spikemarktwo (spikemarktwo) wrote in little_details,

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Weapon Choice for my character?


I'm in the middle of writing a book, a sci-fi/fantasy meets film noir kinda style. My main problem right now is I'm trying to figure out which weapons my main guy needs. To give you some background on him, he's about 6' 3'', heavy in the chest and shoulders, very fit. Pragmatic in the extreme, he carries a wide assortment of blades, handguns and other nasty tricks. Also, due to some applied phlebotinium (figuring out the exact origin story now) he's supernaturally strong and fast, as well as some other gifts. When it comes to the weapons I want to keep it grounded in physics for the most part, so no switchblades decapitating people. The book is set in modern times, but due to the nature of his enemies he needs blades to kill a lot of them, guns sometimes just don't work.

Now, the main thing is this: I was planning on having a Hand-and-a-half sword as his "big" weapon, not to be carried every day in a city, but when there's real bloodshed planned. Problem is this may not be practical, it's hell to carry even across the back. Weight isn't an issue, he's strong enough to wield it one-handed, he can use it to fence if necessary. What do you guys think?

Second: As his "everyday" primary weapon, I was going to have him use an arming dagger, carried across the back of the hips and waist. Easily hidden by his coat (a leather duster), long enough to impale the heart (necessary for some enemies). He needs the heavier blade than most modern knives to decapitate some enemies. Thoughts? Could I have a better choice, needs to be concealable yet heavy-ish.

Other weapons: Standard stuff he hides in his coat/jeans/boots - arming dagger, stiletto switchblade, straight razor, couple of custom throwing knives, navaja sevillana, Boker A-F combat knife, Gerber Covert FAST, Sgian Dubh in one boot, some kind of semi-auto with 2 spare mags (usually a Browning hi-power or a SIG P226 Mk. 25)

"full rig" weapons, i.e.the rig he uses whenever serious violence is going down - 6 custom throwers, 4 discs (think selenes throwing weapons in Underworld), the knives mentioned above, a VERY high-powered custom handgun (im thinking of making it magical in some way), Heckler & Koch MP5/Heckler & Koch 416, hand and a half sword, maybe a couple of Kukris.

He and his team have a frankly astonishing armoury, but these are the go-to things. we're not even touching the rifles, shotguns and selection of handguns he CAN draw on

I'm sorry for the rather long and garbled post, I'm sure I've done a terrible job of explaining. Any input is welcome, feel free to ask questions. Thank you very much in advance.

OK, Side question: I'm possibly going to revise the dagger to a second Boker A-F. Thing is, do you reckon you could decapitate someone with one? I mean its thinner and lighter than the dagger but his strength should compensate. I figured on needing at least 7.5 inches to take off a head, and the Boker is 6. I've run out of Ballistics Gel torsos to practice, so its harder. I could have it being a custom version, but that's usually a cop-out used to handwave inaccuracies.

Any advice appreciated.
Tags: ~weapons (misc), ~weapons: swords

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