Has there ever been a game with half-swording?
If not, when will we get one?
putting one hand on the blade of the sword in order to hopefully deliver a stab.
It can also be used to guard with.
Basically you're reducing your reach for a bit better control.
Yes it was used.
It's advantages are that in close-quarters it's a lot easier to use and it's also easy to poke through armor such as eye-holes because your hand is guiding the blade.
Yes in the late stages of armored fighting, where full armor was affordable. When 2 knights in plate armor fought each other, you couldnt simply stab them, you had to aim for weaker points in the armor, were using the sword as a smal spear becomes pretty usefull.
Another point were you can see, that swords are not weapons for war, but for duelling.
>I don't really see the point to it, though
it's just like what you'd do with a nail and a hammer, you'd hold the tip in place before applying the force.
the hand being closer to the enemy also allowed to grab or punch if needed. When you're wearing armor, and the other guy is also wearing armor, it comes down to wrestling over stabbing.
Interesting, but I think it'd look kind of silly in a game, considering it's not really that well-known of a technique and it would most likely translate poorly into gameplay.
Grabbing sword by the blade. It gives you more precise control of the point and more strength behind the trust (to try to find gaps in armor or to puncture mail), allows you to use the sword as a maceshift mace (for blunt trauma) and might allow you to use it as a lever while wrestling the opponent.
If you have a sword and end up fighting against armoured opponent, that's how you fight. Metal armor makes you virtually invulnerable against the blade.
>Another point were you can see, that swords are not weapons for war, but for duelling.
only specific kinds. Swords didn't just fall out of use when everyone started wearing chain mails.
knights and general soldiers still carried short swords as a secondary to their usual weapon, which was either a spear, hammer or mace.
>knights and general soldiers still carried short swords as a secondary to their usual weapon, which was either a spear, hammer or mace.
>hammer or mace.
No, that's what paladins did
Lets put it this way.
When someone else is wearing plate armor it is quite hard if not impossible to penetrate it depending on your weapon.
So hitting an easier spot like the armpits (or whatever) or the eyeslit would make for an easier kill.
Half-swording made this easier and the range lost was a moot point if you were wearing armor as well unless your opponent had a good armor piercing weapon.
The alternative, reversing your grip on the sword and striking with the pommel was also possible.
And since some big swords had an unsharpened portion of the blade to grip this was easy to do with those. It was also possible to do it with any sword since a cutting motion is required to inflict a cut (duh) and this would be even less of a problem if you were wearing hand protection.
It's actually a Zweihänder.
But you probably don't have that key.
>it's not a two-hander, it's actually a two-hander
In late medieval period and forward (until bayonets became popular) most of everyone carried a sword as a sidearm, be it a man-at-arms with lance, a pikeman or a crossbowman.
Some mods like The Eagle and the Radiant Cross have animations for it but it doesn't actually change anything from mechanical point of view.
The most common sidearm was an axe.
Because it was cheap and required next to no training to use effectively.
This was replaced by the dagger later on because you could make a daggers pommel look like a ballsack which medieval people found fucking hilarious.
Size for size an axe often used less metal than a mace.
Axes did fall out of favour when armour became more and more prevalent but was still used commonly against non metal wearing forces.
No it wasn't. Perhaps in early medieval but I said late medieval and forward. Yes, axes are easy to make but with more advanced metallurgy, that became a non-issue to the point where sword was the de facto sidearm for everyone.
Look at this:
Half-swording is much better than the "normal" fighting techniques.
Late era medieval fighting was more like wrestling, because you simply couldn't hurt someone with blades who wore full plate amor.
You had throw your oppenent to the ground to stab in his weak points.
Its an inferior technique and you look like a faggot doing it
You do not fight people in plate armor 99% of the time in warfare, you either get run over by them because theyre on fucking horses or drop them from 300 yards away with arrows.
Sword fucks up a peasant far easier than a mace.
Got to get a decent amount of swing with a mace to do much, you can just run a sword across flesh and the dude could well be fucked.
Which just proves my point of technique is crap. It comes down to force disposition, force deployment, terrain and a thousand other things. You only need to talk about technique when you're dealing with people that don't know what warfare has ever entailed.
Wut? People definitely used maces, they were better than swords against armoured opponents since a lot of the force still carries through and you can crush their armour to immobilise them.
I was watching The Centurion last night and I was raging for half the movie. I fucking hate this autism, I can't let the neglect of historical accuracy for the sake of story and drama just slide.
Is there a movie were they even considered consulting some historians and specialists before filming?
That's a scripted fight though. The guy swinging takes a swing than stands still and let the guy with a half sword go to town with him. He is acting like he is made out of paper. That's just as stupid as all those martial arts training videos.
>In fantasy "medieval" vidya
There isn't a reaction pic in existence to correctly express where my sides have gone, OP.
No. We will always have 100lbs full plate armour, 10lbs chainmail, utterly useless gambesons, no primitive guns despite their being plate, rapiers despite there being plate, everything being effective against plate, and shields as thick as doors.
of course it's training. did soft swords give it away? it's obviously people learning the technique.
I know it looks nothing like the movie 300. now there was some real historical swordfighting, rite?
I wish there was a game where I could fully utilize the european longsword.
Truly the most versatile weapon ever designed.
Alright fuck it, you grab my sword bitch, get stabbed in the eyeballs