Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Bret Bowmen

Hello Wargamers!

Hope you all are having a great day, and once again, we have a shot of JQ's Bretonnian bowmen, with bow strings taut, and ready to fire off a salvo of arrows onto foes of the proud kingdom.

To actually pull a longbow and shoot the arrow so that it pierces armor was an extremely difficult feat in Medieval times. The bowmen needed a high amount of strength, so much that skeletons of dead archers had deformed left arms, bone spurs (the onset of arthritis) on the left wrist and shoulder, and the right fingers. It was so difficult to master using the bow that English monarchs had to actively encourage the use of the bow throughout the kingdom...so that in time of war, they had a fearsome range advantage (the English were famed in Europe to be the best in armor penetration with bows).

Also, sticking arrows in the ground not only increased the rate of fire, but also the chance of infection upon the target...and arrow removal was not to pull it out (like in movies), but to actually push it through all the way in and out the other side (an extremely painful process, ugh). So maybe add an infection rule to arrows in warhammer? It'll be interesting...haha.

Well, it's about time for me to hand this humble blog back over to JQ, and once again, thanks for coming down and sharing with all of us the joy of fantasy miniatures and wargaming.


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