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Weaponry 261 by Random223 Weaponry 261 by Random223
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Another of :iconalansteenhouwer: 's arms redone. I recommend you should check his gallery.

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The Red Blade has been the sword of the Xianbei King since well before anyone can remember, or any records were made, passing from father to son for centuries. The number of battles that it must of been a part of can be seen in the sword, partly from the age of its design, and partly from massive amount of scaring on the blade itself. Its name doesn't seem to describe anything, until it's been used in combat, doused in the enemy's blood, as Xianbei soldiers will proclaim, it is at its most beautiful.
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All Nurhachi knows of the Red Blade is from when he's faced it, just not its name. It's been treated well, as evidenced by the tightly wound golden silk pad on the handle, and the bronze hilt, that while now darkened by age, still shines from fresh polishing. The design of the blade comes before counter balancing was developed, allowing the dark blade (meaning a low carbon content iron) to carry most of the sword's weight. This makes the blade an excellent cavalry weapon, just not as good at anything else. But somehow on foot, when wielded by one of the family, the sword is able to match some of the best designed swords, and well trained swordsmen. Anytime he's faced it, Nurhachi has been frustrated by attacks that match Tairoi blow-for-blow. He has figured that the family teaches it's sons to use the sword from a very young age, so that when it passes to them, they know its every strength and weakness, and the family's techniques for overcoming those weaknesses. Whether it's true or not, Nurhachi has learned to treat the wielder of this weapon as deadly adversary, despite its age.
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Compared to first view the crossbar seems a bit Autobot.
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:iconilleatyourself:
IllEatYourself Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I WANT IT.
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ThexSilverxWolf Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
Awesome :)
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:iconlufisipico:
Lufisipico Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
Not full size, not favourite!
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:iconalansteenhouwer:
AlanSteenhouwer Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
Forgetting that par for a sec, you like it?
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Random223 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Free commission=1000 wide. Full size stays home.
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:iconalansteenhouwer:
AlanSteenhouwer Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
Oh geez. I looks really good, but when you said the blade was wider the cross guard I thought it was a typo. It looks really good, but doesn't look like jian anymore.
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