Posts Tagged ‘Skull’

A Pirates Scimitar.

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

OK, so today you’ve got a POP QUIZ!!!

Only one question, Short answer. (Sorry, no multiple choice today. πŸ˜› ) And here’s the question:

What kind of sword do you think a medieval pirate would use? Hmmm? Take a wild guess. Go on. Give it a go. πŸ˜€

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BZZZZT!

Wrong.

The correct answer is: “It depends on where said pirates are from.”

HA!

Yes, yes, I know, I’m a bastige. That was a cheap shot. A trick question. And I’m actually quite sure some of you got it right. So… Whatever. What can I say? I just like to throw a few of them out there to keep you on your toes. Somebody’s gotta do it? Right? So why not I? That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it. πŸ˜€

Anyway the topic of this post is actually related. I have here, a “Pirate’s” sword:

Fantasy Pirate Cutlass

Fantasy Pirate Cutlass

Actually it is called a Fantasy Pirate Cutlass, which is a good thing, because when I think about Pirate swords, my first thought is the stereotypical sword wielded by the classic European vagabonds of the seven seas. The Cutlass. Clearly, however, this sword is *not really* a cutlass. More like a rather ornately finished scimitar.

The curve of the blade, the wide deep clip of the spine just before the point, the cross guard, the hooked pommel, all of these say… “I’m a Scimitar!”. Not “Me Cutlass!” However, seeing as this is a “fantasy” pirate cutlass, anything goes… I guess. So I suppose I should let that go…

Anyway, notwithstanding my prior confusion, I really like the lines of this sword. Obviously it is not as dark as I’d like :D, but I can’t have everything now can I? At least it has a very cool blade, and an interesting hilt to match. The cross guard looks like a set of talons attached to the sword at right angles to each other, with a rather misanthropic looking skull emblazoned in the middle. Not bad looking actually.Β  πŸ™‚

Fantasy Pirate Cutlass - Hilt

Fantasy Pirate Cutlass - Hilt

The hilt continues with a studded leather wrap, covering the grip, which features what looks like a simple single choil at the top for added grip/control. The rest of the grip smoothly curves down to the pommel, which features another rather evil looking talon that curves to the front edge of the blade. Also pretty cool.

Fantasy Pirate Cutlass - Pommel

Fantasy Pirate Cutlass - Pommel

The stainless steel blade features an interesting rough cast/pitted steel appearance,Β  which lends a much more “used” feel to the sword. Overall it appears to be a beautiful and aesthetically well executed sword. I like it.

Fantasy Pirate Cutlass - Skull

Fantasy Pirate Cutlass - Skull

So, notwithstanding it’s failure to meet my expectations vis-a-vis being a pirates cutlass, all I can say is…

I wish it came in Damascus. Or black. I’m not that picky…

No, really, I’m not. Really… What?

Fantasy Pirate Cutlass – [StrongBlade]

Another Freaky Finger Claw…

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Back again with another entry from the weird and wonderful world of finger claws:

Gothic Skull Lord Finger Armor

Gothic Skull Lord Finger Armor

Meet the Gothic Skull Lord Finger Armor. Because your fingers need armor too. πŸ™‚

So here we have another finger claw, a rather more practical version of neko-te, consisting of a regular ring with what I will assume is a likeness of our earstwhile Skull Lord emblazoned on top, to which are attached three armored articulated section, the last section terminating in a rather evil looking talon.

What to say about this. Well. I like the talon. And the armor. And the articulating design. But to be honest, unless this is all attached to a gauntlet, all I can see is pain. In the *wearers* future. Yes. I said *the wearer* The claw wielder. The finger claw sporter. Etc. Ad nauseam. Uh huh. Unless they have really strong fingers. Or like to use poison. Or maybe like to go for the eyes… Yeah… that’s a good legitimate use for something like this… Soft targets.

Not very sporting, imho, but if, for any given reason, you decided to put these on one morning when suiting up for a battle, weeeell…

Not much more I can say about that… πŸ˜€

Gothic Skull Lord Finger Armor – [NorthStar Zone]

A dark weapon with a lot of good points…

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

And I guarantee that you won’t want to argue any of them. Not with any measure of success anyway. ‘Cause today we are going back to basics. A black steel ball. A bunch of 2″ sharp steel spikes. A chain. And a big stick to swing it all around with. Our weapon du jour is actually a fairly regular, though sinister medieval weapon. But I thought the modern variant I found still qualified for at least one post, just based on it’s malevolence alone.

No, it doesn’t have any blades. But come on. I think you’ll agree it has enough good “points” (AHA! I made another funny!!… … … Whatever… ) to more than make up for it. This, my friends, is the stuff that flails are made of. Meet Mr. Chain Mace.

A Medieval Chain Mace

A Medieval Chain Mace

Now this weapon has a lot more history behind it than you might imagine. This deceptively simple weapon is in fact a combination of several different weapons. Yep. It’s a schizophrenic weapon. Multiple personalities. And they’re all bad. That’s why it’s so dangerous. It’s got the blood of like 4 or 5 different weapons battling for control. I’ll try and introduce you to each of them…

Brass Skull Duo Mace

Brass Skull Duo Mace

OK, so first off your first character is the handle and chain, which come from your everyday medieval flail. Next up is the head, which is in fact of a wooden club design called the morning star. The morning star is actually a relative of the mace, which is, in turn, a descendant of the lowly, but ever so simple wooden club. Yeah. Heck of a lineage. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

The family tree is not quite as simple as I’ve laid it out, but I’m pretty sure you won’t want to read too deep into the genealogy of a weapon like this. Might get a little too scary for ya. A little too “hard core”. Uh huh. Ya think you can handle it? Whatever. Anyway, the end result is quite self explanatory. Big bad spikes on a black steel ball, spinning around on a chain at high velocity. You do the math. I’m fresh out of brain cells.

Brass Skull Duo Mace – [True Swords]

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