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POLL: Overhand, Underhand or Underarm?


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Who asked this joker writes:

Overhand is your strongest thrust. I suspect, since they fought mostly armored opponents, this is what they would use.


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VOTING RESULTS
AnswerVotes%Chart
no opinion
35
26%
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other (explain)
18
13%
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overhand
57
42%
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underarm
16
12%
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underhand
9
7%
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POLL IS CLOSED
POLL DESCRIPTION

Personal logo Pictors Studio Sponsoring Member of TMP explains:

How did the Greek hoplite fight?

Do you think he used the overhand technique? This would be what you have seen on a lot of vases. The spear is held with the thumb towards the sauroter and the pinky towards the head. The spear is then held aloft and stabbing would occur downward and forward.

Underhand would be held reversed. So the thumb is closer to the spear head. The spear is then held with the arm against the leg and thrusting would be done towards the opponents lower body with a somewhat upward stabbing motion.

The underarm position sees the spear held under the arm with the thumb closer to the spear head. The spear then fits over the shield, kind of sitting in the meeting position between the shields of two hoplites that are overlapping. Then thrust forward to aim at the chest or head of the opponent.

Poll set up by Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian, based on this pre-poll discussion.