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Weapon closeups by Astalo Weapon closeups by Astalo
Almost all my historical style axes, maces, flails and polearms in same photo montage:

1. Hand axe from medieval battlefields. (Forged from old ball-peen hammer & flat steels.)
2. Slavic Bulawa mace. (Made from tractor lift arm ball and steel tube etc.)
3. Native American spiked tomahawk (Forged from old mason's hammer.)
4. Mix between medieval Goedendag mace and studded war club.
5. Long war flail very similar to the models what foot soldiers use in medieval Europe. (I use huge bearing balls on that thing..)
6. Two handed Dane axe from the viking period.
7. Simple ball mace where i took ideas from medieval England & Russia etc. (Made from tractor lift arm ball and steel tube etc.)
8. 76 cm long horseman's axe from medieval europe. (Forged from old claw hammer, but langets are from normal flat steel.)
9. Francisca throwing axe from 500-900 century Europe.
10. Flanged mace what they use in medieval battlefieds. (Maybe a little bit too big and heavy compared to authentic models..)
11. One handed Skeggox axe from the viking period.
12. Morning star flail. (At least that rusty cast iron ball is way too huge and heavy compared to authentic morgensterns..) Spikes are made from old bolts.
13. Voulge pole-weapon from medieval Europe. (Blade part is forged from old leaf spring.)
14. Executioner's axe made from old rusty broad axe what i found in the forest broken to two pieces.
15. Medieval hunting spear.
16. Bardiche, traditional infantry polearm from eastern Europe. (Blade is made from old half broken "plow disc".)
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:iconlokikaspari:
lokikaspari Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
Impressive work. I especially like 16, as I work with plow disc steel quite a bit myself. 
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:iconastalo:
Astalo Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks.. Your axe sure looked very interesting.
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Lamastok Featured By Owner May 19, 2014
This is awesome. Your ability to reforge some of these is truly impressive.
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:iconastalo:
Astalo Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Nice to hear it and thanks also for the faves and watch. :thumbsup:
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:iconlamastok:
Lamastok Featured By Owner May 22, 2014
You're welcome.
And thank you for the llama :)
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Rappel82 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014   Artist
Blank Stare Pumpkin 
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slog11 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
nice pic
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:iconastalo:
Astalo Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks for adding it and also some of my other weapon pictures to your favourites.
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slog11 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
thank
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AkitoShen Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Nice, Did you forged them?
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:iconastalo:
Astalo Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I forged most of the axes, but some other pieces are welded together from old farm tools, but i had to forge new parts also for them. (There was clear description under that photo montage..)
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AkitoShen Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks for reply and sorry about that...
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chaoschamp Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
wonderful work
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:iconastalo:
Astalo Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the compliments.
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BareMaidens Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Professional Photographer
Beautiful work!
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:iconastalo:
Astalo Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks for adding them to your favourites.
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VarikGraythorn Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
Amazing collection and awesome work!
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:iconastalo:
Astalo Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Only a small part of my collection. ;)

Thanks for adding this and one of my throwing weapon pictures to your favourites.
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Alraune-Oblongata Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
I'm a fan of maces and flails, and you have astonishing good ones.
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:iconastalo:
Astalo Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the compliments. :thumbsup:
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KrazyTacoguy Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Student Artist
you should make the assassin hatchet from assassins creed 3
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:iconastalo:
Astalo Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I like historical designs more.
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KrazyTacoguy Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Student Artist
i can see that X3 i do too
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major-azrael99 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I WANT

1-3-7-9-10-1114-15-16

those are gorgeous and that the kind of stuff i would use.
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:iconmihaihen:
Mihaihen Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
No 10 looks so sick 0_o
And don't worry about the weight. It was pretty uncommon for a weapon to weigh more then 8 kg but not unheard of ;)
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:iconastalo:
Astalo Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I kinda like shape of that mace, but the head is quite large compared to shaft and i used way too thick steel plate for the flanges. [link]

Authentic medieval flanged maceheads looked more like this. [link] They also make most of the shafts from wood or metal tubes and not solid steel bar like me. Lighter weight makes the weapon much more faster to control if you have to change hitting angle in the middle of swing.

Perfect weapon weight is usually 0,8-3,0 kg and more is just exaggeration. :)
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Mihaihen Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
well... i train with a 10 kg sledge hammer. And at first it was wicked a hard right, after about 6 months i started swinging it around like it is nothing :D I tried looking for heavier ones, like 15~30 kg but i could find none ;_; So i think, back in the day when your life depended on a quick kill they had heavy weapons...
PS: sledge hammer hits on a big tire is an old school boxer exercise ;)
[link] < they mention 10 kg swords, i seen some pretty heavy cavalry swords so i guess they could have been used.
And in a final note, if i would ask a blacksmith to forge me a mace it would be at least 10 kg... Since these things where used where a sword would be useless, like on a heavily armored knight for example. The shock would pass true the Armour and deliver damage.
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Astalo Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Two hand weapons can be of course more heavier and so on..

