Richard Cullinan wrote:The earlier texts such as Manciolino and Marozzo make significant use of the retreat behind the extended point (Guardia di Faccia) as a covering action.
Boy, you aren't kidding. I went back and looked at the material...I had forgotten how prominent that cover is.
So some (most?) of the covering actions (in no particular order), performed as you retreat out of measure:
1. Thrust to the opponent's face in Guardia di Faccia.
2. Riverso made as a molinello around your left side.
4. Falso Manco (most likely followed by a Mandritto or Riverso into a narrow guard).
5. Falso Dritto or Mandritto Ridoppio to the opponent's sword-hand.
6. Thrust to the opponent's sword-hand.
7. Cut to the opponent's sword-arm.
Which one you use would depend upon the position of your sword, the position of the opponent's sword, and what your opponent does. My favorites are 1, 2, and 3.