You don't truly know a man until you know whether he would pick a sword, axe or spear as his weapon of choice.

You don't truly know a man until you know whether he would pick a sword, axe or spear as his weapon of choice.

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  1. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Sword
    Average man, no strong opinions but a strong desire of being a hero
    >Axe
    Pratical personality, maybe boorish but well meaning
    >Spear
    Contrarian, more intelligent than the average man but not by much, strong desire for self-inserting

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >the most common weapon in the entire history, in just about every period and place on earth
      >contrarian

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        It's contrarian by today's standards since most media from nearly every origin depict the heroes using swords
        >Conan
        >The Samurai (even though their actual primary weapon was a naginata)
        >Medieval Knights (even though their primary was, again, a lance or a spear)
        >He-Man
        >Every animu RPG protagonist
        The man who chooses the spear is intelligent and contrarian because can see through the media's recent brainwash and comprehend that polearms are superior to swords in every possible aspect.
        >superior range
        >can double as a throwing weapon
        >superior damage
        >superior armor penetration
        modern bullets are basically spears but small
        I win.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          spear is best only in theory if the wielder actually knows how to use it. Seems like a noob trap for the average person. You poke once, realize how awkward and heavy it is and how your movement isn't at all as fast as how you imagined, you miss and now you're wide open to a counter attack. Sword or axe are much simpler and idiot proof. Anyone can use them somewhat effectively even if they have no clue about actual melee techniques.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Stop talking shit. Spears are very fast, its not like vidya where you have exaggerated recovery on a stab.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >spear is best only in theory if the wielder actually knows how to use it
            A gun is only the best in theory if the shooter knows how to aim. Miss your shots, and you will be left with an awkwardly long reload time, leaving an open window to counterattacks.
            A car is only the best transport in theory if the driver knows how to drive. Hit a wall, and you'd be better off walking.
            Running is only faster than crawling in theory if the runner has two legs.

            Anything else?

            • 3 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              guns lose to knives unless you're half a parking lot away / already drawn and pointing it
              >verification not required

            • 3 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              stupid argument, we are comparing 3 different simplistic melee weapons and a spear is not that far above an axe or a sword to where it would be on the level of a gun or a car in how superior it is to its alternatives. If the spear has a huge disadvantage in untrained hands then yes, the other options would be superior because unless you're some HEEMA giga nerd, nobody in the modern world actually has said experience these days with medieval melee weapons.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >spear is best only in theory if the wielder actually knows how to use it.
            That’s the opposite of true. Swords require a lot of training and skill to use effectively; spears are obvious and borderline idiot proof, which is why armies conscripted from farmers and yeomen and shit were sent to the front lines with them. Any peasant moron can understand “stick them with the pointy bit”

            • 3 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              yeah in a mass battle where nobody gave a shit if said peasants survived. Obviously when being in a front line assault, giving your pawns a frontal thrusting attack is all they needed to be effective. That's not the theoretical situation here. If you had an untrained peasant with a spear fighting an untrained peasant with an axe or a sword, the peasant using the spear wouldn't have any advantages.

              • 3 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                >If you had an untrained peasant with a spear fighting an untrained peasant with an axe or a sword, the peasant using the spear wouldn't have any advantages.
                Range? Pretty fricking important on its own.

              • 3 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                that's what I'm talking about though. You need to know how to use a spear properly to make use of its range and keep the opponent at a distance. If you don't know how to do that properly and you aren't used to the timing, weight and handling of a spear, you will miss and then you're fricked because a spear is at a huge disadvantage against a sword or axe once the distance is closed.

              • 3 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                How would you close the distance on someone with a spear?

              • 3 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                Drop smoke grenade, pull out termo gadgets. Burn mofos with flammable oil.

              • 3 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                We got a Byzantine motherfricker here. You and your "flaming oil" nonsense.

              • 3 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                Hey, as long, as it works. War was never about fair play.

              • 3 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                >If you had an untrained peasant with a spear fighting an untrained peasant with an axe or a sword, the peasant using the spear wouldn't have any advantages.
                What limited testing there is shows that this is also probably not true. It’s very difficult to get inside of spear range with a sword, even against an untrained opponent. A trained swordsman could probably take on an untrained pike-wielding peasant because he understands the combat fundamentals required to get past it but reach is king in melee combat and always has been.

              • 3 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                Spears are better for the trained and untrained. They are smaller and easier to control, they have the range advantage which is very important.

