Officers:Two Handed Spears
More use of single-handed spear and shield
Every warrior should ideally take the field of battle with a shield and a single-handed spear as their starting weapon. I would encourage all new combatants in Regia to start with the single-handed spear as their first weapon.
Fewer two-handed spears being used by POOR warriors
Ideally it would be nice to see only high status warriors using two-handed spears as their large spearheads would have been expensive weapons (see the new rule regarding two-handed spear head minimum length of 20cm (8”)). The use of two-handed spear and shield in combat is only depicted 3 times in Regia’s period of interest (see below) and is always shown being used against non-infantry.
- Training Stamps - All new members are classed as trainees and must use shield and a two-handed spear and use a hadseax separately.
- Using in 'Armoured Man Melees' - Hadseaxs can only be used as a last resort/finishing off weapon.
Master at Arms
7.6.b Two handed spears
|Max head weight:||0.575 Kg||1¼ lb|
|Blade length:||20 - 40.5cm||8” - 16"|
|Max Blade width (1):||10cm||4"||up to 12” blade length|
|Max Blade width (1):||7.5||3”||blade length 12” to 16”|
|Overall length:||1.83 - 2.74m||6' - 9'||including shaft|
|Max overall weight:||1.8kg||4 lb||including shaft|
|Shaft diameter:||2.5 - 4cm||1" - 1½"|
- 2-handed spear-head blades must be 8” (20cm) or longer on spears longer than 7’ (213cm)
- For the first time a minimum blade length is being introduced for two-handed spear heads. Twohanded spear heads must now have a minimum blade length of 8” (20cm) if used on a spear over 7’ (213cm) long.
- The intention is to make the use of javelin sized heads unacceptable on spears over 7’ in length. This will result in the use of javelin heads on our single-handed spears and larger standard spear heads on our two-handed spears, in Regia combat
- More use of single-handed spear and shield
- Every warrior should ideally take the field of battle with a shield and a single-handed spear astheir starting weapon.
- All new combatants in Regia are encouraged to start with the single-handed spear as their first weapon.
- Less two-handed spears being used by POOR warriors
- Ideally it would be nice to see only high status warriors using two-handed spears as their large spearheads would have been expensive weapons (see the new rule regarding two-handed spear head minimum length of 8” (20cm)).
- The use of two-handed spear and shield in combat is only depicted 3 times in Regia’s period of interest (see below) and is always shown being used against non-infantry. (See Fig below)
6. Mandatory Rulings for All Weapons
- 1. All weapon blades, tangs and sockets must be made from steel, iron or in the case of some maces, bronze. They must be rust and burr free and must be of good overall construction and condition.
- 2. All weapons edges must be no less than 2mm (1/16”) and no more than 5mm (1/5”) in thickness. In cross section, the edge may be rounded or round shouldered but must not be square edged (fig. 1). The edges of a weapon must include its cutting surface and any back edges also. This rule also applies to quillions, guards and pommels.
- 3. All spearheads must end in a 10mm (7/16”) diameter rounded swelling. This may be forged into the blade or welded to the point. Other methods of termination may be considered and will be judged on an individual basis. NOTE : “Spoon-ended” spears must not be used.
- 4. Any weapon with a bladed part exceeding 200mm (8”) in length must be made entirely of spring steel. (See Appendix: Notes on Spring Steel.) NOTE : The bladed part of a spear does not include the socket as the bladed part of a sword does not include the tang.
- 5. Any angle made by the edges of a bladed weapon that is 90° or less should be rounded to no less than an 18mm (11/16”) diameter. (i.e. the diameter of a 1999 5 pence piece). Any angle made by the edges of a bladed weapon that is greater than 90° must be rounded over (see fig. 2). This applies to all bladed weapons including spears and flanged maces.
- 6. Any protruding part of a weapon not covered under part 3) or 5) above must terminate in a rounded end of no less than 10mm for reenactment use.
- 7. All spear shafts, axe and mace hafts etc. must be made from a white hardwood, preferably ash. Spear shafts, axe and mace hafts must be in a good overall condition and free from splinters and cracks. NOTE : Ramin is an acceptable alternative to ash but oak must be avoided as it is heavy and shatters easily.
- 8. All spearheads must be securely attached to their shafts.
- 9. All hafted weapons (axes, maces) must be securely fixed to their hafts.
- 10. All swords and fighting knives must be carried in a scabbard.
- 11. All battle standards intended to remain on the field for the duration of the display must fulfil all of the requirements laid down for other weapons.