Dianna Womack wrote:
> I just got really lost in the portion of the SCA heraldry website...I
> don't know a fesswise from a sinister.
> Where can I find ILLUSTRATED exaples to begin working on my device. . .
Well, the logical place to start would be with the primer
When you're ready for something a little more detailed, I suggest
"Heraldry for Scribes", available with illustrations via the West
Kingdom's Heralds' Handbook <http://heralds.westkingdom.org/Handbook/
(section XII, part 2--scroll down to the bottom of the index). You
might also find the West Kingdom Heraldic Templates
> useful for getting
a handle on what specific elements should look like.
> . . .and additionally are there one or two really good sites for
> researching names (Scotts/Irish)?
The best place to go for each is the relevant guide in the Medieval
Names Archive <http://www.s-gabriel.org/names
>. It's a good idea to
read "Choosing a Medieval Name: Hints for Newcomers" (on the same
site) first; it'll help you avoid the most common newbie mistakes.
> BTW, I found the most beautiful brass peacock candle base at my local
> Goodwill, I think I would like to use it in my device...
I assume you mean a peacock, and not the brass peacock candle base
The peacock was used in period armory, and is certainly acceptable for
the SCA. It is most commonly portrayed pavonated (facing right, with
its tail relaxed along the ground)
> or in its pride (facing the
viewer, with its tail raised and spread)
feathers and peacock heads are also seen in Society armory without the
rest of the bird.
You'll need to work with a herald to put together a device featuring
one or more peacocks or peacock parts that isn't too similar to devices
that are already registered. (There are 121 entries in the Ordinary
and Armorial mentioning peacocks
>.) Your local
group should have a branch herald; if it's doesn't, let us know where
in the Knowne World you are
>, and somebody here might be
able to help you find a "wild" herald in your area.
Barony of Bryn Gwlad
Kingdom of Ansteorra