SinoViet Heavy Machinery . Destroyer . Shaw-Fujikawa Translight Engine . Two meters of Titanium-A armor  . UNSC Navy . As with other destroyer classes, the Halberd combines heavy armament with high speed and thick, high-quality armor.
A relatively small class of warshipthese destroyers can use wolfpack tactics to engage more powerful Covenant warships with coordinated MAC fire and hit-and-run attacks to overwhelm their target's often superior defenses. The Halberd -class destroyer features a distinctive "arrowhead" profile.
Though they lack general-purpose utility, the destroyers' heavy armaments compensate for this issue. The Halberd class has a modular design which allows them to be configured for different missions. Halberd s are also equipped with an advanced sensor array, the Mk. Halberd -class destroyers are powered by high-thrust fusion drives located at the aft, with four primary and four secondary drives.
The superheated exhaust is then redirected with thrust-vectoring plates and magnetic fields to increase the destroyer's manoeuvrability.
The destroyer has six emergency thruster tanks strategically placed on hardened points of the hull. The single hangar bay of the Halberd class is small and confined, with little maneuvering room for shuttlecraft. Halberd destroyers are only crewed by sailors, a relatively small crew for a ship of its size. They also carry a small complement of fifty Marinesenough for a single platoon. Strictly utilitarian in design, each crew member is allocated a single sleeping pod, though some personnel may have to share the same pod with another when the ship carries additional personnel.
In "wolf-pack" task forces, Halberd destroyers carry no Marine complement. Though these destroyers are not as heavily armored compared to other warships in the Navy's fleet, they are armed with enhanced weapons systems that make up for their relatively light defensive capabilities. The secondary, smaller coilgun is only capable of firing kinetic rounds.
The MAC battery is powered by capacitor cells that can quickly be swapped out if the cells become damaged or degraded. The Halberd class is also armed with twenty-six oversized M58 Archer missile pods  capable of holding a total of over eight hundred individual Archer missiles.
The Halberd -class destroyer was the most commonly deployed destroyer class during the Human-Covenant War and the later years of the Insurrection. Such vessels were in service as early as  Halberd s engaged the Covenant as early as December Halberd -class destroyers were attached to Battle Group X-Ray in Very good post mate, I found your blog via pinterest recently and I really like your work.
I myself made reassure on this topic, but not knowing Japanese, it's rather difficult. Anyway, I wonder if you could make a post about the warrior from Okinawa, or just their interactions with samurai during the occupation, it's very difficult for me to find information about them, their armors, and so on. Keep the good content up, have a nice day. Thank you! I'll appreciate it a lot! It is in my plan to deal with the Okinawa Invasion and I will talk about those warriors for sure, but I have to study the topic in depth or at least try to before posting an article so it might take some time Have a nice day too.
Nice overview on the subject of Japanese shields. This is actually suprising for me, but quite logical if I sit down and think hard about it.
Hi and thank you! Is always nice to see you around! I have to say that shields in Japan were never used as much as in Europe or in China, but they were definitely a part of the Japanese warrior's arsenal through out all their history, including the Samurai period. Interesting did not know about the last bit about during the edo period, are you going to an article about the other forms of Taketaba anytime soon?
I might write an article about siege equipment and other forms of Taketaba in the future, but I'm still studying the topic so it won't come soon I'm afraid! Anyway thank you for the other references, I'm sure that I've missed a lot of illustrations were samurai holding shields are depicted. Hi Gunsen This is some truly amazing stuff to read, keep up the good work! Love learning new things every day!
As the Mongols, Chinese, and Koreans were highly known for implementing shields into their weapons and equipment Hello and welcome to my blog! I'm glad that you were able to learn something new with it.
You raised a good question. These were the kind of shields that the Japanese used too. It might be that during some close quarter fight, they may have faced hand held shields too. A shield offers a great advantage if you are skilled with it and if your enemy is not heavily armored. The Samurai were quite armored by the 13th century and the majority of soldiers deployed by the Mongols were not skilled at all I would say. In any case they were familiar with the concept of hand held shield so yes they didn't have any serious problem in dealing with it.
The Same goes with Ming and Joseon, although by that period the pike and shot tactics deployed by the Japanese made them deadly at a range in which shields didn't work that much. But again, the fact that you see hand held shields in Japan too means that they were perfectly capable of dealing with them; with polearms and heavy armor.
Thank you Gunbai and I appreciate the reply! Does that mean the shield was bulletproof? If so, was the shield made of steel. Yes it look like if it was made of steel in order to stop bullets.
In fact even wooden tate shields were replaces with iron ones or taketaba because wood wasn't able to withstand the arquebus! Post a Comment. December 18, Naginata falls under the classification of a Japanese sword. There are three classes of individuals in the Japanese society that used this weapon and these include the following:. Even if it is a pole arm its blades can be compared to that of a sword. In the case of the weapon used by women the weight was adjusted since the original Samurai Naginata was designed to be use and carried by a man.
