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by Steven
Tue Mar 14, 2006 11:24 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Just how hot would Mercia have had to be to grow coconuts?
Replies: 22
Views: 3433

Medicus Matt wrote:So, no coconuts for the Romano-Brits.


Ahhh...that explains why the Saxons weren't big on cavalry!

Maybe they just banged two halves of coconuts together when they had to travel long distances at short notice...
by Steven
Mon Mar 13, 2006 9:59 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Just how hot would Mercia have had to be to grow coconuts?
Replies: 22
Views: 3433

Just how hot would Mercia have had to be to grow coconuts?

It was warmer and damper in the 5th Century, you know.
by Steven
Mon Mar 06, 2006 9:09 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Dress patterns suitable for 5thC
Replies: 2
Views: 1061

Re: Dress patterns suitable for 5thC

katy wrote:Anyone know where I can get dress patterns or general tunic/trouser patterns suitable for 5thC?


Oh yes...Jude should be able to help you out with these ones...!
by Steven
Tue Feb 28, 2006 5:03 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Gladiators
Replies: 10
Views: 2272

Far too cold for near naked fighting this weekend... I hope all 'bits' survived the chill... Cold is the universe's way of telling you to move about more! When I do gladiatorial stuff in the cold, I tend to take my tunic off at the last minute and run around a lot - seems to work. The only problem ...
by Steven
Tue Jan 24, 2006 7:40 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Anglo Saxon Embroidery patterns
Replies: 31
Views: 10885

We call it flyting... :wink:
by Steven
Tue Jan 24, 2006 9:31 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Anglo Saxon Embroidery patterns
Replies: 31
Views: 10885

Wear something posh for 2 hours, then fall in the mud whilst the Normans walk over you. Please explain the logic (?!) Brendan C Oh come on, Brendan. Use your head! You see who is wearing the shiniest/cleanest/poshest kit and you head for him during the battle. They're there as beacons for everyone ...
by Steven
Fri Jan 06, 2006 7:30 am
Forum: General History
Topic: What's wrong with the series Rome?
Replies: 19
Views: 4436

The rings on top of the Roman soldier's helms are dodgy. Aside from being depicted on Trajan's column the only actual find is something which someone around the 17th Century knocked up for a collector. Gladiator costumes god awful. Caesar's didn't die without saying something His last words were `Ka...
by Steven
Sun Jan 01, 2006 12:42 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: My semi-relevant to this forum Haiku poem
Replies: 14
Views: 3191

WorkMonkey wrote:
jeez, some people are so overly critical, I cant do anything right :(


You're new to reenactment, aren't you? :twisted:
by Steven
Sun Jan 01, 2006 12:27 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: My semi-relevant to this forum Haiku poem
Replies: 14
Views: 3191

It's out of season this time of year, but I understand cherry blossom to be very popular in some parts.
by Steven
Fri Dec 30, 2005 8:11 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Late Roman / Migration period helm
Replies: 14
Views: 3012

He's one of yours, is he? Send him over to me if he wants a Roman to `oppress' the next time ERA and Britannia meet up, will you. :wink:
by Steven
Sat Dec 24, 2005 10:20 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Crossbows in this period
Replies: 39
Views: 15245

purple peril wrote:surely that doesn't mean it survived into later periods when they all buggered off. Just a thought :)


They didn't b**ger off, man. They just stopped getting paid. :wink:
by Steven
Fri Dec 23, 2005 8:08 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Crossbows in this period
Replies: 39
Views: 15245

I am fairly sure I have read accounts of The Romans Using Crossbows Or at the very least hiring Crossbowmen And they would certainly have had the technology and the motive to do it I think there are some letters surviving Written To the Emperor Late 4th and early 5th century that describe A unit of...
by Steven
Thu Dec 22, 2005 7:16 pm
Forum: 55BC-410AD
Topic: Cinderbury Iron Age Farm
Replies: 61
Views: 12952

Burn it to the ground and build a Saxon village on it. Experimental archaeology at it's best! :wink Burn it to the ground? What are you thinking of? You use the existing buildings as out houses and then get the now enslaved population to build you nice long mead hall. Of course, the fact that I ten...
by Steven
Tue Dec 06, 2005 12:50 am
Forum: General History
Topic: a sobering thought
Replies: 12
Views: 3586

No I didn't mean the likes of Todd. I mean people such as John Wayne, or the dross that was the 'British' war film, in which half the cast are over the age of 40, the Scots, Irish and Welsh are portrayed as gross stereotypes ("Och hoots Jimmy, the Jerries are firin' at us") and the entire film is m...
by Steven
Sat Nov 26, 2005 11:58 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Roman horned saddle wanted!
Replies: 16
Views: 4918

Nigel - could you let me know what her contact details is? We'll contact her next week and see if she can help. Cheers!
by Steven
Fri Nov 25, 2005 6:25 pm
Forum: 55BC-410AD
Topic: Newspaper Headlines
Replies: 3
Views: 1900

PM me and let me know what you want - my missus is a Classics graduate and may be able to help.