              • 3 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                >untrained spear wielder vs untrained axe/sword wielder
                >wouldn't have any advantages
                a spearman has far greater initiative. even if you don't know shit on how to fight with the spear, there's a pretty solid chance you'll hit the other guy first, and the untrained sword/axe guy is likely not going to be too excited make a risky/decisive maneuver knowing he's already staring at a weapon that outranges him.
                spear wins against sword/axe almost every time in a scenario of both fighters being unskilled in pretty simple ways

            • 3 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              Old wars are fricking moronic as frick. Like why fighting if a single poison or disease can wipe out an entire country and even big armies.
              Yeah nah that's stupid. If picts fought with smart tactics Britain whould never be conquered.

              • 3 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                >Like why fighting if a single poison or disease can wipe out an entire country and even big armies.
                The thing about poisons and diseases is that the slightest mistake can backfire.

              • 3 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                You can strengthen your immune system. Invaders can't.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            You're joking right. A spear moves incredibly fast at the tip, far faster than you think and even a small amount of training can make you deadly with a weapon like that. Why do you think it was so popular?

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            • 3 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              Interesting. I wonder though how much hand-sniping they would be in a real fight, since both of these guys seem to be only going for the parts of the body they agreed to be a valid target (head + torso?). Guy with injured hand is pretty much dead.

              • 3 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                I know when I was trained on the bayonet it was all about thrusts for the eyes and neck. Even the most brave and disciplined person will recoil and reflexively try to protect themselves there. It's why usually people hold spears down low with the point elevated, so you can strike at their face.

              • 3 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                >Even the most brave and disciplined person will recoil and reflexively try to protect themselves there
                I mean that makes a lot of sense to do when someone tries to ram a bayonet into your face.

              • 3 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                if you get the opportunity to make an attack against someone's hand you would absolutely take it in a real fight. answered your own question, even if your goal isn't to kill, landing a decent hit on a spearman's hand virtually guarantees they're out of the fight. plenty of times where one of the guys goes off balance where you could make a quick strike down the length of the opponent's spear at their hand for free

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Modern soldiers still carry spears in a sense in the form of a bayonet. There's a lot to recommend a very long pointy weapon even in modern warfare

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Are bayonets even still in widespread use? I mean your point is valid to a degree but the US Army doesn’t even issue them anymore.

            • 3 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              My nation still issues them regularly but they stopped training with them. Still though, even as recently as Afghanistan and Iraq there were battles fought using them.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >yfw you realize bullets are basically tiny spears we shoot out of guns

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >even though their actual primary weapon was a naginata
          Acshually, it would be bow

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >bullets are spears

          >yfw you realize bullets are basically tiny spears we shoot out of guns

          >bullets are spears
          SpearBROWN stolen valor. The Europeans first compared bullets to sling pebbles and knives.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          range
          >>can double as a throwing weapon
          damage
          armor penetration
          Whoa buddy, slow down, need to apply some game balance changes there.
          >superior range
          >can't be thrown, spec into javelins for that
          >inferior damage
          >tiny additional bit of armor penetration that hardly matters
          There we go.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      how can you be so wrong and not doing it on purpose?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I'm a contrarian but I like swords the best. They're just cooler.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      axe is the absolute worst weapon for war, though. you can't do shit with it beyond chopping.

  2. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    halberd

  3. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    none, hammer only

  4. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I choose sword, the biggest available.

  5. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Either is fine, you are ok as long as you aren't using a ranged weapon like sissy.

    Sword is best tho.

  6. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Hammer.

  7. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    a nice mace for me thanks

  8. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    halberd

  9. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    ALL weapons have a place and purpose.
    >Bro whut's your favorite weapon
    is a dumb question without context.

    Do I get training?
    Who do I have to fight?
    Do I also have to hunt with it?
    etc.

    I love swords because they're nimble and aesthetic but you can bet your sorry ass I aint gonna pick one if it's the only weapon at my disposal and have to hunt deers with it.

    Context, folks.
    Context matters.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      In real life, yeah. But in video games being a generalist is more often then not punished while narrow specialization is rewarded.

  10. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The free Frankish warrior circa 400 was legally required to own all three and practice with them regularly. The king could put you to death for rust spots or a splintering spearshaft.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      #notmyking
      #voicingmytruth

  11. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Whatever feels most fun to play. Usually daggers or small axes in most cases.

  12. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Big frickinh hammer.

  13. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    gimme a small knife and an unsuspecting target please.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Here.
      Your target: an average french knight in full armor mid-gallop.