The weapon that armed woman was of lesser height because the average female height was shorter than their male counterpart. A Naginata consists of a wooden pole with a curved single blade at the end of the weapon. Naginata has a round handguard between the blade and shaft when it must be mounted on a koshirae.
As mentioned earlier the Samurai Naginata is forged like that of a sword; same process and materials. The blade is removable though and is secured with the help of a wooden peg. From the tang sits it is reinforced with the use of metal rings or sleeves. A wooden sheath covers the blade when it is not used. The blade is replaceable because during sparring it is often damaged. It is easy to replace being attached to the shaft with tape.
The simplest explanation on how this weapon was developed can be credited to the need for long weapons that can be used by individuals. Fighting in massed formation with the use of this weapon allowed the soldiers to fight even for those who are unskilled. The Naginata is descended from the earlier hook yari. There is no clear history as to when the Naginata appeared or was first used.
However, it was mentioned that this weapon was used by warrior monks to defend their Shintoist temples from invaders. The use of the Naginata gain ill favor and during the 14th century, the monks gave it up after there were no attacks made on the temple.
The best reference dates this weapon from to the late Heian period. It was not until the Gempei War when the Naginata rose in prominence when the Taira clan fight against the Minamoto clan. During this period this weapon was regarded to be an effective weapon used by warriors.
This weapon was effective in dismounting cavalry and creating havoc to disable the horseback rider. Later on, the changing times and peace time useful for men on the battlefield it became a symbol for women. This was emphasized when there was a need for women to learn to defend them while the man was at war. There was even an instance when a woman named Itagaki was able to defend the castle when she gathered 3, warriors using Naginatas.
In peace time, this was perceived to be a weapon best left alone for war. Using it was prohibited.The kind used by women was called ko-naginata. A naginata consists of a wooden or metal pole with a curved single-edged blade on the end; it is similar to the Chinese guan dao  or the European glaive. The blade has a long tang nakago which is inserted in the shaft. The blade is removable and is secured by means of a wooden peg called mekugi that passes through a hole mekugi-ana in both the tang and the shaft.
The area of the shaft where the tang sits is the tachiuchi or tachiuke. The end of the shaft has a heavy metal end cap ishizuki or hirumaki. When not in use the blade would be covered with a wooden sheath.
The naginata was developed from an earlier weapon type of the later 1st millennium AD, the hoko yari. The earliest clear references to naginata date from in the late Heian periodwith one suggesting that the weapon may have been recent. Some 11th and 12th century mentions of hoko may actually have been referring to naginata. During the Genpei War —in which the Taira clan was pitted against the Minamoto clanthe naginata rose to a position of particularly high esteem, being regarded as an extremely effective weapon by warriors.
Medieval Japanese Weapons Influenced Culture Long After the Middle Ages
The widespread adoption of the naginata as a battlefield weapon forced the introduction of greaves as a part of Japanese armor. The rise of importance for the naginata can be seen as being mirrored by the European pikeanother long pole weapon employed against cavalry. The introduction in of firearms in the form of the matchlock tanegashima caused a great decrease in the appearance of the naginata on the battlefield.
As battlefield tactics changed, the yari spear took the place of the naginata as the pole weapon of choice. In the peaceful Edo Periodweapons' value as battlefield weapons became diminished and their value for martial arts and self-defense rose.
The naginata was accepted as a status symbol and self-defense weapon for women of nobility, resulting in the image that "the Naginata is the main weapon used by women".
A naginata was commonly a dowry of women of the nobility. But historical recordings describing the practice of martial arts by women are rare and uncertain. In the Meiji erait gained popularity along sword martial arts. From the Taisho era to the post-War era, the naginata became popular as a martial art for women, mainly due to the influence of government policies. Although associated with considerably smaller numbers of practitioners, a number of "koryu bujutsu" systems traditional martial arts which include older and more combative forms of naginatajutsu remain existent, including Suio Ryu, Araki Ryu, Tendo Ryu, Jikishinkage ryu, Higo Koryu, Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu,Toda-ha Buko Ryu and Yoshin ryu, some of which have authorized representatives outside Japan.
In the USA, there are an estimated practitioners. The naginata used in atarashii naginatathe shiai-yohas an oak shaft and a bamboo "blade" habu. It is used for practice, forms competitions, and sparring. They are often broken or damaged during sparring and can be quickly replaced, being attached to the shaft with tape.
It is called a kihon-yo. Many of the "realistic naginata " for sale to the public are not naginata at all. These imitations have shorter, rounded shafts, very short blades, and screw-together sections.
Naginata can be used to batter, stab, or hook an opponent,  but due to their relatively balanced center of mass, are often spun and turned to proscribe a large radius of reach. The curved blade provides a long cutting surface without increasing the overall length of the weapon. Historically, the naginata was often used by foot soldiers to create space on the battlefield. They have several situational advantages over a sword.
Their reach is longer, allowing the wielder to keep out of the reach of opponents. The weight of the weapon gave power to strikes and cuts, even though the weight of the weapon is usually thought of as a disadvantage.The crystal halberd is a degradable two-handed weapon made from elven crystal.
