[quote=“Artyom177, post:7, topic:10739”]Well this isn’t the response I was expecting. I wasn’t talking about in real life (Ie, this is in The Drawing Board) I was talking about in the game play terms. Not that this type of info isn’t bad. No the exact opposite.
But uh… I think your info might be flipped evilexecutive. The Zweihander is a two-handed sword, if you translate the word “Zwei” from Zweihander you get Two. So it translates to Two-Handed; which is what the sword is. And the “Bastard Sword” is what the “Half Handed” term in referring too. The name Longsword can both be interpreted to a Two handed sword and a “Bastard Sword” so I get your confusion.
Now if you are strong enough you can wield a Zweihander with one hand; It only weighs two kilograms. But the length of the sword (which can be as long as 5 ft) makes wielding it in a combat situation almost impossible. Unless your Arnold; he can tie those things to his M60s and kill every thing in order to get back his beloved daughter.
Movie references aside i’m not trying point you out evil, just to point out what you got wrong…
Like an asshole…
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Sorry if I’m coming off like an ass, I’d just like to put out some first-hand experience with this.
Eh’, it’s fine. I own a zweihander that’s also 5’ in length; weighs five pounds, and its center of mass is closer to the hilt than it is to the tip of the blade. I’m mostly speaking from first-hand experience with Zweihanders, in that they can indeed be swung faster, and with better range of motions than an Arming Sword/Misconceived longsword), but still only when wielded with two hands. In a single hand it’s only a little slower to use, but not so much that you can’t use it at all.
I’m not a master of Halfhand fighting, but my training with them is on a competent enough level that I could fight an untrained person without worrying of dying to them. My skills with HEMA focus more on the Florentine Style, and classic Dirk Fighting. In florentine I use an Arming Sword in conjunction with a Parrying blade, which takes a lot more skill than I will admit to having.
Even though the Arming Sword or Saber I use for fights is vastly shorter than a Zweihander(So most people would assume I’m faster), I’ll still lose basically every fight against someone with that class of weapons. I mean, with florentine I can -temporarily- hold my ground against someone with a half-hand weapon, but it’s just playing dice with how long until I fuck up with my guard and fail to predict which direction he wants to swing from. It’s really hard to do this, and usually just ends up as being pure luck which direction I put my crossguard against.
Now, Zweihanders and Shields, are some incredibly annoying things to deal with. It’s basically only possible to counter that shit with your own Half-handed sword and shield, or a pike. Simply because the pike counters absolutely everything, through pure reach. And for obvious reasons a mirror fight immediately comes down to one of two things: Physical Strength, Skill, or some combination of the two.
I get really anal about misconceptions with medieval martial arts.