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“Ancestor’s treasure”, or where does the information come from?

“Ancestor’s treasure”, or where does the information come from?

    Armor database, what is it and where can it be found?   Mainly, armor database consists of the models the workshop made before. For example, the web site of armor workshop «Age of Craft» (http://ageofcraft.com/) offers a very large number of both ready-made armor kits and parts of armor. All the offers have already been made before, which means well-tuned production process and tests by real battles... If…

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Who can become a marshal?

Who can become a marshal?

    - Point of View -   The question may seem easy. Some may think that an aspirant doesn’t need to understand the history of costume and armor, spend many hours training hard, like professional fighters. It’s enough to download the rules (http://botn.info/en-rules-regulations) and learn them by heart...   However, as practice shows, an outsider, who observed fights only on YouTube and managed to learn the rules, can not…

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Clothing Issue

Clothing Issue

    "What clothes are the best for training?" - Frequently Asked Questions / Information for novices -   Everything depends on what you are going to do. If you’re going to deal with general fitness exercises, then you can use casual, comfortable clothes. You can even wear a tailcoat with a bow tie, if you wish!   If you practise tyre striking, you can put on an underarmor clothing…

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Combat alliances

Combat alliances

    What are they and who / what do they include?   - Frequently Asked Questions - - Information for novices -     You can see at many HMB tournaments that teams participating in "5 vs 5" and "21 vs 21" categories are rarely formed of representatives of one club. You may think that fighters choose partners just before entering the lists, say a few words to each…

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Weapons for beginners

Weapons for beginners

    “What weapon should I choose to start training?” - Frequently Asked Questions / Information for novices   In general, you can train using any weapon, be it "soft" (foam weapon) or wooden one. Or, you can even use the arms used in battles.   Wooden weapons are good to train and practise blow delivering, but they’re apt only for that! However, some clubs of historical reenactment use them…

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Are there any tricks in HMB for a quick after-wound rehabilitation?

Are there any tricks in HMB for a quick after-wound rehabilitation?

    - Frequently Asked Questions (Question of the week)   A fighter can be wounded at HMB tournaments. As well as during a training session. In Historical Medieval Battle, as in any other sport (including figure skating), injuries and wounds are a part (an integral part!) of objective reality. There's no getting away from the issue.   Concerning the question... Everything is simple here, we reveal you a big…

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Concerning the battle line

Concerning the battle line

    “Why do they form no line?..” - Frequently Asked Questions    Observing battles of the "21 vs 21" category, some spectators wonder why fighters form no battle line, but move around the lists chaotically... Probably, they are unable to do that, or do not want, or, probably, the line is a prohibited formation? We want to inform you that HMBIA rules do not prohibit the battle line.   …

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How to elect a Captain of National Team?

How to elect a Captain of National Team?

    “What makes a good Team Captain” article inspired us to write this material. Captain of National Team is an elected position, which means that all responsibility is on fighters, members of a national team.    After 5-years’ experience of organizing World Championships of HMB “Battle of the Nations” and co-operation with teams, captains and fighters, we can say with confidence that experience is above everything else.   Yes,…

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Armor issue. Is it reasonable to order elements of armor from different blacksmiths?

Armor issue. Is it reasonable to order elements of armor from different blacksmiths?

    It depends on the person making an order. A competent one can order armor in any good workshop because he/she clearly understands which element and of what properties is needed. The process of choosing armor is quite simple, there are "legs", "hands" and "body" that should fit together. For example, brigandine armor of "Chalkis" type. This type of armor requires pauldrons and the fighter has to think how…

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“5 vs 5″ battles. Arms

“5 vs 5″ battles. Arms

    The most common weapons for "5 vs 5"   - Information for novices: In addition to personal preferences of every fighter, we can mention certain trends concerning arms for "5 vs 5" battles. Most often, fighters choose falchion. Their argument is that it’s "simple and reliable". Also, it’s a chopper. (Thrusts are banned in HMB).   Sometimes, other weapons, for example axes and six-flanged maces, are used. Saying…

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