DW Round 3: Winner's Bracket
It's do or die time in the winner's bracket as some warriors are fighting for their tournament lives and all of them are battling to join the IRA, Highlander, Spartan and Apache in the next round.
Viking vs. Conquistador
This is a great match up of historic plunderers who used their skill as warriors to steal vast amounts of gold and treasure.
Viking warriors fought with uncontrollable rage, and Their angry blood lust gave Vikings added strength that allowed them to ignore wounds. Vikings terrorized the coast lines of Northern Europe for three centuries and the only code they followed was to slaughter their enemies and take their valuables!!
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.
Chainmail vs. Curiasse: Viking armor consisted of a tough chainmail coat and an iron or steel helmet. The richest conquistadors wore a steel breastplate, steel helmet and leather coat. Edge: Conquistador
Longsword vs. Saber
The saber is an elegant weapon made of fine steel, but the Viking longsword is a larger and more powerful sword. Edge: Viking
Great Axe vs. Horse & Lance
The great axe is a devastating weapon that could certainly knock a Conquistador from his horse, but the Spanish lance was designed to rip right through armored foot soldiers exactly like the Vikings. Edge: Conquistador
Spear vs. Crossbow
The Viking spear is a large, versatile weapon that could prove very useful in this fight, but the Crossbow can kill armored warriors from a much greater range. Edge: Conquistador
Shield vs. Harquebus
The viking shield was a sturdy defensive weapon that protected the viking and could also deal out crushing blows, but it would be no match for an aimed Harquebus. Edge: Conquistador.
The Conquistador has all the advantages in this match up with their superior technology and mobility but the Viking is a deadly foe that would make them pay for their victory in blood.
Kills Viking Conquistador
Close 120 40
Mid 170 190
Long 170 180
Special 30 100
Total 490 510
Persian Immortal vs. Zulu Warrior
This is an interesting battle between two warrior cultures who used fast, light, soldiers and built empires that both bloodlessly absorbed rivals, and brutally conquered enemies.
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.
Military experts have called Zulus The 'Spartans of Africa' because, like the Spartans, Zulus fought in disciplined military units and trained their children to be warriors.
Wicker Shield & Scale Mail vs. Ishlangu Shield & Speed
Both warriors carried light shields, but for different reasons. The Zulu shield was meant to distract and parry an opponent in hand to hand combat, while a Persian shield was mainly for catching arrows. The real difference is the leather and scale armor worn by the Persians against the speed of the Zulu. Edge: Immortal
Akinakes vs. Iklwa & Ishlangu
The Akinakes was a wicked little sword but the Immortal would find it hard to get past the Ishlangu shield. However, the Iklwa spear could certainly pierce the Immortal's armor. Edge: Zulu
Spear vs. Zulu Axe
The Zulu axe is a fearsome weapon against unarmored foes, but I'm not sold on its ability to cut against armor. The Persian stabbing spear would have a huge reach advantage over any Zulu weapon. Edge: Immortal
Recurve Bow vs. Iwisa
The Iwisa is a versatile weapon that can be used as a ranged or melee weapon, but the Persian bow was a devastating long range weapon against unarmored warriors like the Zulu. Edge: Immortal
Kopis vs. Spit of Poison
The Immortal's face wrap and tiara would provide some protection against the spit of poison, but the Zulu has little protection from the sharp blade of the Kopis. Edge: Immortal
The Persian army was built to defeat unarmored warriors like the Zulu, but Shaka's army never faced any warrior quite like an Immortal. In the end, the Persian would have a distinct advantage due to the length of his spear and range of his bow.
Kills Immortal Zulu
Close 80 180
Mid 170 100
Long 220 120
Special 120 10
Total 590 410
WINNER: Persian Immortal
Boer Commandos vs. Taliban
This is another truly odd battle as current day guerrilla fighters, the Taliban, face perhaps the very first modern guerrilla fighters, the Boer Commandos.
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 Taliban is a Sunni Islamic organization that ruled most of Afghanistan from 1996 until 2001. Comprised of committed fundamentalist insurgents originating in the Frontier Tribal Areas of Pakistan, The Taliban are currently engaged in a protracted guerrilla war against the current government of Afghanistan, allied NATO forces participating in Operation Enduring Freedom, and the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force.
Trenches vs. Caves
The Commandos used trenches and other defensive works to protect themselves from the rifles and artillery of the mighty British Army, while the Taliban used complex networks of caves and tunnels to hide from the missiles and bombs of the U.S. and Soviet super powers. Edge: Even
Mauser Broomhandle vs. Bayonet
The bayonet is a traditional hand to hand weapon that is as out of date today as it was in 1898. The Broomhandle was a powerful semi-automatic handgun that allowed most Commandos to leave their bayonets at home. Edge: Commandos
Mauser 1895 Carbine vs. PKN Land Mine
The Commandos were very much a defensive force who weren't prone to charging enemy positions, so I don't see the PKN being that effective against them. The Mauser, on the other hand, would work well as a sniper weapon against the Taliban. Edge: Commandos
Lee-Metford Mk II Rifle vs. AK-47
These weapons have about the same effective range, though the accuracy of both are in question at long ranges. What truly separates these two weapons is the massive advantage the AK has in magazine size and rate of fire. Edge: Taliban
Pom Pom Gun vs. RPG
This match up is a real dilemma as both are very deadly but also very different. The RPG is the more portable and more modern weapon that delivers a bigger punch, but the Pom Pom has a huge advantage in both range and rate of fire. Edge: Taliban
I think we have the upset of the tournament here as the sharpshooting Commandos pin a close defeat on the deadly Taliban thanks to their more balanced arsenal and accurate shooting.
