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DizzasterJuice
14th Feb 2015, 2:22 PM

"The Factions and their Weapons" is an eight page series that, with the exception of this first page, will only be available on Patreon. It will cover all the major faction's weapons of "Off World: The Crease".

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spears and roving hunters

ironau
14th Feb 2015, 4:56 PM

Just wanted to point something out that may alter the stuff you Mag Cheng carry.

Anthropologists have realized that while hunting mastodon (sp) the heads of the spear were not attached to the shaft.

They would use atlatls to hurl the spear and the tip would embed itself into the masodon, and the shaft would pop back out. Then the hunter trail behind and pickup the shaft. Then they attach a new tip from a pouch and throw again. This would both cause more injury and reduce the load they had to carry.

A useful tactic when running with a huge beast in an open plain.

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DizzasterJuice
14th Feb 2015, 10:45 PM

I've heard that theory before. Some believe that the deep flutes on Clovis points were so that it could be hafted on the shaft below the point so it could detach after impact. I only have a few Clovis points in my collection and none are perfect so I didn't use any of them. Most of mine are Hillsborough, Marion and Newnans which were definitely hafted around the point and did not detach. The point in this picture is a Suwannee made from agatized coral which was hafted around the point as well. You can tell because right at the base you can see where the pressure flaking (serrated edge) stopped and it becomes smooth so it doesn't cut through the hafting.

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moizmad
14th Feb 2015, 5:06 PM

I had a baked Molo fish for dinner last night, was very good, but I fear I swallowed the spine thing, had very painful BM this morn...OUCH!

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DizzasterJuice
14th Feb 2015, 9:45 PM

Mo you really crack me up. :D

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MaiLyng
15th Feb 2015, 11:15 PM

Next time try cooking it with a little Mojo sauce. mmmm good

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xpacetrue
15th Feb 2015, 8:38 AM

Ever since I read about them in an encyclopedia, I found the concept of throwing spears with a spear-thrower device (such as the atlatl or woomera) to be quite interesting. The device works by increasing the length of the lever (throwing arm), which increases the speed, distance, and impact.

Also, spears can be nasty in close combat for the simple reason that they can give the wielder much better reach than other melee weapons. (Though, to be fair, spears can be cumbersome, while swords and such allow for much greater finesse.)

And I think it's telling that spears and related weapons like polearms have been used for millennia, up through medieval times. That is, it's important to remember that they're NOT strictly a stone-age weapon. If I'm not mistaken, it was the advent of guns which made such weapons obsolete.

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DizzasterJuice
15th Feb 2015, 8:13 PM

I'been collecting Amerind artifacts here in Florida for about 30 years and have found thousands of pieces. Most of them I donated to the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki museum at the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation but I still have a nice collection. It's just incredible to me when I can hold something in my hand that was made over 10000 years ago.
There's only been a few atlatls ever found in North America and those were found here in Florida so they're still somewhat of an enigma. We still aren't sure of the purpose of bannerstones but we know they are associated with the use of atlatls. Some think they were a type of silencer but I tend to believe they were used as a counterweight to add more power to the release. I've only ever found two bannerstones so I didn't add one to the model I made here because I think their use was fairly limited.

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Computant
28th Sep 2016, 11:14 AM

My recollection is that spears/pikes were the last weapon other than guns in use once guns became common in combat, both in Japan and in Europe. Granted, pikes/spears didn't last much longer than bows and swords, but the "cannon fodder" were given spears when there were not enough guns. Polish Lancers fought in World War 2...

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Skweeee
15th Feb 2015, 9:52 AM

I actually use the modern version of the atlatl. It launches my dogs ball instead of a spear though.

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DizzasterJuice
15th Feb 2015, 7:52 PM

Your poor doggie!!

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Skweeee
15th Feb 2015, 9:50 PM

LoL

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Hvitrbjorn
16th Feb 2015, 2:43 AM

How far did the dog go and how loud were his screams?

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