Military Training Officer [MTO]
At Øst Centingas you can fight alongside group members as a Viking raider in 800-900AD, although you will also have opportunities to portray warriors from the Saxon, Norman and Crusader eras as well.
We fight as units or individuals using a hitpoint system that is based on your level of progression within Regia Anglorum as well as the amount of armour you are wearing. We don't use set routines, all combat is improvised and in its raw form. If you see two of our warriors fighting then they are actually trying to win the fight, there is no pre-arranged victor.
We use a range of blunt steel weapons for combat that resemble period weapons as closely as possible, although within strict safety limits.
You do not need any prior experience in combat sports to participate, you will be thoroughly trained by our Military Training Officer (see above) in how to fight safely and effectively in order to become a force to be reckoned with on the battlefield. Our group meets for training sessions regularly midweek and weekends.
Class of Warrior
We follow our parent organisation Regia Anglorum's classifications when it comes to defining where people have progressed to.
At the very beginning everyone starts combat by learning how to fight with a spear and shield; either a two handed 9ft spear or a one handed 7ft spear.
Once you have attended a certain number of shows and received stamps confirming that you have fought safely and well with that weapon you can take your spear test. Once you pass that, you can choose your next weapon (sword, axe, Dane axe etc) and repeat the process.
The following is the class of warriors you can achieve:
Given a spear and shield, and perhaps a seax (a common utility knife), they would make up the bulk of numbers and would be required to defend their lands against invaders.
Half Green Half White Shield
Militia will still fight with spear and shield but can also choose another weapon to fight with, for example an axe or sword.
3 Swirled Shield
These elite fighters will have weapons and armour that are the best available. They often have years of experience in combat and are highly skilled. Often dressed head to toe in the best armour available at the time, they truly are a force to be reckoned with.
5 Swirled Shield
If so then Missiles may be your thing. Archers and Javelinmen can be a serious thorn (or arrow) in the enemy's side.
You can train in either of these in addition to hand to hand combat weaponry.