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Your warriors are going to need a co-pilot/gunnery officer. (Note: Despite appearances, this answer does not advocate the weaponization of babies!)


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Probably not I agree that the work is incredible, but ultimately the problem with the design is always going to be the downstroke of the wing. Birds have massively well developed pectoral muscles. In chickens, this is what we mean when we describe the breast meat. It's the largest single muscle group on a chicken and most other birds because of the sheer ...


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Just go for darts. Already done, and it work. War darts were used duringg WW1. While not dropped by hand, they were still droped without any complex mecanism. Given enough altitude, kinetic energy was enough to be lethal. While you can't take as much darts as an aircraft can lift, it can still be enough to harass ennemy, and would be much easyer to use ...


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Ice skates. Or more specifically, bladed boots. In aerial combat it would allow you to slash at enemies below you without compromising your flight stance while leaving your hands open to carry some sort of buckler to defend against the attacks from others. With your arms free you could double the foot blades up with heavy darts to use as a thrown ...


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Long badminton racquets. Lightweight, easy to carry. Large surface area to maximize chance of successfully hitting aerial target. Low air resistance, and so minimal resistance to swing. Proven efficacy at whacking birdies.


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Plummet your enemies to the death. Use bolas They are light, you can carry several of them in a bag. They are ranged weapons, because you don't want your wings cut from a hand-to-hand combat. You can make them with metal chains and they won't break, no matter what the other ones try. Barbed wire and spiked weights are possible variations. Your bones are ...


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We have transportation because of our flimsy legs, and convenience. Would you like to walk one mile for 15 minutes, or drive the same distance under a minute? I believe this will be the same concept for winged humans. If it's more convenience for them to use transportation, they will do so. In this case, planes will definitely still be viable for long ...


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I have moved my entire household including cages with birds between cities. The birds do NOT stay on their perches. The motion of the vehicles is so unnatural and extreme that they hunker down on the bottom of their cages and weather the storm. Granted, intelligence would help considerably. Obviously the wind whips branches around, but have you ever ...


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Combat with rapidly moving humans on horseback is done by ranged weapons, so similar factors apply to your battles. Given the context in your question, it seems safe to assume firearms have not been invented in your world, so all weapons will be muscle powered. Throwing objects works well when fighting humans since gravity does most of the work, but when ...


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I would like to point out that the weapons can’t be anything heavy (at all) and you would have to wear light Armour (Gambeson, or leather)not steel or iron to heavy to fly. Because being winged humans your bones would need to be hollow (making them brittle as well) and with air sacks inside your body keeping you afloat. Long Claws or Bladed Gauntlets (long ...


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Someone else used this exact picture and asked the same question. The picture is detailed but misses several important elements. https://images.app.goo.gl/k3oPSuLqVxpikx967 This is a bird's anatomy, if you look at the bird you can see a massive pectoralis major (chest muscle). https://images.app.goo.gl/v6QYooyoSV5SNguJ7 Looking at the skeleton that ...


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In addition to the problems already mentioned, the wings are too high on the body. You need equal weight infront of and behind the wings. Having the wings attach on the shoulders, the legs would fall. It's not balanced. Gliding animals, such as the pterodactyl, may have gotten aloft by running very very fast due to powerful legs, and as a result, needed ...


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Amputations of limbs following battlefield injuries has been performed for centuries. It was thought better to have a relatively small wound than a wound that compromised a large amount of the limb. A skilled surgeon could remove a limb in around ten seconds, and after that, stitching up and bandaging the stump would take a minute or so. Yes, there are ...


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Let's see: Magic Big overcoats Cut them off That just about covers it (pun intended)


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I think in the end your still going to end up with a weapons like a spear or trident and here is why: Long Reach so you can hit enemies from further away without physically flying into them Only the pointy end hurts people, the stick end won't damage your wings but could get in the way if they aren't carried properly Can be thrown to hit enemies even ...


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Spear bottom line is the critical weakness of an avian being is their wings. Their critical strength is also their mobility from their wings. Therefore they would prefer high reach melee weapons that take advantage of their speed whilst reducing their chance for injury. Under these conditions that would be the spear. The lance could be a runner up but its ...


