After heading into town to take advantage of vouchers in the local bakers (bacon bap and a cup of tea for £2!!!), our warriors returned to the arena to play with their new toys.
(Tea and bacon baps were consumed well away from the Living History display, you'll be pleased to learn, although perhaps a bench on the town square wasn't the most subtle location for our feast!
So, after a series of stretches and warm ups (including some very silly looking footwork exercises!) we got down to drilling planned moves. As our combat counts the whole body as target area, we felt attacks to the arm would be common, allowing you to land an effective blow without exposing yourself to more danger than was necessary. Thus a sequence involving a counter strike to an opponent's attack was practiced, and paid off! Both Adminios and Cunomaglos reported good arm hits when free fighting later, something that we've not previously experienced. (Drustanos is currently unable to do more than coach and teach, having recently dislocated the ring finger of his shield hand - putting him hors de combat for our busiest month this year!)
The conclusion? Even a short training session can yield a change in style. We will be taking our combat far more seriously, looking at different ways we can land blows and training muscle memory and habits to improve accuracy, effectiveness and, ultimately, developing a more impressive and realistic combat display.
Meanwhile, the MOP quote of the weekend has got to be a parent's answer to where potatoes came from (as we tried to explain to their child why we didn't have any in our LHE display: Ireland!