I was looking at the Solomon Kane poster today, and he's wearing his sword on his back. While I have read that occasionally bigass swords like the zweihander or claymore were sometimes slung over the back en route to the battlefield, this wasn't exactly standard practice. Note: I read the aforementioned factoid in a Museum Replicas catalog, which is only slightly more reliable than a Dungeons & Dragons manual, so I take that claymore/zwiehander assertion with a grain of salt.
Swords were worn at the hip. We all know this. All the illustrations show it. How many swords-on-backs do we see in the Bayeaux tapestry, or in illuminated books, or hear about in historical sources? I don't know of any.
Why don't people who make this stuff bother to do a little homework? It'd only take about 5 minutes of research on swords and swordsmanship to know better, and you'd think anyone who's making a movie with swordfighting (one of the coolest things you can put in a movie!) would show some interest in learning about it. Seriously, with a modicum of research there needn't be swords-on-backs, edge-on-edge parrying, or any of the other numerous cliche mistakes movie-people make over and over and over again.
Anyone else notice any other recurrent mistakes in movies, books, etc.?
Edited by nephron, 23 September 2008 - 05:30 AM.