I actually found evidence of the batons used in (my) period with a device/coat of arms. Maréchal of France baton is a military distinction/award, not a military rank, but I’m using it to signify my time as East Kingdom Rapier General.
Open-visor helm for peerage.
The MoD collar is around the gorget of the helm.
The white plumes because it’s me.
Spres et Ferrum aka “Hope & Iron” (or, in spirit, “Hope & Sword”) is a take on my book series — Hope & Steel — which takes place in early 17th Century France.
It’s funny to look back and see how far you and your friends have come.
When I started the Carolingian Calivers with my buddy Duncan about six years back, we had a simple goal: To create a rapier unit that specialized in RBG tactics, and to build a group that could fight together and train together.
An Idea Conceived
The RBG angle might seem a bit odd, but it stemmed from a battle at GNEW about six years back (give or take). I was put on the run squad and my objective was to get to the opposite end of the ship and block our enemies from boarding, so the slower runners behind us could get all the gold for our team.
I sprinted my tiny little ass off and got there first. Barreling toward me on the other side was Don Wyatt, armed with his usual sword and buckler. I knew I was more or less toast, but the longer I could hold out the better for my team. When he got a few paces away he stopped. But instead of raising his sword, he lowered his buckler, revealing a loaded pistol.
Pennsic XLV was my fourth Pennsic, and my second as Executive Officer of the East Kingdom Rapier Army. This year, Kate came with me, too.
After an overnight stay in Buffalo, we made it into Pennsic on Friday morning where we (finally) got to debut our new tent, which I’ve affectionately called our Chateau. Setup was a huge pain. It was hot and humid, and we still needed to finish a few things on the tent (like the door and window), which meant setup took a lot longer than anticipated. But it was worth the effort. It looked great and held up beautifully in the rain. It also got a really nice cross-breeze (which was much needed this year).
Saturday was Balfar’s Challenge. The 3-man tourney was an escort mission, with two guards escorting a princess to different castles. It was a fun scenario but it discouraged combat. The goal was to bring a princess to a castle to score points. If you were busy killing, you weren’t scoring.
Nonetheless, I enjoyed the scenario. It was a lot moving pieces and going as unnoticed as possible, which was a fun, different challenge.
At K&Q Rapier, His Majesty named the Carolingian Caliver Company his rapier unit for his reign and renamed us the King’s Company of Calivers. We’re looking forward to having fun with this new position, but first we wanted Brennan to feel like one of the crew. So we made him a Caliver favor.
For the design, I took the Carolingian Caliver Company’s gold eagle and got rid of the Carolingian squiggles (since we’ve been temporarily bumped to royal unit level), and added a crown over the eagle’s head. Figure it was a nice modification of our unit’s badge. Continue reading King’s Company of Calivers favor for His Majesty→
Yesterday was the East Kingdom’s King’s & Queen’s Rapier Championship. It was a beautiful day for fencing. Sunny and comfortably warm. A naval fortress on the coast as our backdrop. Great day. Great location.