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ProBono
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Posted: 05/26/2012 at 10:00am | IP Logged Quote ProBono



Drive at high speed and throw them out the window:


Ancient Romans used them as a fun way to wreck chariots:


See further down for the Spike Strip tyre deflator...

Edited by ProBono on 06/02/2012 at 7:05am
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Posted: 05/26/2012 at 1:06pm | IP Logged Quote Dragonlady

Thanks, I have a use for these. My players are in a Roman type city and I can use these for traps and or items used by the thieves guild to stop the guards from chasing them.

Query: How long were/are the points? Could they go through the bottom of boots or straw sandles?
Too lazy to try and search the web.
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Posted: 05/26/2012 at 1:55pm | IP Logged Quote Serendipitous

I'm not sure if I've read it correctly, but it looks like typical caltrops are 3 inches (a little over 7 centimeters)tall from the ground and are enough to puncture shoes but probably not steel boots (in the case of certain armors.) It looks like they were more commonly used against horses, though.

see the article on wiki for what I've found. It's not the most scientific source, but it's not terrible (and there's references!)
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Posted: 05/26/2012 at 2:52pm | IP Logged Quote ProBono

Hi DragonLady,

If it goes through car tyres and elephants feet, then yes, shoes would be penetrated. Modern caltrops are
often barbed for added annoyance. In some periods just putting lots of nails pointing up in a plank could be
annoying enough.

For comparison, in Vietnam, punjis were sharp sticks:

"In May 1966, after numerous widely-reported incidents of foot injuries to U.S. forces caused by punji stake
traps, issue Jungle boots were fitted with a stainless steel plate inside the boot's sole to protect the wearer
from punji stake traps."
From: Steel soled jungle boots on wiki.

Which agrees exactly with Serendipitous' comments.
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Posted: 05/27/2012 at 9:04am | IP Logged Quote hawknight

reminds me of the old video game "Spy Hunter"

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Posted: 05/27/2012 at 1:07pm | IP Logged Quote Dragonlady

Serendipitous wrote:
I'm not sure if I've read it correctly, but it looks like typical caltrops are 3 inches (a little over 7 centimeters)tall from the ground and are enough to puncture shoes but probably not steel boots (in the case of certain armors.) It looks like they were more commonly used against horses, though.

see the article on wiki for what I've found. It's not the most scientific source, but it's not terrible (and there's references!)


Thanks! and OUCH! :) That Russian caltrop (picture) looked particularly painful.

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Posted: 05/27/2012 at 4:40pm | IP Logged Quote Serendipitous

the ones with holes in the spikes to let the air out of tires is pretty interesting too, but you bet - ouch indeed!
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Posted: 06/02/2012 at 7:09am | IP Logged Quote ProBono

Spike Strip expandable tyre deflator... ... On Wiki...

Carry position (closed):



Spring Deployed:



Edited by ProBono on 06/02/2012 at 7:10am
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Posted: 06/02/2012 at 10:50am | IP Logged Quote Case

These are cool..

You just screwed over my players in their getaway!

Thanks
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Posted: 06/02/2012 at 8:18pm | IP Logged Quote Bogie

Way to go!


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