> From: "Talmon Parker" <tt_ann@...>
>Subject: Re: Rangefinding
> What are you calling the groin?, and at what range?
The fork where both pant legs meet (although I don't quite understand the
second half of your question). An average adult male (5'11" or 180cm tall)
has a leg to base-of-groin measurement of about 90cm, base of groin to top
of shoulders of about 60cm, and shoulders to very top of head of about
30cm. Check out any basic drawing book for these approximate ratios.
Incidentally, adult women will tend have proportionally longer legs and
I've found that experienced hunters can judge ranges by looking at trees
and such near the target, and estimating how far away the trees look.
Of course, if someone has a particularly sadistic streak and lots of time
to make warrior/knight/viking/whatever archery targets, they could through
the rangefinding of alot of folks out the window by making an army of
proportioned dwarves and giants to shoot at -- but don't tell the archers
that they're shooting at dwarves and giants!. Just be sure you get a head
start on the archers as they retrieve....