New Weapon Combat Tables
The Footman's Mace
Copyright Norman Schaschke and Raymond Ward ©2001
Edited by Rich Kirkland for The Guild Companion
The Flail table in Arms Law is known as the Military Flail in this expanded list
of weapons. The military flail is the standard size flail and to round out the
flails, there are tables for a smaller and larger version of it. The larger flail
is called the great flail and the smaller flail is this weapon known as the
Please note that the non-standard statistics found on the combat table are explained in the article titled "Rolemaster Weapon Attributes" from the November, 1999, issue of the Guild Companion and additional clarification of Speed can be found in "Continuous Tactical Resolution" from the March, 1999, issue of the Guild Companion.
The horseman's flail is employed by knights on horseback. It is used one handed,
and though it may be employed from horseback quite successfully, it is probably
best used off a horse and in conjunction with a shield. It is not the preferred
weapon of knights but knights employed this weapon in situations where they
feared they might blunt their precious longswords.
The flail heads are quite light (relative to the other flails) and therefore
do not have great penetrating or damaging power against armour. Against
unarmoured opponents it is very effective. As with other flails, it can strike
around shields and parrying weapons. The horseman's flail is rather fast and is
the most useful flail for parrying as the opponent's weapon becomes caught up amongst its chains.
While not precise in its attack, with its multiple heads it was more likely that
a fighter using it would find a weak point in the opponent's armour or strike a critical point
on the opponent.
Click here to see the Horseman's Flail Weapon Chart.