salvianus: (Salvianus Intercisa)
Comitatus event, 400A.D.

A much awaited event, two years since my first Roman show on the site.

An incredible place to have the run of and a nice crowd. Unfortunately,

cut for the unfortunately )
salvianus: (Medieval)
Prompted by an interesting point by my friend Restitvtvs on Roman Army Talk about Christians and Martial Arts training, I looked out my copy of 'Prepare to Defend Yourself', Colin Opie 1987 and thought it might be useful to very briefly summarise the main points for anyone interested. If I have oversimplified or misunderstood, I can only apologise.

He wrote as a Christian who got into Aikido and who went on to promote and teach self defence amongst the Christian community and that is the audience of the book.

Click for the details )

Thus I believe, as a Christian, we should avoid militaristic or obsessive preparation but should be sensible about taking crime prevention precautions and would be justified in using non aggressive self defence to protect ourselves or others from material harm, remembering that ultimately our physical safety is not in our own hands.

"Deliver me from mine enemies, O my God: defend me from them that rise up against me. Deliver me from the workers of iniquity, and save me from bloody men" (Psalm 59:1)

"Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone" (Romans 12: 17-18)
salvianus: (Salvianus shield)
Comitatus, 400A.D. 'Call to Arms' History Fair

Second year of the multi-period event, another good opportunity to see other groups, particularly the American Civil War chaps.

Click for natter )

Standout: The group lying out in the sun together on the last day.
salvianus: (Salvianus Intercisa)
I have my sword!

Not sealed in stone and not re-forged from pieces, but certainly re-made. I was able to give the blade John found for me to Stephen, who re-profiled the point and made a great Type I style wooden handle and scabbard, making it into a superb sword.

Squee & pic under cut )
salvianus: (grin)
I've been out in the garden again this week, frightening the neighbours with various training weapons: I picked up a bo to add to my boken and jo - a lot heavier and harder to spin like a baton!

Kit bit )
salvianus: (Jorvik)
Great finish to a great week:

Cut for rattling on )
salvianus: (Jorvik)
Had a great day with Victor working with the Jorvik Vikingr. We did the opening ceremony with Dan Snow, worked the crowd, saw some friends and fought a few duels :-) Legs are feeling the weight of the mail now!

Kit Bit )
Least favourite moments: the Jorvik centre also engaged some comedy vikings for the kids which was a laugh, but we had to accompany them on the procession. I've not had to compete with Abba music on a march before!

Most Embarrasing Moment )

Best bits: making up some bit about omens re the spear and charging off to Valhalla shouting defiance, quoting appropriate poetry to visitors from Bergen and quoting from the Havamal under pressure for the news camera.

Looking forward to tomorrows quiet standing around!
salvianus: (Stenolfr)
There's a project on in York to build another replica longship.

I believe the group has permission to display one of the old Regia fibreglass boats from Naburn Marina at the Jorvik Festival this year to aid the fundraising etc. and should be at Kings Staith on Saturday. I'm hoping to meet up with them, as several members of my Roman group Comitatus are willing to get involved, probably largely as crew in Viking kit, as I understand the group are from the civic side rather than re-enactors / archaeological, but their aim is to make the replica authentic to the best standard.

Their web site is Jorvik Afloat

I'll post more details as I get them. I'll pass on any advice/experience anyone has.

Crossposted to [ profile] viking_research [ profile] uk_reenactors [ profile] regia
salvianus: (Intercisa)

Wonderful weekend with some Springlike weather and a great deal achieved. H couldn't make it, but there were some very pleasant new recruits to meet, and several of our Germanic specialists to skirmish with.

Happy musings )

Very relaxed, with a great collective Sunday brunch instigated by Miccalus.

Highlights: inspiring talk late into the night with people I don't see enough of, a couple of nifty kills thanks to outflanking around the undergrowth.
salvianus: (Salvianus shield)
Victor and I went out to "demonstrate" some kit in the snow: a hunting party with arcuballista and a light patrol building a shelter. Helena kindly took the photographs and didn't laugh at us at all:

Romans in Snow

My Favourites

Please note the Creative Commons License: not to be used without permission, or there'll be trouble. If anyone would like to use any, please reply on this journal entry, referring to the photo number as given on the album.

Play more: it's good for you.
salvianus: (Intercisa)
festum Nativitas Domini nostri laetum benedictumque et felicem annum novum tibi exopto
I wish you a joyful and blessed festival of the birth of Our Lord, and a fruitful new year.

Christmas 2006

Luke 2:14
Gloria in excelsis Deo
et in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis

Glory to God amongst the heights and, on Earth, peace to men of good will.
salvianus: (Default)
Comitatus, Dateline 400A.D.

Our biggest event of the year, with cavalry & a record number of tents - thanks to Fortunatus & Fasta who turned my length of canvas & wonky sticks into a dog tent with a few waves of an axe.

Details )

Picture Gallery:
Comitatus Gallery

My selection

Standouts: Marching out with two full files was great. It makes a fella proud to be a soldier ;-) There was a moment when, being hard pressed by two cavalrymen, I was defending purely on instinct and I realised I had a smile on my face :-)

Kit Bit )
salvianus: (Intercisa)
Comitatus, 'Enemies of the Romans'

We were booked to open the new reconstruction of an iron age roundhouse, with a multi-period display of Romans, Celts, Picts, Saxons etc but it wasn't ready, so we downgraded to a Roman presence, dressing some of the buildings and chatted while the rain hammered softly on the thatch.

