Two things to know about me: One, I love RP, and two, I love studying medieval combat. I do both pretty much obsessively.
Recently, I've had a lot of friends coming to me about their characters' combat styles, how to keep them practical and the sort, and I've been having a lot of fun helping them out. So much so that when one of them suggested I start throwing myself out there to offer aid to others, I figured, why not?
So! Here I am. I'm Kamazhi, and I'm here to offer advice and answer questions about the combat styles, usage, practicality, and limitations of any weapon or armor type you favor.
Obviously, the question becomes "Who the hell is this guy and why does he think he knows anything?" Well! My credentials are basically about ten years of entirely voluntary medieval arms and armor research, backed by a good deal of real-life sparring and fencing expertise [think Ren Faire stuff].
I'm categorizing answers to questions as I go, and including general information as well. I'll try to keep it well-organized, but feedback is always welcome. As far as sources go, I'm compiling all this from years of research, so I'm mostly speaking from experience or memory. That said, if disputes arise, or you wish for a source of my information, just say so, and I'll seek out evidence and offer it.
FIRST, however, a general note. An important thing to keep in mind when discussing weapons and armor of all forms is context. There are hundreds of nations in the world, each with rich, varied history and access to different resources. Warfare was not the same between any two regions, and this is something it helps to be mindful of when considering medieval weaponry and armor. It's also something that will come up frequently in this guide. Everything from geography to culture is relevant when it comes to warfare, and if I seek to make this a thorough compendium, that must be and will be addressed.
TLDR: This is forever a work in progress, and I will be updating it constantly! Please, ask anything that isn't covered so I can add it!
I: Combat Advice: Dual-wielding (Updated on Page 5!).
II: Sword Basics
IV: Axe Basics
VII: Light Armor Basics
VIII: Heavy Armor Basics
IX: Blunt Weapon Basics
X: Polearm Basics
XV: Plate Armor
XVII: Khukuri (western term: Kukri)
XVIII: Tachi, Katana, Uchigatana
XXIII: Bastard Swords
XXVII: Bo Staves
XXVIII: Gun Staves
XXIX: The Gambeson
XXXI: Buff Coats
XXXII: Mounted Combat
XXXIII. Mounted Combat: Swords