Do You Know Your Glaive-Guisarme From Your Bohemian Earspoon?
  • Do You Know Your Glaive-Guisarme From Your Bohemian Earspoon?


    Weapons are a large part of any fantasy game. Sometimes they are detailed individually, with crunchy statistics; sometimes they are merely left as flavour. However, it can be fun to imagine the weapons your character is wielding. Halberds, maces, rapiers, guisarmes, glaives, arquebuses, firelances, crossbows, and more make up the armories of any fantasy realms. Straight from the pages of [WOIN] Archaic Equipment, the upcoming sourcebook for the What's O.L.D. is N.E.W. roleplaying game system come these illustrations of a wide range of weapons from artist Egil Thompson.















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    1. neuronphaser's Avatar
      neuronphaser -
      That is beautiful artwork. I wish more games did this; all too often, they leave the research up to the players/GM, and...well, I'm lazy.
    1. Ezequielramone's Avatar
      Ezequielramone -
      Excellent. I needed this so much. Especially polearms made us confused in the past, but not anymore.
      I'll try to print those and add them to my GM's kit folder. Simple but useful work makes me happy.
      THANK YOU.
    1. Polyhedral_Columbia's Avatar
      Polyhedral_Columbia -
      Nice! 1e Unearthed Arcana and then some!
    1. Man in the Funny Hat's Avatar
      Man in the Funny Hat -
      Interesting and handy, if a bit late for me. I just last week spent a few hours in researching for my 1E game what actually is supposed to make a "whatsit-thingy" different from a "widget-thingy", different from a regular "thingy". Where were you then?!
    1. mips42's Avatar
      mips42 -
      The voulge can also sometimes be referred to as a Lochaber Ax.

      http://www.thespecialistsltd.com/files/Lochaber.jpg

      *The more you know rainbow*
    1. Xavian Starsider's Avatar
      Xavian Starsider -
      Finally, I know what a hammer looks like!

      Just kidding. Very thorough. It could have half as many weapons and I'd still consider it very thorough.
    1. Xohar17's Avatar
      Xohar17 -
      Very nice, it reminds me of 4E weapon art.

      Just some comments: that claymore doesnt look like any I've ever seen, neither historical or fantasy, it looks more like a rapier. And is Poleave a typo for poleaxe? or is that another name for a halberd?
    1. Gorath99's Avatar
      Gorath99 -
      I too was confused by the claymore image, but apparently the name is also used to refer to a type of basket-hilted sword used by Scotsmen since the 17th century. Wikipedia has more information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claymore
    1. neobolts's Avatar
      neobolts -
      Gorgeous. So many polearms.
    1. Morrus's Avatar
      Morrus -
      Yes, there were two claymores. I think I'll see about getting the two-handed version added also. Anybody got a good suggestion on how to name them, though? Claymore and Greater Claymore?
    1. DocSun's Avatar
      DocSun -
      In that Wiki article they call the two handed version the Highland Claymore so maybe that?
    1. TheFailedSave's Avatar
      TheFailedSave -
      Quote Originally Posted by Morrus View Post
      Yes, there were two claymores. I think I'll see about getting the two-handed version added also. Anybody got a good suggestion on how to name them, though? Claymore and Greater Claymore?
      Claymore for the two handed version and Broadsword for the basket hilt is probably more accurate.
    1. Morrus's Avatar
      Morrus -
      Claymore and Highland Claymore sound like a good approach (thanks @DocSun!)
    1. NotZenon's Avatar
      NotZenon -
      Well claymore literally means "long sword" or "great sword" in gaelic. So the scots used to term to refer to the longest sword in popular use at the time. Similarly the german "zweihander" literally means "two hander".

      I'm sure most of you knew this though, so sorry for being "that guy".

      i'm impressed most of these seem to be pretty close to historically accurate. probably the warhammer is the only one thats off, being much larger than a historical version, fortunately the picture of the military pick right below it is almost identical to a historical warhammer.
    1. Morrus's Avatar
      Morrus -
      Quote Originally Posted by NotZenon View Post
      Similarly the german "zweihander" literally means "two hander".
      You don't say!
    1. ProtoClone's Avatar
      ProtoClone -
      I'm impressed they included the Urumi!
    1. Nylanfs's Avatar
      Nylanfs -
      Arms & Armor by Bastion Press is a really good reference. Although I'm still looking for a good example of Tian He Feng Wei Tang (Heaven Lotus Phoenix Tail), it's talked about but I have never seen a good picture of it.
    1. Arryn's Avatar
      Arryn -
      Gorgeous artwork, but where are the flails?
    1. EdL -
      Quote Originally Posted by NotZenon View Post

      i'm impressed most of these seem to be pretty close to historically accurate. probably the warhammer is the only one thats off, being much larger than a historical version, fortunately the picture of the military pick right below it is almost identical to a historical warhammer.
      Yeah, I was steamed that they included the 'warhammer' that isn't anything like one. Wish they'd left it out and just called the military pick that.

      Also, the picture of the bill is much too fancy for the name. A regular bill (or bill hook) is much plainer than that.
    1. Morrus's Avatar
      Morrus -
      Quote Originally Posted by EdL View Post
      Yeah, I was steamed
      Steamed? I'm really sorry.
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