Armored Combat is a very big part of the SCA. The only way to become King and/or Queen in the SCA is to be the last person standing in a Crown Tournament.
Combat is fought in real armor with weapons made of rattan. Rattan is similar to bamboo but has a solid core making it light weight, durable and, to an extent, flexible. The most important aspect of rattan is that is does not splinter.
Armor is required for the head, neck, lower spine, kidneys, groin, elbows, knees and hands. Armor can be purchased or produced by yourself following some rules. For example: the Helm must be made of 1/16th inch steel and padded with at least 1/2 inch of foam and face guards shall prevent a 1-inch diameter dowel from entering into any of the openings. A complete list of these rules are available on the www.sca.org website.
Scoring combat is by your honor. You are to decide whether or not a blow was of lethal force. If you are hit on the arm or leg you are no longer able to use that limb. If you are hit on the head or torso with a killing blow, you would be considered dead.
Our current Armored Combat Marshal is Lord Liam Warr. The Marshal is responsible for the safety of all on the battle field. The Marshal also keeps records of who is authorized to participate in armored combat.
Armored Combat in the Barony of Tir Ysgithr
Every Tuesday night from 7pm to 10pm is Fighter Practice. Fighter Practice is a great place to come out and see what we do and meet the Barony. Not only will you find armored combat fighters, there may also be Rapiers, Dancers and Drummers. So, come and join us at the Southwest corner of Reid Park