DW Round 4: Winner's Bracket
It's time for the best to rise to the top and the pretenders to face reality. Eight of the ten contestants in round 4 are undefeated and all of them are battling to join the Knight in the next round as either winners or losers.
Even though it's more like a preliminary round, with only 2 warriors eligible for elimination, I do think this round will give a clearer picture of who the top contenders really are.
Persian Immortal vs. Apache Warrior
This is a battle between two warriors with very different motivations. The Immortals fought for their emporer with unwavering loyalty, while the Apache fought for their tribe and for personal honor.
The Immortals were an elite force of Persian soldiers who served as both the Imperial Guard and a front line infantry force. The Immortals were kept at a constant strength of exactly 10,000 men and every soldier killed or seriously wounded was immediately replaced by a reserve. This not only maintained cohesion for the unit but also added to their fame as a fighting force that simply could not die.
The Apache were born warriors, the fiercest and most feared of all American Indian tribes. The Apache defied the odds and fought so ferociously that expansion by Mexico and later the United States slowed to a standstill. More than a century later, Apache tactics were adopted as a combat model for special forces. Apaches used speed, stealth, surprise, distraction, deception and even the land itself as weapons.
Wicker Shield & Scale Mail vs. Stealth:
The wicker shield and iron scale armor of the Immortals were good for their time, but they were best against lighter weapons. The Apache didn't wear armor and relied on stealth and their surroundings for defense. Edge: Immortal
Akinakes vs. Knife
The Akinakes was a wicked little sword that would be deadly to an unarmored opponent. The Apache are renowned knife fighters who can also throw their weapons, but I'm not sure they can get past the Immortals defenses. Edge: Immortal
Spear vs. Tomahawk
The Persian stabbing spear was a deadly 7 foot weapon that could easily kill an unarmored opponent in one blow. Tomahawk is a little more versatile because could be thrown, but this advantage is nullified by the Persian wicker shield that is specifically designed to stop projectile weapons. Edge: Immortal
Persian Bow vs. Apache Bow
The Apache used their bows most effectively at short ranges, launching accurate and deadly attacks after stalking their enemies, the Persians fired masses of arrows from long distance. I think the Persians had a better bow but I don't think they used it as effectively in one on one combat. Edge: Apache
Kopis vs. War Club
The Kopis was a fine sword designed for slashing and chopping. The War Club was a short range weapon used to bust enemy skulls. Edge: Immortal.
The Immortal has been steadily advancing on the backs of lightly armored warriors and this battle looks like no exception. The Apache has some fine weapons and tactics but they aren't heavy enough to outclass the Immortal. Also, the Apache's usual advantage of multiple ranged weapons is nullified by the Persian shield, which was designed to stop light ranged weapons.
Kills Immortal Apache
Close 100 80
Mid 200 140
Long 120 160
Special 140 60
Total 560 440
Boer Commandos vs. U.S. Navy SEALs
1898 vs. 1989. This is another battle of old versus new as the guerrilla Commandos of South Africa face off against the clandestine operators of the U.S. Navy.
Boer Commandos were the militia army of Dutch settlers in South Africa who had many clashes with native African tribes and fought two wars to preserve their independence against the powerful British Army.
The SEALs are elite special operators for the U.S. Navy who specialize in covert warfare and deadly clandestine attacks.
Trenches vs. Stealth
The Commandos used trenches and other defensive works to protect themselves from the rifles and artillery of the mighty British Army, while the SEALs use darkness and surprise to strike targets before they have a chance to return fire. Edge: SEALs
Mauser Broomhandle vs. MK3 & Mk24
The Broomhandle was a more powerful handgun, but the Mk24 has the edge in accuracy and also has a larger and easier to reload magazine. The Mk3 is just a bonus. Edge: SEALs
Mauser 1895 Carbine vs. MP5N
This is a very tough mid-range match up because the MP5N is a very modern weapon with outstanding accuracy and rate of fire, but the Mauser Carbine also has great accuracy and six times the effective range. Edge: Commandos
Lee-Metford Mk II Rifle vs. M14
These weapons have about the same effective range but the accuracy of the M-14 is much better. The M-14 also has a larger magazine and a much faster rate of fire. Edge: SEALs
Pom Pom Gun vs. M-60E3
The Pom Pom has twice the range and fires a larger, explosive, round. However, the Pom Pom is also a stationary gun and is not as versatile as the M-60E3 which is portable enough for one man to carry and operate in support of fire-team assaults. The M-60E3 also has a much higher rate of fire than the Pom Pom. Edge: SEALs
The Commandos finally run into someone with a better long range arsenal and superior marksmanship. Also, their defensive tactics and trenches would play right into the game plan of the SEALs by allowing them to choose when and how the battle happened.
Kills Commandos SEALs
Close 20 40
Mid 150 80
Long 100 220
Special 180 210
Total 450 550
WINNER: U.S. Navy SEALs
Russian Spetsnaz vs. IRA
This is a fascinating match between an elite Counter Terrorism force and a determined terrorist organization.
The Spetsnaz is the premiere Special Forces unit in the Russian army. Considered the toughest men in the army, their brutal 'take no prisoners' hard-line approach returned order to the runaway Russian province of Chechnya. The Spetsnaz were originally formed during the Cold War to carry out sabotage and counter-terrorism missions for the KGB.
The I.R.A. fought to remove British forces from Northern Ireland and targeted both civilians and British military with a mixture of modern and home-made weapons.
