At the museum, I saw all kinds of medieval armor that ranged from plate armor to chainmail. Some of the armor was fluted, others were trimmed with gold, and a few were forged into segmented scale plates. I included some of these designs in my fantasy series and I plan to include more of them in future works. It was like walking through a gallery full of superhero suits.
I went to my local museum today and it had a rich collection of medieval artifacts that came all the way from Florence, Italy. Among the artifacts were armor and equipment of jousting knights. A knight’s lance was tipped with a three-pronged piece of iron. It was designed this way so that the lance would not penetrate a knight’s armor too much and still be able to knock an opponent off their horse. Back in those days, jousting would have been completely pointless if it was completely safe. Imagine being struck in the face with a lance with the force of a 40 mph car crash.
I just fought my closest battle yet on Total War. My enemy had superior armor and weapons than my troops, but mine had superior numbers. Before the battle started, I had 956 men and my foe had 801 soldiers. When the battle was over, I had 193 soldiers left and my adversary had 140 levies left. The battle could have turned either way, but I ultimately won just by a hair. The battle took place in a canyon just outside of a forest so it acted as a bottleneck for both armies, resulting them to fight in very tight spaces. I like the conditions of this close battle and might include such a fight in the future.
I just fought my first battle in the Total War game and it was more than I expected. I could feel the fear of defeat, the confusion of directing my men, and the satisfaction of winning. I am planning to include these elements in future battles in my fantasy series. I had an army of 861 strong while my opponent had me outnumbered by more than 400 men with a grand total of 1,281 strong. The battle was chaotic and it was hard to tell who was winning until it was over. Fortunately, I won the battle much to my surprise. I lost 656 of my men-at-arms while my foe lost 1,021. I had 205 men left while my adversary had 260. My total kills were 708 while my enemy had 579 kills. It was an engaging experience and was super fun for my first time. I will definitely play this more in order to get more of that thrill of battle. I will keep you updated on both my victories and my defeats.
For the next few days, I will be playing the computer game known as Total War. The reason for this is because I still have much to learn in terms of medieval battle tactics despite all the research I had done. There are some things I need to actually see in action. Hopefully, by playing this game I can get a better understanding of how medieval armies fight. If I fight any battles that are worthy of note, I might include certain details in my fantasy book. I will keep you all updated and maybe I can upload videos of my progress.
I had an interesting idea for a battle tactic in medieval warfare. Imagine sending your armies against your enemies in waves. The first few waves would consist of light infantry and cavalry, which have inferior armor and weapons than heavy infantry and cavalry. These first waves would be used to test your enemy’s defenses as well as wear them down with each wave. Meanwhile, you keep your heavy infantry and cavalry in reserve until your enemy is too weak and tired to fight back. When your light infantry and cavalry are spent and your foe’s defenses are exhausted, then you send in the rest of your forces to wipe out the survivors. I am thinking of including a tactic such as this in my new fantasy book in a number of battles.
In my new fantasy book, I will be featuring a Damascus steel dagger that looks like this recurve hunting knife. Some stories start with the actions of a single knife. In Game of Thrones, the War of the Five Kings started when a dagger was used to try to assassinate a comatose Bran Stark. In real life, William Wallace’s story started when an English noble tried to steal his knife and William Wallace responds by killing the man and fleeing from the town. I am thinking of doing the dagger theme in my new fantasy book and the story kicks into high gear because of how this dagger is used.
While contemplating what kinds of mythical creatures to include in my new fantasy book, I realized something. When I think about the concept of a chicken being retro-engineered back into a dinosaur, it kind of resembles the mythical creature known as the cockatrice. The cockatrice was a reptilian beast with the head of a rooster. By combining the science of the dinosaur retro-engineering project with myth, I can envision including a cockatrice. It would be the size of a chicken and would resemble a chicken, but it would have scales instead of feathers, claws instead of wings, and a long tail. I can picture it now.
I have decided to include a love triangle in my new fantasy book. It will involve the main character falling in love with two women and them falling in love with him. The chemistry becomes increasingly complicated as the three of them try to adjust to their relationship. Just as one love interest will be a mixture of Merlin and Guinevere, this other love interest will be loosely based on Britomart, who was a female knight in Edmund Spenser’s the Faerie Queene. It is going to be an interesting scenario to tinker with and I will keep you updated.