In order to obtain a crystal halberd, one must talk to Islwyn who will offer to sell you a "new" crystal halberd forcoins. Alternatively, one can take a crystal seed to Ilfeen to be recharged at a discounted price into a "full" crystal halberd.
The crystal halberd is significantly more powerful than a dragon halberdmaking it a good choice as a melee safespot weapon. The crystal halberd is frequently used for its special attack, which can deal high damage against large enemies. It also works on the Corporeal Beast and is unaffected by the non-spear weapon damage penalty, as halberds are classified as spears when used against the corporeal beast. While bested by the special attacks of the Dragon dagger and Dragon claws against other monsters, the crystal halberd is still popular for this purpose.
It can also hit 10 enemies in a multi-combat area in a 3x1 area centred on the main target. The crystal halberd's special attack's accuracy rolls against the opponent's slash defence.
While this is higher than what Dragon claws and Dragon dagger can achieve, the much slower attack speed of the halberd is a major downside, so the claws and dagger generally lead to faster damage output in combat. The special attack's ability to hit up to 10 enemies can prove more useful; when on a Slayer task where stacking enemies up in one pile to cast multi-combat spells is efficient, such as Smoke devilsthe Crystal halberd can deal a large amount of additional damage, often twice that of an Ice Barrage.
The crystal halberd degrades over time. If the special attack is used and it hits an opponent twice or multiple opponents, it will be considered one hit in regards to degradation. As the halberd degrades, the negative Magic attack bonus and the defence bonuses remain the same while the positive attack bonuses decrease as shown below.
The crystal halberd can be imbued for 2, Nightmare Zone points per charge, requiring 20, points to imbue a fully charged halberd. Imbuing the crystal halberd does not keep it from degrading, however its stats will remain at their maximum, regardless of how much it has degraded.
When the halberd reverts back to a crystal seed, it will lose its imbue, and players must imbue it again using points from the Nightmare Zone. Ilfeen will recharge crystal seeds into crystal bowscrystal shields or crystal halberds. She can be found teleporting back and forth between two clearings in Isafdar.
Initially, Ilfeen chargescoins to re-enchant a crystal seed into a crystal halberd. However, the price is decreased bycoins each time Ilfeen re-enchants a seed for a player, in the following manner, until reaching the minimum recharge cost ofcoins:. The amount that Ilfeen charges is dependent on the number of crystal seeds she has re-enchanted, not the number of crystal halberds she has recharged.
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Thread starter Mrbsct Start date Sep 11, Mrbsct Banned. Title This is continued from Praetorian Guard vs Samurai thread. Samruai were terror of the battlefield in Feudal Japan like the Knights of Europe. Infantrymen were mainly armed with spears at the time, but as Knights became lanced armed Shock Cavalry, infantry started becoming focused with Halberds and Pikes.
Knights too dismounted and Halberds were favorite primary weapon on foot. So why weren't Samurai along with infantry soldiers armed with Halberds and Blunt force weapons en masse?
I know Yari could be used as a pike to keep at bay, but Kanabo I beleive was rarely used. Samurai I don't think had a warhammer or mace equiv and fought with sword as the secondary weapon. CV12Hornet Moderator. Those heavy blunt weapons were primarily due to the proliferation of heavy plate armor in European armies, something that never happened in Japan. Peptuck Dakka Accumulation Specialist Moderator.
The shitty nature of Japanese metallurgy meant that they never got to the point that full plate armor became a thing. By the time the Japanese armor would have started getting to the point where they needed to employ axe-headed polearms or warhammers to defeat heavy armor, they got guns.
Guns short-circuited a lot of weapons development. The whole shock cavalry thing also didn't predate guns by all that much in Japan IIRC Takeda Shingen was credited with its first widespread use.
If you aren't dealing with a dude whacking you from atop his horse, you don't really need a halberd. EFA Silent Fury. Also,Yari is a catch all term for polearms so halberd type may be in there. I blame movies for this. Also, the Nagae Yari Pike was used differently against infantry. They were meant to bash the head and shoulders of their opponent as as opposed to stab them. A midth century treatise stated: "Do not only think the pike is only for thrusting.
Everyone should, with one will, in the same rhythm, with the point of the pike bash from above. For sure do not think to thrust.Halberdalso spelled halbert or halbardweapon consisting of an ax blade balanced by a pick with an elongated pike head at the end of the staff.
It was usually about 1. The halberd was an important weapon in middle Europe from the 14th through the 16th century. It enabled a foot soldier to contend with an armoured man on horseback; the pike head was used to keep the horseman at a distance, and the ax blade could strike a heavy cleaving blow to finish the opponent.
The blades of halberds took on a variety of shapes, often being engraved or inlaid and exquisitely finished as works of art. Concurrently with the disuse of armour and the development of firearms, the pikeor thrusting element, gradually displaced the cleaving element in such weapons.
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