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by IDEEDEE
Mon Oct 09, 2017 6:21 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bardiche/Sparth Axe
Replies: 1
Views: 348

Re: Bardiche/Sparth Axe

19thC pic of 17th century Streltsy from "A Historical description of the clothes and weapons of Russian troops" A. V. Viskovatov.
by IDEEDEE
Mon Oct 09, 2017 6:15 pm
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: First World War Fieldworks in England
Replies: 1
Views: 163

First World War Fieldworks in England

Might be of interest to WW1 folk: Archaeologist Martin Brown has just has published a report on the WW1 trenches & other fieldworks (training, defensive & demonstration). See link.

http://research.historicengland.org.uk/ ... px?i=15654
by IDEEDEE
Sun Aug 14, 2016 9:04 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Hastings contacts
Replies: 8
Views: 2052

Re: Hastings contacts

Given the "closed-shop" approach at Hastings this year.. Anyone up for a costumed "flash-mob" at the "real" battlefield site at Crowhurst.... I'm sure the Press would be keen... ;)
by IDEEDEE
Wed Jun 29, 2016 7:16 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: All them folds and stuff.....
Replies: 2
Views: 1039

Re: All them folds and stuff.....

Cheers for that... :)

(P.S. I had a secret little bet with myself about who would most likely know/come back with the first answer with the detail to make me think; "Yep. Sounds like that's it".... I won.. :) Thanks again..)
by IDEEDEE
Tue Jun 28, 2016 10:22 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: All them folds and stuff.....
Replies: 2
Views: 1039

All them folds and stuff.....

I have been told that the pleating we see in some high-status outfits is called "poncing" (pic)...... Anyone know if this is true (or has someone been pulling my leg) and if true, any known derivation..? Cheers.. :)
by IDEEDEE
Wed Aug 26, 2015 9:12 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Wars of the Roses: Evidence for a German house?
Replies: 5
Views: 1582

Re: Wars of the Roses: Evidence for a German house?

Given that mercenaries will follow the money (hence English mercenaries in 14thC Italy, Spain, Turkey and North Africa, Scandinavians & Saxons in Constantinople earlier, Spanish in 15thC Scotland, Genoese, Scots and Irish all over the place etc.) I see no economic reason why mercenaries from Ger...
by IDEEDEE
Thu Aug 20, 2015 10:14 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Wars of the Roses: Evidence for a German house?
Replies: 5
Views: 1582

Re: Wars of the Roses: Evidence for a German house?

I'll ask Sapper at our end (SCUM/Free Company) - our source for German Mercenary stuff, though I doubt if there are any muster lists.... I suspect it will be more of a case of establishing at your/the German end whether there is documentation/a tradition indicating that your ancestors listed/marched...
by IDEEDEE
Sat Sep 06, 2014 11:41 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Riding hose......
Replies: 3
Views: 1389

Riding hose......

No, not a bizarre garden sport in dubious taste, but a query (to which I think I know the answer, but will throw it up for our gentle readers......). I blame the wool, but my hose is getting thin around the you-know-where, and first thought (as with non-reenactment gear) was "sew a leather patc...
by IDEEDEE
Sat Sep 06, 2014 11:29 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Medieval Design (suppliers)
Replies: 3
Views: 1114

Re: Medieval Design (suppliers)

Generally agree (despite some severe local let-downs) - esp. re. quality of materials, fitting etc. . It's just the old "do you have a pattern issue?" has come up before for some non-standard bespoke items (answer "no") and the fact that I've been seeing Italianesque/Burgundian k...
by IDEEDEE
Fri Sep 05, 2014 10:15 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Medieval Design (suppliers)
Replies: 3
Views: 1114

Medieval Design (suppliers)

End of the season blues & reflections for next year - inc. biting the bullet over new kit/concepts/characters - and the fact that my sewing & patterning just isn't really up to scratch...... Anyone had any dealing with/have any experience of these folk or thoughts on their products (am mainl...
by IDEEDEE
Wed Apr 30, 2014 6:20 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Sergeant Kit 1260s.... Critique please
Replies: 5
Views: 1300

