Short? Left Handed? Sword and Board could work for you!
I have been in Amtgard a little less then two years now... I started off, single short sword... advanced to Florentine, and then explored the other weapon types: staff, polearm, hinged... I had never thought of picking up a
shield... Why? Cause I'm left handed, and short. I always figured that the
taller players could easily reach over my shoulder and hit me. And that I
could never jump high enough to wrap around their shield with my left hand,
because most Amtgarders are right handed...
BOY WAS I WRONG!
Just over two months I have been fighting sword and board now. Everyone
around me, and myself have noticed my fighting skills have more then
doubled. Being short is not a disadvantage… it's an advantage of all things!
Being left handed is even more of an advantage, cause players are used to
fighting right handers. With the right shield, usually a medium depending on
your body size, you can become a Human Turtle, especially when legged.
But having a shield isn't the only thing you have to learn... You have to
learn a whole new stance, and body positioning.
First off... the shield goes in your off hand… and weapon in your primary hand. Your primary heel needs
to be lined up with your off foot. Off foot forwards, primary foot turned
outwards. Then comes bending the knees... Not only does this give you more
footing, but also puts you closer to the ground. Never block a shoulder shot
by moving the shield. It's all about moving the body backwards, leaning out
of the shot. It has been my experience that people tend to try NOT to hit
you in the head... though short players sometimes get it more often due to
miscalculation by the other player. But then again, if you get hit in the
head... and the other player stops to say... *Are you Ok?* This is a great
opportunity to kill them, then say Yes.
With your right leg more exposed then your left, usually you will get
legged… No big thing… this only means it will be harder for them to get
another shot off. Always make sure your good leg is way back and guarded by
the shield. When the other player starts to get aggravated that they can't hit
you, usually their guard will slowly come down and they will leave
themselves open. Faking shots always helps, and while being low on the group
give great opportunity to double leg your opponent or stab them in the side or
To help with keeping your right leg from getting hit, square off your body
and tilt the shield so that it is away from your body slightly, but out more
so that your leg is behind it enough to where they would have to get close
to hit it... Then go for a back shot, they will have to go forward or down
cause your short.
Hope this helps all the other short or left handed... or both like me