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  Queen Padmè Skywalker
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Darth Skuldren wrote:
#1: Title has been regurgitated by the zombie. It's a little different now. Wink

#2: For the ultimate zombie survival discussion, we have to assume that all plans need to take in affect the possibility of Situation A: Fast zombies, and Situation B: Slow zombies, and maybe even Situation C: Fast AND Slow zombies.

#3: For the record, I have not watched the Walking Dead Show nor have I read the comics.

Now if anyone is recruiting, I count as a weapon person, and could double as a sniper. No medical skills, sorry. I know only destruction. Now bring on the hordes!

And Reep, you will definitely not be on my team if you only have a rapier. You gotta have a samurai sword at least, some head lopping power. Wink

And another thing, we should assume all zombies require a brain to function thus decapitation will kill a zombie as well as massive head trauma. I would think minor brain damage would not be sufficient to kill a zombie.


I'll be the scout or something. Yeah....crawl around....track the zombies' movements and report back to base. I could do that. I'd need a high powered but lightweight weapon, though.
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I have light medical training and I'm not only handy with a pistol I'm phenomenal with knives. I'll be the group doctor!
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Remember kids, Zombie Rule #2:

"A zombie with speed is a zombie indeed."



Here I thought it was; a Zombie with speed will eat your @@@ if you don't start running!

Oh wait that was Rule Number 1: Cardio.
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Caedus_16 wrote:
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*Waves samurai sword around* I have one, I have one!

Well, General Grievous's guards didn't need heads. Nor did Halo's The Flood. Zombies may have the same set up.


Those aren't zombies though, those are different. The flood was a hive-mind parasite. Zombies are viral infected bodies that no longer count as living. The reason they need a head is because most viruses in zombies movies attack the brain and only leave alive the parts that use the most basic of instincts, so you need to eat and breath and that's about it. Without the head they're dead completely.


No need to school me on Halo, mate Wink . I was merely drawing a comparison since Flood bodies are zombie-like.
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Life Is The Path wrote:
*Waves samurai sword around* I have one, I have one!


No need. *draws medieval broadsword*
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My plan is to steal the working model of Batman's Tumbler. I'll just plow down the zombies.


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Reepicheep wrote:
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*Waves samurai sword around* I have one, I have one!


No need. *draws medieval broadsword*


I made a Roman gladius once. Much more efficient.
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Ah, but a gladius is close quarters. Zombies could scratch you. Unless you've got armor, then the gladius would probably be better. Lighter, less tiring.
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Darth Skuldren wrote:
Ah, but a gladius is close quarters. Zombies could scratch you. Unless you've got armor, then the gladius would probably be better. Lighter, less tiring.


I'm not following you there, it seems like you contradict yourself with the gladius, did you mean another type of sword?

In any event I would lean more towards a katana over a broadsword. The curved blade of a katana will be more beneficial to slashing and minimizing getting stuck in a zombie's torso. The broadsword can be used for slashing but the straight blade is better suited to stabbing/piercing armor. At least that's how I've understood the development of swords. Either sword would be sufficient though provided it is properly balanced.

So far as bows go I would lean towards a regular bow over a crossbow. I'm not as familiar with modern crossbows but assuming you don't have one that automatically redraws the string a regular bow should obtain a faster rate of fire, which will be useful against hordes. I'd personally lean towards an old school yew longbow, though I'd be content with a more modern bow.

Just for fun is anyone interested in taking the discussion in the direction of figuring out our own forum zombie survival crew?

EDIT: looks like some of you already started on that avenue. So in that case

Combat skills: training in bladed melee weapons. Some basic training in using a bow. Potential for learning more advanced firearms but I'd have to start out with something smaller like a 9mm pistol.

Medical skills : minimal

Other skills: good analytic skills (useful for problem solving), basic understanding of defensive tactics
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Darth Skuldren wrote:
Ah, but a gladius is close quarters. Zombies could scratch you. Unless you've got armor, then the gladius would probably be better. Lighter, less tiring.


Technically speaking, most swords are for close quarters Wink .
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Hey, you aren't separating a knight from his sword. It's a rapier, a broadsword or bust.
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A gladius is typically a short sword with a wide blade. Compared to a broadsword, it's lighter, thus using it wouldn't tire you as fast. But since it's shorter than a broadsword, it would put the zombies within arm's reach.

Maybe I'm misunderstanding the definition of a broadsword. Aren't those pretty long?
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Broad swords are quite long, sometimes they require a two-handed grip.
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Broad swords are long (roughly 140cm for a large claymore), but even when facing an opponent with one, said opponent would still be within a few steps of biting distance. The only long sword I know of, though, that would put enough distance between you and a zombie, is roughly six feet long (Ssangsudo and zweihander), and that would only be useful for one attack, before the zombie gets through that defence.
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My friend has one of those assassin's creed wrist blade things, that would be pretty useful. Actually thanks to his obsession with that game he has so many weapons (wrist blades, knives, a mini crossbow, smoke bombs) that he's been permanently added to my zombie survival team. If anyone's gonna make it based on weapons skills and such its this guy.
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