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Dark Sword Strikes Again

My friends at Dark Sword Miniatures in Minnesota have released some terrific new figures in their range of Ice & Fire miniatures.

Here's Strong Belwas, sculpted by the incomparable Tom Meier and painted by the amazing Jen Haley.


And here's his travelling companion, Arstan Whitebeard, who may be more than he seems. Another Tom Meier sculpt, another Jen Haley paintjob.


The latest batch of "GRRM Masterworks" also includes Ser Jorah Mormont, Lady Margaery Tyrell, two new ladies of the court, and a battling brother of the Night's Watch, all by Tom Meier, and Balon Greyjoy of Pyke, sculpted by Jeff Grace. To see them all, and lots of other cool minis besides, visit Dark Sword's own website at http://darkswordminiatures.com/


Apr. 5th, 2013 06:46 pm (UTC)
OK, now maybe I can settle something that has been confusing me.

Is the weapon Strong Belwas is holding in fact an arakh?

If so, it appears that he is holding it with the curve backwards, relative to the strike motion.

This is backwards of how I envisioned it being used - based on the books, I thought it was curved forward relative to the strike motion, with the cutting edge on the inside of the curve.

However, this interpretation never made sense to me as a cavalry weapon. I horseman wants a blade that curves away from his strike motion, like a scimitar or katana. That way, the edge slides across the foe but the point does not get stuck. Using the arakh from horseback with the curve and point forward seems like an invitation to get the tip stuck in the foe, which probably means the weapon is wrenched from your hand.

In short, the apparent depiction of Belwas makes more sense, militarily, but conflicts with what I thought I understood from the books and the movies.

So, which direction is right? Or is the weapon sharp on both sides, and used in different ways depending on whether one is on foot or horseback?


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