Armored Combat

Armored Combat (also called Heavy Weapons) as practiced in the Society for Creative Anachronism. Full contact and full speed using real armor and simulated weapons.
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Fourth Sunday Video

Oh and I'm sure you're all relieved to find out that Colin re-authorized successfully.

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4th Sunday Practice Pics

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Here Comes a Big Fourth Sunday

Weather permitting, next Sunday 2/28th's get together here looks to be much bigger than normal for armored combat. Joscelyn says he's bringing 3-4 blackspear guys down with him, for example.

So, DON'T MISS OUT! Come on over. We start around 1, but there MIGHT be some people here earlier than that.

Local new guys, this is a great chance to see a wide variety of gear and different fighting styles.

If the weather sucks, we'll punt and work on technique or gear or something in the garage and shop.

Food goes on around 4-5, people usually clear out around 6, but that's flexible. It's a pot luck, bring any damn thing you want, from coke products to ice cream cakes or veggie platters. Don't count on having lots of cooking access, as someone local usually does a big main dish production that takes up the stove.

If you're coming down 29/15/20 whatever, NEVER speed near any of the small towns of Orange, Gordonsville, etc. Ask Sean.

More the merrier! Hope to see you there.

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Old UVa Practice Video

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Team for Chalice of the Sun God

Anyone interested in coming up with a team for Chalice of the Sun God this weekend? 

Here's what's required:
Teams must field a single participant in at least 4 of the 5 Chalice disciplines (Bardic, Artisan, Heavy, Rapier, Archery). In addition to the adult categories, each team may include one youth combat, and/or one youth archer, and/or one youth rapier fighter. A bonus point per youth combat, youth rapier, and/or youth archer will be awarded to teams who include them (one point per youth). No team shall feature more than three youth combatants, one rapier, one archer, one armored. If the youth wins the title of Chalice Youth Armored Champion, Chalice Youth Archer, or Chalice Youth Rapier Champion, an additional bonus point will be awarded to the team. Each participant shall receive points based on participation and performance. The team with the highest score shall win the Chalice of the Sun God. To register a team, contact the Autocrat. You must include the names of your team members, their disciplines, and the team name.
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Update for Next Week: Coronation, Thursday Practice, Triangle Demo

Just a quick heads up about the coming busy week.

Thursday is the first practice of the school year, a great chance to catch the eye of new and returning students. At the Dells, as ever, weather permitting. Otherwise we're at the parking deck at Scott Stadium.
We're attending Coronation on Saturday. And I haven't mentioned this yet, but HRH Kalisa has asked me to be her Champion, so I'll be busier during this reign than I have been recently.
Then Sunday we have the Isenfir Triangle Demo, where we pull out the stops to catch the students we have attracted with Monday's Student Activity Fair and Thursday's practice. Please come out if you can!
Other events I'll be at in the next few months are listed on the calendar link.
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New Deep Curved Shield by Justus

Here's the new shield! Just lacking some drying time and a couple crows.

new Shield
More pictures at this link. Yes, they may look sideways for now, that should clear up.
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That's a Busy Saturday

Ella mentioned something at Thursday practice about a cut and thrust tourney at Pennsic.

Hard to find because (duh) it is not listed as "Pennsic's First Ever Cut and Thrust Rapier Tourney" but as the non-descriptive "Golden Pony" tourney.
And it is on the middle Saturday of the War.
Same afternoon as the Historical Combat Series Pollaxe Tourney.
Same afternoon as Tarl's Polearm tourney.
Sigh.
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Golden Rose Tourney I

We had a great time at Golden Rose Tourney this weekend. Even with the heat, the dehydration, a blown fan belt and water pump, what a great time.

Ella & Master Kit warming up on the raiper field.
Thanks again to Baron Girard and Baroness Guienevra for hosting us and chauffeuring us all around Raleigh in search of a car repair place open on Sunday. (For your future reference, the answer is always "Sears.")
Dukes Alaric & Michael fighting bastard sword.
I'm very very pleased to report that HRH Kalisa's team, the one I helped organize, went all the way to the finals and came oh so close to winning. I'm very happy with everyone's performance--the whole team backed each other up: Matteo winning a tough fight during a round where I lost, Philip and Amos (the "purple teardrop men") going (I think) undefeated until the finals, just a great showing all around.
We also looked damn good! I was surprised to have the only crest on the field, though Susan made a lovely wreath of flowers for Philip's helmet. Where are your pictures from the tourney?
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Bay Company Practice in Caer Mear

Last night Philip, Aethelwolf, Kelby, Leo and I piled into Philip's van and headed to the monthly Bay Company practice in Richmond. We raced the rain most of the way there, but luckily we never saw any of the hail or serious weather that happened a bit north and west of my place. (One house in Fluvanna had its roof torn off.)

Turnout was a little lighter than last time, probably because of the threat of bad weather. Aside from a good Caer Mear turnout and us, the only out of towners were Moe and Matthew from Tir-Y-Don.

I took some gear out to the playground where fighting was going on, and it was just pickup fights. So I armored up for sword and shield inside the church, trundled out---into melees. Sigh. I hate fighting sword and shield in melee. In fact, last night was probably only the 13th or 14th time I've ever done it. And it showed.

Still, a little melee practice is good for everyone, and after a short break I swapped to polearm just in time for the bridge rez scenario, which was quite enjoyable. Especially as the only long weapon out.

The rain put an end to melees and we adjourned inside for one on one practice. Wow it was sticky! I tried out my new 5'6" split rattan pole and it proved very fast. Quite the face stabber. I think I'll name it Needler.

I'm still feeling good, though tiring more easily than I care to. No weights this week, aside from shovelfuls of mulch.

The trip home was filled with ancient SCA stories ("Don't worry... I'm a nurse!")  and a decision to cancel Thursday armored practice in Charlottesville because Philip will be up in NoVA working and I have way too much to do for Golden Rose and would not be fighting anyway, two days prior to a big tournament.

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