Details )

Standouts: Walking round the site in the gathering dusk :-)

Kit Bit )
salvianus: (Salvianus shield)
Comitatus, Dateline 400A.D.

Big filming event, with one show.

Details )

Standouts: Throwing my kit on the ground & deserting - it makes you wonder at how believers suffered for their faith.

Kit Bit )
salvianus: (Intercisa)
Comitatus, 400A.D. 'The End of Empire' Event

My first time visiting this wonderful site, with it's 1970's timber reconstructions of Trajanic gatehouse, granary and gyrus (horse training arena). I got that feeling of disbelief as I walked up to find the gatehouse towering over me: new toys to play with!

We filmed and displayed in spite of the tenacious drizzle.

Read more... )
Standout: climbing the gatehouse and re-enacting the account of Ammianus Marcellinus, of soldiers using a red cloak for signalling :-)
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In honour of the neverending rain, the second poem I ever memorised:

The wind blew out from Bergen from the dawning to the day,
There was a wreck of trees and fall of towers a score of miles away,
And drifted like a livid leaf I go before its tide,
Spewed out of house and stable, beggared of flag and bride.
The heavens are bowed about my head, shouting like seraph wars,
With rains that might put out the sun and clean the sky of stars,
Rains like the fall of ruined seas from secret worlds above,
The roaring of the rains of God none but the lonely love.
Feast in my hall, O foemen, and eat and drink and drain,
You never loved the sun in heaven as I have loved the rain.

The chance of battle changes -- so may all battle be;
I stole my lady bride from them, they stole her back from me.
I rent her from her red-roofed hall, I rode and saw arise,
More lovely than the living flowers the hatred in her eyes.
She never loved me, never bent, never was less divine;
The sunset never loved me, the wind was never mine.
Was it all nothing that she stood imperial in duresse?
Silence itself made softer with the sweeping of her dress.
O you who drain the cup of life, O you who wear the crown,
You never loved a woman's smile as I have loved her frown.

The wind blew out from Bergen to the dawning of the day,
They ride and run with fifty spears to break and bar my way,
I shall not die alone, alone, but kin to all the powers,
As merry as the ancient sun and fighting like the flowers.
How white their steel, how bright their eyes! I love each laughing knave,
Cry high and bid him welcome to the banquet of the brave.
Yea, I will bless them as they bend and love them where they lie,
When on their skulls the sword I swing falls shattering from the sky.
The hour when death is like a light and blood is like a rose, --
You never loved your friends, my friends, as I shall love my foes.

Know you what earth shall lose to-night, what rich uncounted loans,
What heavy gold of tales untold you bury with my bones?
My loves in deep dim meadows, my ships that rode at ease,
Ruffling the purple plumage of strange and secret seas.
To see this fair earth as it is to me alone was given,
The blow that breaks my brow to-night shall break the dome of heaven.
The skies I saw, the trees I saw after no eyes shall see,
To-night I die the death of God; the stars shall die with me;
One sound shall sunder all the spears and break the trumpet's breath:
You never laughed in all your life as I shall laugh in death.

The Last Hero, G.K.Chesterton

Melodramatic and over-worked, but most appealing to a teenaged fan of R.E. Howard upon the occasion of the death of the father of his sister's boyfriend. A few good lines for the re-enactor...
salvianus: (Default)
Comitatus, Multi-period Show

My first multi-period show. Bit of a step, so I was zonked by the time we got there but, once again, kind folks set up the tent for us in a whirl.

It struck me how everyone appreciated the guys from other periods. We watched the Regia display, which was impressively choreographed and strengthened by large numbers. The Wars of the Roses display was just a melee by the time I arrived for it, with plated up guys knocking seven bells out of each other & getting a decent tune - I could swear one of them was Jon Cleese's Black Knight from 'King Arthur', though...

The Napoleonic re-enactors get the best uniforms, I think, especially 'the 95th' (don't call them Sharpe's Rifles) and similar, although there were a few American Civil War chaps to, who look impressively blue and always have a touch of the John Waynes going on. There were some cowboys & Indians too, with beautiful teepees, which must be the mother of all tents.

More ramblings... )
I ran into my old mate Dai from near 20 years ago and he is indeed a member of the Vicus. Now that seems like a plan for a drink.

Standouts: as we marched into the arena for the final assembly, I looked at the redcoats reforming and was struck that their image has a real meaning for me. As we approached, a fine mustachioed redcoat officer saluted us and made me feel a foot taller, it finally blazed with sunshine as we marched past the crowd, to much applause. As we left, the Eighth formed up as an honour guard for us to march through & then we did the same for them - much respect all round!
salvianus: (Intercisa)
My best girl has just landed her PhD in student dropout from Further Education :-)

salvianus: (Intercisa)
A wonderful animation by David Newton

I just love the carpenters and the reflection of the ships ! And the cavalry advance & the archers! And the stumbling horse & the

allright I just love it! :-)
salvianus: (Intercisa)
N.B. Essay I'd like to get my hands on:

Roman Military Instruments and the Lituus
Renato Meucci
The Galpin Society Journal, Vol. 42, Aug., 1989 (Aug., 1989), pp. 85-97
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