[Ansteorra] painting fencing masks
james at crouchet.com
Tue Mar 29 16:00:48 PDT 2011
A personal armorer could resolve these issues, of course.
Fact is we are playing a game that was played by very rich men in period and
few of us have such resources. We have to be smarter and/or have more
do-it-yourself ability to get what we need.
That said, I would like to see more helms on the field, especially for
melee. When discussing engagement issues on point that comes up repeatedly
is that many people --including some doctors-- feel the back of the head is
insufficiently armored to be taking shots there. Nonetheless, accidents
happen, there are some circumstances where such a hit is legal and in
tournament (one on one) the back of the head is a totally legal (though
I wish we could get everyone switched over in the next couple of years but I
recognize that it is not that simple. OTOH the more rapier helms we buy the
simpler and cheaper it will become to get one.
I have a mask I use mostly for drills. I painted a mustache and eye patch on
it to play the part of captain somebody for a scenario. My opinion on
painting is that it can help set the mood or play the part. Stupid and
distracting choices here are similar to stupid and distracting costumes.
On Mar 29, 2011 3:37 PM, "Elizabeth Crouchet" <elizabeth at crouchet.com>
> I *have* saved up the monies to buy custom made period gear only to have
> replace it with another piece of custom made period gear that also does
> end up serving me or fitting me or functioning correctly. Then I have that
> modified and it still does not serve. Then I try to make do and it is
> counter productive.
> Then I fall back on the tried and true and 'invisible" non period mask or
> epee guard.
> That done, I am hesitant to spend yet more money on yet one more piece of
> period equipment that I cannot use, modify, fix or remake myself.
> You will forgive the cider I drink at an event, that being the only cider
> have had or will have all month. Money is hard to come by with many other
> expenses of life taking priority, not to mention the costs of just getting
> to the events. Being at the event is a celebration and I often tend to
> embellish that accomplishment with a little treat or two. That helps to
> me going while I am pinching pennies back home.
> If I stopped playing SCA for one year, I could save up enough money to buy
> better kit all around. But I would still be in the same boat as to how to
> acquire it.
> Acquiring the period equipment is an admirable pursuit but it is not as
> or as cut and dried as many seem to think that it is. Money is not the
> hurdle for many. It is often confusing and difficult to find appropriate
> equipment that you can be sure of, and to shell out your hard saved extra
> $400 on a piece of hardware that is only maybe going to do it's job is
> to do.
> So, pursuing ways to make the mundane equipment less intruding is a good
> idea. Exploring those ideas is a good thing. Not all of the ideas set
> will be good ideas in the end, but discussing them is helpful to getting
> better ones. Spending more money is not always the best solution or even
> On Tue, Mar 29, 2011 at 3:19 PM, Dave W <wiselaw at comcast.net> wrote:
>> Just a couple of observations:
>> Just a matter of
>> setting priorities, but it makes sense to me to prioritize gear that
>> and works well for what we do...
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