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Reply #15 - Feb 13th, 2012 at 9:15pm
 
It also looks like they are carrying a reload in their off hand.
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Reply #16 - Mar 13th, 2012 at 3:31am
 
It instantly help me realize just how trained they must have been. It busts the image of individual slingers just slinging randomly,instead they probably were trained to sling with uniform moves like take rock from the ground,one in the sling,one in the other hand,one slinging style,perhaps fig 8,reload the sling with the rock in the not slinging hand( this saves time with not having to bend down after 2 shots) also the stone in the other hand may act as a small counterweight. They were probably slinging all at once.With a fig 8 or a similar style they could all sling within a second or two.Imagine the enemy standing and suddenly hundreds of child fists size stones raining down within 1-2 seconds. 5-10 seconds later another shower...
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Reply #17 - Mar 14th, 2012 at 9:17am
 
There are times when I wish I had a time machine at my disposal. I'd bet a dime to your dollar watching a mass of slingers in action had to be an impressive sight.
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Reply #18 - Mar 14th, 2012 at 2:24pm
 
we'd probably thank god,we don't have to experience that (again)..well some people still experience war in another form,different scenery,same energies.
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Reply #19 - Mar 30th, 2012 at 5:07am
 
Believe me...it hasn't changed too much besides the weaponry.
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Reply #20 - Mar 31st, 2012 at 7:51am
 
Yep,that's what i meant with the same energies..same pain,same hate,same suffering  Embarrassed
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Reply #21 - Apr 1st, 2012 at 6:44pm
 
That is some impressive ammo. Imagine how much chiseling work it would have taken to equip an army with those.
(Most ancient art is highly stylized, so I don't think the depiction was intended to be overly realistic.)
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Reply #22 - Apr 2nd, 2012 at 12:09pm
 

The ammo on display looks crudely made, rock split into cubes and then having the corners chiselled off until it is roughly round. Much less work than an arrow and hits a heck of a lot harder.
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