We all know it when someone is called before their Crown, and is handed a scroll (usually, we hope) and has a medallion placed around their necks. These are causes for celebration, of course. But what about all of those other badges that the SCA has registered? What's the difference between these? Who gets to … Continue reading Gonna Show Off my Bling – Regalia vs. Badges
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Post-Lilies War Scroll Roundup
Even though I wasn't able to go to Lilies War this year for varying reasons, I still had scrolls that made it to Lilies. The first scroll was assigned from Calontir Battle Scribes. Calontir Battle Scribes allows people to ask for scrolls for prizes at events, allowing people to attempt original pieces with regard to … Continue reading Post-Lilies War Scroll Roundup
Herald’s Admonishments: Chivalry for Heralds
About a decade or so ago, I became acquainted with Gerald Legh's Accedens of Armourie (1562) as a relatively new herald. Gerald Legh was an English lawyer (specifically the Inner Temple of the Inns of Court) and wrote a lot on heraldry specifically. Within the Accedens, he also admonishes that the people acting as heralds … Continue reading Herald’s Admonishments: Chivalry for Heralds
Adventures in Mesoamerica: Maya Blue Paint
A little bit ago, I discovered a pigment while window-shopping at Kremer Pigments' website and, well, I fell down the rabbit hole pretty hard. The colour had a couple of shades of a greyish, almost smoky blue, ranging from dark to light, and to find out that it was used in not only Mesoamerican stonework, … Continue reading Adventures in Mesoamerica: Maya Blue Paint
Calon Cross for Gawin Käppler
No rest for the wicked, really. No sooner had I completed John's scroll, I got contacted by the Royal Scribe again on if I could get another scroll done. Now, this one had a challenge of time, with it being given out two weeks after I had gotten the assignment. Thankfully, for this scroll, I'm … Continue reading Calon Cross for Gawin Käppler
Silver Hammer for John Bowyer and other good news
Now that things are starting to kick back into gear, courts are happening again, and life is slowly starting to return to a new sense of "normal," it also means that my scribal slate is starting to fill with activities and assignments again. Back around the very end of last year, I got asked "hey, … Continue reading Silver Hammer for John Bowyer and other good news
Illuminated Fealty Oath
So, in this, the days of the panda's panini pandemonium, life in the SCA has continued. We have a new set of royals in Calontir, but because this is indeed the panda's panini pandemonium and also January, my partner and I decided that we could not really afford to travel to coronations. Now, if you … Continue reading Illuminated Fealty Oath
To Colour or Not to Colour: a treatise on digital heraldic submissions
As more and more heraldic submissions are accepted using digitally rendered and coloured means, the question frequently comes up in heraldic spaces: what is an acceptable digital colour palette, in either hex codes or Pantone colours? This article will discuss why the SCA College of Arms has not published an official digital colour palette, and … Continue reading To Colour or Not to Colour: a treatise on digital heraldic submissions
Breaking Byzantine: building a Byzantine persona for the SCA
This originated as part of building a basic persona guide, written for the Midrealm Pursuivant's Handbook (located here). Within that guide, I discussed the basic history of the Eastern Empire, as well as basic points of clothing, weaponry, literary references, political groups, religious information, as well as people within the Empire of note. This guide … Continue reading Breaking Byzantine: building a Byzantine persona for the SCA
Omphaloskepsis: But I Can Do It Cheaper!
A thought. SCAdians are really bad about respecting the work of others. Hear me out. Because our culture is very much a DIY culture, it is quite easy to go "psh, I can make that - for cheaper than *that guy* is charging" without really thinking about the actual material and labour costs of what … Continue reading Omphaloskepsis: But I Can Do It Cheaper!
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