Although I will probably get a thump for volunteering her! :wink:
by Steven
Thu Nov 24, 2005 5:14 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Roman horned saddle wanted!
Replies: 16
Views: 4918

@ Steven .. I tried the sheepskin today!! I am amazed! I was sooo sceptical about the use of a dead skin on an already perfectly working living skin. But I have turned like an outnumbered Saxon who lost his axe! It is truly wonderfully steady ( and it look great) I need to get a period girth or som...
by Steven
Thu Nov 24, 2005 5:09 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Dramatic Saxon.
Replies: 20
Views: 5516

WorkMonkey wrote:Off the boat eh, I guess that makes you fair game then.


Yes. Fair game.

Just like the invading Saxons. :twisted:
by Steven
Wed Nov 23, 2005 7:19 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Dramatic Saxon.
Replies: 20
Views: 5516

So clearly at this time there were very different styles going on in Britain and Scandanavia, which we see in fashion, jewellery etc in the later periods, so it would be abit brash to assume the two traded in arms when they were so sparse in the first place. Though of course there's always the "wha...
by Steven
Wed Nov 23, 2005 6:45 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Dramatic Saxon.
Replies: 20
Views: 5516

Medicus Matt wrote:S'not as nice as my OTHER shiny helmet eh Steve? :wink:


Ooohhh...when do I get a crack at that beauty? :wink:
by Steven
Tue Nov 22, 2005 10:28 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Dramatic Saxon.
Replies: 20
Views: 5516

B*gger. That was me again. :( :wink:
by Steven
Tue Nov 22, 2005 7:12 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Roman horned saddle wanted!
Replies: 16
Views: 4918

Thanks for that info.. I suppose that is also why the skin is fuzzy side up! I'm going to have a go tomorrow on my horse and see if it gives me more grip, though mine is pretty comfortable bareback. I like that saddle, is this one treeless like you want it to be? Not sure if that particular one has...
by Steven
Tue Nov 22, 2005 1:42 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Roman horned saddle wanted!
Replies: 16
Views: 4918

Ulfric made ours and it's as comfy as a very comfy thing. I know that he's going to be making one for Larsen (most of Alan's are horrible, plastic things, not real ones) so you might be able to pursuade him to make one for you to. Not 'til he's finished our Gothic/Alan saddle though Oooo...has he g...
by Steven
Tue Nov 22, 2005 12:07 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Dramatic Saxon.
Replies: 20
Views: 5516

Dramatic Saxon.

Me at the weekend. Cold, frosty and I scared the horses. Woo hoo!

Image
by Steven
Tue Nov 22, 2005 11:48 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Roman horned saddle wanted!
Replies: 16
Views: 4918

That was me above. I'll see if I can get hold of Alan Larsen, too.
by Steven
Tue Nov 22, 2005 9:35 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Roman horned saddle wanted!
Replies: 16
Views: 4918

Roman horned saddle wanted!

Has anyone got the details of any makers of Roman horned saddles? I'm in the market for one, but I seem to have drawn a blank. I know of a few people, but I've not been able to get hold of them. I'm looking for a treeless one - our pony is a sensitive type and I have my sensitive parts as well. http...
by Steven
Tue Nov 15, 2005 7:42 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: How to improve battles?
Replies: 313
Views: 42113

Tonw, would it be possible to get some of the Lancastrians to swap sides, even if for the day? I hve had no problems at Bannockburn with fighting on the English side - I rather enjoy it as I get to rabble rouse the crowd. Not sure about the details of this period, but is there a chance that this qu...
by Steven
Tue Nov 15, 2005 9:22 am
Forum: General History
Topic: How to improve battles?
Replies: 313
Views: 42113

More people taking their hits. Some friends of mine were deeply unimpressed at a battle they saw when one side were clearly getting hit but refusing to acknowledge it. I've seen MOPs noticing and laughing at this sort of thing. You'll get a shield charge and no one is on the floor by the end of it....
by Steven
Sun Nov 13, 2005 12:51 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Whats wrong in Dark Age re-enactment
Replies: 61
Views: 9044

'Though I would love to see some of my society's bods get lifted up on a shield. ' Ye Gads NO Brendan, our shields wouldn't take it! Its as much as the Limitianii can do to carry some of our more 'Chunky' gladiators off the arena `Chunky gladiators'? Oh, Katy! Stocky and Northerner are going to be ...
by Steven
Wed Aug 17, 2005 6:48 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Dan Shadrake gets his comeuppance!
Replies: 15
Views: 4372

Dan Shadrake gets his comeuppance!

This year, at the Lunt.
It was emotional - I finally got him for calling me that nickname for the first nine years of my time in reenactment! :lol: