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Old 09-21-2012, 10:13 AM   #271
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Isn't a sword part of a Marines dress uniform? Wouldn't a PX have a few of those laying around, and isn't the militia located on a military base?

Just saying.
I don't know, the militia seemed to be located in an empty field
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Old 09-21-2012, 10:18 AM   #272
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I don't know, the militia seemed to be located in an empty field
Maybe that was where they were shown, but for a military dictator to have control of a region I'd bet at least one or two military bases would be included in his area of influence.
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Old 09-21-2012, 10:21 AM   #273
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Isn't a sword part of a Marines dress uniform? Wouldn't a PX have a few of those laying around, and isn't the militia located on a military base?

Just saying.
Only Officers get swords.. And I would think the amount of use and practice Marines get with the sword is minimal to none.
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Old 09-21-2012, 10:31 AM   #274
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And I would think the amount of use and practice Marines get with the sword is minimal to none.
Still... 15 years.

I can learn a lot of things in 15 years.
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Old 09-21-2012, 10:44 AM   #275
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Old 09-21-2012, 11:44 AM   #276
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Ceremonial military swords are pointy but not sharp. I can definitely say that the sword in my closet was never designed to hold an edge. I would use it after the apocalypse but it would be a thrusting weapon, not a slicing one.

Also, my only training was how to strap it on to my belt.
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Old 09-21-2012, 12:03 PM   #277
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I was hoping this thread would be more about swords.
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Old 09-21-2012, 12:06 PM   #278
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I was hoping this thread would be more about swords.
OK then ...

Crafting a Samurai Sword
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Old 09-21-2012, 12:52 PM   #279
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Old 09-21-2012, 01:05 PM   #280
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Only Officers get swords.. And I would think the amount of use and practice Marines get with the sword is minimal to none.
After the smack down that is the apocalypse I doubt there would be too many people that would enforce that regulation.

As another said, they are decorative and not designed to "HOLD" an edge, but that doesn't mean that it couldn't be used and an edge maintained on it. What else is there to do at night before going to bed?
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They could just buy their swords from www.swords.com ... Oh wait.
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I am hoping we make it to the ren faire this year so I can buy a sword, just in case the electricty apocalypse hits.
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Old 09-21-2012, 01:17 PM   #283
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I am hoping we make it to the ren faire this year so I can buy a sword, just in case the electricty apocalypse hits.
It would also come in handy once the zombie apocalypse hits, so it's like getting a 2-for-1.
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Old 09-21-2012, 01:18 PM   #284
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I am hoping we make it to the ren faire this year so I can buy a sword, just in case the electricty apocalypse hits.
I was just thinking I might go down to Carver this weekend
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I've got a machete, hopefully that's good enough for when I run out of ammo.
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I have a wooden sword. Think it was made on a lathe?
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Just out of curiosity, how useful is a good blade on a sword anyway? From all the movies we see, the swords are just clanged with other swords and occasionally into posts and columns, and then more often than not, the pointy end is shoved through someone/something. I'm guessing that in the powerfree apocalypse, any random hunk of steel with a pointy end would suffice for nearly all uses of a real sword. Sure, a real sword would be better, but it's not like you couldn't protect yourself with a nice piece of rebar that's been sharpened on the end.
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Just out of curiosity, how useful is a good blade on a sword anyway? From all the movies we see, the swords are just clanged with other swords and occasionally into posts and columns, and then more often than not, the pointy end is shoved through someone/something. I'm guessing that in the powerfree apocalypse, any random hunk of steel with a pointy end would suffice for nearly all uses of a real sword. Sure, a real sword would be better, but it's not like you couldn't protect yourself with a nice piece of rebar that's been sharpened on the end.
In the absence of armor, I concur.
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Old 09-21-2012, 03:55 PM   #290
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I said the power would go out as the Cubs were 2 outs away from beating the Red Sox at home in the bottom of the 4th in game 7, but then the sign said they won.

It's a fact that a Cubs World Series win would be the end of the world.
Prior to 2004 the apocalypse would have occurred during game 7 of a Red Sox/Cubs World Series right after the home team had tied the game in the bottom of the 9th. Post 2004, I'm not so sure.
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I said the power would go out as the Cubs were 2 outs away from beating the Red Sox at home in the bottom of the 4th in game 7, but then the sign said they won.

