We have no IRL place on forums but knowing that a lot of folks including Lord British are and were SCA members I wanted to share some of my SCA time and tales. I went to the Ansteoran war (texas, lousiana) versus Florida (trimaris) for the first 5 years it was held, I don't remember the guys name whose land we fought on, but he kept building up this fort we fought in and I remember it was a dry county and we had to drive 14 miles each way for beer. I did a couple of Fool's Wars in the GA area. I did a couple of Sea Raids wars, one I broke the pinkie on my left hand (shield hand into helmet bars broke it) in a field battle in Savannah when we all stayed in a hotel (got grief from management for drum circles) but because it was like 28 degrees I didn't feel what had happened till hours later and a Chirugeon sat me out. I was there when Sir Erica became the first female Knight of Trimaris and where she refused to be called Dame and wanted the title of Sir (thus my rant when the male titles were removed in this game). I eventually met her in battle one day when my suicide squad did breach on a bridge battle and I cornered her against a tree, I had her dead to rights, she grinned at me through her helm, as her boys came from behind me and ganked me to no end .. LOL Never made it to Pennsic but did help organize an event in wyvernwood (aka tampa) the wahhh I can't go to Pennsic Pity Party. 10 years ago I put back on all my armor, drank too much the night before but still sparred again the next day and getting re-certified in a few styles, I was getting old but held my own, I think I was seen as fresh meat but it was like riding a bicycle. Wasn't awesome but wasn't crushed either, surprised a few pups with old school moves. With all that said here is me aka Lace 25 years ago screwing around for a friend that wanted shots for a leather magazine in my sca armor. Most is not on, but I was told back in the day that I had the best looking black leather armor in Florida .. all hand made except knee cops, elbow, (gorget and helm not pictured) I do miss the SCA and that includes some of the bruises and aches I took as well. Only comment is the middle picture that thing hanging, well guys had to wear a cup, girls had to hand craft some kind of metal bar to protect their area, that is part of mine not strapped in LOL, but yes my female cup. It's metal riveted and encasesd in leather that strapped to my chest piece to absorb shock. Sadly one weekly sparring practice I was fighting a guy 6' 8" and his j shot that would have been low on anyone else caught me on inside of the thigh .. I went face down in the grass and did not move for 5 minutes, telling the guys just give me a moment .. he felt badly but it was a clean shot technically and I was bruised for a month.. He did become my favorite sparring partner cause I had to learn odd angles based on height. One other memory was a Ren Fest Demo I participated in, it was a full on melee last man standing kind of thing and this guy cranked me on my shoulder and wrecked me. I had fighter practice the next day with a new hosuehold known as Duntyr under Duke Sir Eric Brett Gordon (may have spelled his titles wrong), I did go to practice and said I could not fight that day. But oh no, he told me he didn't have much of this left from his master but grabbed a vial of something and put 2 drops on my shoulder, rubbed it in, and that stinger did not bother me ever again .. I still want to know what this precious oil was, cause it was amazing, it was not numbing, it just worked. Lace 25 years or so ago in part of her heavy combat SCA armor and one flash photo with live steel. if there is a better forum to post this in let me know.