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Cacique Caribe29 Jul 2006 10:18 a.m. PST


Has anyone fitted their figures with throwing sticks?


Cacique Caribe29 Jul 2006 10:29 a.m. PST

This must have been a revelation:


westphalia29 Jul 2006 10:41 a.m. PST

I'd like to borrow a stick, if anyone has one.

Plynkes29 Jul 2006 10:58 a.m. PST

The Masai used to throw their knobkerries as they charged. So they're throwing sticks of a sort. And I've got some.

Not exactly prehistoric, but there you go.

I suppose they are prehistoric in a way, as 19th Century Masai had no written history (I dunno, maybe they still don't).

AcrylicNick29 Jul 2006 12:30 p.m. PST

"I suppose they are prehistoric in a way, as 19th Century Masai had no written history (I dunno, maybe they still don't)."

Or maybe they went straight to camera phones for documenting stuff.

vojvoda29 Jul 2006 12:53 p.m. PST

I think Eureka has a line of Pacific Islanders with throwing sticks.
James Mattes

French Wargame Holidays29 Jul 2006 5:18 p.m. PST

castaway babylonians have throwing sticks, nasty surprise for charging troops.

Procopius29 Jul 2006 6:21 p.m. PST

Sticks and stones may……..



Scurvy29 Jul 2006 8:59 p.m. PST

the first pic in the series does not show killing boomerangs but sport ones. A hunting/war boomerang as a long handle and a shorter 'hitting' end.

colin knight30 Jul 2006 5:06 a.m. PST

Bluewillow. Any photos of those Babylonians?

Cacique Caribe30 Jul 2006 1:26 p.m. PST

"I'd like to borrow a stick, if anyone has one."

Stalking again?


French Wargame Holidays31 Jul 2006 5:36 p.m. PST


sticking them up today.



French Wargame Holidays31 Jul 2006 7:58 p.m. PST

here is the address



crhkrebs01 Aug 2006 10:46 a.m. PST

Also be on the alert for confused authors using the term "throwing sticks" to cover everything from boomerang-type weapons to dart throwing atlatls.


Cacique Caribe08 Aug 2006 5:01 p.m. PST

I am amazed at the time and effort required to carve out a throwing stick or boomerang, when most of us would probably go for javelins or bows.

There must be an obvious advantage in it (obvious to them, that is).


RockyRusso09 Aug 2006 10:11 a.m. PST


One advantage of the boomer is stability which leads to a consistant accuracy.

The spin.

SOME javelins, usually not presented on figs, uses a coil of chord and a finger hold to impart spin on the throw of the javelin for the same reason.


Rudysnelson10 Aug 2006 6:43 a.m. PST

There are also nice rock drawings of Saharan warriors in a skirmish using boomerrand style weapons. It think that they were in the Time Lif book on 'African Kingdoms'.

A nice interesting DBA list with spears, boomerrangs, bows and heavy hide claoks for protection (much as the Sumerians).

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP29 Jun 2021 4:24 p.m. PST

Aboriginal Australians Used Boomerangs as Retouchers




Heedless Horseman Supporting Member of TMP01 Jul 2021 9:16 p.m. PST

Sometimes wonder about the apparent 'lack' of 'weaponry' in 'ancient' graves… whether as 'weapons' or 'Hunting Tools'.
Wood would disappear… and 'slings' leave No trace apart from 'shot'…and who would carry a BIG bag of sling shot into the afterlife? Maybe 'Token' amounts of stone 'shot' have been 'stones' to be trowelled away?
Just a thought.

chironex05 Jul 2021 1:55 a.m. PST

Yeah Armand… they re-TOUCH you on the head and you go down…

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP07 Jul 2021 10:10 p.m. PST



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