Tuesday, September 29, 2009
The two men in the foreground are the primary part of the move, the two men in the background show a different part of the move...the finish. Lets examine the men in the foreground first.
The man on the right has made a diagonal cut downward towards the left, and has turned his hand around for an upward slash along the same line. This "down and up" or "left then right" is pretty common a style of fighting...you really want to get a combination going, and moving the sword back and forth on the same line is usually effective. The first slash opens up the clothing or breaks the armour, the follow up goes into the slash. Also, the recipient will dodge back away from the first strike, thinking that that is all there is, and rush in to face the second part. (I call this slash a "pendulum cut" for obvious reasons)
The gentleman on the left has stepped back and to the left. We know this because he used to be standing just behind "A" on the floor. See the "A" on the panel on the wall? They are congruent. He has also neatly parried the attack, and his sword in one smooth motion is coming up behind him ready for his turn to attack. He probably didn't even need to parry the sword...just the step back should have been enough to protect him, but a little extra protection is nice to have. Certainly the parry has poured a lot of power into the defender's sword, which is coming back to strike like a snake!
Now the man on the left attacks back. We turn our attention to the men finishing the move in the background. Just after the sword whistles harmlessly past his nose, he steps forward with his right foot, closing the distance between them, and delivers his sword into the arm of the man on the right.
This is a wonderful example of footwork and fencing measure, and is a fine example of the beautiful "dance of the blades".
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Medieval soldier database goes online
Find out more about the project in articles at BBC News, Media Newswire, the Mirror, or the Telegraph. And, of course, be sure to visit the Soldier in later Medieval England website, where you can browse "Soldier Profiles" of interesting individuals from the database as well as search the database yourself. The site is clean and fast, but be prepared to use your Back Button after a search if you want to explore the site further.
Will you search the database? Who will you look for?
(Original article by Snell, of the BBC news.)
Friday, September 18, 2009
Hang over forward after the blow
With your body step far to it,
Send your blows powerfully around and in,
To all four targets let it fly
With comportment, pulling, you can deceive him.
You shall parry in the forte
At the same time injure him with the foible.
Also you shall not come nearer
Than you can reach him with a step.
When he will almost run in at you
Drive him from you with your point,
But if he has run in on you,
With gripping, wrestling, you shall be the first,
Pay heed indeed to forte and foible,
Meanwhile, the openings he makes open,
Also step rightly in the Vor and Nach.
Note diligently the correct time
And do not be quick to be scared.
note....A dussak is a cutlass.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
The Toronto Science Fiction Expo was a helluva good time...and of course, it was a working trip, not a vacation at all! Janika (above) spent all weekend modeling the sexy armour I had worked so hard to create for the show, and when she was doing other things, we hung it on the manniquins.
Friday, September 4, 2009
above, side view, tasset is shifted to the bottom a bit. The top fauld lame does not have a point, it does however, have eyelets which match the eyeletted holes in the breastplate.
Above you can see how the faulds look when they are hanging properly. The gap in the middle closes, and it looks nice. The tassets have the same upward crown as the tassets, and the bottoms are pointed...but not so much that they will stick into his leg.