[Runequest] Shields (was: Shameful question)

Steve Perrin steve at limitedchaos.com
Mon Sep 5 07:10:08 EST 2011


Westerners who wanted to carry a shield fairly quickly developed the 
buckler, which gave rise to the term Swashbuckler. But even the buckler 
is a pain to carry around unless you really expect to start fighting 
with every step. Keeping a sword under control in social situations is 
problem enough.

Steve Perrin

On 9/4/2011 1:07 PM, Gianni wrote:
> Hi
>
>> either system (Western - sword+shield, Eastern - sword only),
> Shields _were_ used in East Asia (the shield was one of the 18 traditional
> weapons of bingqi).
> What happens is that shields were more of a battlefield weapon than a martial
> arts weapon, so you do not see them featured in Hong Kong films, which are
> more focused on stuff like contests between rival martial arts schools.
>
> G.
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