COMBAT STANDARDS for

“The GATHERING 2016”

 

NEMAS as host of the Easter Gathering 2016 ( here by referred to as the Event) held at the Armidale Pine Forest in NSW Australia on the 25th of March through to the 28st of March 2016 NEMAS reserves the right to publish and apply to all Event combat and combatants at the Event the following standards.  

 

NEMAS reserves the right to eject anyone from the event without refund or recourse.

 

HEREIN FOLLOWS THE STANDARDS RELATING TO THE EVENT 2016

 

In the interests of the Event, all combatants are to take the field ONLY if they are trained and proficient in safety and the weapons and armour they use. All attendees will adhere to the time-line of the event to the best of their ability. All directives given by the Head Marshall and Marshall team will be followed without argument. The Head Marshall in 2016 is Steve Hoare.

 

WEAPONS CONDITION, REQUIREMENTS AND CERTIFICATION STANDARDS.

 

All weapons are to be presented in a well-maintained condition and conform to the Standards and be suitable to the time line.

Weapons will be clean, rust free, have no burs and all edges / points deemed safe to the standards. The Marshall’s will certify all weapons prior to Event combat each day.

Marshals have the right to withdraw from the field any weapons, combatants or horses deemed to be hazardous.

Group officers are to inspect their group’s weapons before presenting to the field to assist with timely weapons certification by Marshals.

Groups are held accountable by the event if any combatant takes the field without suitable training or regard. Independent combatants will be considered wards of the event and being so deemed, managed by the Marshals directly.

If people wish to wear modern protection, (sports body armour) it must be concealed under their Dark Age garb.

All weapons will be tested for weight and balance by Marshals and if deemed poorly balanced and/ or over heavy the weapon will not be certified.

 

MARSHALS MEETING

 

will be held on Good Friday afternoon at 5.30pm.

all who intend to Marshall over the weekend will attend.

 

SAFETY BRIEFINGS (held on the eastern end of the Green)

 

All Peltasts will attend an Authorisation Group at 8.30am on the Saturday morning.

The safety briefing for combatants will occur prior to the commencement of the Saturday Morning combat activities at 9am. 

All combatants for the event are to attend including mounted and non combatant peltast.

Those who do not attend the initial briefing will not be allowed to participate in the combat activities until they are briefed separately by a Marshal at a timing of the Marshals choosing.

 

HORSES IN COMBAT

 

All horse attendees are to make their self known to the Horse Marshal.

The Horse Marshal for 2016 is Talisien Bleechmore.

All horse attendees are to attend the safety briefing and authorisation session to be held on Good Friday 3pm by the Marshal team.

 

 

1. SAFETY.

 

1.1 NEMAS maintains a strict commitment to safety. Combatants acting in an unsafe manner at any time will be removed from the field by the designated commanding officer or Marshall.

 

1.2 No combatant will be permitted to engage in combat or training under the influence of alcohol and/or any other perception changing and/or performance enhancing drug or medication. Furthermore, no alcohol or aforementioned drugs shall be taken prior to or during combat or training.

 

1.3 The designated commanding officer or Marshall has the right to withdraw from the field any combatant, weapon, armor or other equipment deemed by them to be hazardous.

 

1.4 The minimum age of combatants is 16 years of age.

 

1.5If at any time during combat a safety issue requires an immediate cessation of combat the command “LIST” will be used and repeated by all, combat is to cease immediately and not at a combatants convenience.

 

1.6 In the event of a dispute between combatants on the field or at training the designated commanding officer or Marshall has the power to resolve the dispute immediately and those parties involved are expected to uphold that resolution. If those parties disagree with the designated commander or Marshall’s resolution or dispute any of the designated commander or Marshall’s decisions they should take their dispute to the NEMAS Heretoga for resolution AFTER the combat has concluded. Accidents, injuries and near misses should ALWAYS be reported to the designated commanding officer or Marshall. Accidents and injuries of a serious nature should be reported to the designated commanding officer or Marshall immediately. Accidents, Injuries and near misses of a less serious nature should be reported at the conclusion of the combat.

