Okay, so technically these guys are not a form of the SCA. However, to my knowledge, most of them do cross over into the society, or at least got a start with us.
These gentlemen are a part of Team USA for the Battle of the Nations (BotN), although I know two of them – Simon Rohrich and Bamm Bamm (William) Woodbury – through waterbearing at several wars here in Atenveldt. They’re both rather charming!
Check out their official website for more personal information on the duo, who visited Poland this past spring to compete in the international BotN tournament with the rest of Team USA. While you’re at it, watch a video about the team and view the 2013 lineup.
What makes the Battle of the Nations different from the SCA? To put it simply, they fight in full armor with live steel, and they follow different fighting rules than those applied by our anachronistic individuals.
Curious? Rohrich and Woodbury told me that people often have a hard time differentiating between the rattan fighting of the SCA and the live steel fighting of the BotN, so you should do your research! Visit their official blog and FAQ list.
That being said, these fellas are hardcore.
Check them out at the Arizona State Fair, and below at the Southern Crusade demo this last week.
Phoenix Magazine ran a story about our local steel heroes this month, although from a different angle. Earlier in the year, The East Valley Tribune featured them as well. However, it seems as though the Phoenix New Times got to them first, albeit before BotN, in 2009. (Well played, New Times.)
So, who provided Team USA with their armor? AESIR Metalwyrks, the brainchild of Dave Demers.
Otherwise known as HE Master Sir Donngal de Buchanan in the SCA, Dave is a genuinely nice guy from the Barony of Twin Moons. I visited his shop last year when I was trying to put my hardsuit kit together, and he was extremely hospitable and encouraging.
There’s my two cents.
Hungry for more? Here are some additional links to various websites that might be helpful. (Check out the SCAtoday, a post explaining about re-creational combat in its many forms, the BotN Wikipedia page, or cut to the chase and contact them directly via their Facebook page.)