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Sir Gamyl: "You look really comfortable in that." Me: "I am!"

Had a grand time at fighter practice. Worked hard, definitely need to get stronger, definitely need to work on my mechanics, but I feel GREAT. I just plain get more (lots more) exercise endorphins when it's competitive.

Mark has ended up with my helmet -- it was way too big for me. I now have what was to be his, which is just about the right size but needs a touch more padding -- I like a tighter fit. Conveniently, there was someone moving who was selling his kit ... and it fits Mark mostly! He got a really good deal on it.

The rest of my kit is pretty awesome for not being custom-made. I need to improve the back protection, which is insufficient, and get some boots that come up a bit higher, or the greaves are going to rub. They may still rub anyway, we'll see. May want a different set of gloves for fighting as opposed to combat archery and siege, but otherwise, it is all good.

I need a sword and a shield, and I'm totally going to steal Gamyl's Talhoffer shield at least in concept, as it's great -- light and maneuverable, good coverage, and the extra (and period!) bits that stick up from the top and the bottom make it very very protective. Rattan for swords can be bought from HH Perkins, so that's on my to-do list.

Oh. And I am already pleasantly sore. OMG, that's a great workout.
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Me, in my shiny new rapier gear. Gorget by the infamous WaynO. (;

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Let me preface this by saying that we had a good time at Potrero, even though we were only there for about five hours. It was a reconnaissance mission for next year, which was pretty well successful. We got to see a lot of our archer friends and meet some new people who were very nice. We also didn't get to "play" much, mostly watch, and the SCA is not for watchers, it's for doers, so we got bored after a while. Next year, more play, more volunteer, less watch.

Potrero War is very pretty. I didn't get around to taking pictures (more on that later), but it's set in a large-ish park with plenty of space for camping, with many pretty oak trees and lots of golden-dry grass. The battlefields were smaller than I expected; the heavy list field was no bigger than a soccer field, if that large. I think it was smaller. There were two small archery ranges, next to each other, one with three targets for the newbies and one with five or six for the not-so-new. ([personal profile] keshwyn, let me get the details on the plague rat shoot from you at some point please -- I think they'd have fun with it.) The rapier field adjoins the archery field and is about half to two-thirds the size of the heavy list field, I think.

We skipped doing archery this year, since we were only there a short time, and both of us were sore from moving. Didn't want to aggravate anything. Again, next year, more play less watch.

Somehow we managed to not see any of the battles. The fighters were up late and finished early, so we totally missed them in a span of about two hours where we wandered to Merchant's Row and to lunch. The rapiers were about to start when the Queen showed up, and well ... one or two awards later, we wandered off, because we didn't know anyone who was getting awards.

This is my first time attending any War, so I don't know if a typical ratio of modern tents to medieval tents clocks in at about 15-1, but that was Potrero's ratio. We were there late in the war, so things were kind of disheveled all over. I'm sad that we couldn't go the day before; I really wanted to see the period pavilion tour, but that was only on Saturday. Hopefully they'll have it again next year.

We were supposed to camp with House O'Dell, but since we were only there for the day, we didn't do any camping. House O'Dell's encampment is pretty impressive in terms of logistics. The tents are sheltered under reflective silver tarps to keep them shaded. They have a dining pavilion large enough for twenty to thirty people with small tables and benches, all handmade by Larry and Torin. They have a kitchen tent set up with a freezer(!), hot water on-demand via the RV hookup, tankless hot water heater and propane tank combination, and a reasonable amount of space to work. They are also one of the few encampments permitted to have a shower. (Also hooked up to the hot water on demand if your solar bag is not hot enough.) And a firepit, and a flagpole upon which anyone camping with them can raise their banner. They also have a resident bugler that plays reveille at 8am. Apparently it used to be 6am, but that didn't fly well with the other residents of Sleepy Hallow, and Jason was banned from playing morning reveille for a couple of years.

House O'Dell also has the gnome encampment. (; When the Artemas group split off from House O'Dell, they hid a bunch of lawn gnomes all over the O'Dell encampment. This became something of an institution, and now the gnome refugees have their own tent and signage pointing to it.

There were no A&S competitions at Potrero. There was a siege cookoff, but that was Saturday and I didn't get to find out how it went.

The things that were awkward: maybe it's just the people we know, but it didn't feel like very many people were putting much if any effort into period and persona. I went away feeling that Caid desperately needs a Poulet Gauche.

It was hard to feel medieval surrounded by modern tents with people talking about modern things, and rarely even using "my lord" or "my lady". And this was why I wasn't taking pictures -- between the modern appearances and the low focus on maintaining a medieval feel, I couldn't find anything I wanted to take pictures of, nor did I feel comfortable breaking the medieval feel further with a cell phone camera.

