Samantha Swords

Samantha Swords

is creating a culture of courage by sharing art, adventure & swordsmanship.

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patron
Hi folks! Thanks for checking out my Patreon.

I'm Samantha Swords. I'm a trans man, medieval swordfighting instructor, and a craftsperson working professionally in the film industry. I'm also a life drawing model for visual art schools, and have been making my own art for almost 3 decades.

I grew up in Australia and New Zealand with an extensive theatre background and I'm also very passionate about nature and the outdoors.


Most of my career has been centred around real historical medieval swordsmanship and also in building fantasy worlds. I've been able to help bring many of those to life through my work in film; the more famous worlds I've helped to build have been Middle Earth, Narnia, Azeroth, Tamriel, and Krypton. I have a lot of experience in equestrian and mixed weapon martial arts especially HEMA, and I work mostly with the two handed sword, sword and buckler, and the lance/spear.

I became well known in 2013 for my achievements in an open longsword competition in New Zealand, which led to widespread celebration and placed me as a role model for a whole generation of people interested in medieval swordfighting, especially women, femme-identifying people, and girls.


Over the past five years I have had amazing opportunities to connect with people through my social media channels and in person at events around the world. I've been to Australia, New Zealand, France, Thailand, Canada, Quebec, and over half the US states teaching and connecting with people in my journey as a martial artist.

I have grown from being a female swordfighting role model to being someone who strives to inspire people to be true to themselves and courageously live their passions, whatever those might be.

Following this journey and listening to my own message has led me to great personal happiness, as I transitioned to male in 2018.


Much of my work as a role model is aimed at helping people who have yet to find their passion and often are in a social minority of some sort, be they women in sports, geeks of all varieties, neurodiverse people, people who identify as gender variant, or just anyone who follows the beat of their own drum.

I firmly believe that having outside perspectives can make for better leaders than people who have never had their life challenged by the mainstream. These kind of experiences give a different way of looking at challenges and can lead to enormous personal growth when you discover your own strength and what it is that you really love.

This has been my experience and is at the core of what I do. I hope to inspire all people to growth and excellence, regardless of age, ability or gender.


I'm always on the go - constantly making art, creating new events, consulting on specific topics such as armour function or weapon use, or collaborating with other change makers: generally looking for ways to make life more brave and fun for the people around me.

In the last year I've launched a clothing line, worked on two major film productions, and led and managed a team of 60 knights while becoming heavily involved in LARPing and war games. I'm now playing DnD and also foam-weapon sports, like all-terrain campaign warfare at the Quebec-based game of Bicolline, which is like Airsoft meets medieval warfare on a large scale. I think it's vital to balance hard work with play, and I'm always looking for ways to challenge myself whilst still having fun.


I've set up this Patreon because I dedicate so much time to my work, and I treat it like a full time calling, but I still need to pay my bills and make ends meet.

There are also many opportunities that I would love to pursue when it comes to sharing my art and my message, but I'm restricted financially, and so I am offering my followers the chance to help me achieve those goals.
There is a lot that I do behind the scenes that doesn't make it onto my social media channels, and it would be great to share that with my patrons, as well as more closely working with my followers about the direction I'm going and the opportunities that I take on.

I hope that if what I'm doing resonates with you, that you would consider becoming one of my patrons.

And if not, it was good to talk to you about what I do.
Cheers,
Sam
Tiers
The Traveller
$1 or more per month

Thank you for accompanying me on my journey! You will have access to all of my patron-only posts, which includes early access to my current projects and adventures!

The Ally
$3 or more per month

Welcome to the House of Swords! Just like the Travellers, you will have access to all of my patron-only posts and the patron-only feed, which includes early access to my current projects and adventures here on Patreon.

In addition, you’ll have access to behind-the-scenes content that doesn’t make it onto my social media, and have access to my saved livestreams to watch whenever you like!