If i must to confront some fast moving enemy with sharp things pointed to my direction, i also need very fast moving weapons like that horseman's axe in the 8'th picture. (If i had only some 10 kg mace and i missed the first blow for other guys head, he can probably stab me somewhere, before i find time or space for second hit.)
Big weapons are naturally very effective if you never miss the target, like with the truck tires, but it's not so easy in chaotic situations like medieval battlefields, because target is usually moving all the time and bigger momentum is always harder to control if you are hitting something with full force. :)

For example that morning star in the 12'th picture is a lot of fun, if I'm going to smash some old wooden crates to pieces, but it's way to clumsy and slow weapon for real battles, because that spike ball weight about 5 kilograms. That other flail with three smaller steel balls is much more faster to turn around in the air and it have also longer shaft, what gives it more reach.
That's why executioner axes/swords or some other ceremonial weapons can weight over ten kilos, but longswords or axes from the battlefields are much lighter.
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Mihaihen Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
With practice you can wield a 10 kg faster then you would a 3 kg one :D
It's just how the human body works, the more you demand from it the more it gives, on the principle of use it or lose it. I been into sports all my life, so trust me, the more you demand of the human body the more it puts out. If you are content to fight with a 3 kg weapon you r body will never become as strong(and therefore fast) as a guy using a 10 kg one. Sure it takes a lot more practice to use the heavier one. But heavy weapons where not used by the average conscript any way. In some saga s there are accounts of "magical" weapons that only the "fated" wielder could use. My guess, that is a really fancy way of saying he had a big ass sword and none could swing it like that big guy, lol.
Also, on a side note. Yes for a sword or a spear i would choose a light version too. They are weapons that require speed. But, blunt weapons where used against heavily armored targets(where a sword/spear would not work). Heavily armored targets where also a lot slower...
I for one would chose against a knight wearing plate Armour a spiked war hammer with medium size handle and at least 10 kg of weight, ideally around 15 kg :D
I bet one swing of that would pierce the tin can :(
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Astalo Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ok. Very interesting thoughts.

Have you ever seen anime series from the nineties called Berserk? (Comic is still going in nowadays..) Main character is skillful mercenary and when he started warrior life in very young age, he uses quite normal looking longsword. Over the years he grow more stronger and also his swords blade size is increasing same rate with his strength. It's always very entertaining to watch some fight scenes with different "super weapons", but sword that's almost same size than surfboard looks usually quite ridiculous. [link]

But if you have to kill huge demons all the time, is probably nice to have weapon big as possible. :XD:
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Mihaihen Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
Yes i have. There are also accounts all true history of above "average" weapons. I think i read it in the Golden fleece myth?!? The exact details escape me but... this guy had such a hard bow that nobody else could string it. Oh and Sigurd the dragon slayer, he had a very long sword .It must be pretty awesome having such a bad ass weapon nobody else could use it.
On a side note, i don't think a heavy weapon is useful against an opponent without armor. But on a armored one, the heavier the better. They where pretty good at making armor by the end of the middle ages you know. Not much could get true it, good armor of the day could even stand up to a lance hit at full gallop...
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:iconastalo:
Astalo Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yeah, in the 15-16'th centuries there was also some special multi layer breastplates that can stop even musket ball and so on.
If you have to confront some well armored knight, you must always aim for the joints, visor holes and other weak points. In that way actual speed and accuracy effect better than just brute force.

I have sometimes thought that why medieval warriors never used similar nets what roman Retiarius gladiators had about 1000 years earlier. Few unarmed peasant can win full armored knight just throwing a net over him and then just sit upon, when the guy is rolling tangled on the ground. :roll:

Tricks like that were maybe against they code of honor or someting like that...
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Zeldafan14m Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
AWESOME is all that can describe it.

I'm interested in weapon history and plan on blacksmithing some down the road. These are incredible :D
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:iconastalo:
Astalo Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks for adding them to your favourites.

You are very good age for starting blacksmith career. I was at least 20 when tried traditional forging methods first time. (Before that i just welded things together from different steel bits and grinded or filed them for looking like one solid object..)
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Zeldafan14m Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Your welcome :) they are too amazing not to marvel at.

That's good to know. I wish i was luckier though and started learning at and even younger age. Yeah, i would probably have done that too if i never had the opportunity to learn blacksmithing.
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chaos1976 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Brother, these are awesome! I'm heading down the same path and can only HOPE to reach your level!
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:iconastalo:
Astalo Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Nice to hear it. There is always room for new blacksmiths.
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FlamingShadowsFury Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Student Artist
This has to be one of the most amazing pieces of work I've ever seen. You are the ultimate craftsman of our modern time.
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Astalo Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the compliments, but there is really a lot of people who are better weapon or armorsmith's than me. [link] [link] [link] [link] [link] [link] [link] [link] [link] [link] [link] [link] [link] [link] [link] [link] [link] [link] I think, that jewelry making is my "main thing". :)
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IVAN-77 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
Admirable, creative and very artistic work..congrats.
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:iconastalo:
Astalo Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Very nice to hear it and thanks for adding this and also some of my other weapon projects to your favourites.
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Ragnarok6664 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Splendid
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:iconastalo:
Astalo Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks. If I found some time I try to make one or two new pieces later in this year..
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Splicer02 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
Can I come to your house in the zombie apocalypse?
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:iconastalo:
Astalo Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yes of course if there is also a truckload of food and other supplies with you. :D
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Splicer02 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
Okay, I'll get the tinned beans :P
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gytalf2000 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
Very impressive!
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:iconastalo:
Astalo Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Nice to hear it and thanks for the faves and watch. :thumbsup:
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:iconvegvisir:
Vegvisir Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012   General Artist
What an impressive collection of weapons!! Your craftsmanship is superior and very stylish yet 100% authentic looking. Very very impressive work!!!!!
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ghost-freak123 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
number 6 and 9 are my favs :)
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