[Ansteorra] Am I just wrong
arwemakere at gmail.com
Sun Dec 11 19:51:43 PST 2011
Sorry, modern sling shots are not permitted. Nor are regular "twirly"
slings. Risk of entanglement, end of the string entering bar grill and
taking an eye, etc.
Regarding specialty ammunition, yes, you can throw a "dead horse", but the
construction of siege ammunition must follow acceptable materials and
weights. Rubber snakes may be soft enough, but you'd need them to be a
minimum of 1.25" in diameter, so they can't penetrate a grill. (Simply
affixing APD's to the ends would not work, as we all know snakes do not
necessarily fly head first)..
On Sun, Dec 11, 2011 at 7:18 PM, Stefan li Rous
<StefanliRous at austin.rr.com>wrote:
> On Dec 11, 2011, at 8:23 PM, Chris Zakes wrote:
> At 06:57 PM 12/11/2011, you wrote:
>> Ok, so are siege sling shots allowed? If we're going Angry Birds, let's
>>> go all the way.
>> The forked stick-and-rubber band slingshot wouldn't be period, because
>> they didn't develop rubber bands until much later (first patented in 1845.)
>> But a David-and-Goliath style sling would certainly be period (and I've
>> seen them in use occasionally at SCA events.)
> Thank you. I was wondering about that and my biggest question was, if they
> were period what were they using since rubber was unknown, and until
> vulcanizing was discovered/perfected, even having rubber wouldn't have
> given you what you needed.
> Yes, slings were viable and we should be using them in SCA battles if we
> wish more authenticity. I think the safety issues, such as they are, can be
> easily solved. The main opposition seems to come from heavy fighters who
> don't wish to be taken out from a distance, which was also the main
> complaint about combat archery. Of course slings were of minimal impact
> against fully plate-armored fighters, but most fighters on the field
> weren't in that high end armor.
> slings-msg (42K) 1/15/08 Slings as weapons. combat and hunting.
> On the other hand, torsion-style catapults are, essentially, slingshots,
>> so that option would be viable.
>> -Tivar Moondragon
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