practice at Sir Hildebrandt's. I had a pretty good
practice this week. I am still learning how to use my new
shield. I switched from a wooden square shield to a
curved aluminum shield about a week ago, and its still
has some quirks that I am learning. For one, its NOT
lighter than my wood shield. Its stronger, but it really
does weigh about the same or even a little bit more. I do
know that my arm tired out real quick.
Hilde was fighting MUCH
better this week, and I think he is starting to return to
form. I don't think that he is anywhere near the level he
was when he was fighting a lot, which is scary. :-) I did
have a few fights where things were starting to jell, and
on those fights I managed to just whomp my opponent. Part
of it is the new sword I made. My old sword, although a
excellent weapon, finally pulped out and I was forced to
make a new one. This new sword just really seems to LOVE
hitting the high short rap, and most of my pretty kills
were from that shot.
My footwork is finally
starting to get better, and if I ever learn to keep my
shield from flying all over the place, I might turn into
a good fighting someday (grin).
I also experimented
with what Duke Cariodoc calls the closed form. Its where
instead of holding the shield out in a line parrallel (or
close to) the body as you do in the open form, you hold
the shield perpendicular to the line of the body. I have
had a lot of good results with it in war-fighting against
great weapons, spears, almost everything except sword and
shield. I wanted to try it against sword and shield, and
I did not do too badly with it.
visibilty, better off side protection, don't have to
worry bout your shield being flattened because it already
Drawbacks: allows enemy closer, open for raps, takes away
the slot shot.
I'll keep playing with
it and see how I like it, but it does seem to work ok for
Seconde, Lion Dragon Guard