Arrow Study

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William Hartwell Bellamy

I did this study to give myself of an idea of what types of arrows archers would use.  I did research and based some of the examples on existing styles of arrows.  The Left side of the image are ideas for the different ways that you could shape the fletchings of an arrow. Bodkins are generally round, long, and thin.  They are meant for piercing chainmail armour.  The shaft of bodkin arrows are reinforced by making the last 6 inches of oak instead of the normal wood. Broadheads, as the name implies, are broad, cutting tips.  They are meant for cutting through unprotected skin and can have tails to make removal harder. Specialty tips, all tips that don't easily fit into the other two categories, such as the whistling tips or small game tips. By sticking arrows in the ground before firing increases the chance that the resulting wound can become infected. Fletchings are used to add stability to an arrow, spiralled fletchings vastly improve accuracy, but also create more drag and thus the resulting arrow has much less stopping power.  Fletchings can be made of fur or feathers.  If made of feathers the feathers used must come from the same wing.   The format is as follows: Arrow Type; Arrow Name:  Arrow description. The arrow types are as follows: Bodkin; Hooked Bodkin:  based on a mix of a traditional bodkin and a broadhead to give it a tail that would make removal harder. Broadhead; 4-Point Broadhead:  this neo-classic style doesn't actually have four points, but more appropriately has four bards this style seems to be a modern concept, that of combining two classic broadheads at perpendicular angles to produce a four point broadhead. Small Game Tip; Bone Crusher:  a classic weapon against small animals used primarily to break bones and disable the game.  Used against humans it could most deffinately break all but the thickest of bones, and used with the right bow might even be able to break the skull or thigh bones. Broadhead; Half Broadhead: similar to the #1 bodkin, but this time the basic shape is flat instead of rounded and thus is a broadhead and not a bodkin. Bodkin; Bodkin:  the most basic form of the bodkin tip, meant for piercing chainmail armour. Bodkin; Spiralled Bodkin:  This tip uses the basic bodkin but spiralled fletchings have been added to the tip to increase accuracy. Broadhead; Hollow Broadhead:  this variation of the basic broadhead is unique in two ways, it lacks the traditional barbs, and the center of the tip has been removed to cut down on weight.  This would be a very effective way to cut down of the weight of the arrows, allowing the for more to be carried or for the archer to become less tired while moving from one place to the next.  These tips would also fly farther due to the decreased weight of tip. Broadhead; Split 4-Point Broadhead:  this variation of the 4-Point Broadhead seperates what was a single point and turns it into four points.  By widing the area of impact more damage is done to the victim. Bodkin; Spiralled Bodkin:  this variation of the spiralled bodkin is spiralled by making the tip spiralled like a drill bit or screw, not by spiralled fletchings. Broadhead; Broadhead:  the most basic design of the broadhead tip. Broadhead; Guided Broadhead:  this variation adds three more short fletchings at the tip of the arrow just below where the arrowhead attaches to the shaft.  These fletchings provide added stability for better accuracy. Broadhead; Leaf Broadhead:  this broadhead is rounded, barb-less, and has a leaf pattern embossed on both sides of this leaf shaped tip.  Elven in design. Broadhead; Whistler Broadhead:  this variation is considered both a broadhead and a specialty arrow.  The arrow is used to strike fear into the hearts of enemies.  The special shape of each individual barb, each with a hole in it, creates a high pitched whistling sound that can be very disruptive to enemy morale. Broadhead; Barbed Broadhead:  this variation of the basic broadhead cuts small nocks in the blade edge to create a much more damaging wound. Fletching; Basic Indian style Fletching:  the most basic of all fletchings, this one uses sinew to wrap the feathers to shaft.  The nock is carved straight from the shaft. Fletching; Spiralled Fletching:  Spiralled fletchings, like normal fletchings, are all made with feathers from the same wing.  Instead of the feathers running parrallel with the shaft they are wrapped around the shaft to provide better accuracy.  The shaft is reenforced by using metal to make the nock. Small Game Tip; The Armour Crusher:  this variation is a round ball of metal made specifically for creating major dents and cracks in even the finest armour. Fletching; Hair Fletching:  the fletchings on this arrow are made from animal hair and are attached using copper rings to attach the fur to the shaft.  The nock is made out of metal. Fletching; Swallowtail Fletching:  the fletching on this arrow is specially cut to be swept like a swallowtails wings.  The nock is made of metal.  

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