      I assure he has no clue you're after him.
      Good luck.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        spear, duh
        if I have the choice though, always bludgeoning weapons

        kek

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        realistically is there any position on the body where if this was embedded would eventually kill them? without treatment of course

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Anywhere if left untreated, with enough time.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Left armpit
          below sternum

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        This fricking reminded me of the Knife Knight from the Prosnorkulus 2 cartoon

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          it's a very precise reference

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Ez. I use the knife to cut open his water skin when he camps after exhausting his steed with needless galloping. Then I sneak off and pose as a wandering water merchant further down the road. Except my water is poison.
        Rip knight.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >t. sneaky gypsy

  14. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It depends on the fight.
    The location, the scale, the belligerents.
    Can we get more info?

  15. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    A billhook
    The Socialist’s weapon of choice.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      have a nice day

  16. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    My weapon of choice every day is a bright orange Morakniv

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >when someone jumps you while you're carving jack-o-lanterns

  17. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Halberd. I’m tall and have freakishly long arms, let’s just push that advantage as far as possible.

  18. 3 weeks ago
    Zweihander

    Zweihander

  19. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    What does my weapon of choice say about me?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      PAVISE CROSSBOWMEN
      PAVISE CROSSBOWMEN
      PAVISE CROSSBOWMEN

  20. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >tfw axe wielding gf

  21. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    In reality, the spear all day. In games, spears usually suck whereas sword is usually better.

  22. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    heh i'd take a gun

  23. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I would use my penis as my weapon of choice

  24. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I pick a flail

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >hits himself in the head on accident
      >cant use the weapon if there are friendlies anywhere around him
      Good choice anonbro

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >friendlies
        that's what necromancy is for, besides I won't risk my boy Derrin

  25. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Axe, I'm not gonna pretend I'm some super talented warrior veteran so something simple to swing would be best. Plus I'll always have firewood.

  26. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Dual wield halberds.

  27. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I’d go for a sword (specifically a saber) or a mace. Spears are weapons fit for the rank and file not a hero like myself.

  28. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Sword and shield. People play down swords and shields just because they're the common "hero weapon" and expensive in history but a simple longsword and kite shield was an incredibly lethal combination for a dismounted knight in full plate. I hate hammers, something I see a lot on Ganker is people playing up the effectiveness of blunt weapons. While generally true it has a more focused impact full plate was designed to deflect and absorb force above all else. You would need a clear shot at the center of the head only possible by swinging your arm from a significant height advantage. Spears are always worthwhile but you need two arms to get worthwhile penetration and not taking a big heavy shield would not be an option I'd ever consider.

  29. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Frick this old shit frickery. Modern wars are about drones and shit with Xbox gamepad.

  30. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Rapier of course, class as frick

  31. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Was there ever a halberd that you could just halve the length? I know during Alexander's time their pikes could be disassembled

  32. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    For me, it's the knife/dagger. A truly human weapon.

  33. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    All of em. Sword for non armored targets, maces for armored targets, spear for long range and keeping the target at bay.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Maces for armored targets
      STOP ENFORCING THIS SHITTY MEME NOBODY USED MACES, ONLY POOR moron PEASANT MOBS USED HAMMERS.

  34. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I used to hate spears and it always bugged me playing total war games that there were so many - who the frick wanted these boring sharp sticks? Now I am enlightened after years of enjoying history. For the question, historically, I could use a spear, claymore or sword and targe. I'd probably go with a spear but if I was about to be mowed down by a line of king's men then I guess I'd go with the sword because it'd be cooler.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Spearcucks get mogged by swordchads in all total war games

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I'm the opposite I used to hate taking out armies of swordsmen because I was autistic about history but now I find I like making cinematic armies with matching armor and full helms with swords because it looks like I'm the greatest king ever and super fricking rich and these are my elite standing stormtrooper armies of death that everyone fears.

  35. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    none of the above

  36. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I choose the shield.

  37. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >spears are the cool everyman weapon enforced by thousands of years of tradition and can have no disadvantages if you just have enough tr-ACK

  38. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    ENTER

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >yo why dont we just combine the best weapons into one
      Thats cheating.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >no blunt attribute for bonus damage against skeletons
      anon i...

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Axe head should logically be better since its both percussive damage and it would split/shatter the bones

  39. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Picking the spear because it's practical, effective, and the c**t holding it is massive, if it breaks he could just beat enemies with his fists

  40. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Weapons
    I tame wildlife to fight for me

  41. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Mace.

  42. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I chose sword as a child, but it's spears more and more now

  43. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    AK-47

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