Rapier is very much a civilian weapon, it was derived from the court sword and was used for dueling. George Silvers main rant was that it was no good for military use unlike the heavier weapons he preferred. You're right about the tactics being the main thing about the battlefield I'd say. Rapier is pretty cool, but I prefer the sabre, more cutting ability. I would love to do some armoured sword play, it looks so cool.