Can horse archer fire flaming arrows?

kalashnjkov

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If their horse can carry a lamp to allow igniting the oiled arrowhead and shoot flaming arrows. Is this possible? Could foot archer do the same by carrying a lamp?
 

Roccoflipside

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Pretty sure flaming arrows are not a thing. Siege weapons, like ballista and catapults, have been shown to have a fire option, but so far not bows.
 

Kentucky James VII

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Roccoflipside said:
Pretty sure flaming arrows are not a thing. Siege weapons, like ballista and catapults, have been shown to have a fire option, but so far not bows.
(this isn't the bannerlord section btw)
 

hruza

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kalashnjkov said:
If their horse can carry a lamp to allow igniting the oiled arrowhead and shoot flaming arrows. Is this possible? Could foot archer do the same by carrying a lamp?
Oiled arrowhead would not make a flaming arrow. Flame would have been put away by the airflow almost immediately after leaving the bow. You need special arrow construction with special materials to make an flaming arrow and then it's still very clumsy and inefficient weapon with rather short range. Unlike in video-games, it's completely useless against people. It's use was almost exclusively in siege warfare and naval combat. Which brings me to your question:

Could horse archers shoot flaming arrows? In theory if they made hard enough effort probably yes. But you are not going to use horse archers in sieges or on the ships, so there was little reason to do so.

 

Vedymin

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Fire arrows were mainly used for lighting structures on fire. They were not literally flaming, but were rather just heated up so they are more likely to start a fire if they get lodged into a wooden structure. If they had open flames, it would be put out by the air movement around the arrow. They were primarily used for shooting over walls in huge amounts to possibly start fires behind them and to annoy/distract the defenders. It is a lot easier to light wooden structures on fire with torches if you can get closer to them, and preparing fire arrows takes a long time and would be hard to do on horseback. Also, they are not very useful for shooting at people when compared to normal arrows, and might actually be less damaging because the heat could cauterize the wounds they make. Its not like people are lit on fire for a few seconds and receive burn damage.
 
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