 

1.7 Non-combatant peltasts: All Peltasts will be sporting a bright yellow WARNING Sash over other garments or Armour and be armed with javelin's only. This sash will be issued by the event. If at any time an enemy combatant approaches within 3 meters (ten feet) the non-combatant peltast is considered slain and should act accordingly (see 2.10). Any non-combatant peltast who fails to comply shall be removed from combat for the duration of the event. The minimum age for non-combatant peltasts is 14 years of age.

 

AT NO TIME SHOULD A COMBATANT ENGAGE A NON-COMBATANT PELTAST IN ANY WAY

 

 

2. ENGAGEMENT STANDARDS

 

2.1 It is a requirement that all blows be delivered in a controlled manner. Combatants should under no circumstances offer a “Dangerous shot”, for example striking at an opponent while over-balanced at full extension.

 

2.2 It is our aim that sword blows be delivered 1/3rd from the tip of the blade. And all blocks shall be made with the flat of the blade.

 

2.3 Combatants must maintain a two handed grip on two handed weapons at all times during combat. NEMAS has banned the unsafe practice of using a two handed spear in the fashion of a pool cue. (I.e., letting go of the spear with the leading hand once the stab has been initiated).

 

2.4 An attacker who delivers a blow can declare the blow “non lethal” and continue the battle. This is a privilege of the attacker only, a defender must always count a blow during a combat situation.

 

2.5 Combatants shall keep at least one foot on the ground at all times while engaged in a combat situation.

 

 

3. TARGETING STANDARDS

 

3.1 Target Areas Are As Follows: Head, upper arms, torso and upper legs. No shots are allowed to the face, neck, groin, armpits, forearms, hands, knees or lower legs.

 

3.2 Head: Blows are to be delivered in a controlled manner, as close to vertical as possible from the targets shoulders. Incidental shots that strike the shoulders are allowed but the shoulders should not be targeted intentionally.

 

3.3 Upper Arm: Blows are to be delivered in a controlled manner. (Angled blows are permitted as long as they start and finish below the point of the shoulder).

 

3.4 Torso: Blows are to be delivered in a controlled manner; no blow is to rise above armpit height (ascending) Angled blows are permitted as long as they start and finish between the points of the armpit/hip.

 

3.5 Upper Leg: Blows are to be delivered in a controlled manner, these can be delivered from either from within the leg (making sure to avoid the groin) or from outside the leg.

 

3.6 Blows to the back are to be delivered in a controlled manner, (as per chest and abdomen with exception to the spine, kidney and rectal regions; These areas are not to be targeted).

 

3.6 Stabs: shall be delivered in a controlled manner with a lateral blade. Stabs shall be delivered to the Torso, Upper Arm and Upper Leg only. At no time and under no circumstances shall a stab be delivered over a shield with any weapon.

 

3.7 Back shots: Blows are to be delivered in a controlled manner, (as per chest and abdomen with exception to the SPINAL, KIDNEY AND RECTAL REGIONS. These are not to be targeted).

 

3.8 The Face and Neck These are NOT a target! Keep your weapons away from here.

 

 

4. ARMOUR STANDARDS

 

4.1 Minimum required protection consists of a Helmet, Gauntlets and MINIMUM ARMOR (see glossary). NEMAS also recommends the use of a vambrace on the leading arm, a mouth-guard and a box to protect the groin.

 

4.2 Rigid one-piece breast protection is strongly recommended for female combatants.

 

 

5. WEAPON STANDARDS

 

5.1 Only those considered safe in the use of a weapon may employ that particular weapon in combat. Furthermore, NEMAS expects other group’s combatants to be deemed competent with their selected weapons by their group’s training officer. NEMAS considers it the responsibility of each group’s authorised training officer to ensure that at no time should a combatant from their group be allowed on to the field with a weapon that they are not deemed competent to wield.

 

5.2 All weapons are to be presented in a well-maintained condition and conform to the Standards and be suitable to the time line. Weapons must be clean, rust free, have no burs and all edges/points deemed safe to the equipment specifications (Section 6).

 

5.3 The designated commanding officer or Marshall will inspect and certify all weapons prior to combat.

 

5.4 Allowed weapons consist of sword, hand axe, 2-handed spear, hewing spear, singlehanded spear, javelin and 2-handed axe.

