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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 Eighteen

An end! We have an end of sorts!

Part Eighteen brings us to the end of the first draft postings of all 160-something devices in this Field Only Armoury Project I decided would be an amusing distraction and exploration of the SCA’s registered devices sometime back in early September.

Part Eighteen And Last (for now…)! Click for larger, see text for details.

This last-for-now batch is mostly quarterly, as expected given the alphabetical by blazon sort I’ve used, but includes a couple of nice vert-field devices right at the end. This includes one of the few canting arms in this project, Wade Greenwall’s splendid green wall device, “Vert masoned Or” on the right of the middle row there.

Canting, for those unfamiliar, is punning or wordplay on a person’s name or a placename expressed in heraldry. The Swiss city of Bern uses a bear in their heraldry, for example. It’s harder in armory like I’ve been studying where there’s no central ordinary like a bear, but a few years ago in Atenveldt the good gentle Greenwall proved you can do it with field-primary heraldry too! Heralds, the ancient and terrible joke goes, do not pun. They cant.

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year to anyone who’s followed along this far, especially the awesome folks in the Facebook “Baby Heralds of the SCA” group who’ve provided so much great feedback and encouragement for this lunatic project. I’ll be working on updates and tweaks over the holidays and will be back in 2018 to finish it off with, hopefully, some style and some useful posters and such to share with the larger SCA heraldic community.