Shock vs. Planning
The Spetsnaz like to bust in loud and hard then shoot first and ask questions later. The IRA was tough to kill because they only fought battles on their terms and according to their plans. Edge: IRA
Ballistic Knife vs. Knife
The Spetsnaz use a specialized combat knife that can fire its blade up to 20 feet. IRA thugs would use whatever knives they could get for random attacks on civilians and government officials. Edge: Spetsnaz
Makarov Pistol vs. Sling Shot
The slingshot is whisper quiet and can be deadly under the right circumstances. The Makarov is almost always deadly in the hands of a Spetsnaz soldier. Edge: Spetsnaz
AK 74 Carbine vs. LPo-50 Flamethrower
A flamethrower is a brutal weapon that can cause much fear and destruction, but the AK 74 has too much range and firepower. Edge: Spetsnaz
Dragunov vs. AR-15 Armalite
Both of these weapons are accurate, semi-automatic rifles, but the AR-15 is not a true sniper rifle and suffers from an under-powered bullet with less range and stopping power. Edge: Spetsnaz
Saiga Shotgun & RDG5 Grenade vs. Nail Bomb
The Nail Bomb is a devastating explosive weapon that can kill and maim multiple targets, but the Saiga and RDG5 combination is much more versatile. Edge: Spetsnaz
I think the IRA would surprise the Spetsnaz by going on the offensive against the Russians, but in the end they would be outgunned. The IRA may have fought the British army to a standstill in Northern Ireland, but I don't think the Spetsnaz would come at them with quite the same restraint and respect for civilian casualties.
Kills Spetsnaz IRA
Close 20 10
Short 60 20
Mid 160 80
Long 190 160
Special 160 140
Total 590 410
WINNER: Russian Spetsnaz
Conquistador vs. Egyptian Warrior
This battle of horse-drawn warriors is very interesting as it pits three ancient Egyptian Charioteers against one Conquistador Cavalryman. The Conquistador may be outnumbered, but he has a 2,900 year advantage in technology!
Spanish Conquistadors were brutal mercenaries and brilliant tacticians whose mandate was to bring civilization and the word of God to the new world, but instead they conquered and plundered an entire continent.
Ancient Egyptians favored speed and maneuverability in their chariots, relying on two horses to carry a driver and deadly archer into battle while a spear wielding warrior ran alongside.
Steel vs. Speed
Conquistadors wore a steel breastplate, steel helmet and leather coat while the Egyptians relied on the speed of their chariots. Edge: Conquistador
Saber vs. Khopesh
The Khopesh was a unique sword/axe that was good for slashing from a chariot, but the Spanish Saber was made of excellent steel and could be used to slash or stab. Edge: Conquistador
Horse & Lance vs. Spear
The Spanish lance was designed to mow down armored infantry, but it could also skewer lighter troops with ease. The Egyptian spear wasn't as long as the Spanish lance, but it could be thrown very effectively at long distances. Edge: Egyptians
Crossbow vs. Hyksos Bow
The Hyksos Bow is legendary but unproven against more modern armor, whereas, the European crossbow was well documented in its range, accuracy, and penetrating power. Edge: Conquistador
Harquebus vs. Chariot
While the crossbow was a devastating weapon against the chariot because of its range, power and accuracy, I don't think the Harquebus would fare as well because it is less accurate and shorter ranged. However, it would still pose a challenge to the light Egyptian chariot. Edge: Even
The Egyptians had the bad luck of facing two of the most technologically advanced warriors in the ancient division and not even their strength in numbers and awesome chariot could overcome thousands of years of technology.
Kills Conquistador Egyptian
Close 120 60
Mid 160 180
Long 220 180
Special 40 40
Total 540 460
Spartan vs. Highlander
This is a another strength vs strength match-up as the fierce Scottish Highlander faces off with a ferocious Spartan Warrior.
A Spartan was the ultimate soldier who trained from childhood in the ways of war. They were known throughout the ancient western world for their battle-hardened training and for their mantra of no-retreat, no-surrender.
Highlander clans slaughtered each other as well as Roman invaders. The Romans feared the Highlanders so much, that they built a wall to bottle them up in Scotland!
Bronze vs. Chain
The Spartans had a bronze kit that covered their shins, torso and head but their defenses really centered on the massive shield they carried. Highlanders had coats of chain mail, helmets and shields. Edge: Even
Xiphos vs. Targe & Dirk
The Xiphos is a wicked little sword perfect for piercing chain mail armor. The Targe is a small Shield that provides some protection, but it also has a wicked spike protruding from its center that can cause serious damage. The Targe is also teamed with the Dirk dagger to form a potent close combat tandem. Edge: Highlander
Spear vs. Claymore
Hoo boy! Spartan Spear vs. Scottish Claymore is a battle of real iconic weapons. The Claymore is a little more versatile but the Spear has the edge in reach. Both are devastating. Edge: Spartan
Javelin vs. Ball & Chain
The Javelin can be thrown from behind a shield, but Ball & Chain is designed to smash shield walls from up close or at a distance. Edge: Highlander
Shield vs. War Hammer
The Spartan Shield is an outstanding defensive weapon that provides great protection and can also strike with deadly force. The War Hammer is a deadly weapon that can smash skulls and pierce plate armor. Edge: Spartan
Both of these warriors have strong armor and powerful weapons that have let them bully the competition up to this point. However, I think the Spartan will suffer his first loss at the hands of the Highlander because every Scottish weapon is capable of piercing or smashing heavy armor and the Spartan won't be able to stand up to their combined power.
Kills Spartan Highlander
Close 100 120
Mid 250 240
Long 40 80
Special 90 80
Total 480 520
WINNERS: Immortal, SEALs, Spetsnaz, Conquistador, Highlander