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Q&A: How do you defeat a soldier with a flail, contemplating the weapon is nearly unblockable and unparryable?

Question by Asteroth: How do you defeat a soldier with a flail, considering the weapon is almost unblockable and unparryable?
If you can’t block an attack with a shield, or can’t parry it, you get hurt. Flails could whip around a weapon or shield, making it very hard to block or parry it. So why weren’t all medieval soldiers given a flail?

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nuke him!

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11 Thoughts to “Q&A: How do you defeat a soldier with a flail, contemplating the weapon is nearly unblockable and unparryable?”

  1. Some Dude

    Flails were designed more to pull you off your horse, where you would then be at a disadvantage.

  2. Shai

    You think like the soldier and get in his mind. ~War of 1812

  3. melanie

    have you ever tried to use a flail? its quite difficult to use it and protect yourself too.

    any polearm soldier could take one out fairly easy, as well as ranged.

  4. rjfpizzaman

    you can duck. and then the soldier with the flail can be struck and killed. The flais were heavy and took long to swing and retaliate.

  5. Jeebz88

    all you have to do is be quick.. a flail is not easy to block or parry, but it can be dodged. It is hard to be accurate with a flail, and someone can also hurt himself using a flail. After one swing, the attacker has to get his bearings again and take time for another swing. For someone with a sword, this is an easy attack.

  6. wes297

    the flail had no defensive capability, you can only use it in attack, whereas a sword is cheap, anybody can use one and you could attack or parry a blow. so when you weren’t fighting an advancing manouver to flail was useless.

  7. lacey

    Because it was a weapon that could just as easily hurt the wielder. In fact, the same could be said for swords. Not everyone carried one in the field of battle. Military force is about strategy, when one person wields the flail, there’s another to kill the person being attacked.

  8. hq3

    SO many reasons i can’t even begin:

    1. A flail is REALLY heavy and expensive
    2. Flail cannot be used for defense, also the person who carries a flail cannot carry a shield.
    3. A flail man would find it REALLY hard to work in formation with other soldiers — his flail would hit his allies
    4. Flail man is vulnerable to archer fire
    5. Flail man is vulnerable to any pole arms such as spears

  9. cme2bleve

    To defeat….use a crossbow…or better, use a M1A1 Abrams MBT. Let’s see it ‘whip’ around that armor….
    Why all did not use? You ever think how a close column of soldiers all trying to swing a flail would kill most of own soldiers?
    Sounds like to much D&D guy….

  10. fenrisl0k1

    A flail is a little hard to attack with, making it slow. Also, flails are kinda hard to train in; try swinging around a small chain and see how often you smack yourself in the face or groin!

    Remember, soldiers were mostly drafted peasants who didn’t do that sort of thing as their day job. Not only were they poor (spears are much cheaper and quicker to produce than a ball-and-chain), they didn’t have the time or inclination to learn how to do much more than keep in a line, don’t run away, and thrust with a pointy thing.

    Anyway, as to knights at least, you could always use a shield to deflect the head, or rely on a crossbow or spear to stay out of reach. Best yet, wait till the flail-wielder is busy with someone else and get him while he’s not looking.

  11. 3kewenay3

    If I were a medieval force commander faced with an enemy armed with flails, I would defeat him with the following:

    1. Archers / Crossbowmen – Why risk close combat when you can take his troops out safely from a distance? In fact, archers were used to soften up and thin out the infantry before the main attack. They were the artillery of the pre-gunpowder battlefield. Some commanders who didn’t have archers would use also cheap infantry made up of peasants to thin out the enemy ranks. As a peasant in the Middle Ages, life was cheap.

    2. Mounted Heavy Cavalry – Armored knights with long lances and spears riding heavy warhorses. You skewer the flail troops before they can strike your boys. The force of the charging heavy horse and armored rider makes the lance blow very deadly.

    3. Armored Infantry – Knights. As a last resort, if I had to engage in hand-to-hand combat. The armor gives the knight a better chance of surviving flail hits. Usually armed with a sword and shield, if a knight didn’t have the initiative and missed the first killing blow, he could let the flail take the first shot and get the flail wrapped around his sword, entangling it. The knight could then use his heavy shield to batter the flail off his feet and finish him off.

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