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Comitatus

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.

Shiny...

Jan. 20th, 2007 05:53 pm
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Aha! My order from Raymond's Quiet Press has arrived. I now have a silvered crossbow brooch to make my Late Roman impression a little shinier. I can now wear a cloak with pride :-)

Collecting an impression reminds me of Dad's Army wearing only their issued kit - slowly working up to the fully dressed stage. Looking back at my first year of re-enactment, I've spent a lot of effort on more interesting, but seldom used bits of kit, whilst neglecting my everyday gear - clothes, water flask, belt. Partly that is due to the serendipitous nature of kit acquisition, especially having not been able to attend any big markets.

Most groups advise recruits to concentrate on soft kit first, but one can imagine an almost ideal sequence for a specific impression.

Just for the sake of musing, then, a draft male Late Roman priority list:

1a - soldier's slave or servant borrowing shelter, ideal weather: linen tunic, braes / subligaculum, straw hat, sack for modern gear, concealed travel wallet for valuables.
1b`- good weather: plus simple sandals / shoes, foot cloths, leg bindings / wrappings, woollen cloak with thorn pin
1c - typical weather: + breeches, focale, wool tunic, petasus / hood

2a - tiro: plain segmentata, pilleus, broad military belt, crossbow brooch, water flask, patrol tent, gloves
2b - probatus: shield, lancea, blunt training spear, shoulder bag, knife, armoured glove.
2c - pedes: helmet, spiculum, verutae, hand axe

3 - more advanced: decorated segmentata, subarmalis and mail, calcei, bow, throwing axe, staff sling, sling, spatha, craft / display items, tent, awning, authentic camping gear

mmm...
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We braved the crowds of St. Nicholas' fair to check out the medieval fair at Barley Hall.

As well as the first gifts of the Christmas season, we found neat little early medieval chest in ash by History in the Making and H. persuaded me to buy it. This is why I need her to shop with me, just having lusted after something for ages doesn't seem to enable me to break open the wallet for it.

It's a small version of the Mastermeyr chest, 18" X 8" X 8" - proportionally shorter, but morticed & pegged and with a scooped, curved lid, just with leather straps rather than iron hinges.

Mastermeyr style chest

Mastermeyr style chest


I also picked up a sliding lid box by David Hewitt reminiscent of Late Roman finds from Egypt.

Late Roman sliding box

Late Roman style sliding lid box


I was able to check out Cezary's woollen cloth with clavii woven in - I really need to use the tunic wool I've already got before I indulge myself again, but it's totally beautiful, with a lovely weave. All this and suitable presents for my niece and nephew as well!
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Ah, eBay is an intoxicating money dump :-)

I am now the proud possessor of a bow-sock. Now, my old mate Bar once tried to convince me to let him knit an item of intimate apparel for me, but I wouldn't give him the measurements - this construction looks similar in design, but is 80 inches long. Does long-bow envy exist?

I also have a stack of old Regia Chronicles to wade through, stuffed with interesting articles and book reviews. I'm not just getting them for the pictures, honest ;-)

However, in pride of place on my welsh dresser is a migration period glass claw beaker replica. Beautiful, in an elephant trunk sort of way. Only problem: dare I take it camping?

Sockage

Jun. 9th, 2006 09:21 pm
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My naalbinding socks arrived from Curious Works! They fit like a glove. Which may mean I'm wearing them wrong ;-)

Dagmar felted them specially to help survive the route marches & the wool came from a St. Kilda crossbreed sheep who is one quarter Herdwick. Very warm & comfy and dark brown so they won't show stains from the River Don!
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Just got a great little nasal spangenhelm from Andy. Leather panels for lightness with standard metal frame - just what I'd been looking for! I'm hoping this will be less physically demanding. I understand the leather inserts are not evidenced, but Benty Grange had horn panels so...

In fact I seem to be adopting two slightly different approaches - for Comitatus I want replicas & high authenticity, whilst for Holderness I'm happier with a more interpretative approach. Interesting. Or not.

Apparently I spent an hour just adjusting the webbing & admiring myself in the mirror when I got home :-)
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Comitatus

Got totally carried away on Friday night talking to Andy about technique and ended up making a nuisance of ourselves. Note to self, hold it down boy. Drill was interesting - trying to stop my scram and spear getting in the way. Despite preparation I just couldn't carry that shield for long before my muscles gave out. Reading the Strategikon over Christmas helped a great deal with the commands and moves.

We had a skirmish in the woods both days which I preferred greatly to individual combat - especially against axes! Several Holderness guys attended on Saturday, which really made a decent body of troops. I enjoyed using a padded javelin & smaller round shield for skirmishing. I really like padded spears for practice, as I feel happier striking & could throw etc. My Ebay subarmalis seemed OK for now - certainly very comfortable. I ought to line the rivets & washers & think about pteruges. Doing a bit of target practice with javelins & plumbata was interesting and trying Dave's recurved bow was brilliant.

Folk were very kind & I tried on lots of different helmet styles. First kit making session: shortened Paulus' military belt & put early Saxon fittings on another with much assistance. I've got this whole buzz when I look at them - 'ooh I did that!'

Next stop - get a Regia standard spearhead & suitable haft, preferably ash, order marching boots & water bottle, get some more ash or white hardwood & replace my cracked spear shaft & make some padded javelins, get some leather & make a sheath!
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Holderness.

The first day and the Holderness meeting clashed with Pudsey, but that evening I got down to the riverside to join the gang for a few beers.

On Sunday there weren't any punters so we did some combat practice including the boar's snout and set up some action shots for the camera. Kobbi was kindly able to supply me with a scramasax and a pair of turnshoes to call my own.

I enjoyed another opportunity to practice without having to display. There were a couple of passing dog walkers & I looked up from my dinner to find one of my predecessors as chair of the Parish Council regarding me with some curiousity. I do think it is the first time I've seen him look surprised :-)
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By now I was desperate to pick up some proper kit of my own. I printed off my wish list with pics to help identify appropriate cloak pins, cloth weaves etc.

I was like a kid in a candy store. Cynric & Viventia gave me loads of help picking out the right fittings for some belts & I got lots of small pieces from Steve's stall. Ali's cloth was just the job & a good price & I spent too much on books :-)

Take home lessons: prep is good, help is better, don't window shop too long or you'll miss it & turn up earlier next time.
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Member of the public, Multi-period Ancient Greek - WWII.

We went principally in search of any re-enactor's stalls for cloth etc, but enjoyed many of the displays as well. I picked up a penannular brooch, whetstone & wooden 'bottle' for dice, saw some of the gang and met members of Vicus.

There were vast numbers of American Civil War re-enactors as well as some anarchist cowboys and I got to suit up in C15th kit! Just the smell of woodsmoke from the vast period camp was enough to calm the blood. Seeing the German army re-enactors for the first time was frankly a bit creepy, but the fly past, well, buzz, of a Lancaster actually got me straight in the gut, as did some American Civil War musicians playing 'The Battle Hymn of the Republic' - Confederate alongside Union!

I thought I recognised one of the Vicus members - he looked very much like my old mate Dai Bath from York University days. I must make some more enquiries.

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