I’ve enthused about the high speed archery of Lars Anderson and his aim to make archery less of a sport and more an exploration into what may have happened in the past in close combat and hunting situations. I am a big fan of experimental archaeology and stripping away assumptions made by modern life styles and Hollywood that leads us to a better understanding of how people may have really operated in the past. I’m also a big proponent of we shouldn’t be surprised by great historical achievement. Our ancestors are human. They are just as intelligent as we are – just lacking the advantages given by hundreds or thousands of years of technological change.

However I do feel a need to balance my view. Lars is one, but his work has also brought more attention to other people working in this area and I feel that it is needed to show these together so that as Larpers we can use them to take a view not just on how archery works, but also on different ways of playing a character with a bow.

I also suspect that this means at sometime I’m going to have took at other weapons and also demonstrations of theatrical larp techniques as well.

Lets start with the high energy work of Lars Andersen. I’ll let the video make its claims

Now lets take a look this archer. They key here seems to be control and fluidity. It also neatly bypasses the claims that quiver is bad news. I also note that the quiver is rigid and that almost certainly helps with a smoother draw from the quiver

And now a tutorial on how to burst fire 3 LARP arrows. Bogdan Landzhev has been working on LARP archery techniques for some time and has been getting good results.

So after watch these videos what I have learned. Well I think this is my take away

  1. Irrespective of weapon make sure you can represent your character well. Since archery is quite technical if you are playing an archer make sure you take time to practice between events.
  2. Be mobile and use the environment to your tactical advantage. You don’t have to get in close. You do have to make sure that you hit the enemy and not your friends.
  3. Be calm
  4. Find a way of moving with your bow that works for you.
  5. Develop your own technique and style

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