Fantasy theme gave a significant push for hobbys in one way or another connected with fencing and armor developing. Of course we can not ingnore this direction. In general, if you want to collect the most realistic fantasy armor - we are at your service! Especially since our armor has a nice design and you can create the necessary image with it.
Part of our armor elements are also suitable for HEMA. But in the future we plan to develop mittens, elbows, knees, etc specially for this direction. Part of our armor elements are also suitable for HEMA. But in the future we plan to develop specially for this discipline mittens, elbows, knees, etc. This direction of fencing is based on medieval fencing books (training books) and special very flexible and light swords are used here.
In fighting stylization, we first of all provide protection and convenience. When developing such armor, we combine the existing elements and parts of the medieval armor existing separately, but in close regions and time frames.
In historical reconstruction, we try to maximally repeat the geometry of the example artifact. The difficulty is that often both the example and the artifact are located far from us. Therefore, such work requires considerable skill.
Fantasy style in steel fights
I have been trying on the role of a YouTuber this year. Something goes well, something doesn’t. I slightly figured out how to work on my content.
I noticed, that when I add history and historical facts to the armor making video, it has a positive effect. The audience involvement is higher in such videos. But I also noticed one other regularity. The content with historic armor and historic facts is less watched than the videos with fantasy armor.
The viewers on YouTube are mostly people who are not involved in reenactment and role play games. And their interest is connected to successful videogames, movies, books (Witcher, Hobbit, Warcraft). Most of them don’t know how the reconstruction of the Italian knight looks. A lot of them aren’t even interested in reconstructed armor. And meanwhile, the most part of them knows how the armor of the elf, orc, Uruk-hai dwarf or an infantryman from Warcraft looks.
Then why are most of the top fights are held with the focus on the historical armor? Let’s go back 15-20 years. Oldfags remember which armor was worn in our movement. Mostly ugly, not historical, not usable, and sometimes not even safe. But everyone had fun, as back then there were no hits with the steel poleaxe to the head. All of it was boiling and developing and at some point, this opinion started prevailing: if you want a good armor – you need a historic armor. After all, medieval masters knew better how to make armor! Well, it was true in the midst of some armor birthed by the fantasy of the role-play gamers whose vision was influenced by movies, computer games, and crooked hands of the armorers (forgive me, but I have done a lot of crazy stuff when I was young). Even more so, a lot of guys were making the armor themselves back then. So, the reconstruction really looked safer and more presentable if we compare the whole picture.
But time has passed and the movement developed and was reborn. And now it has become clear that the most part of the medieval armor does not correlate with the fighters’ requirements. The armor is adapted and worked on and loses its connection to history. Some don’t see it is a problem and some see it is a dreadful sinful sin). Some even advocate for historicity explaining that the first letter in HMB – H stands for historical, so don’t make comfortable armor. All that while ignoring the fact that the pattern of the fight, tricks, and hits are vastly different from the ones they had in the medieval war or tournament. Meaning that in this fun steel battles there can be no real historical battle as the weapon is blunted and the stabs are not allowed. Did you hear about medieval fights with the blunted weapon?
So why doesn’t anyone fight in fantasy armor with a steel weapon and why there are no tournaments like that?
Currently, it is clear that the harness made in accordance with medieval ones does not provide the needed protection and movability and looses when compared to optimized armor. But unlike 20 years ago, today there is a lot of skilled armorers who can make a comfortable and beautiful armor. That being said, they can also make buhurt armor in a style like Warcraft, Lord of the Rings, etc. This will drive attention to such fights, make the team or the sportsmen more recognizable, make such sports more popular.
But why doesn’t anyone fight in fantasy armor with steel weapons? (The ones that are really visually made to look to be in accordance with a certain topic).
It seems there are more advantages: it can be optimized for buhurt, it is more interesting and recognizable. Could the fights in a steel fantasy armor be in demand (for example, in the universe of Warcraft, Lord of the Rings, etc) on the events like Comic-Con?
Is it realistic for such a sportsman to successfully make content, such as tournaments, travel, training sessions, and to grow his audience? With the perspective to monetize it and have a possibility to have an additional income with his content or to compensate for the production and repair cost of armor?
Which armor would be more effective? Historical or fantasy?