[Elfsea] Armor & Gear

Mark Wandrey falconsword at tx.rr.com
Mon Jul 30 18:35:55 PDT 2007


While I appreciate the advice, rules and conventions of combat weren't my concern. I've been a qualified fighter on three different occasions and in two different kingdoms. However the most recent was more than 10 years ago. One thing I remember was lack of consistency in the two rules I inquired on. Shield requirements and authorizations. 

Thanks for the advice, my Lord, and I assure you I will be up to speed on all necessary details when I take the field.

Of course i just found out that the recent torrential rains have damaged my armorer, so necesary pieces of equipment will be some weeks in coming (helm/gorget). If we have some fighters continue to show up with some loaner gear, the rest of me equipment (knees, elbows, belt, gauntleds) will be ready.

Iorek Bjornson
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Tomas Niallagain 
  To: Barony of Elfsea 
  Sent: Monday, July 30, 2007 9:10 AM
  Subject: Re: [Elfsea] Armor & Gear


  Please allow me to make a couple of corrections.
    1) In Ansteorra, there is only 1 separate fighter authorization and that is fiberglass spear (any length)

    2) Shield construction.  --  there are many recommendations about durability and weight but the rules are: from the Marshals Handbook, since the complete participants handbook is currently off line. 
    Section VI. subsection
     I. Shields
  1. Shields shall be edged with leather, padding, or other covering or constructed in such a way as to minimize damage to rattan weapons or other fighters.
  2. No bolts, wires, or other objects may project more than 3/8 inch (9mm) from any part of a shield without being padded. Rounded shield bosses are not considered to be projections. 

    Kingdom rules are allowed to be more restrictive but I do not remember any currently in place beyond the Society rules stated above.  I will double check with the Earl Marshal and if I am mistaken will post to the list any correction. 

  Iorek, for you information,  I would highly recommend you read the Complete Participants handbook prior to attempting to be authorized.  You will be tested on your knowledge of the rules as well as how safe a fighter you are. The Handbook will also act as a guide in constructing any part of your armour, weapons, or shield.  While it obviously does not contain step by step instructions it does contain materials permitted and prohibited where appropriate, minimum diameters and thicknesses, etc. 

  Sior Tomás
  Central Regional Knight Marshal
     



  On 7/26/07, Mark Wandrey <falconsword at tx.rr.com > wrote:
    My thanks to all those who answered questions (Yes, even Crandal). I'm getting close, and my gear comes together. Still waiting on helm and gorget from Ashcraft Baker, but everthing else is almost ready so I'm starting to excercise and build a shield. Hoping to go for qualification in a couple weeks.

    Iorek Bjornson
      ----- Original Message ----- 
      From: Brandon McDermott 
      To: Barony of Elfsea 
      Sent: Wednesday, July 25, 2007 11:28 PM
      Subject: Re: [Elfsea] Armor & Gear


      There are no stupid questions.....( Crandal be quiet :-) ) there are separate auth. for fiberglass spear , siege, and bow but those are all I can think of. I personally would not pass any shield less than 1/4inc, but would prefer at least 3/8 in. Also if you are using wood make sure to reinforce the edge with something...rawhide, aluminum tract etc... 
      Yis
      Lord Lochlan Dunn
      Knight Marshal Elfsea

      Mark Wandrey <falconsword at tx.rr.com> wrote:
        I have a couple questions for our marshall or anyone familiar enough with 
        the kingdom rules to answer authoratatively.

        1) What is the minimum shield material requirement. I spoke with Crandal who 
        verified there is no size minimum, but what must it made of? I know it has 
        to be sturdy enough to survive contact, but can it be thinish hardwoo, or 
        something comperable?
        2) Does our kingdom require multiple authorizations to fight? Sword & 
        Shield. Great Short. Mace and Shield. Florentine . etc. When I was in 
        An Tir it was one test, you're done. But in Midrealm it was muliple 
        authorizations.

        Sorry if the questions are stupid, what do you expect from a 1400 year ol 
        Norseman?

        Iorek Bjornson 

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