13th century focus - Re: [SCA-Archery] Re: English only and mostly military perception of archery in the SCA
- Getting a little off topic here, however:
> But let's face it, the entire SCA seems focused on 13th and 14th centuryActually, you have missed one major thing here though.
> Europe. Most heavy fighters take their cue for their armor and device development
> from that period...if not persona as well. (Just look at a picture from
> Pennsic.) True, there is the occasional Viking or Samurai or Sheik, but they are
> indeed the exception, and not the norm, appearing a bit anachronistic in a sea of
There is a really strong reason why you see 90% of SCA fighters in
13th/14th century armor. But go ask them their period/persona, and
you will get a vast range.
The reason? It works within the rules of heavy combat.
If you start looking at earlier armor, it starts being not SCA legal
inherantly (raw maille), and
needs additional work done if you really want to get that look. (such
as hidden protection UNDER the visible protection)
If you look at even earlier period armor, you often run into: What
armor? Or so little that it isn't going to be legal.
If you look at late period armor, you either get:
* Full suits of plate, that are impractical in SCA 'sport' combat, as
their benefit (being impervious to harm) is negated by our rules.
* Lack of armor (ala Landsknechts/etc) -- When guns could blow through
most anything, why bother wearing much.
* Armor meant for minimal protection (fencing jacks)
So in reality, 13th/14th century armor is what 'works' for SCA combat.
If we padded our weapons (ala Markland) then we could get away with
less armor, and you would see alot of earlier period armor. If we
counted 'armor as worn'. You would see alot of later period armor.
Such is the sport that SCA combat is.
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