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SCA Field Only Armoury Project: The Whole Thing

It’s finished! (at least for now…)

After doing the badges, I caught up on the five or so new devices that had been registered since early October 2017 when I’d done my data pull of devices and badges for this crazy project, as well as a couple of errors that awesome readers had found for me.

While sorting those into their proper places I decided to integrate the badges and then republish the entire PDF.

The sort is alphabetically by blazon starting with “Argent masoned azure” and ending 203 devices and badges later with “Vert scaly Or.”. This is every Field Only device and badge registered to an SCA member or territory as of the end of December 2017 (AS 52). It does not include the real-world devices that the SCA’s College of Heralds protects from conflict as being noteworthy.

The entire collection fits on 8 pages, sized to print at 11″ wide by 17″ long – ledger sized paper, by North American paper standards. It’ll also scale down legibly onto legal or even letter/A4 size paper.

Field Only Armoury – April 2018 Final – PDF – 8 pages – ~850KB)

As with my two primary sources (see below) I am releasing this document under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) License.

Sources

I have been remiss in not mentioning the sources of most of the graphics I’ve used throughout this project.

Traceable Heraldic Art is Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin’s spectacular and ever-expanding project, filled with heraldic art assets in a variety of formats including SVG.

The Viking Answer Lady SVG Graphics for Heralds collection is also incredibly useful, and due to the generous licensing on the collection, it’s increasingly being incorporated into the Traceable Heraldic Art collection as well.

The main text at the bottom of each page is from the IM Fell font family via Dafont, a modern re-creation of a 17th C English font family by Igino Marini.

Over on Facebook the Baby Heralds of the SCA group has been a huge help, and I have to thank Mathghamhain for taking a close and encouraging interest in this project right from the start. Some of the work I’ve done on this project might start appearing at his Traceable Heraldic Art pages to fill a few of the gaps in his collection.

My Source SVG

If you just want to look at or print this project’s emblazoned devices and badges, grab the PDF linked to above.

If you want to use my work for further heraldic projects, however, I’m finally making the source SVG available. It’s been developed entirely in Inkscape on both Windows and Ubuntu Linux PCs.

Field Only Armory Project – Everything – 11×17 Poster – April 2018 – SVG file inside a ZIP archive. The SVG is 2.9Mb when unzipped.

Send Me Feedback!

If you use anything of this project at a Herald’s Point or heraldic consulting table, or even just for some heraldic decoration on your walls, send me a photo.

Corrections, suggestions, and such also appreciated. The plan going forward, now that this project is “finished”, is to update it maybe once a year as new Field Only registrations appear in the SCA O&A, or as errors are discovered.

Yours in Service,
Vémundr Syvursson
An Tir
2 April A.S. 52/2018
mka Brian Burger

SCA Field Only Armoury Project: Badges!

Right from the start of this project I’ve been asked if I’ll do the field only badges as well as the FO devices, and I’ve always said, “Yes, eventually…” and I guess eventually has come!

FieldOnlyArmoury_BADGES_11x17_v1.PDF – 2 pages. Permission granted to print or otherwise reproduce for any SCA-related purpose. — Vémundr Syvursson/mka Brian Burger

There’s only 39 Field Only badges registered at this time in the SCA’s Ordinary & Armorial, in contrast to the 160 FO devices I emblazoned in the previous phase of the project.

Like the recent v2 re-issue of the devices this one is a multi-page PDF with the 36 badges on 2 11″x17″ ledger-sized pages.

As always, feedback in the comments here or via the Contact form is appreciated! Enjoy!

If you print any of my work to use at a Herald’s Point or something, let me know and share photos with me! I’d love to see this project’s products “in the wild”, so to speak.

The Field Only Armoury Project in Poster Form!

Finally got finished doing the layout needed to produce a single PDF of my entire Field Only Armoury Project from the SCA Ordinary & Armorial.

It’s formatted for 11″ x 17″ paper (North American ledger-size) but should scale cleanly to smaller paper. Each sheet is 5 columns by 5 rows, and the whole thing is currently 7 pages long.

There have been Field-Only registrations since I did my data pull back in October or November of 2017; I’m planning on adding them to the empty space of Page 7 sometime soon. Once that fills up I guess I’ll re-order the whole thing and produce a second edition!

I believe I’ve caught all the errors of emblazon, blazon, or just simple typo, but if you notice anything off please, please let me know here by comment or via the Contact form!

7 page PDF of my SCA Field Only Armoury Project. Permission granted to print or otherwise reproduce for any SCA-related purpose. — Vémundr Syvursson/mka Brian Burger

SCA Field Only Armoury Project, Part Twelve

Part Twelve takes us out of the long run of “Per fess” devices and into the long run of “Per pale” ones, with a few detours between.

Part Twelve! Click for larger, see text for details.

Some nice combinations of field divisions in this batch, especially the stripey angles of the two “Per pale and chevronelly” devices, Eadan Munro’s “Per pale and chevronelly inverted gules and argent” top right and Kenric æt Essexe’s “Per pale and chevronelly Or and sable”, leftmost on the middle row.

EDIT to add, 19 January 2018: Duke Kenric æt Essexe was lost in a boating accident on January 12 2018. He was three times King of the East, held numerous awards, and sounds like he was an amazing man. The EK Gazette has a long and detailed obituary. Here’s his entry in the East Kingdom Order of Precedence. I knew going into this project (and mentioned in one of the first entries) that I’d be emblazoning devices belonging to deceased SCA members, but finding his obit on the Gazette was a surprise.

My favourite might actually be Brandubh Ó Donnghaile’s “Per pale argent and sable chapé ployé counterchanged” device, rightmost centre row. Two tinctures, a common field division and a rare one all combine to make a really distinctive but really simple device! Chapé ployé is one of those oddball divisions that lists tinctures in weird orders, designed to give a baby herald fits but at least I’ve seen it a few times already in this project…

One thing I really like about using Inkscape for this whole project is that an SVG file is ultimately just a fancy text file (XML, to be slightly more precise) so if you want to, say, swap your blue and purple colours out for other ones, you can open the SVG in a good text editor and run find-and-replace to swap your hexdecimal colour codes for new ones! Boom, instant tweaking to a deeper blue and (not seen in this batch, but soon) a less pink richer purple tincture!