Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Lonely Tower's Cut and Thrust Championship Revel

The Barony of the Lonely Tower held their quarterly revel and championship tournament last Sunday. It was the perfect weather, sunny with a slight breeze. As L. Aleit says, "An excuse to spend a beautiful day in the park with friends."
The weather was perfect for taking pictures, plus the organizers outdid themselves. They put up the Baronial sunshade, the Lonely Tower banners and many pennons.


Baroness Giulia & Master Rolf
planning the tourney.
HL Cearan showing his 
leather Zanni mask.

The Cut and Thrust Champion Tournament was the day's feature. It had four rapier style fighters Kahlil, William, Augustin, Caeran, and Rolf. Each outdoing the other for the Baronial Championship honor.

Petunia made friends of all.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              While the fighting was happening there was also an arts and sciences competition. The challenge was "Lonely Tower Patriotism". 

After the Cut and Thrust tourney, Baroness Gulia held court. She called all the rapier fighters to her presence. She praised all for increasing their numbers in the Barony and gave the winner his honorAll watched as their friends received recognition for jobs well done and honors deserved.

M. Rolf declared that in a tie-breaking round, HL Cearan emerged victorious over Baron Augustin to secure the title of Baronial Cut & Thrust Champion. His fancy mask made all the difference.

The Baroness requests the presence of the artisans. Lord William is announced as the winner with his painted game board entry. 

M'lord Oisin was welcomed formally into the Barony with the award of the Cord. The Cord is the Barony's select recognition of him as "one of us".

We were delighted to have visitors from the distant Baronies of Couer d'Ennui, Forgotten Sea, and Mag Mor. 

After court it's time to eat. The menu included sausage, 
roast chicken, and additional potluck dishes. 
A selection of homemade pickles made a tasty accent as side dishes.

There was still time for the armored combatants to fight a tourney, 
the first Gold & Cross Rattan Tourney.  

There were about eight armored fighters. 
More fighters than I photographed. Sorry.

The festal Championship Revel was a bright spot in time after a week of cleaning and organizing Lilies camp gear and clothes. A wonderful sunny way to get outside and share fighting, heraldry, and crafting stories.  A big thank you is deserved by the many who helped make it all happen.

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

How to Use Pergamenata for Scrolls

It's here! My full-size pergamenata sheets arrived from John Neal Bookseller less than a week after I ordered them.

With vellum costing $100 for a 12"x16" page, I find machined pergamenata, a terrific alternative. It comes in heavy-weight, commonly used in the SCA, or a light-weight. I regularly used the light-weight until Calontir's Falcon Signet began providing heavy weight to scribes after they did original scrolls. The light-weight cockled no matter what I did. Perg also comes in white and natural shade options.

My usual oops. Easier to correct on pergamenata.
I like pergamenata because it works similarly to real animal parchment. I can remove ink or pigment with a sharp knife then burnish with a white plastic spoon back.

I usually don't prepare it before use, like you do with animal parchment. Although the two sides accept ink differently, I haven't found it to be a problem. And gouache doesn't stick to a slick surface. Pergamenata is affected easily by hand oils, so I understand why some scribes may have problems.

When I have scraped a whole page, I use its reverse and rub that whole side with a white eraser, to remove fingerprints, oils, and smudges. I brush the residual crumbs away with a huge flat brush. Some scribes use pounce as described in the care instructions provided by John Neal Bookseller.

I use a blank cover sheet over the area below my work, so I do not deposit hand oils that interfere with ink and paint adherence. Some scribes wear thin cotton gloves instead, like Ian the Green writes in his blog ScribeScribbling. I also refrain from using hand cream before working, but I do that anyway. Do whatever you feel necessary to prevent oil on the surface.

While I love pergamenata, it has a few drawbacks. Large uncut sheets curl and have to be straightened. And too much moisture at any one time causes crinkling. But animal parchment does this too.

If you plan a large painted area I would tape your page to a "board" like masonite or contact paper covered thick cardboard using an easily removed tape, like painters' tape.

I also suggest experimenting by painting samples such as bookmarks. Start with straight, undiluted tube gouache or watercolor. It's what I use for most everything. You can add slightly more water as you experiment.

While economical compared to animal skin, pergamenata is more expensive than Bristol board. All things considered, it is my preferred support for original scrolls, especially with its ease for correcting goofs.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Photos of Lilies War Episode XXXI: The Holy Roman Empire Strikes Back

Selfie .
just after camp set up.

This year I did things differently. Saturday, June 10th,  I set up my camp and spent a day enjoying its wondrous sights and fun. Then visited high school friends for a few days before returning to the War.

In the early evening, Their Royal Majesties Ashir and Ashland held opening court on the battlefield. Their focus was under the Royal Pavilion. Most of the populace gathered under shade. Unfortunately few chose to fill in the center space, preferring to stand rather than swelter. 

The temperature was near 90, with humidity seeming the same. The blessing was the blustery wind. 

Four AoA level honors and the Order of the Silver Hammer were presented before Robert Brockman was made a Court Baron and Jurgen Weiter von Lanstuhl was welcomed into the Order of the Laurel. I was honored to have done his Laurel scroll.

Members of the Order of the Laurel gather around their newest member.

Their Majesties process out.