Re: Sergeant Kit 1260s.... Critique please

Yes, I agree with the shields thing... I posted a query re that last year, 'cos I was having just that problem - sourcing contemporary images of non-knightly infantry shields for this period..... Blank would have been better IMHO, but we ran up against de Montfort's battle badge order and the fact t...
by IDEEDEE
Tue Apr 29, 2014 10:52 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Sergeant Kit 1260s.... Critique please
Replies: 5
Views: 1300

Re: Sergeant Kit 1260s.... Critique please

Cheers Biro.. Your opinion much respected (been looking at your page on working out how a Morgan Bible ventail works recently. Really interesting...). Yeah, I agree re the heraldry... Would have preferred without, but the white cross on the chest (deliberately ragged/makeshift & crudely sewn on)...
by IDEEDEE
Tue Apr 29, 2014 1:09 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Sergeant Kit 1260s.... Critique please
Replies: 5
Views: 1300

Sergeant Kit 1260s.... Critique please

Trying to put together kit for Battle of Lewes in May, but not my period.. Had to cobble something together for a quick photoshoot (pic) for the Baron's army. Apart from the obvious (hose too loose, shield too small, spear too long, sword-belt too tight, coif not up, too fat and the fact that I'm no...
by IDEEDEE
Fri Apr 11, 2014 11:58 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Dyeing an Arming doublet.
Replies: 10
Views: 1978

Re: Dyeing an Arming doublet.

I was puzzling over this when trying to dye some padded arms in a hurry for a "snap" photoshoot the next day... Didn't want wet padding for a couple of days, so used well-watered-down acrylic paint literally painted onto the outer surface... Worked brilliantly and dried in no time - and, a...
by IDEEDEE
Tue Mar 25, 2014 8:25 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: "I bought it off a trader..."
Replies: 2
Views: 1080

"I bought it off a trader..."

Not that I've ever used this as an excuse for something "exotic" on my Living History display (oh, no... :wink: ) But...
http://www.medievalists.net/2014/03/24/australasian-parrot-15th-century-italian-painting/
:D
by IDEEDEE
Tue Jan 21, 2014 3:47 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Authentic Firelighting
Replies: 11
Views: 2288

Re: Authentic Firelighting

Horseshoe fungus and King Alfred's cake (another fungus) act like charcloth and are totally natural, though I have no problems using charcloth m'self for all the reasons rehearsed above.
by IDEEDEE
Wed Oct 30, 2013 3:45 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bayeaux tapestry
Replies: 1
Views: 662

Bayeaux tapestry

by IDEEDEE
Sun Oct 13, 2013 4:45 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Interesting article
Replies: 3
Views: 1075

Re: Interesting article

You are right, context is all. Was only quoting from the article...

You can tell it's a rainy day.. here's another (different subject).
http://www.medievalists.net/2012/11/14/death-on-the-dorset-ridgeway-a-viking-murder-mystery/
by IDEEDEE
Sun Oct 13, 2013 11:51 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Interesting article
Replies: 3
Views: 1075

Interesting article

Another interesting article on the Medievalists re. "elites" and portable property 650-1150... Quote: "... focuses on coastal and maritime communities which have portable wealth. These are small settlements and farmsteads, but have imported pottery, silk, fine weaponry For example in ...
by IDEEDEE
Mon Jul 15, 2013 5:50 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Mid 13thC footsoldiers - and their elusive shields...
Replies: 12
Views: 2685

Re: Mid 13thC footsoldiers - and their elusive shields...

Cheers Biro, very glad to hear the thoughts & opinions of someone much more seeped in the period than I.. Apropos; at Tewkers, this weekend just gone, I noticed a couple of Mac Bible-based gambesons on different stalls. Eye was particularly caught by one with integral mitts (German trader) obvio...
by IDEEDEE
Tue Jul 09, 2013 6:56 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Mid 13thC footsoldiers - and their elusive shields...
Replies: 12
Views: 2685

Re: Mid 13thC footsoldiers - and their elusive shields...

