Balfar’s Challenge – SCA Armored Combat

Now that warmer weather is upon us, the drums of war are begging to sound. On the 21st of April, 500 medieval reenactors descended onto a YMCA camp in Meriden to participate in melee fights in preparation for ultimate battle: the Pennsic War.

Angel and her husband Jamie are active members of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA for short) and while she does fiber spinning and weaving, he dons on chain mail and armor crafted by his own hand (he is a professional blacksmith) and enters the fray with his formidable 6′ long pole arm to lay waste to his enemies. You can briefly see Jamie rushing at his opponents at timestamp 0:55-0:56, he’s the one closest to the camera. Watching a full-blown medieval melee in action is awe-inspiring and a sight to behold.