I thought Toby was kidding when he said that we'd win a garb contest for Asian garb hands down, but it was no joke. (There were only a few Asians there, mostly generic Chinese as far as I could tell.) I wouldn't put us in the top 10% on garb, but I would put us in the top 25%, and what I made was basic. I would consider our outfits to be average and our feast gear similarly (it's not at all researched, but it looks in-character. No paper plates and paper towels for us). It's war, so I expect there will be Goths and pirates and whatever, but I talked with someone who didn't even know where their garb was from -- and they'd made it themselves! o_O A lot of it was generic medieval, and a lot of it was mishmash medieval. Some of the fighter groups were quite impressive looking, though.

It's a very different culture from Carolingia, and I'm not sure what I think. I enjoy doing excessive period/persona research, it's fun for me. People out here don't seem to care, they just want to play without worrying about it. It's very uncomfortable for me; they've got some of "those people" out here who are obnoxious about it. I don't want to be obnoxious about it, but period/persona, culture and art are the *reasons* I play. I'm conflicted over the experience and not sure what I want to do next.
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That'd be me.

I have about a month and a half to make at least two more sets of garb for both myself and Rokurou-danna, because we're going to Potrero War.

Aieeee splat. Heh.

(Thank you, Larry and Torin, for the offer of camping with the household, the offer of the tent, the offer of the air mattresses, and the offer of the food. For the low-low price of $13/each a day. Because otherwise, we wouldn't be going.)
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to any of my SCAdian friends, or just anyone who's considering using stencils on their garb/clothes.

The Tulip precut sticky stencils that they sell at Michaels are really thin and floppy. They stick well for about seven stencils, and then stop sticking well.

With a heavily detailed stencil like those, you really need them to stick well. And for a full hitoe (which is what I'm making), you really need about 10 stencils for the small panels and 20 for the big ones. For those of you counting along at home, that's about 120 stencils.

Yeah, I won't be doing that, not with those stencils. I'm probably going to be freehanding something, or producing my own stencil. Probably freehanding. Not sure what yet.
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Our new feast gear basket contains the following:
* one large family-style bentō box
* four rice/soup bowls
* two noodle/fish plates
* two small trays to contain the assorted dishes
* four dipping bowls, four pairs of chopsticks, four chopstick rests (they are a set that my folks gave me ages ago)
* two large teacups (intended for water)
* one sake pitcher (intended for water) and four tiny sake cups (for tasting if such should occur, but shouldn't at this event -- it's a dry site)
* two cloth napkins
* two moist-towel holders (not that we'll probably use them this go'round; I haven't acquired towels for them yet)

... and no teapot, dang it. My teapot and its accompanying teacups are packed. I may have to see if I can dig them out of the storage unit. I have an inquiry in to the event steward as to whether or not there is hot water at the site.

The overall style of the dishes may not be totally period, but the utter crap-ton of them? Yeah, that is -- and I don't really have enough; I'd like another couple plates at some point. Japanese courses were served on low trays, one to five trays per person. Each single item was artfully arranged in its own dish, three to five dishes per tray.

Yeah. (: *geek geek geek*

I wanna figure out how to properly portage some shoyu now ...


Jan. 16th, 2012 10:19 pm
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I managed to put together all of my kosode except for the collar and the hem tonight.

Just might get everything done on time! (:


Jan. 16th, 2012 05:50 pm
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I have totally got to get my kosode done, so I can move on to my hitatare.

Look! Poofy sleeves!
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I desperately wanted to get some stuff off my to-do list, so the past two days have been spent finishing Mark's bow sock and acquiring fabric for garb. Mark's bow sock is done, yay, and I learned some stuff from making mine that I applied to his, which was good. We picked up fabric for under-and over-kosode for each of us, plus hakama for him. (I'm doing long kosode for now, and will make hakama for myself when I have more time.) Today was spent laundering and dyeing the fabrics. I am grateful [personal profile] keshwyn hooked me up with Procion dyes and dyeing knowledge while she was here at one point, because that made this much easier.

So his hakama fabric is a soft reddish-purplish brown (the dye is officially "rose brown") and my kosode fabric is now a deep forest green (forest green dye plus a scoop of midnight blue). We'll see how they turn out. I didn't want to start cutting the under-kosode until I was *done* with the dyes. So maybe I will get an under-kosode done tomorrow. At least I have the fabric and have finished the bow sock, and yeah. It's been a nice break from brain-melty work.
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So thanks to [personal profile] kaifu, I've been looking around at Hakata and Fukuoka as reasonable places for my persona to be from, and hunting up an appropriate clan name, 'cause I wanna be something resembling a samurai. (NOT a noble, tyvm.)

Enough research into the Shōni clan points me at another clan. The Sō clan fought with the Shōni and against the Mongols at Tsushima Island during the Mongol invasion. So they've been there a while, I'd guess, and should have been in the vicinity during my period.

The word for family or clan in Japanese is shi. 宗氏 -- Sōshi.

Um. I will take being able to document being part of the L5R Scorpion clan in my chosen region and time period! Thank you!


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