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post #21 of 27 Old 08-14-2013, 06:57 PM
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Very cool! Not close enough in Oregon to come visit but cheering you on :)

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post #22 of 27 Old 08-15-2013, 01:23 AM
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Awesome stuff!! How well do the horses handle it all? Especially the two guys on horses with swords.
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post #23 of 27 Old 08-16-2013, 09:18 AM
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Originally Posted by Deschutes View Post
We have a female jouster who is my size (but not as endowed). Her original armor was a flat breast plate, but that proved to uh... squish her, a little too much, so we gave her boob mounds in her new armor! They fit her much more comfortably.
Be careful about how the "boob mounds" are implemented in armour. If they're too, um, sculpted, what you wind up with is armour that concentrates ALL the force from a blow to the chest on the narrow strip that runs down the sternum, rather than distributing it across the whole of the chest the way more "conventional" armour does. That way lies NASTY injuries, if she takes a bad blow to the chest at the wrong angle. The whole point of armour is *spreading* the impact from blows over a larger area... a sculpted cleavage/chest area pretty much does the reverse of that. (Yup, used to fight heavy SCA in full plate armour, a long time ago. Never on horseback, though. I can't imagine *how* one might manage to make horseback jousting even slightly safe, other than fully choreographing the whole thing in advance...)
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You can't successfully choreograph jousting. Tog can advise someone to aim the lance lower, higher, to the left, blah blah blah. You can't choreograph it, though. Fits on the ground between people, sure. You can even do it with some success with skill at arms events and mêlées.

There are, however, ways to make jousting passes and hits as safe as reasonably possible. You can even do it while remaining period correct. The biggest is to use breakaway lances and balsa wood. Some others are well-fitted, correctly made, full armor, helms meant to protect the face from splinters (though they can decrease visibility, so it's somewhat of a double-edged sword - pardon the pun), shoulder guards that are securely fastened and fitted to the armor, and it's even a good idea to use light armor to protect vulnerable areas of the horse.

Just some things to think about.

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post #25 of 27 Old 08-16-2013, 10:07 AM
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Deschutes, I would recommend the girl have armor fitted for her. It's still a flat plate - as it should be - but it's a larger size. Try looking for someone who makes armor and can shape it for her body with her there. That's very important when doing any of that stuff on horseback.

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post #26 of 27 Old 08-16-2013, 10:41 AM
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Originally Posted by draftgrl View Post
That seriously looks like a lot of fun!! Would be awesome if we had something like that around here. But closest thing is the fair in Minneapolis, MN. Which is a 4 hr drive, and not so horse orientated, I don't think anyway.
They do have an SCA group in your area, which has equestrian activities if you are interested.

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post #27 of 27 Old 08-16-2013, 12:23 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you, red gate!

And as for the choreographing, etc. We have had our fair share of accidents. Nothing terribly serious, however. But this is mostly due in part to having, as you said break away lances, and practicing three times a week all year round. So while not fully choreographed, we train constantly.

We are also a fairly new team, and very limited on budget. But as I said, we make our own armor, and fit it properly. Its not the super greatest armor in the world, but it works for us.
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