German longsword guards

German longsword guards

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German longsword guards

Title: German longsword guards
Pixel Artist: Morbidus  (Level 2 Flatfoot :: 2501 points)
Posted: 10/7/2018 14:11
Statistics:  6 comments    12 faves    0 avatars

A medieval swordsman performs a strike from each of the four primary guards of German longsword fencing, in order: Ochs (ox), Pflug (plough), Alber (fool's guard) and Vom Tag (roof guard).

Update: added head movement and idle time between swings.


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JeffSturm4nn (Level 3 Chief) @ 10/9/2018 11:54

So cool.

Theoden (Level 7 Sheriff) @ 10/9/2018 01:25

Well done! The movements flow nicely and they look pretty much like a HEMA training :)

By the way, I am very interested in medieval fencing moves and manuals.

eishiya (Level 6 SWAT) @ 10/8/2018 12:36

Looks a lot more natural with that head movement, great job!

Morbidus (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 10/8/2018 11:25

Good points, thanks. I've added head movement now, and idle time at the positions that are labeled.

eishiya (Level 6 SWAT) @ 10/8/2018 05:30

The animations look good! Very smooth and snappy. The sword smears in particular are very nice despite their simplicity, I should study them o:

A couple of minor critiques:
- Seconding aiat_gamer that some head motion would be good, even if just when transitioning between guards. Fighters keep their eyes on their opponent, but that doesn't mean they keep their whole head stationary.
- Some short breaks between the different breaks would help each one read better, and give the viewer time to take in what they're seeing and read the labels. A continuous stream like this would be great in a full fight scene, but as something with labels demonstrating different moves, I think it's better to have breaks.

aiat_gamer (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 10/8/2018 04:47

Looks good, but it would be much better if the head turned a bit during slashes. 

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