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Anthony

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Know your Weapons: The Mace
« on: July 19, 2013, 07:27:34 PM »

Today we take a look at a piece of ancient military hardware that was designed to bludgeon it's target with extreme kinetic impact. What are we talking about? It's the Mace,

*The Mace of Ali Pasha. Image from Wikipedia.

The image above is that of the Mace of Ali Pasha, and the first thing you all no doubt wonder is, "Who is Ali Pasha?" and why are we talking about this person before talking about the origins of the Mace? Well simple really,

While being a ruler, and being a generally not to well thought of man, Ali Pasha died fighting at the age of 81 and used the mace quite a great deal during his life on the field of battle. Plus, it's a nice looking weapon at that, though that's just my personal opinion.

So, moving on, what does wikipedia say about the mace?
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A mace is a blunt weapon, a type of club or virge—that uses a heavy head on the end of a handle to deliver powerful blows. A mace typically consists of a strong, heavy, wooden or metal shaft, often reinforced with metal, featuring a head made of stone, copper, bronze, iron, or steel.

The head of a military mace can be shaped with flanges or knobs to allow greater penetration of plate armour. The length of maces can vary considerably. The maces of foot soldiers were usually quite short (two or three feet, or 70 to 90 cm). The maces of cavalrymen were longer and thus better suited for blows delivered from horseback. Two-handed maces could be even larger.

Now let's take a look at a "Flanged" Two Handed Mace in LoA,


This one just happens to be made of Aebonite, does 32 impact and 7200 shock damage and is also really cool looking. Maces are of course designed for pure blunt force trauma and doing as much impact and physical shock to the body as possible. I'd say this one does a good job, :)

Now what about a modern day Mace? Welp, not much has changed because why fix it if it's not broken? But lets take a look at this modern day make of a flanged war mace,


So, what do you think? Would you wield a mace in honorable combat?

-Anthony
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