Saturday, May 23, 2009
A Few Examples of Egyptian Arms and Armour
Mace, pear-headed and Mace, disc: These weapons have the same statistics and price as that of a standard mace. What is notable is the construction of these weapons -- both pear-headed and disc maces have their striking heads carved from dense and highly-polished stone. A pear-headed mace resembles (predictably) a pear in shape, with a bulbous head tapering towards the haft; a disc mace has a flanged disk of hard stone for a head slipped ring-like onto the haft, designed for bluntly cleaving flesh and bone rather than crushing.
Dagger: The Egyptian dagger comes in two basic forms. The older design possesses a broad, oxtongue-style blade and a half-moon pommel, intended for stabbing; later versions come to resemble more modern daggers, with a rounded or papyrus-umbel pommel nut and a blade suitable for slashing as well as stabbing.
Throwstick: More commonly a hunting weapon associated with the nobility, the throwstick was occasionally produced in a heavier, weighted form suitable for combat. Long with a slight S-curve (which made the throwstick resemble a snake; some were tipped with stylized snake heads), the throwstick was made in returning and non-returning versions.
Weight: 10 cn; Damage: 1-6; Price: 2gp; Range: 15/30/45
Khepesh: Also rendered as khopesh and occasionally khepresh, this sword averaged twenty to twenty-four inches long (though smaller examples are known) and features a curved edge mounted to a straighter blade-haft. Though many khepeshes were intended for slashing, some larger examples were better designed for cleaving; the larger example in the photo in fact has an unsharpened blade, and was used as a crushing, blunt-trauma weapon.
Weight: 20 - 30cn; Damage: 1-6 or 1-8 (larger); Price: 8gp
Other weapons commonly known: bows, long and short; handaxes; spear; javelin; sling.
Corselet: A closely-fitting sheath of scales -- leather or, rarely, metal -- that covered the upper body to the level of the armpits and was supported by broad shoulder straps. Corselets were supplemented by shields. Many metal corselets were designed for ceremonial use only.
Weight: 150cn (leather) / 250cn (metal); AC 8 (leather)/7 (metal); Price: 20gp (leather) / 40gp (metal)