Spear & shield vs. Sword

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Postby Zarlan » 23 Dec 2007 17:58

admin wrote:The Zulus used a 3 foot long spear predominantly.

That's not entirely true. It depends on the period.
See also:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaka#Weapons_changes
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Postby admin » 23 Dec 2007 18:00

Zarlan wrote:
admin wrote:The Zulus used a 3 foot long spear predominantly.

That's not entirely true. It depends on the period.
See also:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaka#Weapons_changes


That's why I said 'predominantly' ;). The era of Zulu success was really after Shaka, of course. Even then, they still used longer spears sometimes, but usually to throw.
http://www.antique-swords.co.uk/

I like swords more than you.
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Postby Lyceum » 23 Dec 2007 18:06

At a Gatka demonstrations I saw spears being used that were around 6ft or so, both in one hand with a curved blade and in two hands. That's about 2ft or so smaller than a hoplites.

I'm terrified of throwing weapons by the way, despite statistics I'd grapple someone for knife arm control yet would shirk at the probability of it being thrown, the same with spears I guess.
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Re: Spear & shield vs. Sword

Postby clubinglex » 26 May 2015 15:32

So shield and spear are the best unarmored combo ?
Perhaps a big shield like a scutum is better defeated with a sword than a spear ?
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