Swiss and Landsknecht soldiers engage in the exceptionally-fierce
hand to hand combat known as “bad war.” The long spear shafts are
their pikes, which became awkward to handle if the push of pike became too disorganized.
In that case, halberds and swords became the deadliest weapons. Engraving by
Hans Holbein the Younger. Albertina, Vienna.
Miller, Douglas, The Swiss at War (Osprey Publshing, 1979) (reprint of 16th
is about 8 feet in length.
has reach. You can strike opponents 10 feet away with it, but you cant
use it against an adjacent foe. If you use a ready action to set a longspear
against a charge, you deal double damage on a successful hit against a charging
Weapon Feature(s): brace, reach
Melee Weapons (Simple)
|Weapon||Cost||Damage (S)||Damage (M)||Critical||Range Increment||Weight||Type||Special|
|Longspear||5 gp||1d6||1d8||×3||||9 lb||Piercing||brace,
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