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Bogenrand - Flail Sword by tower015 Bogenrand - Flail Sword by tower015
This is a sword that I created for a character, which I am still formulating, but this piece of equipment is almost pivotal to understanding the character. It is a hinged sword, and as such behaves more like a hatchet in principle, and would better be sutied to people who are capable with swung weapons, like nunchaku or the manrikigusari. The handle and joint parts are made out of an extremely durable set of alloys, and the blade itself is a very dense alloy. All told, this is a very top heavy weapon, which requires a high amount of muscle to use effectively, however once swung the inertia and momentum built up and multiplied by the design would make this a very formidable weapon in the hands of an experienced user.
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EatDeadBatteries Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
"This is a sword that I created for a character, which I am still formulating, but this piece of equipment is almost pivotal to understanding the character."
"...this piece of equipment is almost pivotal to understanding..."

BECAUSE THE BLADE PIVOTS. I SEE WHAT YOU DID THERE.
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Swarrm Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011
My god... this looks... plausible...
It also looks like a very bad day if you're fighting this wielder...
MUST REPLICATE IN REALITY!!! I WANT THIS!!!!
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tower015 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I did actually make a training version of this out of aluminum and acrylic. It behaves very similar to nunchaku, but obviously with some roll changes and the inability to let it contact you. Thanks for the comment though.
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Swarrm Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011
I'm currently working on mine with some sheet metal and wood. I've decided to take your idea and expand it a little more, placing a locking mechanism in case of contact with another blade, that they can't just immediately push you off (which seems the ONLY fault that I can find with yours)

I have a tendency to critique weapons that I see, especially those that haven't already proven themselves in combat. Yours seems to be incredibly efficient, and mostly plausible.
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tower015 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have constructed one of these about 5 years ago out of 1/4 inch aluminum, and have become mostly proficient in handling it. To clarify this is a swung weapon that behaves with most of the motions of chain or segmented weapons. The blade is approximately 12 inches, and the handle is a little over 8 inches, and the majority of your ability to "reset" the position of the weapon requires being able to do a balisong's flip-pivot midpalm. Blocking and parrying has to do with allowing the blade to orient over your forearm, or upper arm and follow the curvature of your arms while "flipping" the blade back to the start position.

I think you are thinking that fighting with this weapons follows standard blade to blade combat, which it does not in any way shape or form. Parrying requires deflection and follow through to the side, and a return stroke would be with an arching motion following that deflection, or an immediate reset and opposing stroke. I designed this weapon and cultivated its fighting style following a concept that does not fight a fixed blade like a standard hard bodies weapon would. If you would like to know more about this design, I would be happy to discuss it with you, but I would offer you the respect of asking you about your design before saying there is a fault with it, or piggybacking off of it. I appreciate that you enjoyed the design, but I fear that my explanation of the weapon itself may have led you to the wrong conclusion on how to fight with it.
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Swarrm Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011
My thought was a direct swing, where the opponent would block, causing a direct blade-on-blade contact. Opponent SHOULD be able to easily push it off, once the initial impact force is gone. I'm saying the locking mechanism should be able to hold the blade in place so they don't immediately knock it back.
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tower015 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I understood what you are saying, and what I was saying is that your weapon design may function perfectly fine with that, however my weapon is not supposed to do that. The flat of the blade is used almost exclusively for blocking and stopping, and this is done with postures that more closely resemble how you would use a shield. The design of this is a swung weapon that is used in a style similar to any other hinged or chain weapons, and therefore was never meant to do the kind of blocking you are describing.
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Swarrm Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011
LOL. Ok, I'm not saying you use that sword to block. I'm saying if you swing the sword, and someone ELSE uses a DIFFERENT sword to block. They can push the blade off easily after the initial impact.
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tower015 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If you were going to use this weapon in a way directly opposite to the way you are supposed to use it, then yes, it can be pushed off.
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Myth-666 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2007
Thats awesome :D
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