Okay so i have a serious problem with my sword skill right now.
So i know a lot of HEMA folks have serious reservations against LARP. I do larp with a group who does LARP fights the HEMA way, cause we are all really into that and think it makes for cooler fights than just wiggling your sword around like a lot of other people do--in fact, i think a lot of the prejudice against LARP makes more sense in the american context, here in Germany we tend to put a lot more money into our gear, up to and including functional metal/plate armour...
Any way, in our practice i very much prefer longsword and greatsword as the weapon of choice - just a personal choice really cause it's the weapon i "get" best out of them all. I know how to deal with sword & shield and i think i'm getting pretty decent in a symmetric matchup. There's just one matchup where i just haven't a clue how to approach, and that matchup is greatsword vs halberd/pollax.
Now the way i understand it, while these polearms have a lot of the advantages of spears, there's still quite a bit of a difference between a spear and a polearm (at least in the way people tend to use them... so in a way, i'm asking this knowing that there's no good way to deal with a spear for a longsword, period).
Either way long story short, does anyone have any resources on the two-handed sword vs polearm matchup? or to be specific, greatsword/zweihänder vs polearm, because that's what i'm on about.
As a starter, some conclusions i've reached so far:
-Ochs and Pflug seem to be almost completely pointless (heh) in this matchup
-trying to grab the the polearm is not an option, it's just too fast---maybe if you manage to get your entire arm around it? seems to be the safer way to grab, but how do you do that?
-halfswording works great (easier to control the polearm's shaft), but only once you closed the distance (so business as usual)
-experienced halberdists will just draw their dagger on you at that distance (i did join a halberd training once and this was a huge point the instructor made)
the best solution seems to be, drop the zweihänder and get a halberd---which flies in the face of the doppelsöldner-vs-pikemen cliche, which i suspect that to be a myth anyway. Nonetheless, i'm hoping...
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