The Heretical Herald Rides Again!

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The badge of the SCA Herald

The badge of the SCA Herald (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Greetings, I’m dusting off the old table and gathering up fresh parchment, for I am going to try another go at publishing “The Heretical Herald” once more! I hope that any conservative heralds do not cringe at the thought of a heretical herald, for I am quite conservative… just a bit creative.

My goal is to educate and share the creativity that can be a part of heraldry. I try for a lighthearted approach to make heraldry fun. Sure there are a lot of rules and regulations, but there is also the Art of Heraldry! There is the humour of “cants”. (Not “can’t, but “cant”.)

Good heraldry actually has a lot in common with good website design and good graphic art design. You would be surprised perhaps at how much these things have in common with heraldry. (Just try to read dark blue writing on a black background in the small print on the back of an item in the grocery store.)

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Populous Badge for the population of the SCA Kingdom of Antir.

Iwill be writing from the point of view of a herald residing in the SCA Kingdom of An Tir. Be aware that there may be biases towards the way we do things up here.

I plan to contribute to this site on a regular basis, though I did in the past as well. LOL

Enjoy the ride!

 

H.H.

 

Graphics and Images

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FYI Images and graphics used in this column unless otherwise noted are either by H.Herald or one of his Alter Egos and so the copyright remains His. Other graphcs and images will be identified as such and of course copyright remains with the owners. Please let me know if you find any that should not be used here or if you wish to use any of our artwork or graphics.

Thank you.
H.H.

Entering into the Field

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With “What’s Good Contrast?” we’ve actually posted the first “real” article rather than introductory-explanatory-what are we going to do here posts. I hope you find it interesting and useful.

H.H.

Just a Little Tenné ( Rusty)

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Table of the tinctures and furs

Table of the tinctures and furs (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have mentioned that a number of the articles in this column come from around 2004 and so you must be aware that some of the regulations used in the Colleges of Heraldry in the SCA may have changed or may now be interpreted differently now than then. I also acknowledge that it has been a number of years since I have been actively been practising heraldry on a daily basis so I am a bit rusty and dusty and out of practice.

I do plan on remedying any deficits in my heraldic knowledge and practice however and will happily listen to any comments — whether I have missed something, something has changed, or if I am even just wrong — please feel free to let me know, but please do so politely. We are here to learn.

Tenné” isn’t exactly “rust” coloured, but I have seen rust that is close to that heraldic tincture. I know there will be an article on the odd heraldic colours we don’t use… and there is one or two on what you might do if you absolutely must make use of them. I mean aside from letting your shield rust (tenné) or having a carpentry accident (sanguine).

Later!
H.H.