The Fighter
$5 or more per month

You’ve got my back, and are pushing me to achieve my next objective! As Fighters, like the previous tiers, you have access to all of my patron-only posts and the patron-only feed, additional behind the scenes content that doesn’t always make it onto my social media, and saved livestream access. In addition, I will seek your counsel through patron-only polls when I'm deciding new projects to work on. You will also receive artwork in the form of a digital download each month, starting with the Patron edition of the Samantha Swords logo when you sign up!

The Bard
$10 or more per month

Like the bards of old you are providing me with focus and inspiration, and I will share the same with you! You’ll have access to all the previous tier rewards, and in addition will have access to an art-specific reward each month. It might be a short tutorial video where I show you how to make some DnD miniatures, it might be a video where I talk about my thrift store upcycling, it might be some high-res character photos you can use for drawing; no matter what it is, it will be fun and hopefully inspire you to create something yourself!

The Warrior
$25 or more per month

Standing beside me on the front lines, you have access to all the previous tier rewards as well as a mention in the credits of my videos produced with the help of patrons.  In addition, you will have access to my patron only web chats, where I will chat and discuss all manner of topics with you, getting a little more personal than on my social media.

The War Clan
$35 or more per month

Every warrior needs those he can count on both on the battlefield and off. My War Clan will have access to all of the rewards in the previous tiers, as well as discount codes for merchandise in my shop. In addition, I will answer a question from you in any of my fields of expertise each month; with the possibility of a YouTube video - which of course you will be credited in.

Knight of the Realm
$200 or more per month

You are a Knight of the House of Swords, a champion of myth and legend! You have all of the above, plus 1 hour of private coaching* with me per month via Discord/Skype/Google Hangout, or coaching in person if we are ever in the same region. 

*on any of my fields of expertise 

Goals
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A Fortress of Binary Code: I am building my website which will include a dedicated section for people first learning about medieval swordsmanship.
It will enable them to get started with basic tools and exercises for practicing with a sword. It will also direct them to existing online resources such as videos and support forums in the Western & Historical European martial arts community.

To achieve this goal I am re-editing and moving my existing articles and content over to one virtual location, as well as researching and writing new content.
I will shoot some basic sword handling instructional videos, as well as guides on how to make or source equipment, especially if you are on a limited budget.

There will be at least a hundred hours of labour involved getting the website ready.
I already have paid for the domain and the themes, so the costs will be for the time spent building the resource.
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Hi folks! Thanks for checking out my Patreon.

I'm Samantha Swords. I'm a trans man, medieval swordfighting instructor, and a craftsperson working professionally in the film industry. I'm also a life drawing model for visual art schools, and have been making my own art for almost 3 decades.

I grew up in Australia and New Zealand with an extensive theatre background and I'm also very passionate about nature and the outdoors.


Most of my career has been centred around real historical medieval swordsmanship and also in building fantasy worlds. I've been able to help bring many of those to life through my work in film; the more famous worlds I've helped to build have been Middle Earth, Narnia, Azeroth, Tamriel, and Krypton. I have a lot of experience in equestrian and mixed weapon martial arts especially HEMA, and I work mostly with the two handed sword, sword and buckler, and the lance/spear.

I became well known in 2013 for my achievements in an open longsword competition in New Zealand, which led to widespread celebration and placed me as a role model for a whole generation of people interested in medieval swordfighting, especially women, femme-identifying people, and girls.


Over the past five years I have had amazing opportunities to connect with people through my social media channels and in person at events around the world. I've been to Australia, New Zealand, France, Thailand, Canada, Quebec, and over half the US states teaching and connecting with people in my journey as a martial artist.

I have grown from being a female swordfighting role model to being someone who strives to inspire people to be true to themselves and courageously live their passions, whatever those might be.

Following this journey and listening to my own message has led me to great personal happiness, as I transitioned to male in 2018.


Much of my work as a role model is aimed at helping people who have yet to find their passion and often are in a social minority of some sort, be they women in sports, geeks of all varieties, neurodiverse people, people who identify as gender variant, or just anyone who follows the beat of their own drum.

