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Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Israeli Sicarii vs. Okinwain Pechin; Isreali Sicarii Profile

Long Range: Sling

The sling was a favourite weapon amongst the Israelites. Material for its construction was very cheap, and sling ammunition (stones) were incredibly easy to find. As the Israelites were primarily herders, the use of the sling to herd sheep and dispatch of any pesky predators was very common and effective. Training to use the sling started at a young age, where children learned how to wield the sling for herding purposes. A skillful slinger by an older age could hunt large animals at great distances, which was very important in Israeli economy.

The most famous account of the sling is the story of David and Goliath. The story comes from the old testament of the Holy Bible. David, a young Israeli shepard, was the only one who stepped forward to battle the Philistine champion Goliath, who reportedly stood over 10 feet. David, though small and untrained, killed the well armoured and armed Goliath with a single stone from his sling. David would later become the king of Israeli, where his personal symbol (The Star of David) is still of national image.

The Sicarii found use of the sling against their Roman enemy. Small bands of men would hide out in the rocky hills of the Israeli country side and waited for approaching Roman troops. Their accurate shots would hail down on the troops, injuring and even killing armoured soldiers. The Sicarii would ether retreat back to their bases to avoid Roman retaliation, or continue fighting their crippled enemy and raiding of weapons and gear.

The sling, when thrown with the proper accuracy, could travel 100 yards and shatter skulls even with helmets. A slinger could choose to 'throw' their stone, as in a single wind up, into a large host of enemy, or sling it, which regarded a long and powerful winding motion that would hit targets at a further distance.

Right: The ultimate underdog David wielding his sling against the giant Goliath.

Medium Range: Romah Spear

The Romah (spear) was one of the most common weapons in Israeli warfare. from the Israelites departure of Egypt to the last stand of Masada, the spear has played an important role in shaping the ancient Hebrew state.

The Romah used by the Sicarii was shorter than most from history, as it was made for concealment along with kill ability. The slim pointed spear head would be able to pierce through most armours of the time and region, even against early roman chain mail.

The romans main purpose was to keep enemy at bay. When Sicarii weren't terrorizing  people, they would act as defenders for jewish fortresses. The roman, used in a small formation, could keep a host of enemy at a fair distance while still allowing its user to fight skillfully with it.

This weapon would be very common with guards and lone wolf rebels.

Close Range: Gladius

It wasn't un common for the greatest of Rome to be used against its self. The gladius was very common amongst soldiers posted in Israel,  where a Sicarii could get his hands on one very easy.
though designed to be used with the scutum shield, the gladius was very effective as a stand alone sword. It could hack off limbs cleanly and thrust through most types of armour of the time.
The Sicarii would use the gladuis if it were avail for more dense skirmishes against Roman soldiers.  Rarely would a Sicarii carry it as his primary weapon, but it was very effective in small battles where cloak and dagger tactics were obsolete. 

Extreme Close Range: Short Dagger

One of the common traits of the Sicarii was to keep a certain amount of concealed weapons on one person, incase of an engagement or an on the spot assassination. A variety of household knifes were available to almost any Hebrew to use. They varied in size, length, weight, material, and ability, but all got the job done.
A decent knife could be hidden in ones robe, belt, or pocket, and could be withdrawn with little motion. A Sicarii would stop to weak, unprotected spots like the neck or kidney, and would leave just as quick as he came.
Truly the dagger was one of the first urban combat weapons of its time, and would later draft the entire 'cloak and dagger' genre of entailment and warfare.

Special Weapon: Sica

The Sicarii's namesake and signature weapon, the Sica proved to be a fatal weapon of ancient urban combat. The word 'sic' is Roman to any long knife/short sword that is single edge and curved forward. Very popular amongst Illyrians and Thracians, the sic caught on with the Israelites very quickly.
Much like the perviously mentioned dagger, the sica was both deadly and concealable. The knife was stored inside a mans robes, quick at hand. The curved blade assured maxim damage to a target after a quick stab to the side or neck, and was also effective as a duelling knife.
The sica drove fear into the hearts of enemies and even ordinary citizens. The damaging blade mixed in with the killer tactics made the Sicarii a major threat to anyone they didn't like.

Clothing: Long Robes, Leather Belt, Sandals, Turban

The low amount of armour worn by each warrior is why I'm turning sie on during a detail summary on each part of the warriors gear. Instead, each warriors clothing will be detailed based on its fighting flexibility and protection against light attacks from the enemies weapons.

Sicarii concealment points. The robe is however baggy and slightly heavy, which can slow the wearer down in the middle of fighting, where seconds count if the wearer cannot recover quickly.

