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Desc:Lindybeige's friend discusses manliness and swords.
Category:Educational, Military
Tags:swords, masculinity, scholagladiatoria, Bernard Cornwell, HEMA
Submitted:EvilHomer
Date:04/20/14
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Comment count is 22
infinite zest - 2014-04-20
Most rapers you hear about are men
Nominal - 2014-04-20
Epees are for fags. Foils are for fools. Sabers are for tools.
fedex - 2014-04-20
Double-Edged Broadswords are for pansy sissy-boys

oddeye - 2014-04-21
Claymores are for Australians.

MurgatroidMendelbaum - 2014-04-20
The attribute he neglects to mention is the likelihood of each to fucking cut you wide open.
SolRo - 2014-04-21
low, both are primarily thrusting weapons

Jet Bin Fever - 2014-04-21
I got the reference.

oddeye - 2014-04-21
I was a fool... I was an Asian fool...

Riskbreaker - 2014-04-20
The important question is, would those swords match my laud?
EvilHomer - 2014-04-21
I'm glad this made it out of the hopper! I wasn't sure if Scholaglatiatoria would play well on this website; his videos are great fun, highly informative and educational, but they're perhaps a little bit TOO educational, particularly for people used to sword nerds being incorrigible and stupid.

Schola is great, and if you're into Lindybeige, I highly recommend you check out his channel. He plays the affable straight man to Lindybeige's eccentric rouge. Schola's videos are not as over the top or rakishly charming as Llloyd's, but unlike Lloyd, he actually researches his points, drawing on primary sources (he's particularly fond of 15th century Italian manuscripts) as well as cutting-edge HEMA scholarship, rather than just spouting off whatever thoughts occur to him during his morning LARP. He's also a great fencer, having run his own HEMA fencing school for over a decade.

Schola, Lindy, and Skallagrim are basically Youtube's sacred triumvirate of quality sword videos (Skalllagrim is great, but oh God that's a whole different experience as well). Of the three, Schola is definitely the most level headed and scholarly, but his habit of staying on-topic and being down to earth means that you really have to have a legitimate interest in history to enjoy his stuff, unlike Lloyd or Skalla, who can be enjoyed by both history fans AND rubberneckers.
oddeye - 2014-04-21
I like that fatswordsman fella.

EvilHomer - 2014-04-21
Fatswordsman is very entertaining, but like most weapon nerds on Youtube (from FPSRussia clear on down to Katana Unboxing Guy), he's not very informative. You don't learn anything from his channel, you just laugh at him. Lindy, Schola, and Skalla are different, in that they can actually educate as well as entertain (with Skalla erring on the side of ridiculous, and Schola erring on the side of educational).

EvilHomer - 2014-04-21
Also, I'd just like to add that his reference to Bernard Cornwell really resonated with me. I'll be honest, I'm not a big fan of rapiers myself, and whenever someone mentions them, the first thing I think of is... Bernard Cornwell! With all his sneaky rapier-monkeys who have no scars, because they're super dangerous, not because they're unblooded dandies like you'd be inclined to think, and who kill their opponents with single well placed thrusts to the vital organs.

I don't know if I'm fully sold on the idea that rapiers can be badass, but he presents a good case, and helps me to both see and understand my own bias.
oddeye - 2014-04-21
Rapiers are pretty fly but they only do like 1d4 damage. What's the point of being high-crit when your base damage is so low?

MurgatroidMendelbaum - 2014-04-21
It's the only weapon that allows you to add your full strength mod while also utilizing weapon finesse, ya fuckin' retard!

EvilHomer - 2014-04-21
I thought they dealt 1d6 damage? Same as a short sword?

oddeye - 2014-04-21
Not if you are a small sized creature, jesus fucking christ.

EvilHomer - 2014-04-21
But you're NOT a small sized creature. Or at least I'm not, and highly doubt you are, either. For medium sized creatures, we deal 1d6 base damage with a rapier.

Old_Zircon - 2014-04-22
His Bernard Cornwall reference resonated with me because I work at a private library to fill the gaps in my freelance stuff, and fuck if that guy doesn't write like 5 books a year, we've got almost three full shelves of them. Never read one or anything, but they'ye like the Scylla to the Marion Chesney books' Charybdis, and between the two of them I never have any space for anything that falls between Chesney and Cornwall.

EvilHomer - 2014-04-22
He's very good, one of my favorite authors, and one of only fiction writers I would actually read, for fun, of my own free will. He specializes in historical fiction novels, of the type: what if semi-mythical historical figures were real people, and also swore/ had sex a lot? His longest running series is set during the Napoleonic era, which is basically Biggles with more stabbings, but my personal favorites are the Romano-British King Arthur books and the Alfred the Conqueror series.

Your mileage may vary, but almost every reasonably intelligent person I know who has a genuine interest in miltary and/or medieval history swears by him.

memedumpster - 2014-04-21
No sword is manly in the hands of Red Sonja.
Old_Zircon - 2014-04-21
I've been enjoying Sword Year so far.
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