(Disclaimer: I will only be looking at African and Indian Elephants. No mammoths and no Mûmakil)
The “Tank of Antiquity”, a real life giant monster, and the only reason to by Total War Rome. War ELEPHANTS!!!
I mentioned how impressive a Hoplite Aspis or a Knight’s Plate Armor is against projectiles and melee weapons alike. But Elephant legs are about 1 ton EACH. A turtle has impressive armor, it is still going to get flattened by a car. And this is ignoring the trunks (which can easily lift a man) and tusks sharp enough to potentially kill OTHER Elephants (especially if you replace the tusk with Elephant-Swords: yes they exist, no it’s not an Elephant using a sword with his trunk).
But don’t think a large animal is simultaneously slow: Elepha…Read more >
The Ninja was a scout, infiltrator, and assassin that disguised as enemy soldiers or common civilians to perform missions that brutish warriors and their massive armies could not do. Their warfare was unconventional, small-scale, secretive and surprising.
While there are no more Ninjatos or ‘magical’ Jutsus; the concept of a ‘Spy’ still exists today and has modernized appropriately. James Bond, TF2, Splinter Cell, Metal Gear, Total Spies, Kim Possible, Black Widow and even Batman are great examples of Spy combatants; except that they are fictional. Sadly while Spy-Watches do exist; they don’t have Lasers and Invisibility Cloaks (unless the CIA has censored that information so well that I’m just oblivious).
Sabotage, hacking, traps, poisons a…Read more >
The words ‘Barbarian’ and ‘Pagan’ are basically a lazy form of discriminating against anyone who isn’t from the western/roman world. So I’m focusing primarily on these tribes and viewing them all as ‘Celts’; the tribes being the Spanish Celtiberians, Gauls (Franks were post-Roman, so I’m not considering them), Germanic Celts, Britons, and Gaelic Celts. I don’t really have anything new to say in discussing the Celts. Germanic Celts were basically Proto-Vikings (as history would suggest) and so they shared similarities (wooden shield, spears, iron long swords). The Celts were tribal similarly to the already discussed Zulu and Zande; all ironage but lacking the resources to use armor or heavy weapons. Instead I want to explain my theory as to…Read more >
Before the rise of Macedonia, Rome and Carthage; the most noticeable empires of the Mediterranean and North Africa were the Egyptians and the Persians. Egypt lasted almost 3000 years before falling to the Persians, and that Persian Achaemenid Empire was estimated to rule about 44% of the world’s population at that time (Modern day China, India, USA and Indonesia combined make up about 44% of the world's population.)
What I want to focus on is how the Egyptians created the basics of Bronze Age warfare as well as how the Persians perfected such technology: primarily with Chariot warfare. However since the Persians conquered the Egyptians, and were more successful in empire-building, I will focus on the Persian Immortal primarily.
Horseback rid…Read more >
The Rajputs, from prehistory to today, have almost always been vital warriors of India. War culture has been a part of India’s history throughout every century. The goddess Parvati is depicted using a Sword (Khadga), Trident (Trishula), Thunderdisc (Chakra), Arrow (Tir), Javelin (Bharji), Club (Khitaka), Bow (Dhanush), Noose (Pasha), Goad (Ankush), Shield (Sipar) and Axe (Parashu): and she uses them all AT THE SAME TIME: that’s more deadly arms than General Grevious using Doctor Octopus’ tentacles. Considering that India is protected by the Indian Ocean, Burmese Jungle and Himalayan Mountains; the only safe way to enter India would be by the north west: home of the Rajputs. Macedonian, Arab, Persian, Turkish, Afghan, Mongol and Mughal (the…Read more >