[Ansteorra] painting fencing masks
albin_oil_de_larrun at yahoo.com
Tue Mar 29 16:26:33 PDT 2011
They come in colors now..Red, blue, black, and stainless..
Zen Warrior is one that carries colors..
--- On Tue, 3/29/11, Stefan li Rous <StefanliRous at austin.rr.com> wrote:
> From: Stefan li Rous <StefanliRous at austin.rr.com>
> Subject: Re: [Ansteorra] painting fencing masks
> To: "Kingdom of Ansteorra - SCA, Inc." <ansteorra at lists.ansteorra.org>
> Date: Tuesday, March 29, 2011, 11:24 PM
> I want to thank everyone who has
> already replied to my inquiry. Several aspects have come up
> that I originally never anticipated.
> If I remember, without going out and digging out my fencing
> mask from doing some SCA rapier combat some ten years ago,
> the wire mesh is black. I thought *all* fencing masks came
> with the wire mesh painted black. Is this not true?
> And as I think about it, mine may be a gloss black rather
> than a flat black.
> PS: Yes, I am saving some of these comments for a future
> Florilegium file on this. :-)
> On Mar 29, 2011, at 6:12 PM, Chris Zakes wrote:
> > 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
> > 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.
> > -Tivar Moondragon
> THLord Stefan li Rous Barony of Bryn
> Gwlad Kingdom of Ansteorra
> Mark S. Harris
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