I walked about camp a bit, talking with friends from across the Kingdom of Calontir and the Known World. I turned in soon after dark, being tired from the fresh air, a day's work and walking. Proud of myself for trying this one more time.

I  captured this view for the unique heraldry.


I love mornings - It's my favorite time to take camp pictures as I walk to Odyssey Coffee for my morning joe. 

Each year brings a different Lilie's experience and I try to capture distinct photos too. Some happen on their own because of changes to the event such as court being held in a different location or the days I'm able to attend.

Here's something new. I'd heard about H.L. Bietriz la Cristaliere's vardo. It's the first time she's had it to Lilies. These are becoming more common as I took a picture of a camp home on wheels last year.

This item is interesting for its creativity in hiding or adorning an inflatable kiddy pool. A great way to entertain the tots and cool their visitors' feet.

Breakfast for some includes a Mid-evil Burrito. These awesome concoctions are sold at the only vendor open for breakfast. Thankfully the food is good and the owner fun to talk to as he prepares your order.

The food court is another place I commonly find chatty friends. The subjects vary widely and opinions easily shared. 

Master Eadweard Boisewright

Next, I wander over to the "new merchant" area. It's been there many years but was named that when the merchants divided up, some staying in the original "old merchant" area.

Besides selling wares many merchants are seen doing their craft and sometimes teaching others their trade. I tried to catch the merchant's sign in my photo. but sadly missed some. Let me know if you recognize who they are. I'd love to give them credit.

Calontir Trim

After wandering around and taking merchant photos I went to the Royal Pavilion for an Order of the Laurel meeting. Of course, I took a few photos on the way.

This appears to be court held on the field. While I couldn't hear, The Falcon Banner reports six honors were presented on the field that day.

But on to the Laurel meeting.

Her Highness Issabell with some of the Laurels

Her Majesty Ashland and His Highness Damien

Master Mellitus of Rouncivale and his war dogs.

After the noon meeting, I went back to my tent and got ready to leave the site for a few days. It's a two-part vacation for me. Lilies and Long-time Friends.


My next few days were spent in air conditioning, with a comfy real bed, TV and my best high school friends.
My friends at Bass Pro Shop Kansas City

Can't resist this little guy. "Padre". Sooo  Sweet.


After a few days with my long-time friends, I returned to Lilies on Wednesday. Just before the turnoff to the Kelsy Short Youth Camp there's a trailhead with parking. I took this photo there. Calontir tents and reflections as seen from across Smithville Lake.

Calontir Camp seen  from across Smithville Lake
Returning to my campsite I found I was lucky. It rained this morning, but my tent had little to show for it. I unloaded the ice and a few more items. I put my tent back up and changed into my coolest SCA camp clothing, Norse-style white cotton. The next few days were expected to continue hot and humid. I drove to park my car and walk back. 

I bought a slushie at Odyssey Coffee and went to check on my friend HL Astrid. She's merchanting and asked for someone to spell her a few hours a day. That was my plan. 

When I got there she wasn't of a mind to leave her tent for long. She'd spent the morning setting things back up after the storm knocked them over. We visited and she went for a quick shower. 

Food Court, Again.
Then she asked me if I would please take her money and buy her dinner at the food court. She was too tired to walk to it. She offered to buy mine, too. That was kind, but I didn't think I'd done enough to earn it. So I walked for her.

Returning with her food, we shared a meal. Afterward, I walked to my camp and picked up my chair to head to a late evening Grand Court along with others. 

Heading to Grand Court

I took a few audience pictures while we waited for Grand Court to begin. This was about 7 PM, so the sun was sinking beyond the tents. The temperature was cooler, but my pictures weren't so cool.

The audience waiting for Grand Court.

Too Cute

The multiple Royalty viewed from the audience. 

Their Majesties Calontir had visiting Royalty who shared court and Their sun-shade with them.

Order of the Laurel Members 

I was able to get some closer court pictures during Mistress Sorcha O'Riain's Laureling ceremony. I try to be sneaky, and unobtrusive. I don't know how well I succeeded.

Sorcha O'Riain's Elevation

After court, it was party time. Unfortunately, it was too dark and busy for me to get quality photos.


Thursday morning, after overnight raing again, I'm up and walking. 

Barony of Mag Mor Camp

This morning was similar to others I've described so I won't describe it. 

In the early afternoon, the Calontir Scribes' Guild met and I attended. The heat and humidity made us all dripping and disheveled. I didn't take the scribes' pictures.

After the meeting, I went to my tent. I cleaned it and then visited with others from Lonely Tower. 

Camp across from the battlefield.

In the evening I went to the Ladies of the Rose Tournament. 

Preparations for the tourney.

Waiting for the first combatants.

The tourney was progressing slowly and daylight was waning. So I walked around the old merchant area and went for dinner at the food court. I was scheduled to sit at the gate from 8-10 pm. I missed some great fighting by torch light, I heard later.

After sitting we use to call "troll",  I went to my tent. This would be my last night this year. My free house/dog sitter needed some time to herself before going back to work on Monday.

I'll work on better Lilies War scheduling for next year.


Related Prior Post:
Lilies War XXX Photo Array

External On-line Related Sources:
Lilies War 2017 Site Book
Court Summaries for Lilies' War XXXI