So, what's new? Well, the end of our longest, and probably busiest season yet for one! Used to starting the season around May or June and finishing early September, we were pleasantly surprised to be booked as early as Easter Bank Holiday weekend and as late as the first of November.
This season has seen us change our spears, develop our fighting style, and evolve our combat display, with the addition of spear catching, demonstrating in museums and amphitheatres, as well as the more usual field arenas.
One benefit to moving, which doesn't quite make up for lack of convenient internet access, is a really convenient combat training site in the new back garden. Plenty of space for javelin practice with easy transport access, and in the tribal capital!
So, based on the proportions of one of the Salisbury Horde bronze votive shields, my new shield is a little longer and wider than my current Battersea style (although shorter if you measure from the insides of the cutouts.)
Chamfered down to be thinner at the edge than in the centre, the shield already has a beautiful feel to it. There's just something about a hand carved, chamfered shield that feels almost 'alive' in a way that a plywood cutout just doesn't!
I've recently purchased a red deer rawhide to cover the shield front and back (I decided the Roe Deer hide I used last time was a little too thin), so should soon have the next stage sorted.
Watch this space. I'll try and fill it a little sooner this time...