MW016 Overlord Spearhead

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Spear 

Is a pole weapon consisting of a shaft, usually of wood, with a pointed head.

The head may be simply the sharpened end of the shaft itself, as is the case with bamboo spears, or it may be made of a more durable material fastened to the shaft, such as flintobsidianironsteel or bronze.

The most common design for hunting or combat spears since ancient times has incorporated a metal spearhead shaped like a triangle,lozenge or leaf. The heads of fishing spears usually feature barbs or serrated edges.

Spears can be divided into two broad categories: those designed for thrusting and those designed for throwing.

Spears were also common weaponry for Warring States, Qin, and Han era cavalry units. During these eras, the spear would develop into a longer lance-like weapon used for cavalry charges.

The spear in East Asia

[edit]Vietnam

Dong Son spear heads

Spear is the most common ancient arm found in Vietnam along with the axe. Spear heads are of various sizes and shapes, some are only dozen centimeters in length, while some are thirty to forty centimeters long. Spear shafts also varies greatly. Soldier figures on 13th century vases show very short spears that used together with shields, on the other hand, cavalry spears up to three to four meters long, much resemble the European lance are drawn by 17th century Westerner.

[edit]Warring States and early Sinitic empires

Shang Dynasty spear heads

Spears (Qiang) were used in Asia first as hunting weapons amongst the ancient Chinese. They became popular as infantry weapons during theWarring States and Qin era, when spearmen were used as especially highly-disciplined soldiers in organized group attacks. When used in formation fighting, spearmen would line up their large rectangular or circular shields in a shieldwall manner. The Qin also employed long spears (more akin to a pike) in formations similar to Swiss pikemen in order to ward off cavalry. The Han Empire would use similar tactics as its Qin predecessors. Halberds, polearms, and dagger axes were also common weapons during this time.

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MW016 Overlord Spearhead

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