The crash of weapon on shield. The glint of sun shining on armor. The thrill of honorable combat. All these things are to be found in the Armored Combat of the SCA.
One of the most well-known activities in the SCA, Armored Combat consists of everything from one-on-one combat, to wars with thousands of participants. But make no mistake: this is no reenactment or stage fighting. This is full speed, unchoreographed combat. Only your honor dictates whether the blow was struck in the right position and with sufficient force.
The weapons used in Armored Combat are mostly made of rattan, a type of bamboo that is safer than wood because it shears along the grain instead of splintering. Some of the weapons include bits of foam and rubber to look even more like the real version while retaining safety.
The armor is made to cover joints and organs so that fights can be hard-hitting, yet safe. Armor requirement vary but generally include protection for the head and neck, joints (wrists, elbows, and knees), the kidneys, and groin. Armor is often customized to reflect the persona of the person wearing it: everything from full suits of armor, to chain mail, to simple hardened leather. And what is a fighter without his shield? Our shields are constructed from metal or wood and are as varied as the armor.
The Marshal is responsible for the the safety of the weapons, the field, and any and all fighters. They also authorize people to participate in Armored Combat and keep records of those who are already authorized. The current Marshal for the Barony is Lord Liam Warr.
Armored Combat with the Barony of Tir Ysgithr
Is your interest piqued? Are you ready to strap on some armor and hit people with sticks? Then why not meet us at a Fighter Practice? Fighter Practice is held almost every week on Tuesday nights from 7pm to 10pm at the Southwest corner of Reid Park in the center of Tucson. It’s a great chance to come out and meet with the Barony and learn with the rest of us. Please be aware that limited loaner armor is available, and you MUST bring your own groin protection.