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  • Ueshiba1
    The other people addressed your first questions as well as I could have. I�����ll try to help with the chain mail question. Bear in mind, I�����ve only
    Message 1 of 2565 , Mar 2, 2001
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      The other people addressed your first questions
      as well as I could have. I�ll try to help with the
      chain mail question.<br><br>Bear in mind, I�ve only
      been fighting for about 4 months, so if any veteran
      SCAdians read this feel free to critique my explanation
      :).<br><br>Near as I can tell, chain mail doesn�t really lend
      itself to SCA style combat. We use rattan weapons-it�s
      like bamboo with a filled in center-which provide a
      crushing blow rather than a slashing blow that a �real�
      blade would provide. Back in the middle ages, chain
      mail could mitigate the power from a slashing strike
      from a blade, however, if you take a crushing strike
      from a rattan weapon, chain mail will leave you with
      lovely waffle-shaped bruises. And, it is rather heavy
      compared to alternatives like splinted/reinforced leather,
      decent gauge<br>aluminum, barrel plastic, coat of plates
      or the like.<br><br>That being said, I have seen
      fighters who wear chain mail coifs that protect their
      necks. I once saw a duke with a chain mail skirt that
      protected his legs; the mail hung down and it would absorb
      the brunt of a strike because of the force needed to
      move it. <br><br>I can think of a few people locally
      who do chain mail work, but they mostly wear it
      around events to look cool :). I can�t make the stuff,
      but if you want to learn I recommend that you find
      someone near your locale that can show you, because it
      would probably be really confusing to try to take
      instruction through text.<br><br>As for the �faster� way: you
      can buy armor, some pieces like a helmet, you have to
      buy in order to conform to society/local armor
      standards. You can also buy used armor from local fighters
      when they upgrade their gear. I�m making a coat of
      plate�s right now using chopped up road sign plates
      riveted to a packing blanket. It�s pretty easy to make,
      but you need access to power tools and the like. My
      cousin made a good portion of his armor using chopped up
      pieces of oil barrel plastic. Then there�s
      leatherworking, but I won�t get into that because I�m a
      vegetarian, sorry, but I�m pretty sure there are a few
      leatherworkers in the club.<br><br>Well, I hope I helped answer
      your question. If you want to know more feel free to
      ask, there�s some experienced SCA types floating
      around here.
    • bubdog101
      Message 2565 of 2565 , Dec 6, 2003
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        --- In scanewcomers@yahoogroups.com, jfreak_99_16 wrote:
        > Brand New to SCA<br>I haven't even been to an
        > event yet. Except for the onen heavy fighting practice.
        > I have no idea how to get started<br><br>JF
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