Conflict Checking Class Notes

Post date: Feb 12, 2011 10:16:8 PM

This is a class outline for a Conflict-Checking 201 class I did, back in Aug 2007. Some bits may be dated or even incorrect, and if so please do let me know so I can correct and update! Also attached at the bottom (hopefully) is a Powerpoint presentation that went along with this class, with examples of the rules and a step-by-step conflict-checking exercise.

Commenting on Armory – Conflict-Checking and Beyond 

HL Emma de Fetherstan, Bordure Herald, Aug 2007

This is only a rough outline of my class, but hopefully will be enough to jog your memory or otherwise point you in the right direction in the future. This is by no means a comprehensive overview of the art and science of conflict-checking armory, but aims to be a decent start.

I. Tools needed: RfS, Glossary, OandA.

II. Basic Blazoning Refresher.

a) parts of the shield

b) tinctures

c) field divisions

d) complex lines

e) arrangement

f) postures

a) field (including fieldless) – top to bottom, left to right

b) charges – number, type, and any other adjectives (location, arrangement, posture)

(1) primary charges

(2) secondary charges (except peripheral charges)

(3) tertiary charges (except those on peripheral charges)

(4) peripheral charges, and tertiary charges on them

(5) overall charges

III. Heraldic Style and Other Issues.

RfS VII. Compatible Armorial Content – allowable charges and elements

RfS VIII. Compatible Armorial Style – the basic “rules” of design

RfS IX. Offensive Armory

RfS XI. Presumptuous Armory

IV. The Point of It All.

a) substantial

b) significant (aka CD)

c) insignificant (not a CD)

V. Conflict Checking Using RfS X.

X.4.a - field changes

X.4.b - addition/removal of charge group

X.4.c - addition/removal of overall charge

X.4.d - tincture changes of at least half of non-tertiary charges

X.4.e - type changes of non-tertiary charges

X.4.f - number changes of non-tertiary charges

X.4.g - arrangement changes of non-tertiary charges

X.4.h - posture changes of non-tertiary charges

X.4.i - addition/removal of tertiary charges

X.4.j - TWO changes to tertiary charges (but see X.4.j.ii for ordinaries)

VI. Methodology.

a) Compare first item on the list with proposed armory.

b) Do they both have primary charges? Yes, skip to X.2. No, skip to X.4.a. One does/one doesn't, STOP, go to next item.

c) Are they both simple, and have substantially different charges? No, skip to X.4. Yes, STOP, go to next item.

d) Count CDs from X.4. More than 2 CDs, STOP, go to next item. Less than 2 CDs, possible conflict!

e) LAST: check for other non-X.2-simple conflicts! Assuming 1 CD for change of primary charge, check field or secondary categories

VII. Precedents.

a) mullets/suns conflicts – Kouac Myklos, 02/2002

b) bottommost of three charges 2-and-1 is half the charge group – 08/1990 CL

c) No CD for placement on the field versus a fieldless badge - Lecelina O'Brien of Mountshannon, 12/2001

d) Do not register inverted animals - Eiríkr Þorvaldson, 10/2000

e) bird differences – 11/2003 CL

f) sword-and-dagger rule – Desiderata Drake, 03/2007

VIII: Writing Commentary.

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