Thanks Biro, Yes, when looking at the Mac I've been assuming that the convention within that document is that dismounted & no mail chausees means "not a knight" (though I am also of course aware of other images from other sources that seem to show chausee-less knights). It does seem od...
by IDEEDEE
Fri Jul 05, 2013 8:22 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Mid 13thC footsoldiers - and their elusive shields...
Replies: 12
Views: 2685

Re: Mid 13thC footsoldiers - and their elusive shields...

Cheers chaps. Brother Ranulf may well be right... I've done loads of peering at contemporary images (esp. the Mac Bible, Matthew Paris, the major psalters etc. plus other, less well-known ones at manuscriptminiatures.com etc. etc.) over the months, but apart from the rare individual (like the Mac Go...
by IDEEDEE
Wed Jul 03, 2013 12:19 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Mid 13thC footsoldiers - and their elusive shields...
Replies: 12
Views: 2685

Mid 13thC footsoldiers - and their elusive shields...

Help!!! Having been spoon-fed by Hollywood & TV the impression that a lot of spear-armed infantry (from 1100 to oooh, say somewhere mid 14thC) will carry shields, I have been frightfully disappointed that 3 weeks diligent searching of contemporary pics to back a desire to equip mid 13thC infantr...
by IDEEDEE
Wed Mar 27, 2013 9:56 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Skin-tight maille....?
Replies: 15
Views: 2625

Re: Skin-tight maille....?

Once again, excellent responses on this most excellent of fora... :D It was the many images (thanks for not picking me up for my typo - 12thC/Morgan Bible indeed - Ooops..) where much of the maille looks lycra-tight (and on already very trim-looking legs & arms) that intrigued.. Even allowing fo...
by IDEEDEE
Thu Mar 14, 2013 4:59 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Skin-tight maille....?
Replies: 15
Views: 2625

Skin-tight maille....?

For my sins, I've been peering at pics of early-mid 12thC knights (like ya do... Morgan Bible etc al) and having spent my second day pottering round at home in my own maille shirt (don't ask...)I've been thinking about the apparently limb-hugging, "skinny maille" one sees (almost) everywhe...
by IDEEDEE
Wed Mar 13, 2013 1:07 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 1363 'Statute Concerning Diet and Apparel' repealed in 1364?
Replies: 5
Views: 2150

Re: 1363 'Statute Concerning Diet and Apparel' repealed in 1

Interesting.. I'd heard about reissuing sumptuary legislation, but not the repeal mentioned... What? Legislators realising that to keep a piece of unpopular, largely ignored and near-unenforceable law on the Statue Books is a bit pointless...? AND taking the sensible step of repealing it..? Surely n...
by IDEEDEE
Thu Nov 01, 2012 12:20 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Pikes at Bosworth.....
Replies: 19
Views: 3172

Re: Pikes at Bosworth.....

My twopenn'orth... All I can say is that as part of Sapper's (Brit/German/Swiss - and I think we had at least one Dutchman) pike block at Bosworth in 2011, a little pike-ing from time to time (proper pike-ing, not Sealed Knot scrummaging) is fun... :D
by IDEEDEE
Fri Feb 17, 2012 11:16 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Getting 'properly' into it
Replies: 36
Views: 5536

Re: Getting 'properly' into it

I really like the accounting idea... (does that make me sad? :D ) Money, as the man said,is the sinews of war.. No money, no army... Accounting, buying and selling, payment for (or to avoid) service... It's an essential part of life - and also relates to the social realm (even the non-money economy)...
by IDEEDEE
Tue Jan 31, 2012 1:55 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: UK based hussite groups
Replies: 11
Views: 1887

Re: UK based hussite groups

God's Company of Tabor rock!!! Have proudly fought alongside 'em. Have, even more proudly, been regularly bashed senseless by 'em. (Oh, and great warcries!!!)Thoroughly recommended... :D

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