 

5.5 If a hafted weapon is counterweighted on the butt end and the counterweight resembles a butt spike in any way then the counterweight must conform to the same standard as the point of a spear (IE: shall not exceed 380mm (15 Inches) in length and be 15" or 380mm tightly affixed to the shaft, preferably with a rivet…..the tip shall be at least 4mm (1/6th inches) thick and conform in roundness to a 5-cent coin semicircle.

 

 

6. EQUIPMENT SPECIFICATIONS

 

6.1 Any weapon or piece of armour that does not comply with the following weapon specifications may not be taken onto the field without first being inspected and authorised by the NEMAS Heretoga in conjunction with the Head Marshall. Furthermore NEMAS expects other group’s training officers to ensure that their combatants equipment adheres to these guidelines.

 

6.2 Helmets should be suitable for the Event time line and made from minimum 16 G steel, padded and firmly secured be a buckled chinstrap. NEMAS further recommends both that helmets made from 14 G steel or less and that all helmets be fitted with suspension lining.

 

6.3 Gauntlets: Gauntlets are considered to be gloves of reinforced leather/padded construction with a cuff covering the wrist. Gauntlets constructed with later period technology are acceptable. Covering the hand with just padding or a glove is not sufficient.

 

6.4 Body armour: Minimum body armour is considered to be a quilted/padded gambeson with 3/4 sleeves or equivalent and must cover the body to the hip and the arms to below the elbow. The gambeson must be padded to a minimum of 8mm thick on the body and 6mm on the arms in its uncompressed state and must be capable of being compressed. This garment must have a protective collar of a minimum 1” or 25mm. If your garment has no collar, other comparable neck protection is to be used for safety. Other layers of materials may be used as long as they are of equivalent to the thickness standard and cover all mandatory parts. Heavier armour types such as Mail and Lamella are allowed but even if a combatant is wearing heavier armour a Gambeson or equivalent is mandatory and must be worn underneath.

 

6.5 Swords: (including all single handed blades such as Seax, Sabres and Daggers) The length of the blade shall not exceed 965mm (38 inches). The blade edge shall be rounded to a minimum diameter of 1.5mm (1/16th inch). The blade point shall be rounded to a width of a 5-cent piece.

 

6.6 Hand axe: The length of the shaft from base to the top of the axe-head shall not exceed 760mm (30 inches). The axe head shall be tightly affixed to the shaft (preferably with a rivet), single sided, 3mm (1/8th inches) thick and have rounded top and bottom points conforming to a 5-cent coin. NEMAS recommends that the axe be fitted with a raised grip. This weapon shall be used in a safe and controlled manner with no hooking blows at any time with the exception of hooking weapons or hooking the right or left side of a shield.

 

6.7 Two-Handed Spear: The length of the shaft from the base to the spear tip shall not exceed 2743.2mm (9 feet) with a minimum diameter of 25mm (1 inch). The spearhead shall not exceed 380mm (15 Inches) in length and be 15” or 380mm tightly affixed to the shaft, preferably with a rivet. The spear point at the tip shall be at least 4mm (1/6th inches) and conform in roundness to a 5-cent coin semi-circle. The weapon shall be used in the manner of a double over handed grip (with thumbs inner most) with hands shoulder width apart (unless shortening or lengthening), hands may not fall beneath waste level and the spear butt shall at no time be lower than the tip of the spear during any combat situation.

 

6.8 Single-Handed Spear: The length of the shaft from the base to the spear tip shall not exceed 2438mm (8 feet) with a minimum diameter of 25mm (1 inch). The spearhead shall not exceed 380mm (15 Inches) in length and be 15" or 380mm tightly affixed to the shaft, preferably with a rivet. The spear point at the tip shall be at least 4mm (1/6th inches) thick and conform in roundness to a 5-cent coin semi-circle. The weapon shall be used in a safe manner with the grip as close to the centre of balance as feasible, the spear butt shall at no time be lower than the tip of the spear during any combat situation. The standard target areas for thrusting weapons are: the torso (below the armpits), upper & lower arms and the thighs & buttocks (making sure to avoid the groin).

