Roman arms and armour.

Discussion in 'General Weapons & Armour' started by finrod, Dec 14, 2003.

  1. finrod

    finrod Born to woe.

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    Ofcourse, if there is a greek weapons and armour thread, there has to be
    a Roman-themed counterpart as well. (sorry for this shameless ripoff, Byz. :p )

    So the question is: how do you folks think about the Roman arms and Armour?
    I kinda like the Gladius-style sword: short n nasty, perfect for slashing someones
    guts all over.

    As for armour: I am quite fond of the Lorica squamata (scalemail) type of armour, as well
    as the Lorica segmentata variant, introduced by Emperor Trajan.
    Recently, I discovered Albion made the perfect Gladius for me so it's next on my 'goin to get'
    list as soon as my finances recover from the custom Anduril blow. (have yet to tell my girlfriend about that). Sadly, this won't be until early 2005. (that's the only thing I hate about swords: it's an addiction).
     
  2. byzantine warrior

    byzantine warrior Autokratos Konstantinou

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    I personally like spatha better then gladiuses and Your gonna get it Finrod:D I also like the roman sheilds very ornate yet very effective
     
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    finrod Born to woe.

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    Don't hurt me please! Wasn't the spatha a cavalry sword? always thought it was Greek.
     
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    byzantine warrior Autokratos Konstantinou

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    Spatha was a cavalary sword the sword you are probably thinking of is the SPATHION a byzantine/greek sword i could post a pic but youve seen my spathion before
     
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    Aramir Ranger of the North

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    can i see that gladius Finrod? :D pm me the link or something? ive always been a fan of the type of sword, i swear i saw a black bladed one in Gladiator that made my mouth drop
     
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    Send PM, Aramir. :)

    thanx for clearing that up for me Byz.
    oh....I've been meaning to ask ya: were did you get those byzantine weapons? I searched the net for that kind of sword but no luck. Did ya have them custom made for you?
     
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    byzantine warrior Autokratos Konstantinou

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    Actually their family heirlooms but i suppose you could get them made
     
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    byzantine warrior Autokratos Konstantinou

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    I had them restored of course

    my brother had his own spartan sword made at a place called Halkidiki forge in you guessed it halkidiki:D
     
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  9. finrod

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    Family heirlooms? impressive. I don't have any family heirlooms exept for an old recipe to make cheese. (and I know better than to say that has a heroic touch to it)


    Anywayz, Did you all know that in Julius Ceasar's time the legionnaires only wore chainmail and copper helmets? the famous roman plate armour was inroduced in the last 300 years of the western Roman empire by Emperor Trajan.
     
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    byzantine warrior Autokratos Konstantinou

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    yes I always favoured the lorenta segmentata look seems more roman if you know what I mean Btw go to this site if you want some roman/greek stuff
    click on weapons and armour

    http://www.Hellenic-art.com
     
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    Looking extremely good. sigh......and to think that I am currently broke.
    oh well, yet another few Items for my going to get list.
     
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    I got the spear for a christmas present just yesterday im broke to to many SWORDS AHHHHHHHHH
     
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    Aramir Ranger of the North

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    thanks muchly for the links Finrod
     
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    I always think the gladius is the thing that first comes to mind when one says "ROME"
     
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    My gladius Broke when My brother was trying to "help" me move and he dropped the box with it and it broke
     
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    you're welcome Aramir.

    I know Byz. I was considerably wealthy before the sword thing really got a hold on me,
    and look at me now: Lots of swords, empty wallet. Maybe I should sell my girlfriend:

    For sale:

    Nice looking darkhead, a bit temperamental and lacks
    the big childbearing hips you and your tribesmen would wish for.
    But, on the other hand: She does go to college so she will be able to
    provide for you, and the 1.5 year old blonde comes with her for free.

    100 Dollars or a nice Roman Gladius sword.

    Anyone, please?
     
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    Didint you just post this? oh well what do you think of roman sheilds?
     
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    umhh, yeah but I accidentely deleted the post (don't ask how that happened) so I posted it again.

    I think the Roman shields were a very important piece of their equipment and a very effective one at that. They served both an offensive and defense purpose. And ofcourse they were very nicely decorated. In my opinion, medieval warfare can't stand up against Roman(or greek) warfare.
     
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    Yep my opinion also because whille the dark age was going on in western europe the romans/Byzantines/Pagan greeks kept learning alive and i mean come on they had greek fire BTW i like the pretorian guard sheilds from gladiator
     
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    Yes, I like them as well. I also liked the pretorean guard itself, nice colours although not entirely historicaly correct.
    I always thought the pretoreans were amazing: cool name, the might to bring down a emperor, cool name, a royal guard like status, and a cool name.
    I have a book about them, Osprey series: pretorean guard. ever heard of osprey Byz?
    they have books about virtually every major battle, famous culture or campaign. Very cool books.
    I collect them.
     
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