Looking Good

9 Dec 2014 by gebhard, No Comments »

1819_10152757723853228_765836002_nLike most people a few years after they join the SCA, I decided I wanted my kit to look better. In asking for advice, I was asked “What do you want to look like?” I would say, “I don’t know for sure, but I know I want to look good.” I was putting a lot of time and effort into the SCA. I wanted to at least die looking good on the field.

It’s taken many years to get my kit to where it is, and it will likely take many more to get it to where I would like it to be.

One of my favorite people in the SCA, Sir Farthegn once explained the importance of taking a shot when you’re struck, to pack of youth at an event.  He said, “I don’t like losing, but I do like dying.”  Farthegn proceeded to show them art of dying in style.

I know this is exactly the sort of thing I wish I could do more.  Sadly, I have a couple weak spots that throwing myself on the ground exacerbates.  I must settle for the less than dramatic tournament death of collapsing into a ball.

Dying a good death is a great for the onlookers, as a medieval tournament is as much for the enjoyment of those watching as it is for the contestants.

What do we in the list owe the crowd watching us fight?

It’s a good question for each fighter to ask themselves, from time to time.

Those who are watching are the ones who carry our wordfame everywhere they go.  I have noticed over time, some fighters will gather a crowd. When they enter the list, people will stop whatever they are doing and watch. When the fight is over, they go back to their projects, conversations, snack finding or beer getting.

What makes one fighter stand out from another to the non-authorized spectator? I believe that it’s a clean fight and a bit of showmanship.

Clean fighters are fun to watch because most anyone can follow what’s happening. The people in the crowd are not in our armor.  They can not tell if a shot was good or not. However, they do see when someone is hit. To the eye of many untrained observers, every blow that lands is a good one.

So how much should this matter to the way we conduct ourselves on the list?

The appearance of your kit, how you behave in the list, and your calibration level are all things that every fighter must decide for him or herself.

Equally, it’s always important to remember those for whom we fight and what it is they say about us.  For it is they who hold a part of our legacy.



One of my favorite pictures provided by: ©LionDove Images.

The image above was also part of the Passing of the Couter which can be read at the following link: http://lozengia.com/gebhard/passing-of-the-couter/

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