I know many fencers, and I've painted scrolls for people who do fencing, but until this one I hadn't painted a scroll for a fencer.
This was a fun one - simple but nice. I've done elaborate and I wanted to know that I could do something with very little paint. Turns out, yes. I look at this one and I know what I could change - what I'll do better next time. Mostly I think the font size is too big, but I'm a novice calligrapher and I'm chalking that up to rookie mistakes. Really, I wanted to paint a rapier, and I'm happy with how that came out.
Some of my scrolls are definitely "copies" of period works - it's easy to look at the folio and say "yes, she used this one." I find though that I like to change it up as well, to go a non-traditional route and steer away from the Books of Hours for a while and see what my mind comes up with. I know the rules of layout, and with those in your arsenal it's easier to create instead of copy.
I love both methods of scroll creation, it's really just whatever I'm in the mood to do when I sit at my desk.