The Clash of Swords & Shields.

Winter is coming, so what better way to stay warm than learning the arts of medieval warfare  & combat!  On 5 March 2017 at the Ainslie Scout Hall (cnr of Ebden & Hassall Streets, Ainslie) the Barony will be starting our beginner courses in Armoured Combat & Rapier.

Rapier begins at 1:30pm-2:15pm

Armoured Combat begins at 2:30pm-3:30pm.

(Click the above links for the facebook events)

For more information (such as class schedules), please check out the respective course pages:
Rapier Course Page

Armoured Combat Course Paage



Lord Otto Sex Burger

Baronial Marshal for Armoured Combat

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Interview with Mark and Aonghus, 1st and 2nd in the Canberra Ultimate Fighter Series

A short interview with Mark and Aonghus, 1st and 2nd in the Canberra Ultimate Fighter Series.

We will be following up with them after Great Northern War



Interview with Mark:
1) What is your name and title?
Lord Mark Ottignon.
2) You came 1st in the Ultimate Fighter Series in Canberra. What did you do to train?
I’m not sure I have enough space here. But physical and mental practice are important. Armoured and in-armoured training. With and without partners. Watching a lot of good fighters and learning from them. And offer up the soul of one of my children.
3) What did you enjoy about the tournaments? Please describe a memorable fight for us.
Being challenged. Every fight was fun and different. My glaive fight with Ben. It was damn hard work on every level and I learned a lot from it.
4) What style do you fight in? Do you have some beginner’s tips for those who may be interested in learning to fight this way?
What style? Ugly. If I was asked by a new fighter I might say “Don’t copy me”. But it depends on so much. My style is what I like and that may not work for others who might like more glory and less renown.
5) What preparations have you been making for the final in Queensland?
Preparations? Eat well, sleep well and plan to play my own game. Oh and knights school. And organise to get there and play in the fire light tournament. It is on my bucket list. I’m sure there was something else but I tend to focus on one thing at a time.



Interview with Aonghus
1) What is your name and title?
Baron Aonghus Mac Greigor Mhic Raghnaill
2) You came 2nd in the Ultimate Fighter Series in Canberra. What did you do to train?
2nd in UF Polit, Fight, fight, fight, fight!
3) What did you enjoy about the tournaments? Please describe a memorable fight for us.
I enjoy the challenge of tournaments, especially this format with different styles to make you think, and fight, outside your comfort zone. My Favourite moment of the tourney was the poll arm against Sir Berengar, we were fighting to confirm the standings and in the previous rounds he had beaten me with Poll. In the refight I went out and fought my game setting the pace of the fight as I wanted and came out with a victory.
4) What style do you fight in? Do you have some beginner’s tips for those who may be interested in learning to fight this way?
I fight primarily Poll axe in the Talhoffer poll axe school, with a big dose of Aonghus thrown in.
For beginners, talk to me! It is a very different style to anything anyone else fights and takes a willingness for percussive learning. You will get hit a lot learning to do this!
5) What preparations have you been making for the final in Queensland?
For the finals, a lot of mental preparation, slow work training and focusing on the core footwork and shots of the styles for the tournament and K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple, Stupid)

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Spanish Frock Workshop

What: An intensive workshop on Early 16th century Spanish gowns.

When: 13th and 14th of June 2015. 10am- 4pm both days.

Where: University of Canberra, Rooms TBA


  • Steward: Ginevra Lucia Di Namoraza ( Carina)
  • Deputy Steward: Helayne Quynteyn (Kylee)
  • Webmistress: Eyfura ( Elonwy)
  • Teachers: Mistress Constanzia will consult us via the facebook group whilst five fantastic laurels are travelling to help us with correct patterning. Details TBA
  • And you!


  • $5 for members
  • $10 for non-members
  • Money will go towards printing, tea and coffee as well as incidentals. Money left over will go in a workshop fund.


The goal: The aim of this workshop is to increase your skills and knowledge of Spanish dresses, with the goal to encourage and support beginner and intermediate sewers to pattern and construct an early 16th century Spanish dress and chemise ( Optional). Depending on sewing expertise, some may go away with a full dress and chemise, whilst others will have most of a bodice down, ready to finish at home. Sewers will be paired up to help each other pattern and we will have teachers checking on progression and helping as needed.

If you are an independent sewer attending our workshop for motivation and inspiration, you will be encouraged to work on your gown as you see fit and supported as much as is possible around that. Any support you can offer to your less experienced sewing friends will be appreciated!

What you need to do:

  1. Register your interest at ASAP. This will enable us to:
  1. book an appropriate room
  1. help us when doing our optional, potentially discounted group order (boning, fastenings, interlining, striped white fabric etc.)
  1. allows us time to speak with other teachers, so we can set an appropriate class size.
  1. Look out for your booking email – once we have confirmed availability of teachers, we will open the bookings. You will receive an email to say that you are being offered a place, or are on the waiting list. You will have 3 days to respond before your place is offered to the next participant on the waiting list.
  1. Once your booking is confirmed, fees will need to be paid in cash or via direct debit.
  1. Beginners are highly encouraged to pick from a couple of simple dresses on the Facebook page. This will help us to help you construct a gown by the end of the workshop.

