Sometimes, he shares photos of Creative Anachronists.

There was a request a while back for video of my clone doing medieval-style sword combat. Well, I still haven’t had a chance to acquire any such videos, because [tirade deleted] there haven’t been any local SCA fight practices in a while, so there has been nothing for anyone to get video of.

However, I did dig up a photograph from last year, of my clone fighting a knight from elsewhere in the kingdom. (The Society for Creative Anachronism is organized into kingdoms, with smaller groups as baronies and shires.)

My clone is the one in black and gold. The other guy is Sir Thomas, from (I think) the Shire of Drygestan (the SCA group in Santa Fe, NM).

This second picture is more recent, from sometime this spring. (I can tell because Paul is wearing his new helmet.) The other fighter in this photo is some guy from the local group, the Shire of Blackwater Keep; I don’t know his name.

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About Thomas Weaver

I’m a writer and editor who got into professional editing almost by accident years ago when a friend from university needed someone to copyedit his screenplay about giant stompy robots (mecha). Having discovered that I greatly enjoy this kind of work, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use ever since as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom. I'm physically disabled, and for the past several years, I’ve lived with my smugly good-looking twin Paul, who writes military science fiction and refuses to talk about his military service because he can’t. Sometimes Paul and I collaborate on stories, and sometimes I just edit whatever he writes. It's worked out rather well so far. My list of non-writing-related jobs from the past includes librarian, art model, high school teacher, science lab gofer… Although I have no spouse or offspring to tell you about, I do have six cats. (The preferred term is "Insane Cat Gentleman.") I currently spend my time blogging, reading, editing, and fending off cats who like my desk better than my twin’s.
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4 Responses to Sometimes, he shares photos of Creative Anachronists.

  1. J.R. Handley says:

    Cool pictures of them practicing!! I noticed the shoes looked like combat boots… does the SCA have a term for those non-period clothing that creeps in? In Civil War re-enacting they called that “Farby” I believe?

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    • Those boots look like combat boots because they ARE combat boots. (Good eye for detail — most people wouldn’t notice that.) However, some boots worn during the Middle Ages were basically identical to modern combat boots except for the soles (thick leather instead of vulcanized rubber.)

      The SCA is about recreating an idealized version of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, not perfectly duplicating every detail from the past. (For one thing, no matter what some people want to think, no one actually knows every detail about how things were done in the Middle Ages.) That’s one of the differences between re-creation versus reenactment: reenactment (which is usually done for a more “modern” time, such as The American Revolutionary War or Civil War) tries to copy everything exactly, and gods help you if you show up in a cotton shirt for Revolutionary War-era stuff! The SCA, on the other hand… Well, there are “garb nazis” who freak out if someone is seen wearing (*gasp*) linen instead of wool for an outer garment (because “garb nazis” recognize neither severe wool allergies nor the desire not to get heat exhaustion), but they’re generally ignored. After all, most fighters start out wearing PLASTIC body armor (hidden under a tunic so the plastic doesn’t show), and the weapons are, technically, made of giant grass stems (rattan) wrapped in duct tape, so it’s silly to worry that someone may be wearing something that looks more-or-less historical but is actually of modern make.

      (Yes, I know WAY too much about this for someone who doesn’t participate in the hobby.)

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    • Paul B. Spence says:

      Anachronism?

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