Re: [Authentic_SCA] A suggestion, re; tents, gear, etc.
- Pete wrote:
>I think there's two things at work here.
> I am looking at the SCA from the outside, so please correct me if
> this next observation is incorrect. It appears to me that you will
> not be excluded from any SCA event if your clothing and equipment is
> not completely authentic. If that is the case, I see no reason to
> make any attempt to hide or modify any modern equipment you may be
> using now. Instead redirect your resources into making or acquiring
> the proper equipment. When you do get a period item, simply stop
> using the modern equivilant. Over time, usually a couple of years or
> more, your kit or camp will become more and more authentic.
As you say, nobody will throw you out of the SCA for having a dome tent
or modern shoes or whatever. But when I take a "half measure", I don't
do it to conform to the SCA rules, I do it to give myself and my friends
(and anyone else who likes some degree of historical accuracy) at least
half a chance to suspend disbelief.
To take the example of my shoes, which are modern flat-soled "mary
janes" (i.e. black leather, strap and buckle fastening)... I know that
the $20 I spent on them at Payless Shoes could have been put towards a
pair of more authentic ones, but if putting it towards the more
authentic shoes meant wearing sneakers in the meantime, I would consider
that to be unacceptably modern and offensive to my own sense of "minimum
reasonable effort", even though there's no rule against wearing Nikes
under my gown. Same goes for most of my other half measures.
Also, many of my half measures are a matter of time, not money. In some
cases a half measure will cost half as much as doing it right (dome tent
covers spring to mind) and in that case it seems like it might be worth
saving the money. But what if money's not the only thing at stake here?
I mean, a pair of authentic shoes would probably only cost me $20 in
materials, but they would cost me a *lot* of time that I don't have. So
while I might be doubling the financial cost to get to authenticity in
the shoe department ($20 for the modern mary-janes, $20 for authentic
materials), I'm only adding perhaps 2% to the total *time* cost (half an
hour to buy the mary-janes; many many hours to research authentic shoes,
learn how to make them, etc).
So, um, I guess I sort of half agree with you. I'd like people to wait
and get more authentic stuff, but if there's a quick and easy and cheap
half-measure that will avoid offending peoples' sense of reasonable
authenticity in the meantime, I think it's worth taking.
Lady Katherine Rowberd (mka Kirrily "Skud" Robert)
Caldrithig, Skraeling Althing, Ealdormere
"The rose is red, the leaves are grene, God save Elizabeth our Queene"