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FIRE!!! Yes, having crossbows as weapons would work*. Four across the back, firing forward, as air to air missiles. Four across the chest, firing down, as air to surface missiles. Each one is connected by a wire to one of the pilot's fingers. While that digit is curled, the wire is loose. Straighten the finger, the wire is pulled taut and the connected ...


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If your world has clockwork, you could (in theory) have a clockwork mechanism that reloads and cocks a spring-fed repeating crossbow, and be activated with a. This probably wouldn't be very powerful, so (as per the original) poison tips could be used to increase the effect. It would also be rather heavy. You mentioned that the flying warriors control their ...


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Several suggestions come to mind immediately, depending on what sorts of devilry your armourers can devise: Atlatl -- very effective!, but you need good aim. An atlatl is basically a light spear or javelin cast by using a throwing stick. The throwing stick (the atlatl itself) has at its distal end a small pointed peg (often of antler or bone) that fits into ...


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Drover coat. https://www.downunderweb.com/shop-all/mens-drover-jacket-oilskin-western-duster-3-4-length-1/ https://www.folkwear.com/products/copy-of-137-australian-drovers-coat?variant=36841680142 These are work coats popular in the American west and especially Australia. They have a capelike piece on the back. Google them up - you can find heavier wool ...


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Humans can walk from place A to place B, so why do we need land transportation? Movement is tiring, energy consuming. True flight would be quicker, but still laziness drives inventions. Land The main reason these angels would have for traveling over land would be transport of goods. Therefore, most of their land based vehicles would develop in that ...


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Bowden cable (like bicycle brakes) A 1918 Lewis gun on a Foster mounting fitted to an Avro 504K Night Fighter. The gun trigger is operated by a Bowden cable A Bowden cable (/ˈboʊdən/ BOH-dən) is a type of flexible cable used to transmit mechanical force or energy by the movement of an inner cable relative to a hollow outer cable housing. The housing is ...


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Something I haven't seen in any of the other questions yet and that I think might prove to be useful. manipulate and control the weather and environment as much as you can. Think smoke screens, toxic smoke jars and what not deployed under enemies. Mirrors are lightweight and can reflect the sunlight, negating the advantage one can have when attacking from ...


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People. People who preen people. Are the luckiest people in the world. http://www.chimpsanctuarynw.org/blog/category/advocacy-2/free-living-chimps/ If your winged people are people, they do not need to reach everywhere to preen. They can have friends and family do it for them. Fingers and nails are great for grooming (front teeth help too) and if you ...


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This is a very nicely detailed piece of anatomical speculation. However, at normal human scale, such a being would be unable to fly on Earth unless their muscles had a much higher force to volume ratio. A human sized winged being would require prohibitively large wings, and the volume of their muscles would contribute to them looking rather alien to us. ...


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A being with a non-birdlike (such as the winged humans shown) anatomy can fly, if the planet in question is more forgiving. Specifically, if gravity is less, and air is denser, less lift is necessary to fly with equivalent mass. Credit goes to Randall Munroe for the idea: https://xkcd.com/620/. See https://www.explainxkcd.com/wiki/index.php/620:_Wings for a ...


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Human fighter pilots (including in helicopters and World War I vintage fighters) also use(d) "ranged and dropping weapons, as flechettes," "bolts and darts". You can continue to use your existing weapons. You will need to adjust your aim and range to account for your opponents' velocities and maneuverability. You will also need to study aerial dog-...


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Thanks for the extra info. The first thing to mention is training. You say that you're worried about cutting yourself or your friends accidentally with your weapon? Training with all weapons (swords or ranged weapons) is aimed at this first and foremost. Until you can keep yourself safe, you aren't ready to use your weapons for actual fighting. If you've ...


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Have retractable perches that are only usable after a coin or token has been placed in a proper receptacle. Make it so that the perch retracts after a user has let go of it. For expecting mothers, the elderly and the disabled, you may have structures that more closely resemble nests. Again, have a coin slot activate its usability. These might have a ...


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You place one flying humanoid that acts as a guard and enforcer. Then put a money funnel on the top of the bus. The funnel drops the coins into the proper receptacle. Alternatively, you could have the driver sit on the top rear of the bus much like how a firetruck is driven. Your driver is here and someone tosses coins into here


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