When booking, please send us the following:

  • Name and SCA name, as well as membership details.
  • Sewing experience – please indicate whether you are:
  •  a (mostly) independent sewer who is just coming along for some advice and motivation, and/or some help in one particular area (e.g. patterning)
  • a pretty okay sewer, but need a bit of help along the way. I can do the following things:
  • Patterning:
  • Constructing experience:
  • Use of sewing machine:
  • Use of overlocker:
  •  a complete newbie, but you’re super excited to learn!
  • A picture or drawing of the dress you want to make, or confirm satisfaction with our beginner option. This information is helpful for us in organising the teachers, space and workshop.
  • If you need billeting.
  • If you are happy to billet.
  • If you wish to participate in a group order, and what you wish to buy
  • Any needs you may have.
  • If you have any sewing machines/overlockers you are willing to share with other participants

What you need to bring:

  • Pre washed fabric for dress and chemise
  • Preferably pre ironed the aforementioned fabric
  • Material: 5-6m of natural fabrics (Thin wool, thick silk, medium to heavy linen, brocades. Brocade, silk and velvet will result in a more formal gown, linens will be a more casual gown/suitable for warmer weather)
  • Material: 2-3m of white/white with black lines (Again natural fibres such as linen are best)
  • Material: 1-2 m of lining for bodice and sleeves.
  • Lining for skirt as well as bodice may be need for thinner materials – if in doubt, ask!
  • Sewing threads to match fabric of dress and chemise
  • Material for the guards/trim ( black bands on dress and sleeves) if you choose them (black velvet bias binding, velvet trim, etc)
  • Boning
  • Interlining
  • Lucetting cord/ribbon
  • Fastenings
  • Pins
  • Tailors chalk
  • Measuring tape
  • Bring a plate to share for lunch, or bring your own if you have dietary requirements.
  • Bring personal plate, cup and utensils
  • If you have a sewing machine or overlocker, please bring it with you.

Important dates:

  • Bookings open on the 27th of April and the 15th of May is close of Bookings.
  • The workshop is held on the 13th and 14th of June

Additional information:

  • Resources and references will be available on the day.
  • A guide and reference will be emailed out to all participants, and printed copies will be available on the day.
  • Spanish dresses will be available to look at.
  • There is a Facebook group, ( please join for support and communication.
  • Remember to bring water and snacks!
  • This is an intensive workshop designed to get you a mostly wearable dress in two days (some hemming or finishing etc at home may be required). You will need to bring all your focus and energy…and perhaps consider leaving your children at home 😉
  • First day is patterning and constructing of the gown, second day is finishing the gown and constructing a chemise. For early finishers accessory options may be available, otherwise we are sure beginners would appreciate the help.
  • An accessories class featuring headgear, jewellery, etc will be held at the Politarchopolis A&S Collegium in August.


Rachel Vess's photo.
"Constanzia's Coronation dress II.<br />
Issues with the dress.<br />
1. Bodice is actually too big by about 2 cms in the centre front (pattern copy error).<br />
2. The bodice needs a slight peak at the front to assist with the split at the centre front.<br />
4. Angle of shoulders needs to be more at 90 degrees<br />
5. Bell shape is not quite big enough<br />
4. Didn't bother splitting the sleeves half way down."

Facebook page is here:

Please book here:!rego/c1l1j



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People of Politarchopolis

People of Politarchopolis.

Below will be a series of interviews with the populace of Politarchopolis.

These will allow you to meet and find out more about the various members within our Barony.

If you would like to send me yours for inclusion, email me at with the following information and a photo:

1) What is your SCA name and title?2) What is your heraldry and what does it mean to you?

3) How long have you been playing?

4) What inspires you in the SCA?

5) What is your favourite thing to do in the SCA?

6) What’s the best dish you have tasted?

7) What is the largest or scariest project you have undertaken?

8)What would you like to see more of in the SCA?

9) Share with us a funny or favourite SCA story…

10) What advice do you have for newcomers?




Our First Introduction,

Baroness Joan Sutton


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Ultimate Fighter 19th of April


Congratulations to Mark Ottignon, first place in the fifth Ultimate Fighter tournament (weapons of choice) and first place in the Politarchopolis Ultimate Fighter Series. He has won the first of two places to the UFS finals to be held in a month at Great Northern War (in Brisbane). Huzzah!




Congratulations to Aonghus MacGreigor, second place in the fifth Ultimate Fighter tournament (weapons of choice) and second place in the Politarchopolis Ultimate Fighter Series. He has won the second of two places to the UFS finals to be held in a month at Great Northern War (in Brisbane). Huzzah!
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People of Politarchopolis- Festival Edition

The People of Politarchopolis had great fun at Rowany Festival 2015.

Here are their stories:

If you would like to add yours, please email me at with the following details and a photo:

1) Name and camping location?

2) How many festivals have you attended?

3) What did you do this festival?

4) Notable moments?

5) What would you do differently next year?

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Ultimate Fighter March 22nd



The fighters


Baron Aonghus receiving a tassel for winning the Tourney.


Lord Lorcan receiving a tassel for winning the Fencing Tourney


Fencing Tourney

Other pictures from the day:


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Newly Authorised

Congratulations to all those who have recently worked very hard to authorise.

We have:


– Wolfgang


Combat Archery

– Eyfura



Heavy Combat

– Cosimo



Havelok who also received his AOA.




Eyfura, madly keen on combat archery



Wolfgang who not only authorised Fencing, but did so as a SCA youth.






Cosimo enjoying Wednesday night practices.

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Newcomer’s Feast and Baronial Championships March 2015


Lord Otto was the winner of the Heavy tourney.


Lord Lorccan Ruadh was the Victor of the Fencing Tourney and was named Baronial Champion.


Sir Ysambart was declared the new Heavy Champion. Daeg, is the newest baronial guard and Lord Lorccan, the new Fencing Champion.


Sir Ysambart and Daeg being called up in court.



Lady Ida received a cup for being undefeated with a spoon


Thank you to THL Caera for her pictures and insights.

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Interview with the Baronial Fencing Champion 2014

rapier 2015

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