Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Hand to hand in full plate

Just found this very interesting video that will make me rethink the importance of hand to hand combat in Era. First off it's clear full plate isn't as encumbersome as some rule books would make us think. Take a look at the video and see some aerobics in action while in full plate.

Secondly, weapon damage is very hard to achieve. Notice the sword swing in the beginning. No doubt that a strong bludgeoning blow would still deliver concussion damage, but a sword by itself, specially a light sword has no place in this combat.

Finally the most effective tactics are hand to hand close quarter combat. Grapple, pull, push and bringing down the armored knight is a good strategy. Pinning him down on the floor for a good knife attack is clearly a winning strategy.

So it's time to go back to the drawing board and put more attention into those hand to hand combat rules.

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