Yeah, but it also evolved into cool-looking halberds, and even when it was just a plain spear it would have been longer than that. A polearm weapon isn't much use if it's not much longer than a standard sword.
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Thanks; the handgonne was very easy to use, cheap to make, not as affected by weather as stringed weapons like bows, and apparently was rather good at penetrating plate armour. It lacked accuracy but I would guess at this range it would be pretty effective.
it's got a chance of piercing the knights armor, but if we're still seeing full plated knights, I doubt this is a gun capable of consistently penetrating armor with lethal effects, but when the gun goes boom, the knights horse is goin to lose his shit, so the gun man has a chance of survival, but I'd tell him to fight another day if the knight resist the first bullt
Definately. Early fire arms did poorly against plate (but what didn't), but there are other aspects of combat besides power. Longbow couldn't punch through armor consistently and those that did lacked wounding power...but horses weren't always armored and the fire caused people to move away from it and thus allowed the english to tire out the french before english knights/mam at arms mopped up the french mess. Crecy and agincorte in a nutshell.
What's the spark on the spear's head? It can't be a reflection of sunlight. A fuse of some kind? The other details look great. The perspective on horse's torso looks a little off though. Kind of hard to follow the anatomy under the barding.
Tapanator28Featured By OwnerDec 31, 2012Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love it. A nice medieval picture. Its hard to pick who is gonna get stabbed or slashed. I think the knight is gonna slash that Spearmen. That spearmen's spear is very dull and short. That sword can reach him also. Its hard to pick. I'm going with the knight.
It's a goedendag ([link]). It was used by Flemish infantrymen to kill French knights by piercing it through the thin neckprotection. The knight would make a nodding motion as the tip drove its way into his skull and skewer his brain. 'Goedendag' means 'good day', hence the name.