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Crown Guard

14th Jul 2016, 9:57 AM
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Songgu Kwon 14th Jul 2016, 9:57 AM edit delete
Songgu Kwon
Due to a bunch of other crap I gotta work on, I'll be posting new comic pages in a rather sporadic fashion for the next couple of months. However, I'll be sure to post something every week. ;)

Here's a longsword guard from Fiore dei' Liberi's "Flower of Battle".


chris-tar 14th Jul 2016, 11:27 AM edit delete reply
So young and pretty, but at the same time extremely deadly, kind of a like a baby orca...
Songgu Kwon 14th Jul 2016, 1:09 PM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
She IS like a baby orca, yes?
chris-tar 14th Jul 2016, 11:28 AM edit delete reply
Well, at least you are not a "Spore Addict", those guys are in bad shape and need re-hab!
Songgu Kwon 14th Jul 2016, 1:10 PM edit delete reply
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warriorneedsfood 14th Jul 2016, 8:17 PM edit delete reply
Not to be nitpicky, but that looks more like Posta Bicornu. Did you know there is a dispute among Italian longsworders on if the crossguard is horizontal or vertical? Crown guard is the only purely defensive guard Fiore has, and it's up and to the left in order to protect your head from the most common swing from over the right shoulder.
Songgu Kwon 14th Jul 2016, 10:56 PM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
Ah, an interesting insight from a practitioner of the art! I've seen the left leaning crown guard as well. Is that the popular current interpretation? This pose is a hybrid of the 2 illustrations of Frontale o Corona featured on page 11 of this excellent pdf:

Chicago Swordplay Guild

Posta di Bicornu... or "Two Horned Guard" certainly is the most perplexing of Fiore's guards. I have some (not very viable) personal theories about it myself.
warriorneedsfood 15th Jul 2016, 8:18 AM edit delete reply
You know, the vague guards like Crown Guard and Bicornu have had many different interpretations in the time that I have been practicing. The pdf you referenced is even from the school I study at. So in the end we may both be right and both be wrong. At least you aren't having her hold her sword pointing out from her cheek. :)
dracolychee 18th Jul 2016, 10:32 AM edit delete reply
Thanks for the pdf link! =)

Little Elf's guard looks like a good start for a Scheitelhau. Just a thought I had when I loaded this site again. :)
Songgu Kwon 19th Jul 2016, 10:02 AM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
True. Here's a good youtube lesson on the scheitelhau.

chris-tar 15th Jul 2016, 10:50 PM edit delete reply
I started reading that cool sword fighting book you left a link to, then I googled "rapier" and watched a rapier VS katana fight on youtube, then, I watched "the greatest Japanese swordfight movie ever", then I watched shapeshifting reptillian human hybrid videos....
dpat57 16th Jul 2016, 2:43 AM edit delete reply
"then I watched shapeshifting reptillian human hybrid videos...."

Nod nod, we all end up there eventually, it's pure clickbait, but those reptile girls just won't quit.
Songgu Kwon 17th Jul 2016, 10:00 AM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
Reptile girls gone wild! :p