Costuming for Darkon should be inspired by pre-‐industrial historical clothing or fantasy genre clothing. A simple costume could consist of a tunic style shirt with pants/kilt/skirts and medievalesqe or historical footwear; the outfit must give the impression of being inspired by pre-industrial historical or fantasy genre clothing. Hoods, mantles, capes, belts (white belts are reserved to characters that are Knights of the Realm), and pouches can all be worn to add to a costume’s appearance. Armor does count as costuming; however when the armor is removed while still participating at the event, proper costuming must be worn.
20th/21st century contemporary clothing, modern looking, steam punk, and any sci-‐fi/futuristic costuming are strictly prohibited;
These are good rules. They intend to give darkon a good flavor. And for the most part, with good enforcement, it works.
So why the hell do we still allow people to wear military helmets from post 1900? They look really bad. I don't care that you painted it... unless it is covered and can't be identified, I know you are wearing a vietnam/WWI/WWII/whatever helmet. You just painted it.
Painting a Ferrari logo on a Pinto doesnt make it handle well at 160...
Why is this ok? It's against the rules.
It's a cheap, * way of getting around having to be good at fighting flails, OR making legit helms.
I call *. Every time I show a picture of a Darkon field to people they always ask why we ruin our pictures with modern helmets... Darkon has come a long way in garb standards, why are we overlooking something that jumps off any photo?