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Alexis Bataille




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PostPosted: Wed 03 Feb, 2016 1:21 am    Post subject: Hounskull visor         Reply with quote

Did hounskull visor was close in a close fight battle hand to hand.
Or did they were closed only outside close combat ?
I heard that some knight never close them in duel because it reduce too much vision awardness.
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Mark Griffin




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PostPosted: Wed 03 Feb, 2016 1:34 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

considering my fencing master (an olympic medallist) always taught 'lunge for the face, it puts them off', I suspect in real combat the same might well apply.

If there is a design on armour its there for a reason basically and if you can't work well with those features in place something is wrong with it. Yes they are great for flipping up and having a quick looksee or a breath/glass of wine, but have it up and you might loose that lucrative modelling contract pretty quick.

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Alan E




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PostPosted: Wed 03 Feb, 2016 8:09 am    Post subject: Re: Hounskull visor         Reply with quote

Alexis Bataille wrote:
Did hounskull visor was close in a close fight battle hand to hand.
Or did they were closed only outside close combat ?
I heard that some knight never close them in duel because it reduce too much vision awardness.

Some period illustrations show them worn closed in close fighting, others show them removed / nonexistent. One thing's for sure, once you are in wrestling range (and close combat in armour involves a deal of wrestling), they are a handy handle for turning your opponent's neck (or the helmet on his head if it is too loose to turn his head with the helm).

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