The Study and Practice of Martial Skills

Armoured combat, rapier and cut and thrust, and archery

Combat practice – Currently on Hold

We have recently lost access to our former practice space and are on the look out for a new place to continue our weekly practice.

Our neighbouring shire West Dragonshire holds fortnightly Sunday practice in Basingstoke.

Combat Rules:
Kingdom of Drachenwald Marshals page – regulations, manuals, forms, and contact info for armoured combat, rapier, archery and equestrian marshals and participants.

Arts of War, on Insulae Draconis site – several useful articles, legacy of Sir Michael de Lacy, one of the founding members of Insulae Draconis.

Master Paul de Gorey’s excellent handbook Basic Armouring: A Practical Introduction to Armour Making is hosted by House Brighthelm. You won’t find a more readable and useful starter resource on this topic anywhere.

The Armour Archive – popular forum for discussing all aspects of combat, across SCA and other reenactment groups.

We practice every Wednesday, come what may, sharing the space with some friendly LARP combatants. If you are coming for the first time, do drop one of the marshals an email, and we can advise you on what you should bring.

If you’re coming from outside Thamesreach, please let the appropriate marshal know to expect you. Accommodation can be made available on request for those coming from outside the shire. Alternatively the long-standing West Dragonshire Fortnightly Sunday practice is in Basingstoke.

We are privileged in having armourers in the Shire, and it is entirely possible to secure armour from them for material costs plus either a modest labour fee or a beer and a portion of your own time – don’t hesitate to ask, though be aware that making armour takes time.