Right Weapon for the Job
Weapons have existed since the first hungry caveman picked
large stick or stone with which to bludgeon his evening
meal. Over the course of
history, they have developed from simple stone and wooden
sophisticated implements of destruction guided by computer
era's weapons spur the imagination more than those of the
Weapons-smiths - every bit as much as their armorer
counterparts - faced a dual task.
They needed to create weapons that were tough and
effective at their gruesome task, and yet well-weighted and
enough that the warrior using the weapon in question would
When involved in medieval combat re-creation, weapons
quite a quandary.
obvious questions of whether the rules for combat accurately
approximate the effect of a weapon striking either human
flesh or the
armor protecting it, concerns of weight, balance, and use all
into play as well.
In the Mercenaries Medieval Combat Guild, weapons are made
primarily of closed-cell high-impact foam, surrounding a core
either plastic pipe or wood.
The weapons used in combat have ranged from small
to greatswords to pollaxes,
and everything in between.
Care is taken to fit the weight and measurements of
weapon as closely as possible to its historical
counterpart. Often, a fighter will carry
three weapons into battle, depending on which situations may
This article will attempt to describe and analyze the
major types of weapons found in Europe between 800 and 1500
historical scope of the MMCG), as well as offering tips on
choose which weapon is best for a particular.