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SCA: Holmwood Gryphon by Eregyrn SCA: Holmwood Gryphon by Eregyrn
(Originally posted in 2008.)

Here's a bit of a departure from the other stuff I've been posting. This is my Margaret Holmwood heraldic banner from the SCA -- a detail from it, anyway (unfortunately I don't seem to have a photo of the whole thing... or a better photo): Argent, a gryphon segreant, its dexter arm gauntleted and maintaining a 3-leaved sprig of holly vert, fructed gules.

Done with green acrylic paint on -- unfortunately, this picture doesn't show you this at ALL -- a white brocade fabric. You can see the pattern of the brocade through the green paint, which was diluted to soak in rather than create a smooth opaque surface. The banner ends in three pendant points -- technically speaking, it's not a *banner*, but a gonfalon. The gauntlet clutching something that is cruciform is a visual play on the badge of the clan Macdonald (a gauntlet holding a cross crosslet fitchy), though since the blazon doesn't specify that the sprig of holly creates a cross, it would be just as accurate not to draw it doing that. It's purposefully aiming for a 13th/14th century heraldic style (which is why you get the "long skinny" everything, including the very long, separate toes even on the "lion" end), as that's when the persona was ostensibly from.

I like my gryphon. :) I don't really have room to hang the banner in the place I live now; I miss seeing it. I want to say that I did this in 1998 or 1999?

Size information: The original, entire banner is, er, 2.5' wide x 5.5' long, I think? Something like that.
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