Finished adding the idle, move, dash, and hurt animations for the warhammer.
The attack right now is only for testing (because the game will bug out if I don’t add at least one). Will work on the warhammer’s combo attack animations, tweak damage and pushback values next weekend, among other things.
And with that, the player finally now has three weapons. Technically, this hits my milestone: a combat demo in a closed arena with 1 enemy type, and the player having 3 weapons. But I still have a lot to do before I wrap this up.
He can freely mix the three weapons during combos because it’s part of his magical ability to conjure weapons at will. There’ll be more attacks later on that capitalize this with weapon-based spells (spear walls, flying swords, warhammer tremors, etc.). There will also be more weapons much much later on, for variety (some planned ideas include: bident, basket-hilt sword, falchion, sledgehammer, iron-shod staff, etc.)
As a southpaw, I'm curious as to whether you have encountered any sort of left handed weapons or gear, or how much did any left handedness altered any combat situations. Thanks for reading!
Almost all complex-hilt swords I’ve seen have been for right-handers; being left-handed (being sinister…) was often Not Approved Of for religious and cultural as well as practical reasons, and was usually trained or
beaten out at a young age. This isn’t an example of ancient
prejudice, it was being done in the 20th century to people as important
as the Duke of York (later King George VI) as mentioned in that fine
movie “The King’s Speech”.
Before about the mid-late 15th century weapons were usually symmetrical and ambidextrous - axes, maces, and swords with a simple cruciform guard could be used in either hand. A buckler or Viking-style shield with a grip behind the boss was also ambidextrous, but knightly shields held by enarmes (straps) were mostly for the left arm.
In fact AFAIK jousting was for righties only, lefties need not apply - the whole design of the tourney meant shield-on-left-arm, lance-under-right-arm, opponents approach shield-side to shield-side across the tilt barrier. Later specialised armour for jousting had the reinforcements on the left side, where the opponent’s lance would strike.
According to some sources (Gravett and Oakeshott for instance) even the jousting horse was a rightie, interpreting its name (“destrier”) as meaning it was trained to lead with the right foreleg (the “dexter side”) so as to “break right” - away from the opponent - if there were problems. YMMV on this one.
Once sword-guards started getting more complicated (and that could be as simple as the ring, shell or “nagel” side-guard on a Messer, which protected the knuckles)…
…“handedness” became an issue. Messers were usually curved and always single-edged, so left-holding them so the guard would work would mean the cutting edge was upside down…
This swept-hilt rapier is for right-hand use and shows how the layout of loops and bars differed on either side of the guard (the shell insert is unusual, BTW - normally swept-hilt guards are open)…
Here’s another asymmetrical guard (my reproduction schiavona, a Venetian basket-hilt sword.) Most protection is for the knuckles, there’s space to hook my index finger over the forward crossguard for better grip and control, and there’s also a thumb-ring. But all of it is intended for right hand only…
Oddly enough the Scottish basket-hilt “claymore” was ambidextrous, as was the Spanish/Italian “cup-hilt” rapier.)
Occasionally left-handedness was so endemic in a family that they decided to make use of it. The Border reiver family Kerr (or Carr) built at least one spiral stairway in Ferniehirst Castle rising anticlockwise (the usual direction was clockwise) to inconvenience enemies attacking up the stairs - the Kerr defenders further up would be protected by the central spindle of the stair, while their opponents would have to lean out round it. (There are some other examples of this in other parts of Europe.)
Wheel-lock and flintlock firearms could be built for left-handed use,
with the working parts on the other side of the stock, but that was for
the rich. Military-issue weapons were rightie-standard and leftie soldiers
learned how to use them And Like It. Most of them still are, and provide an in-your-face shower of hot brass for lefties.
There are a few exceptions. The Austrian-made Steyr AUG (as used by the Irish Army) allows a shift to left-handed firing with a simple parts swap, the Belgian F2000 ejects from the right but so far forward it’s no problem for lefties and I’m sure there are others, mostly very modern.
As usual, if tackling this topic in fiction do the necessary research - that’s how I found out about the Kerrs/Carrs and their reversed stairs, and though I’d been aware of the AUG for years (first seen IIRC in the original “Die Hard”), the F2000 was new to me, and a very science-fiction looking weapon, BTW.
Drummer John Rennie (Regt. Nº 2125) 72nd (Duke of Albany’s Own Highlanders) Regiment of Foot, Aldershot Garrison 1856 (aged 25) He is shown wearing the Bandsman’s distinctive white doublet with shoulder “wings” and armed with the brass basket-hilted sword unique at the time to bandsmen of Highland regiments.
John Rennie was born in the Parish of Everton and attested for the 72nd Regiment at Glasgow in the County of Lanark on the 25th November 1846 at the age of 15. He was appointed Drummer on 24 October 1847, awarded the Crimea War Medal with the Sebastopol clasp in 1855, and as a Drum Major during 1857/59, he was awarded the Indian Mutiny Medal.
(2) Is it a rapier or a sidesword? It looks like a sidesword blade was mounted on a rapier hilt (sideswords with swept hilts and rapiers with more mass in the blades aren't unheard of). Did you choose the sword design based on how and whom she fights? Does she primarily focus on singlesword techniques? With that art and the post on gambesons you reblogged earliy, you've definitely got a new follower in me.
Andaril’s sword design in that pic is actually a placeholder for now, I drew it out as more of a personal note/exercise since that’s essentially the design I want to go in the direction of. I honestly just googled ‘Basket hilt sword” and eventually stumbled upon this
I just straight up grabbed this design.
I don’t know a whole lot about weaponry at this moment, but I’m looking into it more and I want to eventually create a fairly original design for Andaril’s sword and give it character to match her. But yeah! I imagine her as being pretty focused on single-handed techniques since she wants to keep her other hand free for magic attacks.
British Pattern 1828 Highland Officer’s Sword with Pattern 1845 Blade
A highland officer’s basket hilt fitted with a Pattern 1845 blade. This sword would typically have a double edged “claymore” or “broadsword” style blade, but for whatever reason its owner opted for the sabre style P1845 blade.
Indian double bladed firangi sword, derived from the Arabic term (al- faranji) for a Western European which used blades manufactured in Western Europe and imported by the Portuguese, or made locally in imitation of European blades, extensive gold kofthari on the khanda type basket hilt.