Well, I promised more details of the feast, so here is my menu, and some comments on how I did it...

Cut to save your bandwidth and on-screen spell-checker :) )
Yes, it's true, there are real weapons of mass destruction. I know, because I spent part of the weekend building one...

Four years ago, I went to my first SCA event. [livejournal.com profile] silme had started getting involved before, but this was the first time I went with her. It was Kingdom University and it was held at a scout camp in Paisley in Scotland. I signed up, with great eagerness, for an all-day class on building a trebuchet.

Sadly, not enough other people signed up for the class, so it was cancelled. Instead, I discovered an unsuspected talent for calligraphy (which would have caused severe heart attacks to all the teachers who wrote "must improve his handwriting" on all my school reports.

So, four years later, at Yuletide University in Glen Rathlin, that early ambition was realised. I actually got to build a trebuchet.

OK, it was a table-top trebuchet - an A7 Table-Top Trebuchet, to be exact (A7 - paper size - 110m long, or about the size of a Post-It note). but it was a trebuchet. It fired missiles (well, a small wooden ball about the size of a Malteser), and did so very successfully. I came 2nd in the competition due to a launch mechanism failure on the rapid-fire round, and an entanglement of my launch sling causing the "launch a Malteser without denting it" round to only go 12".

Ah well, it was tremendous fun. Next year, I'm hoping that the tutor who did this course will allow us to do the same, but this time, making a Ballista.

If you want to see said device, click on the cut...

Because I care about your bandwidth )
We were trying to think of a nice site token to give out at the recent Viceroy tournament. One idea was making a little leather badge with some design on it, maybe the Insulae Draconis device...



I wondered about my carving and/or painting skills and the amount of time it would take to do 60+ tokens. I went online to see if I could find some embossing stamp tools that would enable me to build up the image quickly (I was thinking of maybe a small ellipse to do the leaves on the wreath, a crescent, some half-circles and triangles etc), when I came across a leather craft supplier that could do me an embossing plate. Aha, this could be the answer, I thought, and that's what I did. For the fun of it, I took some pictures of how this was achieved...

How I did it, behind the cut... )

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