The leather belt was worn by men of the upper middle class to hold important tools and items. The belt itself is to some to be of any defence, but can hold weapons such as the gladuis or sica.

The sandals worn by the Israelites were very light and would enable the wearer to run at fairly fast speeds. The sandals will probably get mobility points.

The turban was worn as a head protection from the sun by most men. The long clothing could be pulled down to cover the face of the wearer to conceal his fetters, and hence conceal him from being identified.


The Sicarii had little in blocking an enemies attacks, say their mobility to dodge somas blows. Weapons such as the gladuis  and sica would be effective at blocking attacks at a close range, along with the romah being able to parry longer reaching weapons with a simple movement. 
The Sicarii may have used the Roman scutum or a smaller shield in some instances of combat, but not enough historical evidence backs this up.

Tactics: Cloak and Dagger

The Sicarii's approach to fighting was to avoid fighting all together. This was accomplished by carefully organized assignations of Roman soldiers or Pro-Roman Israelites.  These attacks were preformed in the middle of the day in plain sight to terrorize not only their victims, but anyone else who was considering to side with the Romans. Dressing like ordinary citizens, the Sicarii would casually approach their target, only unsheathing their weapon for the killing blow. This made the Sicarri very unpredictable to their enemy, as well as lowering the risk for anyone participating in the assassination.
The Sicarii were also known to attack during nighttime, picking off targets while concealing themselves in the urban terrains of Jerusalem and other Israeli towns and cities. Against larger forces of men,  the Sicarii would focus on counties hit and run attacks on the enemies flanks, weakening and demoralising them before having to fight them straight on.

All these tactics are very effective at weakening the enemy, as well as preserving men on their side, knowing that a face to face fight would be a slaughter. The main weakness about this strategy is if the sneak attack fails, the Sicarii may be stuck to fight a solider much more their experience and skills. Also, repeated hit and run attacks may only work for a set amount of times before the enemy ether prepares to fight and repeal the attack, or give chase and force the Sicarii into combat. While their attics may not always be the most reliable, it is most effective if it can be pulled off and is one of the Sicariis greatest strengths. 

Motivation:Repeal the Romans (at all cost), Some personal gain.

Plain and simple, the Sicarii's main goal was the removal of Roman rule in Judea and the rest of the Holy Land. For many religious, national, and social reasons, the Sicarii opposed the Romans governing their lands and their people, as well as corrupting their temples and own Jewish government. They hated the Romans with a passion, and would fight to the death to see them gone.

Some of the supporters of the Sicarii, as well as the Zealots, saw them as a way to gain wealth and power if the Romans were to leave. These men were willing to spare some of their wealth to support certain groups of Zealots and Sicarii, and many were accepting such pay.  This is not to say the Sicarii fought for personal wealth alone.

It is clear that the Sicarii are very dedicated to their fight, and will not go down easy to anyone who opposes them. They did in fact kill many of their own people for supporting the Romans.

Training: Very Little, Some Axillary experience.

Assuming most Sicarri were ordinary citizens turned terrorist, the level of training an ordinary Sicarii would have would be almost non- existent. Besides some experience with the sling, A Sicarii would have almost no training with any of their weapons, or any idea of combat organisation to compete against the much better trained Roman legionaries. It is possible some of the higher figures of the Zealot of Sicarii movement might have served as Axullries in the Roman Army, picking up some ideas and experience in warfare, but lack of evidence supports otherwise. Lack of training is eventually a major disadvantage, but as history proves untrained soldiers can hold their own against trained ones.

Martial Skill: Folk wrestling 

Basic types of wrestling and grappling arts are common throughout out nearly every human civilisation. The Israelites are no exception. Wrestling was practised for hundreds of years as both a recreational and military activity. The Sicarii would have some martial arts experience at hand, focusing on grappling and basic take downs if found without weapons.

Friday, 17 June 2011

Israeli Sicarii vs. Okinwain Pechin; Introduction and Grading System

My next match up will have the Israeli Sicarii battle the Okinawain Pechin. One side features religious rebels who developed cloak and dagger tactics to combat Roman occupation in their homeland. The other side features the elite warriors of an island caste system that influenced modern day martial arts.

Israeli Sicarii

Okinwain Pechin

Ranking System:

Long Range: 20/20
Medium Range: 15/15
Close Range: 10/10
Extreme Close Range: 5/5
Specialized: 10/10

Head: 10/10
Torso: 15/15
Arms: 5/5
Legs: 5/5
Blocking: 5/5


Tactics: 15/15
Motivation/Loyalty: 10/10
Training: 10/10
Martial Skill: 10/10
X-Factor: 10/10

7 vs. 7 Squad Battle