Kills Commandos Taliban
Close 60 10
Mid 160 60
Long 110 220
Special 180 200
Total 510 490
WINNER: Boer Commandos
Russian Spetsnaz vs. U.S. Navy SEALs
Another Cold War match up between elite soldiers from the U.S and Russia as the tough and highly trained Spetsnaz take on the tactical an tested Navy SEALs.
The Spetsnaz is the premiere Special Forces & Counter Terrorism 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 SEALs are elite special operators for the U.S. Navy who specialize in covert warfare and deadly clandestine attacks.
Shock vs. Stealth
The Spetsnaz like to bust in loud and hard then shoot first and ask questions later. Navy SEALs wait for the opportune moment to strike from the darkness. Edge: SEALs
Ballistic Knife vs. MK3 Combat Knife
As far as knives go, the ballistic knife is inferior to the Mk3 but it has an extra ranged component that puts it over the top. Edge: Spetsnaz
Makarov Pistol vs. Mk24
With a larger standard magazine and a higher muzzle velocity, the MK24 gets the edge over the Makarov. Edge: SEALs
AK 74 Carbine vs. MP5N
The MP5N has outstanding accuracy and rate of fire, but the AK-74 fires a much more powerful round that has 6 times the effective range. Edge: Spetsnaz
Dragunov vs. M14
Both weapons are similar in accuracy and effective range, and each fires a similar bullet. However, the M-14 has twice the ammo capacity and can double as a fully automatic battle rifle. Edge: SEALs
Saiga Shotgun & RDG5 Grenade vs. M-60E3
Same as the Gurkha & Green Beret match up, this is an apples and oranges contest of close assault weapons vs. heavy support weapon. The GPMG won that contest and the M-60E3 is a more versatile weapon than that. So, it should be no surprise that the M-60 gets the edge here. Edge: SEALs
Another really, really, close match up between elite soldiers. This battle came down to the machinegun support of the SEALs combined with the overall versatility of their weapons. The Spetsnaz put up a great fight but in the end they lacked the long range firepower necessary to win.
Kills Spetsnaz SEALs
Close 20 10
Short 40 60
Mid 250 110
Long 100 130
Special 80 200
Total 490 510
WINNER: U.S. NAVY SEALs
European Knight vs. Egyptian Warrior
This battle pits a Knight, armored tank of medieval Europe, against an Egyptian chariot, mobile weapons platform of ancient warfare.
Knights were the elite armored strike force among Medieval European armies. As the champions of Kings, Knights endured strict training and excruciating hardships that also made them incredibly tough in battle. They had no fear of death and fought without mercy, because they believed their opponents were unbelievers and barbarians.
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.
Plate Armor vs. No Armor
Why even try to out-armor the most heavily armored warrior in history? The Egyptians will rely on their speed and maneuverability to keep them safe from the steel plated Knight. Edge: Knight
Long Sword vs. Khopesh
The Khopesh was a unique sword/axe that was good for slashing from a chariot, but the Long Sword was a heavy steel blade that could sever limbs and pierce armor. Edge: Knight
Halberd vs. Spear
The Egyptian spear was a versatile weapon that could be thrown like a javelin or used for stabbing, but the Halberd was a vicious slashing, gouging, piercing weapon that could devastate an unarmored opponent. Edge: Knight
Crossbow vs. Hyksos Bow
In ancient China the invention of the crossbow led to the downfall of chariots on the battlefield. The European crossbow was more powerful than its Chinese cousin and would wreak havoc on any chariot crew foolish to charge one. The Hyksos bow was an outstanding weapon capable of piercing any armor of its era. But could it pierce plate steel? That's a question I can't answer because there was no steel armor to pierce in 1400 BC. Edge: Knight
Flail vs. Chariot
The flail was a powerful short range weapon but it wouldn't do much good against the fast and maneuverable Egyptian Chariot. Edge: Egyptian
Unfortunately I see this as a slaughter with the Knight winning big thanks to his huge advantage in armor and technology. The Egyptian bronze-age weapons simply aren't heavy enough to defeat a Knight in shining armor.
Kills Knight Egyptian
Close 100 40
Mid 150 100
Long 300 200
Special 50 60
Total 600 400
WINNER: European Knight
Winners: Conquistador, Immortal, Commandos, SEALs & Knight