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Comitatus, 400A.D.

Fabulous show. My first display with cavalry: the thunder of approaching hooves wakens the blood.

I had the honour of joining Tranquilis as the pedes being run down by cavalrymen at the gallop and it was unforgettable. The sight will stay with me of Marcus turning from striking the previous man at the end of the display ground, reining in his rearing horse and then charging me, spatha levelled in the manner prescribed by Patton himself, as we'd discussed around the campfire the night before.

Germanicus attacks with spatha:



The Cantabrian circle was portrayed with bows against the testudo and then, against chosen men, blunt plubatae, padded javelin, padded lance (striking Tranquilis & I on the back as we ran) and spatha/axe on the shield. Marcus demonstrated the kontos two handed and the crowds went wild. We alternated standard infantry displays and, once a day, a scout attack scenario which ended with us facing a full attack as a shield wall.

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Standouts: taking those charges, sparring with Caius: he closed & chopped the end off my padded spear, so I dropped my shield and grappled - he threw me & we had the crowd shouting "fight, fight" :-)

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