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Offline Scalenex

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Are shields unbefitting of great heroes?
« on: November 30, 2012, 05:19:52 PM »
Not one special character in the Empire book carries a shield.  Karl Franz, Kurt Helborg, and Ludwig Schwarzhelm all fight with magical hand weapons.  They don't really need a free hand do they?  Is it an arbritary way to limit the AS of the Empire's biggest badasses?  Did the sculptors not want to make shields?
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Re: Are shields unbefitting of great heroes?
« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2012, 05:27:52 PM »
Your guess is as good as mine. But there have been a couple of special characters with shields in the past: Boris Todbringer and Rutgar, for instance.
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Re: Are shields unbefitting of great heroes?
« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2012, 06:01:12 PM »
Historically full plate armour made a shield whilst on foot redundant and allowed the user to wield heavier weapons pole arms etc. The shield was still used on horseback however. I assume its just one of those hero cliches. Boromir carries one and dies Aragorn wears a jacket and survives.
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Re: Are shields unbefitting of great heroes?
« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2012, 06:04:07 PM »
You just aren't that cool when you have a massive hunk of metal/wood in front of you

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Re: Are shields unbefitting of great heroes?
« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2012, 06:14:08 PM »
You just aren't that cool when you have a massive hunk of metal/wood in front of you

Did you not see 300?  That was pretty cool.
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Re: Are shields unbefitting of great heroes?
« Reply #5 on: November 30, 2012, 06:27:36 PM »
You just aren't that cool when you have a hunk of wood in front of you

This has been Robert Pattinson's problem.
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Re: Are shields unbefitting of great heroes?
« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2012, 07:01:47 PM »
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Re: Are shields unbefitting of great heroes?
« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2012, 07:41:45 PM »
I think not having a shield drives players to put their Characters on barded horses...

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Re: Are shields unbefitting of great heroes?
« Reply #8 on: November 30, 2012, 07:53:05 PM »
The only ones that have a choice of mount is KF and Volkmar.
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Re: Are shields unbefitting of great heroes?
« Reply #9 on: November 30, 2012, 08:37:18 PM »
You just aren't that cool when you have a hunk of wood in front of you

This has been Robert Pattinson's problem.

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Re: Are shields unbefitting of great heroes?
« Reply #10 on: November 30, 2012, 09:03:03 PM »
You just aren't that cool when you have a hunk of wood in front of you

This has been Robert Pattinson's problem.

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As for shields, it is odd.  Maybe because on the model it would cover up a lot of the details?  They would have used them from horseback, as stated, so I am not sure.  Probably the rule of cool rather than an attempt to nerf the heroes.
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