It's a fact that a Cubs World Series win would be the end of the world.
Then what happened in 1908?

I've read a description of a short story (pre-2004) -- but not the story itself, and I can't remember the title or author, or maybe it never actually existed. It's much as you said, the Cubs and the Red Sox in Game 7 of the World Series at Wrigley Field, tied in the bottom of the 9th. A Cubs batter hits a fly ball, and everyone watches its arc as it looks like it's going to leave the park...

...and that's when the nuclear bombs go off.

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Soldier field would have been MUCH more plausible...it's right on the way to downtown if you're coming from the south/southeast...
Except they were apparently coming from the northwest, given that they spent the night on the airfield at O'Hare.

Maybe they should have instead found the ruins of the Kennedy Expressway Magikist lips.
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Just out of curiosity, how useful is a good blade on a sword anyway? From all the movies we see, the swords are just clanged with other swords and occasionally into posts and columns, and then more often than not, the pointy end is shoved through someone/something. I'm guessing that in the powerfree apocalypse, any random hunk of steel with a pointy end would suffice for nearly all uses of a real sword. Sure, a real sword would be better, but it's not like you couldn't protect yourself with a nice piece of rebar that's been sharpened on the end.
That's what I was thinking. It's not like your opponent is likely to have a Hatora Hanzi sword. It's basically one sharp metal stick against another.
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Actually, it's the American Humane Association’s Film & TV Unit

and the guidelines are publicly available if you're interested.

http://www.americanhumanefilmtv.org/...es2011WEB1.pdf
I'm not against having guidelines (and apparently, some pretty horrific things were done with animals in cinema in the 50's). I know the AHA oversees things, but I think it is other special interest groups who have pushed and continue to push against any perceived harm to animals.

I am thinking of that recent HBO show about horse racing that ended up getting cancelled because of bad publicity after three horse deaths. Two of the deaths weren't related to the filming at all, just happened to occur at the racetrack where they also filmed.
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Old 09-21-2012, 04:55 PM   #294
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Isn't a sword part of a Marines dress uniform? Wouldn't a PX have a few of those laying around, and isn't the militia located on a military base?

Just saying.
This I have no problem with.

I think that what really pushed it over the top for me was the fight at the hotel where every room they went into seemed to be lined with swords and elaborate spears. Even IF the guy they were looking for was good with swords and even IF he'd been stockpiling weapons----he didn't know the blackout was coming so how would he be able to collect all those weapons in a place where good swords are in relatively short supply?

I have no problem with random military dudes having swords---but I got the very strong implication that the military preferred guns and the ordinary folk had to make do with bows and swords because having a gun would get them into a whole heap o'trouble.
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I am hoping we make it to the ren faire this year so I can buy a sword, just in case the electricty apocalypse hits.
I've got my defense plan. I'm going to retrofit my spinning wheel to double as a crossbow!
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That's what I was thinking. It's not like your opponent is likely to have a Hatora Hanzi sword. It's basically one sharp metal stick against another.
Really, what we need to see in this show is more people armed with nasty cudgels.

Pitchforks, too. Heck---all your stock mob armaments!
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Really, what we need to see in this show is more people armed with nasty cudgels.

Pitchforks, too. Heck---all your stock mob armaments!
A lot of medieval pole arms were derived from farm implements.
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I'm not against having guidelines (and apparently, some pretty horrific things were done with animals in cinema in the 50's). I know the AHA oversees things, but I think it is other special interest groups who have pushed and continue to push against any perceived harm to animals.

I am thinking of that recent HBO show about horse racing that ended up getting cancelled because of bad publicity after three horse deaths. Two of the deaths weren't related to the filming at all, just happened to occur at the racetrack where they also filmed.

The series was called "Luck" (which it had very little of). I lament its passing (and occasionally rewatch episodes or pieces of episodes I have stored on the Tivo). However, all the horse death were related to the filming in that they were horses that were being used, one of them was after the horse was done filming and being led back to the stable, something spooked him and he reared up and hit his head, the other 2 were while the horses were being filmed on the track, so they the show was more directly related to their death. The other one is like blaming the production company of the actor has an accident driving home from the set.
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So far I think I've enjoyed the thread more than the show. I hope that changes soon...
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