 

6.9 Hewing Spear: Any hafted blade or rhomphia is considered to be a hewing spear. The length of the blade shall not exceed 965mm (38 inches). The blade edge shall be rounded to a minimum diameter of 1.5mm (1/16th inch). The blade point shall be rounded to a width of a 5-cent piece. The haft shall measure between 915-1525mm (3-5 feet). The weapon shall be used two-handed in a safe manner with both hands shoulder width apart at all times. When stabbing with a hewing spear the combatant is expected to wield the weapon as a two-handed spear (see 6.7). A blow with a hewing spear should be a cut or a stab, a failed cut should not transition into a stab.

 

6.10 Axe Two-Handed: The length of the shaft from base to the top of the axe head shall not exceed 1830mm (6 feet). The axe head shall be tightly affixed to the shaft (preferably with a rivet), single sided, not more than 304mm (12 inches) high, 3mm (1/8th inches) thick and have rounded top and bottom points conforming to a 5-cent coin. The weapon shall be used two-handed in a safe manner with both hands shoulder width apart at all times. At no time shall the wielder perform a hooking blow with the exception of hooking weapons in a safe manner or hooking the right or left side of a shield.

 

6.11 Javelins are not to weigh more than 600g and measure between 1220-1830 mm (4-6 feet). Javelins are to have sufficient padding on the tip to prevent injury and a rubber stopper or equivalent padding should be included to cover the butt end of the haft. Javelins are to be thrown from a minimum distance of three meters with enough force to strike the target. All Peltasts will be sporting a bright yellow WARNING Sash over other garments or armour. This sash will be issued by the event. 

* Javelins are a ONE (1) throw only weapon. Combatants and Peltast must leave the spent (thrown) javelins on the ground till the conclusion of that battle.

 

Peltast:  There will be three distinct types of peltasts using the Javelin. 

 

1. Non combatant peltast/scouts -NCP

2. Mounted peltast/scouts -MP

3. Foot Combatant peltast -FCP

 

Non combatant peltasts/scouts (NCP)

 

• will be 14 years and above.

• will attend the scheduled authorisation session provided by the event marshal team on Saturday.

• will ONLY take the field once obtaining authorisation from the event marshal team.

• must wear helmet and padded protection.

• Carry a maximum of five (5) Javelins ONLY.

• NCP Maximum engagement distance is (to throw) is 10 metres.

• NCP Minimum engagement distance to throw is three (3) metres.

• Thrown javelins are not to be reused until the battle is ended.

• If an armed combatant comes within 3 metre distance to a NCP, that NCP will be presumed killed and can take no further part in the battle.

• All NCP under 18 will require parental permission via waiver before taking the field.

 

Mounted Peltast (MP)

 

• will be 18 years and above.

• will attend the scheduled authorisation session provided by the event Horse Marshal team on Saturday mounted.

• will ONLY take the field once obtaining authorisation from the event marshal team.

• carry a maximum of (5) javelins ONLY • MP Maximum engagement distance is (to throw) 10 metres.

• MP Minimum engagement distance (to throw) is 7 metres.

• Thrown javelins are not to be reused until the battle is ended.

• MP must maintain their own 5 metre distance from ALL combat.

• If an armed combatant or combat comes within a 5 metre distance of a MP the combat will stop.

• If any horse is deemed unsuitable for combat through it or the MP’s abilities, the MP will withdraw from the area without hesitation or argument.

  

Foot Combatant Peltast -FCP

 

• will be 16 years and above.

• will attend the scheduled authorisation session provided by the event marshal team on Saturday.

• will ONLY take the field once obtaining authorisation from the event marshal team.

• carry a maximum of three (3) javelins ONLY.

• FCP Maximum engagement distance is (to throw) is 10 metres.

• FCP Minimum engagement distance (to throw) is 3 metres.

• Thrown javelins are not to be reused until the battle is ended.

