Exhibit - Deadliest Warrior
Platform - TV
Description - A comparison of classic warriors and fighting styles achieved with the aid of weapons experts and weaponeers, professional martial artists and trainers, biomechanical engineers and statistical modelling.
In my opinion though, the simulation vastly underestimates the variables of tactics in these encounters. For example, a Samurai is trained for precision and would tend to avoid a head on clash of forces where possible.
Episode one looked at "Apache versus Gladiator". I was pretty dubious of whether the results of exercise had any wider application, until I realised that the simulation was going to run 1,000 iterations of the combat. The results were surprising to most of the experts.
Apaches beat Gladiators 66% of the time. Once the results were in, a couple of experts demonstrated a convincing example of the majority result.
According to the simulation, Samurais beat Vikings slightly more than half the time. In my opinion though, the simulation vastly underestimates the skill variables. Even forgetting about the vast difference in ranged weapon accuracy, with the Samurai in the demonstration able to hit eyeball sized targets, the close in swordsmanship and footwork skills of the Samurai are second to none. As was amply demonstrated, one blow with the katana would sever a limb (or two). And once again, this is something the samurai practiced, a disabling blow to the attacking limb.