I firmly believe that having outside perspectives can make for better leaders than people who have never had their life challenged by the mainstream. These kind of experiences give a different way of looking at challenges and can lead to enormous personal growth when you discover your own strength and what it is that you really love.

This has been my experience and is at the core of what I do. I hope to inspire all people to growth and excellence, regardless of age, ability or gender.


I'm always on the go - constantly making art, creating new events, consulting on specific topics such as armour function or weapon use, or collaborating with other change makers: generally looking for ways to make life more brave and fun for the people around me.

In the last year I've launched a clothing line, worked on two major film productions, and led and managed a team of 60 knights while becoming heavily involved in LARPing and war games. I'm now playing DnD and also foam-weapon sports, like all-terrain campaign warfare at the Quebec-based game of Bicolline, which is like Airsoft meets medieval warfare on a large scale. I think it's vital to balance hard work with play, and I'm always looking for ways to challenge myself whilst still having fun.


I've set up this Patreon because I dedicate so much time to my work, and I treat it like a full time calling, but I still need to pay my bills and make ends meet.

There are also many opportunities that I would love to pursue when it comes to sharing my art and my message, but I'm restricted financially, and so I am offering my followers the chance to help me achieve those goals.
There is a lot that I do behind the scenes that doesn't make it onto my social media channels, and it would be great to share that with my patrons, as well as more closely working with my followers about the direction I'm going and the opportunities that I take on.

I hope that if what I'm doing resonates with you, that you would consider becoming one of my patrons.

And if not, it was good to talk to you about what I do.
Cheers,
Sam

Recent posts by Samantha Swords

Tiers
The Traveller
$1 or more per month

Thank you for accompanying me on my journey! You will have access to all of my patron-only posts, which includes early access to my current projects and adventures!

The Ally
$3 or more per month

Welcome to the House of Swords! Just like the Travellers, you will have access to all of my patron-only posts and the patron-only feed, which includes early access to my current projects and adventures here on Patreon.

In addition, you’ll have access to behind-the-scenes content that doesn’t make it onto my social media, and have access to my saved livestreams to watch whenever you like!

The Fighter
$5 or more per month

You’ve got my back, and are pushing me to achieve my next objective! As Fighters, like the previous tiers, you have access to all of my patron-only posts and the patron-only feed, additional behind the scenes content that doesn’t always make it onto my social media, and saved livestream access. In addition, I will seek your counsel through patron-only polls when I'm deciding new projects to work on. You will also receive artwork in the form of a digital download each month, starting with the Patron edition of the Samantha Swords logo when you sign up!

The Bard
$10 or more per month

Like the bards of old you are providing me with focus and inspiration, and I will share the same with you! You’ll have access to all the previous tier rewards, and in addition will have access to an art-specific reward each month. It might be a short tutorial video where I show you how to make some DnD miniatures, it might be a video where I talk about my thrift store upcycling, it might be some high-res character photos you can use for drawing; no matter what it is, it will be fun and hopefully inspire you to create something yourself!

The Warrior
$25 or more per month

Standing beside me on the front lines, you have access to all the previous tier rewards as well as a mention in the credits of my videos produced with the help of patrons.  In addition, you will have access to my patron only web chats, where I will chat and discuss all manner of topics with you, getting a little more personal than on my social media.

The War Clan
$35 or more per month

Every warrior needs those he can count on both on the battlefield and off. My War Clan will have access to all of the rewards in the previous tiers, as well as discount codes for merchandise in my shop. In addition, I will answer a question from you in any of my fields of expertise each month; with the possibility of a YouTube video - which of course you will be credited in.

Knight of the Realm
$200 or more per month

You are a Knight of the House of Swords, a champion of myth and legend! You have all of the above, plus 1 hour of private coaching* with me per month via Discord/Skype/Google Hangout, or coaching in person if we are ever in the same region. 

*on any of my fields of expertise