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Whatever happened to...
Whatever happened to the 'Helm of Ishmael' (I think thats what it was called)
- the 'Oh my god thats a big helm'....I remember it being passed on at one of
the first BD meetings I attended, but haven't seen it at any events, and as I
recall, it was supposed to be brought to all events at which there was a
major BD showing...
This also brings to mind a combat question - if someone were, for some
strange reason, to actually wear a great helm such as that over their regular
helm, how would blows to the head be resolved? I would think that any but the
strongest blows to any part of the head, excepting the face, would be unable
to pierce through the double protective layer. I suppose that mass weapons
would be able to crush through, but the overly large target would be
pointless for a mere long sword to hit...
Of course, this also brings to mind the question, would it be legal in the
first place to wear? I am far from being an expert on combat rules, but I
don't recall seeing any regulation against wearing great helms....were they
ever used in period, outside of ceremonial usage? I know that the rules and
regulations are constantly being smoothed out - apparently the recent crown
tourney was the first to have a double kill, as there seemed to be a brief
discussion on the field between the marshals and HRM about whether a victory
was 2 wins, or if elimination from the finals was 2 losses... It was nice to
watch a rules addendum being made, not caused by someone getting injured.
Anyway, these are just a few thoughts I've had today, while mowing the
lawn... thought I'd share them with y'all and get another discussion going....
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