21434Into the fray
- Sep 4, 2006Marcus offered,
"Although there is room for arguement, I have the perspective that
Archors are for Artillery (i.e. Raining Death) and Crossbowmen are
direct fire (i.e. Sniping). Crossbow bolts tend to shoot
penetrate better than arrows. So coming up with a motto that
Crossbow traits would be better suited in my mind."
Aye, but you seem to only look at a limited view of England and
The Mongolian Horseman defeated these archers using any device in
both `sniping' and `artillery. Killing another riding horseman at
200 yards is certainly `direct fire'; while using a second bow
to `rain death' from distances of 400 yards and more could provide
effecting `containment' and `delaying' support (guess that is
artillery too). They did not use siege tactics until learned from
Europeans, and then proved effective in using gleaned arrows of any
length and strength.
Thus, in considering `le difference' a hand-bow can be proved more
effective in both utilizations; plus it has versatility while the
crossbow is limited to specific bolts designed for it.
For me, the key difference is TRAINING. It took a lifetime of
crippling practice to excel with the longbow; but a `castle guard'
with a crossbow could become proficient in weeks without destroying
himself. In modern Germany, the machine pistol was developed in
order to decrease training time rather than increase kill rate. A
rifle marksman requires experience or training while even a blind,
one armed man can hit something with a sub-machine gun.
and I, limited by disabilities may change to a crossbow for love
of sport, not because of some hierarchical perception. Either way I
can't hit much.
However, each weapon form and attendant style and skill should be
secondary (within SCA) to the `heart of the archer' as opposed to
the `close combat' alternatives. I believe that every effort with
coins or any future projects should be designed to attract SCAdians
to archery and to recognize prowess, and have fun. Anything that
even appears as division or split purpose should be avoided. Get
the Royals to the range to participate --- whether they use bow,
crossbow, or throw rocks is secondary.
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