Irontruth wrote:Aubrey the Malformed wrote:As an aside, what Lars was doing seems to have little to do with the archery that was practiced by English longbowmen. Their main tactic was to fire rapidly, but to fire high so that arrows rained down from above in an area rather than specifically aiming. They didn't use quivers much either, they jammed their arrows in the ground point first when they wanted to use them in combat. But they didn't jump around much either but operated in groups to lay down heavy density arrow-rain. The arrows didn't have much problem penetrating armour, certainly not chain mail, as most of the impetus for the arrow on penetration was from gravity and the fall from the parabolic reajectory rather than from the pull itself. A lot of the development of armour in the middle ages was an arms race against the arrows - chain mail was pretty useless, which is why plate mail progressively developed. Lars might be more relevant for Asian composite bows and horseback archery but that was not the bag of the English longbowmen (which were six feet long).
Lars has shown that he can reliably shoot faster than people using other techniques. If the English were primarily concerned with rate of fire, why would they not use this (or something similar) technique?
Sighting the arrow down the left side is better for accuracy, but as you say, the English were firing to a space, flooding an area with arrows, not attempting to hit a specific target. His method would seem more than adequate for doing that (even though he has shown himself to have good accuracy).
Part of the firing rapidly was also firing long arcing shots. For which you need power. Perhaps more power than Lars has shown? I haven't seen everything he's done, but it looked mostly like quick, short range shooting.
Perfect for PF style skirmishes, but not so much for full scale battles where you're hitting masses of troops at range, as they close.
Using the same person (Lars) with the same equipment, do you think he would develop MORE power using more mainstream modern techniques?
I think we're all in agreement, an English longbowman who trained all their life would probably be better at this than Lars. People have cited evidence that English longbowmen has physical changes from their years of training. Do you think an English longbowman would be more effective using a slower method or a faster method?