Plumbata are substantial war darts that have their origins in Ancient Greece and were favoured by late Empire Romans. There have rather nasty barbed head, a lead weight for inertia and were thrown as fighting lines started to close. Their nick name amongst the Roman's was "Little barbs of Mars".
Nasty as they look, how do you throw them and what do they do when they get there?.....
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Good historical information on Plumbata and Kestros can be found here
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