 

 

7. FIELD STANDARDS

 

7.1 The marshal, being the Events representative, is the endorsed, controlling factor on the field.

 

7.2 The decision of the Marshals is to be adhered to as soon as safety permits at all times.

 

7.3 All horse attendees are to be overseen by the Horse Marshal, Talisien Bleechmore. Any issues with horse involvement must be presented to the Horse Marshal as they arise.

 

7.4 If a Marshal deems a combatant incompetent with any weapon, the combatant will be directed off the field. At the end of the battle the combatant can resume the field but not with the offending Weapon. The combatant will not resume the field if the combatant is not qualified to use another weapon.

 

7.5 If a combatant wishes to question a Marshals directive it will be only undertaken by the combatant when the battle has been finalised.

 

7.6 If the combatant fails to understand the Marshals directive the combatant will remove himself from the field.

 

7.7 Any ongoing issues a combatant has regarding the Marshals directive can only be appealed to the Event Head Marshal and Heretoga and/or Sgt. At arms (see glossary) at the conclusion of the Scenario.

 

7.8 Any ongoing or persistent issues between combatants or groups will result in the offenders being removed, by the Marshal Team, from the scenario and referred to the Marshal Team Debrief.

 

 

8. MARSHAL TEAM

 

• The marshal team is drawn from the combat and event community. It will address and maintain safety for combat and combatants.

• The marshal team will administer the following process and action to ensure combatants adhere to combat safe.

 

8.1 If the combatant offers an single (1) action that is deemed an offence a warning will be issued and the combatant will be directed to leave the field for the remainder of the battle and data collected by the marshal and accompanying cleric.

 

8.2 If the combatant offers a second (2) action that is deemed an offence, the combatant will be directed to leave the field for the remainder of the Scenario. Data will be collected by the marshal and accompanying cleric.

 

8.3 If the combatant offers a third (3) action that is deemed an offence the combatant, will be removed from the field and will not be permitted to take up arms or enter any field of combat for the rest of the day. Data will be collected and passed to the Head Marshal and the Heretoga and or the Sgt. At Arms.

 

 

GLOSSARY OF TERMS

 

EVENT ~ NEMAS Gathering 2016

TIME LINE ~ the period of history covered 400ad to 1100ad

STANDARDS ~ Rules of the Event. Here relating to Combat.

HEAD MARSHAL ~ Overall Event Marshal.

MARSHAL ~ official of the field endorsed to act on behalf of the Event.

MARSHAL TEAM ~ all marshals are a component of the marshal Team.

FIELD ~ any ground where combat is to take place.

CLERIC ~ on field Scribe assisting Marshal Team with the collection of data

DATA ~ Information such as name, affiliation, weapon, armour, experience, injury, offence.

OFFENCE ~ behaviour that endangers or debilitated others through stupidity, lack of experience or

disdain.

INJURY~ the outcome of an incident that produces a degree of predictable damage considering the

Nature of the Event excluding the above definition of OFFENCE

CERTIFIED ~ Checking and clearing weapon or combatant by Marshals with regards to the field at

the event.

GROUP ~ Club or combat affiliation.

GROUP OFFICER ~ an officer within group responsible for the group and its safety practices.

COMBATANT ~ any certified event participates taking the field at the event.

DEFENDER ~ Opposite of Attacker.

ATTACKER ~ Opposite of Defender.

WEAPON ~ Hand held tool used by to instigate simulated death to defender by attacker.

BATTLE ~ a component of a scenario when the combat is undertaken but not the entire scenario.

SCENARIO ~ Multiple battles within scheduled combat story.

HERETOGA~ Head combatant of NEMAS.

SGT. AT ARMS ~ Sgt. Of NEMAS combatants.

 

MINIMUM ARMOUR~ Minimum body armour is a single quilted and or padded garment with sleeves to the elbows. This garment must cover the body to the hip at least and have a protective collar of a minimum 1” or 25mm. If your garment has no collar, other comparable neck protection is to be used for safety. This garment must be padded to a minimum of 8mm uncompressed with a compression factor to 6mm in its compressed state and must be capable of being compressed.

Other layers of materials may be used as long as they are of equivalent to the thickness standard and cover all mandatory parts. The standard is this garment even if combatants wear heavier armour over it.

 

 

End Combat Standards