[Ansteorra] painting fencing masks
dontivar at gmail.com
Tue Mar 29 16:12:11 PDT 2011
At 01:21 PM 3/29/2011, you wrote:
>The subject of painting modern fencing masks used for SCA rapier
>combat has come up recently on the Trimaris list. The idea is
>apparently to paint a "face, an animal, of a helm" on the grill of
>the mask. One of the strong points of SCA vs. the LARP groups has
>been the ability to look for period examples and "see what they
>did", but I don't know that there are any equivalents.
>I would be interested in hearing if this is done in your area and
>any opinions or ideas, pro or con, on this subject.
The basic dilemma is this: To the best of our knowledge, fencing
masks weren't developed until a century or two past the SCA's period.
Nevertheless, SCA safety rules (and common sense) require proper face
and head protection. So you're left with two choices, a modern
fencing mask, or a rapier-legal period style helm.
Both options have problems. A fencing mask is, indeed, a glaring
modernity on the field, but I'll ask the purists: is it any less
anachronistic than a Norman or any other early-period fighter wearing
a full helm--also required by SCA safety rules--instead of a
pot-helm? And while period-style helms looks good, how often would a
16th century fighter be wearing *just* a helm along with "street clothes"?
As for painting them, personally I don't have a problem with it,
although some other folks do. One painting option that hasn't been
mentioned yet is using a flat black paint to make the grillwork
easier to see through, so it looks less like a mask and more like a face.
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