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Combat Archery FAQ

Disclaimer: The following are frequently asked questions about combat archery here in the Middle Kingdom. The answers are my thoughts and feelings based on my experience and observations and do not reflect SCA policy or any office I have held, am holding, or will hold.

Combat Archery FAQ

February 8, 2016

Disclaimer: The following are frequently asked questions about combat archery here in the Middle Kingdom. The answers are my thoughts and feelings based on my experience and observations and do not reflect SCA policy or any office I have held, am holding, or will hold.

Many questions will direct you to the Middle Kingdom Combat Archery Handbook and the 35-foot Spear website for more details.  You are on the 35-foot Spear, and there is a link to the Handbook at your left.

Sections

General Info

Archers

CA Marshals

 

General Info

What kind of ammunition is legal for use in Combat Archery in the Middle Kingdom?

  • Both tubular and fiberglass-shafted ammunition are legal.  Tubular ammo can use either rubber stoppers or modified classic Baldars on the tips.  Fiberglasss shaft ammo must use a (Baldar) Fathead blunt and a (Baldar) Asgard APD.  See the Middle Kingdom Combat Archery Handbook and the 35-foot Spear website for more details on construction and inspection.

What kind of ammunition is legal for use at Pennsic?

  • See the Pennsic Rules for the upcoming year.  These are generally published online sometime in the spring.  As a general rule, if it is legal for use in the Middle Kingdom, it will be legal at Pennsic.  (Though not necessarily the other way around!)

What is Siloflex equivalent tubing for tubular ammunition?

  • Tubing must have either 100 psi rating (for PE 3408 or PE 3608) OR 125 psi rating (for PE 3710). Tubing must be 1 inch ID or 1.25 inch OD.  See the 35-foot Spear website for additional details and advice on finding it. 

What does an archer have to do during a Hold?

  • All archers must remove the ammunition from their bow/crossbow.
  • Crossbows can remain cocked.
  • Follow the same rules of behavior as other fighters.  (Kneel if appropriate.  Do not plan with others.  Etc.)

 

What do Armored Combat (heavy weapons) marshals need to know when there is CA on the field?

  • ALL marshals on the field MUST wear eye protection!!!
  • Read the Conventions of Combat in the Middle Kingdom Combat Archery Handbook.  Review the Combat Archery Conventions in the Armored Combat Marshal’s Handbook (at the end of the Conventions of Combat Section). 
  • Remember that Crossbows can remain cocked during a hold, though the ammo must be removed.
  • Archers usually do not fall down when they die.  It can be dangerous with the equipment.  Check out the Appendix for recommended ways to die with a bow or crossbow.  
  • Fiberglass shafted ammunition cannot be fired from a bow/crossbow with red marking on the upper limb / right prod (indicating a heavy bow/crossbow).  See the Middle Kingdom Combat Archery Handbook and the 35-foot Spear website for more details. 
  • Target areas for Combat Archery are the same as the target areas for thrusting tips. 
  • Combat Archery strikes do NOT have to hit as hard as a hand-held weapons. 

 

What do Armored Combat (heavy weapons) fighters need to know when there is CA on the field?

  • If an archer yields to you, please do not hit them.  They are dead. You do not need to touch them. 
  • If an archer does not yield, then you may hit them… but please be aware that they only wear half-gauntlets, and that you are NOT to hit their bow/crossbow. 
  • Target areas for Combat Archery are the same as the target areas for thrusting tips. 
  • Combat Archery strikes do NOT have to hit as hard as a hand-held weapons. 

 

Archers

Do I have to be a heavy weapons fighter (Armored Combat fighter) to become a Combat Archer?

  • No. You can go through a Chivalry-sponsored authorization.  See the Middle Kingdom Combat Archery Handbook and the 35-foot Spear website for more details.
  • It helps if you have some background in melee fighting.  If you were previously authorized, and have fought in either Armored or Rapier melees, this may be easier for you. 

How do I become a Combat Archer?

  • You must be a member of the SCA to authorize in any form of combat in the Middle Kingdom.
  • Find and talk to a Combat Archery Marshal and/or experienced combat archer.  If you need help finding someone, contact Master Erikson through the 35-foot Spear.  Find a member of the Chivalry to sponsor you, if necessary. 
  • Learn the rules, especially the conventions of combat.  Use the CA Authorization Self-Test on the 35-foot Spear to help you. 
  • See the Middle Kingdom Combat Archery Handbook and the 35-foot Spear website for more details about the authorization process.  You must authorize at an event. 

 

CA Marshals

Do I have to be authorized in CA to become a CA Marshal?

  • No.  Your job is to inspect the bows, crossbows, and ammunition. 

Do I have to be an Armored Combat (heavy weapons) Marshal to become a CA Marshal?

  • No.
  • Combat Archery Marshals inspect the combat archery bows, crossbows, and ammunition.

How do I become a CA Marshal?

  • Go to the 35-foot Spear website.  Fill out and send the marshal-In-Training Request Form online. Master Erikson will contact you with further instructions.
  • Get to know the information on the 35-foot Spear. 
  • You will need to go through ammunition and equipment (bows/crossbows) classes and do some testing.  See the 35-foot Spear website for more details.

What do I do as a CA Marshal?

  • You inspect the bows, crossbows, and ammunition. 
  • You only marshal the field and participate in CA authorizations if you are an authorized Combat Archer. 
  • You do NOT inspect armor or armored combat weapons.  (Unless you also have an Armored Combat Marshal’s warrant, but then you should not be doing it at the CA Inspection Point.)

What stuff do I need when I am marshalling? Where can I get it?

  • See the Middle Kingdom Combat Archery Handbook Appendix and the 35-foot Spear website for details on the Tools for Combat Archery Inspection. 
  • Many tools are common, so they are available from commercial sources.  Some tools are more specialized, and usually need to be acquired from SCA sources. 

When do CA Marshals have to report?

  • Domesday. It is once a year, due by November 1st

If you have any questions about combat archery or suggestions for additional FAQ items, contact Master Erik Erikson.