Whack! A walnut bounced off chest.
"Return to on guard. High inside. You're stalling" Diana stood about 8 feet away, conveniently out of striking range, with her long sword resting on her right shoulder. In her left hand was fistful of walnuts.
Sandra looked at her instructor/tormentor. "Look. Why don't we take a 5 minute break and then..."
Whack! Another walnut bounced off the squirrel's nose.
"Talking is a form of stalling. Return to on guard. High inside."
"Throwing a walnut at me is not doing much to motivat...."
Whack! Whack! Two walnuts bounced off her head.
"Does two of them do the trick?" Grinned her teacher.
"Slowly Sandra came back on guard. The light, beautifully balanced long sword that she'd started her practice session with now felt like an anchor in her hands. The blade trembled as her muscles protested the abuse. The pleasant morning sun was a blazing furnace now.
Undoubtedly the result of some hideous magic that Diana has cast. Thought the squirrel.
Whack! Another walnut hit Sandra in the chest.
"Your point is dropping! Bring it up!" Said the vixen
A patron reward for I've drawn Diana and Sandra in the past for him,
but this is the first time I've had them doing sword work. Plus I got break out my copy of Talhoffer and Medieval Swordsmanship, Illustrated Methods and Techniques for reference.
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If you want some in depth written understanding regarding sword play.
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First, to deliver a Swerchau from Ochs, which is what it looks like Sandra is trying to do, she needs to compass step with her trailing foot as she strikes. In the above illustration, her hips are turned too far to the left to effectively step; it also causes her hands to be drawn behind her head relative to her opponent. If Diana were to strike a Krumphau (which is what Lichtenauer, and by extension Ringeck and Tallhoffer would say is the appropriate response) then Sandra's sword-point would be swatted down, and she would loose her right arm at the shoulder.
Second, Sandra is a lefty, and Diana appears to be a righty, and that can cause no end of problems in instruction; but that's between Sandra and Diana.
Love the style.
(I should be ashamed...but no)
Though a fistful of walnuts was never mentioned in that philosophy.
Side note* Really like how you drew Diana's hair. Sleek and elegant and bounds off the light pretty well too.
Hey, figured I'd use my knowledge on sword fighting to answer your second question.
About your question for if you're seeing the sword position correctly, the answer is yes.
Drawing people/anthro's holding swords correctly is a difficult thing by all means, and even if you tried to assume the pose now, you'd feel a slight clumsiness or discomfort, but that's just because of inexperience.
The technique being used appears to be a winding slash (Probably butchered the name of the technique), you hold the hilt under the guard with your in-dominate hand and your dominant on the hilt nearer to the pommel. And as you pull down your dominant hand, your other hand twists in the opposite direction. This causes your blade to do a downward slash to your dominant side with a great amount of speed and slicing power as all the momentum from the twist follows the blade.
It's also ridiculously fast to pull off for a practiced swordsman and is quite startling for the inexperienced to see how quickly the blade twists and changes its direction like the snap of a finger.
You can see this technique used by HEMA practitioners and masters, especially in Skallagrim videos if you're interested
I would give you a specific video, but I have no idea which video it was, since a lot of the common knowledge is repeated for newcomers in videos and to be honest, I've learned most of it over time rather than one massive video. But here's the channel of the man, the myth the legendary Skall.
A broad sword, of size larger than a Claymore? ... sounds like a Zweihander to me. Since there's no definitive broad sword design.
I could definitely offer insight on sword/armor design and how they're best used to make your story seem more authentic. I'm glad to hear that SOMEONE ELSE out there, wants their combat scenes to be based off or realism rather than fantasy... which speaking of which, if all your knowledge on combat is indeed based on movies and games... then yeah, unless you've been watching old school movies where they hired professional fencers for the choreography, then I'm afraid to say that your knowledge on how these weapons were fought with is likely very underdeveloped.
And that's not a knock at your intelligence. Because truth is that unless you've studied it, no one really knows how swords are used throughout the century or how to fight with them.
I love it when artists implement realistic techniques, simply sublime
Or just simply look up some of the codexes on youtube like Fiore di Battaglia or Codex Wallerstein.
The fact that Hollywood dosent take advantage of this kind of style of fencing is just sad.
Now we got a new Robin Hood movie in the works and its.....crap
Nice to see the Dubrovnik rented out some property to Nottingham, and glad to see their Golden Gate is comming along great, the Gucci and Versache the nobles wear must REALLY be raking in the dough,
Pardon the rant I just can't stand this.