Friday, September 5, 2008

Leif - SCA Fight - April 29, 2003 - Age 28

2003 was a good year for Leif. He graduated from KSU, got a new car, found two new jobs, and fell in love. More about some of those other things later. He also upgraded his SCA armor more than once.

In addition to armor he purchased, he also MADE this huge chain link shirt himself. I have no idea how many links it must have taken to make it, and each one he made himself by winding wire around a rod and cutting them. He had the shirt hanging on a rod from the archway between the living room and dining room where he lived at 710 N. 9th Street in Manhattan, Kansas so that he could work on it by continuing to add links to the lower edge.

The completed shirt weighed 50 pounds! You can imagine Leif's immense strength, to be able to not only put this shirt on and move around as though it were cotton, but to add all that additional heavy armor and be able to fight! We all tried it on and could barely stand still much less move.

Leif loved fighting and here are a couple of good action shots of him at the Manhattan City Park. I don't know who his opponent was. Perhaps if someone who knows is reading the blog, they can post a comment or email me with the identity.

These photos were taken on April 29, 2003, sadly, five years to the day before he was inurned at Bay Pines National Cemetery.

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