Field Only Armoury Update, July 2023

The 2023 update to my ongoing Field Only Armoury Project is finally done! This project started way back in the fall of 2017 as a way to explore SCA armoury and get better at blazon and emblazon, and then it became it’s own thing and has gotten annual updates since 2019.

This year includes six new entries and at least that many updates to existing entries, with some FO entries changing hands, some name changes, and some re-emblazons for various reasons. This fifth annual update is up to 264 items, still sorted alphabetically by blazon so similar designs appear next to each other.

If you want the 11 page 11×17 ledger sized PDF to download or view, here you go:

If you just want the single page PDF of this year’s six new entries, that’s here:

Finally, for the completists amongst us, as I’ve done for the past couple of years, here’s a ZIP file with the Excel file I use to organize the project, a copy of this year’s working SVG file (I do all my emblazon work in Inkscape), and a short README file.

As always, corrections, comments, or other feedback is encouraged! You can drop a comment here or send me an email at

In heraldic service,
Vémundr Syvursson
Pily barry argent and azure
Principality of Tir Righ
Kingdom of An Tir


A Straightforward Dayshade

At our first local event post-COVID-restrictions in August of 2021, the absurd winds at the event well and truly wrecked our 10×10 modern popup dayshade. We’d been talking about doing something more period anyway, and I’d already been making sketches and gathering resources, but the popup-eating wind meant we actually had to get something done, for real.

The dayshade at it’s very first event.

We’ve gotten a lot of interest in the dayshade since building it, so I’ve finally gotten around to writing up the design and building process in a PDF handout, which you can read or download below.

I make a few assumptions about sewing and carpentry skills in the handout, in the interests of keeping it short, but if you need more details please feel free to contact me by email or by leaving a comment below.

If you wind up making a dayshade inspired by ours, please share photos and feedback on the process, I’d love to hear from you.


Field Only Armoury Update, May 2022

UPDATE: The most recent version of my Field Only Armoury Project is now the July 2023 version.

This update of the Field Only Armoury Project updates us as far as the March 2022 Letters of Acceptances and Returns and adds fifteen new registrations to the collection.

For those unfamiliar with this project, it started back in the fall of 2017 because I wanted to get better at interpreting blazon (the language used to describe heraldic devices) and doing digital emblazons. I looked through the Ordinary & Armorial, the SCA’s massive online database of every name, device, badge, and other thing ever registered in the fifty plus years the Society for Creative Anachronism has been in operation, and eventually picked the Field Only registrations because they interested me, and because the size (about 200 registrations at that point) was ambitious but not wildly out of reach.

Over the course of a few months I published one page at a time of that first draft, nine devices at a time. Finally, in April 2018 I published The Whole Thing, 202 devices and badges.

Since then I’ve done annual updates to the project; this is the fourth such update.

The 2022 update brings us up to 258 devices and badges on 11 pages. It’s designed to print on 11×17 (Ledger size, in North America) paper, but scales down nicely to smaller paper, even Letter or A4 sizes. The whole thing is sorted alphabetically by blazon, starting with Fridha av Bergen’s Argent masoned azure and ending with Deykin ap Gwion’s Vert scaly Or.

If you just want the newest additions to the project on their own, possibly because you’ve already got a full printout of an earlier version of the Project, here’s the May 2022 new registrations only PDF.

Finally, if you want to dive into the working end of the Project, I’ve stuck my Excel sheet and the working SVG file into a ZIP file with a short README.

For a list of sources, please see my April 2018 post The Whole Thing, as it is still complete and accurate. Thanks again to all the people who’ve helped out and inspired this project over the years. I never expected it to become a regular part of my SCA routine, but here we are five years later and it very clearly is!

As always, comments, suggestions, or corrections can be done in comments here or by email; my email is on every single page of the PDFs. I really do like hearing from folks how they use this work, whether it’s to inspire and find potential conflicts for new registrations, for heraldic education, or other uses!

In Heraldic Service,
Vémundr Syvursson
Paly barry argent and azure
23 May, 2022 CE, A.S. 57.


Field Only Armoury Update, April 2021

UPDATE: The most recent version of my Field Only Armoury Project is now the July 2023 version.

Squeaking in just before the end of April, it’s the 2021 update to my Field Only Armoury Project!

Fourteen new devices this year, bringing us to a total of 243 devices and badges across ten pages.

This project started in late 2017 as a page-by-page emblazoning of the Field Only devices in the Society for Creative Anachronism’s Ordinary & Armorial, the record of every piece of heraldry ever registered by the SCA. This is now the fourth update and these updates will continue to be approximately annual from now on.

The 2021 update is ten pages laid out on 11×17 (Ledger size) pages, although it will print nicely on Legal, Letter, or A4 sheets and should scale up nicely should you want to print it even bigger!

Should you want only this year’s updates, I’ve done those as a single page PDF, also 11×17.

Finally, for the folks who want to see the raw data and the working SVG file, I’ve put the Excel spreadsheet and my master SVG file together into a ZIP file.

With COVID still keeping almost all of our regular SCA activities, and much else, on hold, I hope this Field Only update finds everyone well and healthy. As always, if you find errors in the FOA or have feedback, please comment below or email me at the address in the PDFs.

Yours in Heraldic Service,
Vémundr Syvursson
Pily barry argent and azure