Wednesday, April 23, 2014

T Is For Tassets...

Well, we're getting down to the wire here, folks. I'm so glad you've all enjoyed my A to Z posts so far. Sadly, you don't get a lot of my wit and snark because I'm getting my info off of Wikipedia... I'll have to make up for it all at a later date. Lucky you!

So today we have T's! Here we go!

Tassets
Tassets - Tassets are a piece of plate armour designed to protect the upper legs. They take the form of separate plates hanging from the breastplate or faulds. They may be made from a single piece or segmented. The segmented style of tassets connected by sliding rivets produced during the 16th century is also known as almain rivets.

There isn't much else in the way of armor and weapons that start with a 'T', but this is my favorite weapon:

Trebuchet
Trebuchet - A type of catapult that was used as a siege engine in the Middle Ages. It is sometimes called a counterweight trebuchet or counterpoise trebuchet, to distinguish it from an earlier weapon called the traction trebuchet, which employed pulling men working the mechanism.
The counterweight trebuchet appeared in both Christian and Muslim lands around the Mediterranean in the 12th century. It could fling projectiles weighing up to 350 pounds (160 kg) at or into enemy fortifications. Its use continued into the 15th century, well after the introduction of gunpowder.

I think of siege weapons and I get all kinds of warm fuzzies inside. I think I was born in the wrong time period. I would have been a terror! All right, see you all tomorrow!



4 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

And now Trebuchet is a font. Weird, huh?

Christine Rains said...

New words for me today! Good luck with the rest of the Challenge. :)

Visiting on behalf of Untethered Realms for the A to Z Challenge.

rolandclarke.com said...

Don't know why but I feel siege weapons are kind of cool... except if I'm on receiving end. Visions of being at Minas Tirith swamp me. But use them when I can whether writing or gaming.

rolandclarke.com said...

Don't know why but I feel siege weapons are kind of cool... except if I'm on receiving end. Visions of being at Minas Tirith swamp me. But use them when I can whether writing or gaming.