One thing you should never do, if you’re the leader of a company of equestrian experts, is allow the Viking announcing events direct the audience to choose your shield. Given a choice between large, medium, and comically microscopic, you can imagine what everybody chose.
No, not that one.
Yepper. That’s the one. You’ll have to look closely – it’s that wee silver thing that looks like a mini flying saucer.
Alan was very gracious about it.
Now, firing arrows from horseback is rather difficult. You’re steering something that’s got a mind of its own with your knees. You’re trying to draw your bow with a rather large head and neck in the way, and believe me when I say that even a canter is quite bouncy and prone to throwing off your aim. No surprise that Laurie missed her first shot.
However. She only missed once…
She shoots! She scores!
Oh, my, did she ever not miss this time round.
If you’re having trouble seeing the arrow, click through for a larger version and pay especial attention to where the shield is.
Well, needless to say, Alan demonstrated that even in full plate armor with a small but thick shield, taking an arrow to the crown jewels isn’t the best experience.
Mind you, I think he was playing it up for dramatic purposes. These were, after all, blunt arrows. And he did have quite a lot of steel on.
Laurie wasn’t done with him yet, though. In the video that follows, the maniacal laughter is courtesy our Viking announcer. It’s not quite right, is it?
However, you can see Alan recover quickly, and in a future video, you’ll see him hamming it up thoroughly, and so a good time was had by all.
And once again, my little point-and-shoot got the shot. Thing’s almost as awesome as the Free Lancers.