Dragons and Silk

High fantasy with some naked folk.
Shieldbreaker
Shieldbreaker
24th Jun 2020, 3:59 PM in Hungry Wolves
Average Rating: 5 (7 votes)
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I had to try a few things with this page, because a sense of speed is not my forte.
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chrystal_dark
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chrystal_dark
Robin Hood eat your heart out!
Lee M
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Lee M
And now the stone block shatters, the bars fall out of the window and the prisoners jump out and fight the guards...
RSK (Guest)
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That's a pretty good shield; I fully expected it to just punch right through.
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Knight gear is generally pretty high-quality. Despite how Guin treats them.
Sheela
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Sheela
To be fair, most shields are meant to either deflect, or catch arrows.
It would be a poor shield if it just let arrows punch right through.

That said, that was no ordinary arrow, so still impressed. 😁
Guest (Guest)
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So the downward trajectory of the arrow (first panel) suddenly goes skyward(2nd panel)? Is this a rebound I'm failing to see or just Magic Arrows?
NoOne3 (Guest)
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Yup. Looks very conterintuitive - angle out should not be greater than angle in. Also arrows does not just ricochet, like bullets. Normally it would cartwheel on bounce. Also also, metal shield would be pierced rather than cracked. Diagnosis: there is a lot of magic in this shot.
merle
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merle
Two arrows, I'm pretty sure. The shield bounces up into the air, and she fires another arrow straight through it which then hits the wall.
Oldarmourer (Guest)
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we can see her draw another arrow from the rack across her back (an interesting way to carry them), nock it, draw and loose.
The second arrow seems to double as a deliberate 'warning shot' to the cell occupants to not think about pushing things if they get out.
Cor
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It's the first arrow that struck the windowsill after bouncing off the shield (note the trajectory in panel four.) The second arrow, which she launched in panel three, shattered the shield.
ThatDamnPaul (Guest)
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Nice shots, really needs to work on range safety though.
TomHCinMI (Guest)
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I think the reason she has to “meditate” is the reason she’s flirting with range-safety at the moment.
But you shouldn’t go shooting while pissed-off. It’s as bad as driving while angry.

OTOH Dario should know better than to rile her up.
TomHCinMI (Guest)
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So she has a “trap”, like skeet-shooters use to launch “clay pigeons”; only it launches metal targs?
Have we seen any shield-shapes besides targs? I can’t remember.
Have we seen any shields that weren’t all-metal? Or at least all metal-covered?
What metal do they use? Steel? Bronze? Something else?

If all the shields are all-metal shields, they must be a very wealthy society!
Most would be leather-reinforced wood with bands of metal around the rim and crossing the face.
Except for the boss, more surface-area would be nonmetal than metal.

If I’ve made an error, I apologize, and will welcome correction.

I mean, they have sloths instead of horses, so maybe they have tin or aluminum shields instead of oak and cuirbouilli.
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Knight shields are all metal, because they're enchanted.

The enchantments only work if you're holding them, though.
TomHCinMI (Guest)
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Thanks!
Oldarmourer (Guest)
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bucklers or targets were usually metal, the larger shields mostly weren't because of weight, although there are of course exceptions to both. There are examples of all-leather shields that when tested with blades were remarkably effective and lighter than all-metal.
TomHCinMI (Guest)
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Thanks!
Sheela
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Sheela
Yeah, wood was real common for shields - An example :

The round Viking shields were made of wood, with rawhide nailed to the edge, so swords would get stuck in them, and they could pull the enemy off guard.
(-)_(.) kadaka!
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(-)_(.) kadaka!
It's like that "little demon" can charge the arrows with magic, which seems hinted by that impressive glowing aura around her head.
Cuddle Lion
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Cuddle Lion
Destroyed a perfectly good table there.
Ah well, it's probably a small price to pay to make such a 'pointed' comment to the audience - "Don't mess with me, or you'll receive similarly piercing messages."
(-)_(.) kadaka!
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(-)_(.) kadaka!
Archers are menacing until they run out of arrows, then they're just a foot soldier with a club.
Oldarmourer (Guest)
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excepting that a common secondary weapon for an archer was a falchion :)
Oldarmourer
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Oldarmourer
yup, sometimes warning shots are more of a "to whom it may concern" thing ;)
Sheela
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Sheela
Yeah, when the enemy is charging you, knowing how to shoot fast, was an important skill.
wayside
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wayside
Yeeeeaaahh!!! Now that was cool