19
David Bofinger
Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: Sydney, Australia
Default Re: Main-gauche vs. Dagger

Originally Posted by larsdangly View Post
Honestly, armor mostly works the same way
I don't think that's entirely true, in fact it might not even be mostly true, at least as it applies to heavy armour. Comparing two paradigms:
  1. A knight fought until a lucky blow punched between his armour plates. The weapon didn't need to be particularly heavy or its wielder powerful: having the luck or accuracy to hit the gap was what mattered.
  2. A knight gradually accumulated small injuries until they collapsed. Light weapons were ineffective: to fight a knight you needed a powerful weapon.
Of the two it's my understanding that 2 was more accurate. Knights would accumulate so many small cuts that sometimes they'd bleed to death after the battle from blood loss, not having realised they needed to take off their armour and get the wounds staunched.

For lighter armours maybe the D&D model is better? I'm not sure.
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