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|"A guy on the internet says I can make this longer."|
Hurstwic is a wonderful website loaded with background information on all things Viking, including the use of axes in battle. As it turns out, a long axe was useful for:
- hooking an opponent's ankle, throwing him off balance.
- hooking the shoulder or neck to pull an opponent out of position.
- hooking the edge of a shield, pulling it away from the defender.
I tried to share my new-found knowledge with my family at the dinner table. When I asked if anyone knew how to use a two-handed axe, my son replied "With two hands?" That was pretty much the end of Professor dad's history lecture for the evening.
These Gripping Beasties come with LOADS of character. I bent the arms on the fellow in the grey wolf cloak so he could wield a 2-handed axe like his mates. I spent extra time making these shine since they are the killer unit in any Viking warband. Throwing 4 dice per figure (rather than 2) in melee makes you belle of the ball in a Dark Ages mashup.
Next week, it's back to the Welsh with a post-up of the warriors. If you look closely,you'll find the Welsh warriors in this picture. Waaay, way in the back. Farther. Keep looking...yea, those guys!