Sep 16, 2014

Weapons & Warriors: The Scissor of the Romans



Art by TL Jeffcoat

There is much confusion about this mysterious weapon. It’s only known to have been used regularly by gladiators and history is unclear whether the word Scissor refers to the weapon or the style of gladiator. Some historians believe that it is the name of both; some deny the name to either.

The Scissor was a simple weapon in design, with an iron tube and a handle inside topped with a crescent shaped blade. The handle allowed the Gladiator better control of the blade that faced away from the tube and was mounted by a metal shaft. The shaft was most likely attached to the handle, through the top of the tube, to enhance its durability and control. There is some speculation to this, but most weapon specializing historians would agree that the blade would need to be attached to the handle and not just attached to the tube itself or the blade would be impossible to manage when it’s struck by another weapon.

Sep 2, 2014

Coming Back This Fall

Recent workloads have taken my attention away from blogging for the last month. I apologize for the delays. I'm hoping to get back on track in the next couple of weeks as I write up some weapon's posts and draw up more pictures for the old posts that still need them. This is a time consuming process and I still hope to convert the entire weapons and warrior posts into a free PDF download someday. 

I am also diving into my novel writing even more, as well as working on a graphic novel concept with a comic artist. I hope everyone had a great end of summer!

Aug 11, 2014

TMNT and the Sai Drawing

I finally remade the drawing for the Sai, complete with Raphael of the Ninja Turtles. It's not as pretty as the one I posted originally with the blog, but it's one of my better drawings. Here's the drawing, and if you want to read up on the Sai, check out the original post on the Sai. I saved this one for the new release of the Ninja Turtles movie.

Art by TL Jeffcoat
There seems to be a lot of hostility towards Michael Bay and his version. After seeing the movie, all I can say is, he did not go with the Turtle Alien route, which was a huge relief to me, and although the movie didn't hold to a lot of the TMNT lore, it wasn't a horrible movie at all. It was a typical Bay movie with all of the high octane chaotic action sequences, blatant use of stereotyped characters, and the cardboard eye candy female character who has to be rescued by men throughout the movie. However, the silliness actually works well with the Ninja Turtle personalities, much better than it did with the Transformers, who generally have no personality.

Aug 5, 2014

Weapons & Warriors: The Plumbata of the Romans


Art by TL Jeffcoat
Although originally used by the Greeks, this throwing dart is best known from its use by the Roman legions over 1,600 years ago. These weapons are so effective that a legion could halt a charging cavalry before it reaches the line. Half of every battle is killing your enemy, the other half is disorienting or confusing them so they are easier to kill.

The Plumbata is a simple design. It’s a wooden dart that is slightly shorter than an arrow. The iron tipped head is weighted with lead to keep the sharp end pointed towards its target while airborne, no matter how it is thrown. This not only simplifies training, it allows the darts to be thrown under pressure at short ranges without focusing so much on technique. The fletched rear of the Plumbata helps the dart stay balanced, and increases range. The weight of the lead also increases the power of the weapon's impact, allowing it to penetrate light armor, or even horse skin as cavalry tries to flank or charge the legion.

Jul 28, 2014

Weapons Update!

Next Monday I'll post the latest Weapons & Warriors article. So for this week, I am presenting 3 more drawings for previous posts. The Urumi of the Rajput, Daneaxe of the Norsemen (Viking), and Shuriken of the Ninja. All three are fascinating weapons; click on their links and check them out if you haven't already.