While researching medieval warfare, I came to discover a vast arsenal of various weapons. Some of those weapons most people don’t know of. I even included these weapons in my fantasy series to make the battles more authentic by medieval standards. Here are some examples of the weapons I discovered. In case you read my fantasy series and don’t know what a weapon is, you can find it here. In the first volume of my spin-off fantasy series, there will be a grueling pitched battle that involves the use of many of the weapons pictured above. Due to one misfortune after another, this small army won’t have access to standard issue polearms and shields. Instead, they will have access to a diverse collection of polearms and shields. Rather than just using spears as polearms, this small army will use halberds, poleaxes, glaives, pikes, bills, and bardiches. Instead of using one kind of shield for the whole army, they will use a mixture between round, heater, and kite shields. Imagine a shield wall with all those kinds of shields locked together, bristling with all those different kinds of polearms. Now imagine a row of archers behind the wall of shields and polearms. Even though it would be a mismatched battle formation, I can envision it as a formidable foe for any army to face.
I like the design of this war hammer from Forged In Fire because not only did it have beautiful aesthetic, but it could be wielded with either one or both hands. I am thinking of making my new main characters’ initial main weapon to be a war hammer much like this one in my fantasy book. The only difference would be the hammer and spike would not be made from Damascus Steel. My main character would often use his war hammer in one hand and a dagger in the other.
I am brainstorming on what kind of weapons the main characters of my spin-off fantasy series should have. Since the main character will be a blacksmith, he can modify ordinary tools into makeshift weapons. For example, the billhook is such a simple design for a polearm that any blacksmith can make it. Second, a woodcutter axe can be modified by welding a spike in the back of the blade, which can puncture armor and chainmail. Third, a blacksmith hammer can be modified so that it would have a spike on one end of its head and teeth to bite into armor on the other. Fourth, a sickle can be modified into a more robust design that could puncture armor and maim limbs. Fifth, a flail can be made more compact and have its head encased in steel for harder blows and it would be less likely to break on impact. Sixth, a simple wooden club can be fitted with steel spikes, which can increase injury in combat. These are just a few examples I have in mind for the characters’ arsenal.
I had an interesting thought for my spin-off fantasy trilogy. In the Middle Ages, it was illegal for peasants to possess swords. However, some peasants in Flanders found a loophole to this law. They created a blade that was longer than a dagger yet shorter than a sword. This gave them a means to rebel when the need came. I am thinking of including something similar in my spin-off series. The weapon I am envisioning would be a combination of the Roman gladius and the Greek xiphos. As petty kingdoms rise and fall, the peasants will need weapons of their own to defend themselves against invading armies.
From the late 13th century to the early 14th century, France was at war with the Flanders. Because France was a military superpower in the Middle Ages, you might think that the Flemish stand no chance against them. However, the Flemish peasants and militia had a secret weapon up their sleeve, the goedendag. The goedendag was a large spiked club that could impale, hammer, and slash. The word “goedendag” means “good day”, which implies that the Flemish had a sense of humor when it comes to fighting. It allowed the Flemish to defeat the heavily armed French in skirmishes such as the Battle of the Golden Spurs. I am thinking of giving these weapons a prominent appearance in the third volume of my fantasy series during a rebellion against the Imperial Crown.
One futurisitc weapon that is overflowing with potential is the railgun. Unlike other weapons, which rely on either gunpowder or explosives, railguns rely on electromagnetic energy to fire projectiles. This makes the weapon’s ammunition to move faster and penetrate deeper than the average missile or bullet. So far, the smallest railgun ever made is a large turret fitted to the decks of navy warships. Attempts are being made to make it even more compact yet there are some difficulties due to the use of electromagnetic energy. The first concept of a railgun as a firearm I have seen was featured in the Arnold Schwartzenegger film The Eraser, but despite its lethality it still looked clunky, unwieldy, and harder to manuever in a combat situation. For my superhuman series, I will be toying with the idea of a compact railgun as a pistol and rifle and make it the standard issue firearm of a dystopian future.
Since Trump was elected President, I have been keeping closer tabs on the news than I did before. As a result, I came across a number of things I might use in my Kaiju story. One of these ideas was the MOAB or Mother Of All Bombs, which is arguably the largest and most powerful non-nuclear explosive ever conceived by man. I saw footage of this weapon imploding an entire valley, which was both frightening and impressive. Since most Kaiju are nuclear in nature, nuclear weapons will not work on them and only make them stronger. Due to this, I am curious to see if the hide of a Kaiju is strong enough to withstand the MOAB. I will tinker with this further and keep you updated.
The Nzappa zap was a type of battle ax used in the Congo both in war and as symbols of prestige. In combat, the Nzappa zap could be used for hacking and slashing like a regular ax or be thrown from a distance and take a man’s leg off in twenty feet. I gave the Nzappa zap an appearance in Numen the Slayer during the Siege of Foxden. It is one of the tribal weapons I decided to give to a group of woodland clans called the Welts.
Did you know that the average archer could fire twelve arrows a minute? Therefore, at the Battle of Agincourt (which had 6,000 English archers against 30,000 French cavalry) those 6,000 archers fired around 72,000 arrows a minute. If 20,000 archers were deployed, they would launch 240,000 arrows a minute! That many arrows would eclipse the sun!
As I mentioned before in some of my earlier posts, I am thinking of including very exotic weapons in my fantasy book. For instance, I am thinking of giving the Celt-like culture in my fantasy world tribal weapons from Africa and the Philippines. One such example is the panabas, which is a weapon from the Philippines that was used for war, agriculture, and executions. In my fantasy book, I am thinking of having the panabas the design in this picture above, but I will be making a few changes to the weapon. The blade will be made from bronze instead of iron or steel. The wrapping will be made from either rawhide, sinew, or leather. The handle will be made from either ivory, bone, or wood. What do you think?