Monday, April 7, 2014

F Is For Fauld...

For the April A - Z Blog Challenge, I'm trying to help you visualize some of the components in medieval armor and weaponry. Talk about a challenge! But if you read or write Sword and Sorcery fantasy, you gotta know this stuff! There are times when I am reading and I can't quite picture what they're talking about, so I have to look it up. Kind of a chore, but I want to know these things. Also, everything listed here was pulled from Wikipedia. So on with our post!

Fauld ~ Faulds are a piece of plate armour worn below a breastplate to protect the waist and hips. They take the form of bands of metal surrounding both legs, potentially surrounding the entire hips in a form similar to a skirt.

Falchion ~  is a one-handed, single-edged sword of European origin, whose design is reminiscent of the Persian scimitar and the Chinese dao. (Don't confuse this with the Dou!)
The weapon combined the weight and power of an axe with the versatility of a sword. Falchions are found in different forms from around the 11th century up to and including the sixteenth century. In some versions the falchion looks rather like the scramasax and later the sabre, and in some versions the form is irregular or like a machete with a crossguard.

Flamberge ~ a flame-bladed sword or wave-bladed sword has a characteristically undulating style of blade. The wave in the blade is often considered to contribute a flame-like quality to the appearance of a sword. While largely decorative, some attributes of the waved blade were useful in combat. The two most flame-bladed swords are rapiers or zweihänders, although there have been other sword types with flame-blades.

There. Hope that helps figure some more stuff out! See you all tomorrow.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'm sure the wave of the Flamberge does extra damage going in and coming out.

Mel Chesley said...

I would have to agree, Alex.

Donna Hosie said...

I will totally use this information. Brilliant stuff.