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by RottenCad
Mon Nov 02, 2015 9:31 pm
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: Cheap uniforms required - "Blackadder Goes Forth"
Replies: 9
Views: 3052

Cheap uniforms required - "Blackadder Goes Forth"

Hello chaps, I have a production of "Blackadder Goes Forth" coming up in April. Currently, we have a company willing to hire us kit at £80 / uniform / day. This works out at a tad under £500 for each character for a week. That's a hellish expense for an amateur drama group Obviously it's a...
by RottenCad
Mon Jul 27, 2015 1:37 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Light Infantry Company 1812 - distinguishing insignia
Replies: 3
Views: 1592

Light Infantry Company 1812 - distinguishing insignia

Hello,

Just a quick question (I hope). How does one distinguish a redcoated Light Infantry Company from the regular companies? Other than a bugle hat-badge, is there anything else which would mark them out on the normal regimental facings?

Hoping for your collective wisdom,

Cad.
by RottenCad
Sun Mar 15, 2015 7:57 pm
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: Cotton bobbins c.1910
Replies: 3
Views: 1979

Cotton bobbins c.1910

Hello everyone, I'm a bit out of my depth here as it's well away from my normal period, but I've been asked to source some pictures and/or samples of thread bobbins from the immediate pre-WWI era. We are portraying a seamstress's shop circa 1910, with treadle operated Singer sewing machines, and I w...
by RottenCad
Mon Jun 25, 2012 5:23 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Scabbard Fittings - Longsword
Replies: 1
Views: 941

Scabbard Fittings - Longsword

What ho! Can anyone recommend a supplier of scabbard fittings for a 36" longsword (and before anyone gets smart-alecky, to someone of my stunted stature, that *is* a longsword). I am getting increasingly fed up with having a sword which doesn't trip me up, but can't be drawn, or one which can b...
by RottenCad
Mon Jun 25, 2012 5:13 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: How do you wash six sheepskins?
Replies: 12
Views: 2808

Re: How do you wash six sheepskins?

Would pre-treating the skin side with Nivea (other skin care products are available), say 24-48 hrs before the wash be of any use? I'm just theorising ...

Cad
by RottenCad
Thu May 26, 2011 1:55 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: 4 Word Story
Replies: 8843
Views: 618654

Re: 4 Word Story

to shamelessly attempt a
by RottenCad
Thu May 26, 2011 1:21 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Tentage images
Replies: 16
Views: 3745

Re: Tentage images

Thanks everyone, there are some really useful images here. Just to clarify, I was originally intrigued by some tents I had seen where the ridge pole along the top of the tent seemed to be formed by a plank running between the uprights. Sort of something like this: ExtTent.GIF and I'm pretty happy no...
by RottenCad
Sun May 22, 2011 6:22 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Tentage images
Replies: 16
Views: 3745

Re: Tentage images

Fox: Top-planked ridge - the external tent ridge-pole, made from a latticed plank of wood. (Cf original post - do keep up, dear boy! :wink: ); Internal frame - standard framing for internal tent structure.

TTFN!

Cad
by RottenCad
Sun May 22, 2011 6:14 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Any Fact in This 'Story'?
Replies: 5
Views: 1303

Re: Any Fact in This 'Story'?

I haven't read it, but I suspect it may feature in a novel titled "I Serve; A tale of arms, of death, of love, and of honor [ sic ]". Any resemblance to genuine English history is purely accidental (like the spelling of honour and using a comma before and ). :wtf: Not an Oxford comma, evi...
by RottenCad
Sun May 22, 2011 6:06 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Scale Armour
Replies: 18
Views: 3597

Re: Scale Armour

Actually, just seeing scale armour on the poster for Ridley Scott / Russell Crowe's "Robin Hood" was enough to stop me going ...
by RottenCad
Sat May 21, 2011 6:42 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Tentage images
Replies: 16
Views: 3745

Re: Tentage images

Excellent response - thanks very much.

Based on the evidence available, then, I'll abandon the idea of the top-planked ridge, and work on an internal frame instead.

Paradoxically, even less evidence for how that works !!!

TTFN!

Cad
by RottenCad
Sat May 21, 2011 5:02 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: My burgundian kit
Replies: 9
Views: 4561

Re: My burgundian kit

Looks very nice indeed.
by RottenCad
Thu May 19, 2011 10:12 am
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: 4 Word Story
Replies: 8843
Views: 618654

Re: 4 Word Story

even without clogs on
by RottenCad
Wed May 18, 2011 3:27 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: 4 Word Story
Replies: 8843
Views: 618654

Re: 4 Word Story

bother to tidy up
by RottenCad
Sat Dec 04, 2010 3:03 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: 4 Word Story
Replies: 8843
Views: 618654

Re: 4 Word Story

by the thinnest of
by RottenCad
Tue Nov 30, 2010 2:21 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: 4 Word Story
Replies: 8843
Views: 618654

Re: 4 Word Story

the pox doctor around
by RottenCad
Tue Nov 23, 2010 12:35 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: 4 Word Story
Replies: 8843
Views: 618654

Re: 4 Word Story

oddments of paraphenalia, which
by RottenCad
Tue Nov 23, 2010 11:55 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Coat of Plates Vs Brigandine Vs Breast Plate
Replies: 41
Views: 7946

Re: Coat of Plates Vs Brigandine Vs Breast Plate

Hi Talen, I thought I'd add my two-pennyworth. As you are no doubt discovering, there's an inevitable triangle of forces at work when buying any kit from a helm to a pair of boots. At the apex is "Accurate". Left hand base corner "Quick". Right hand base corner "Cheap"....
by RottenCad
Sun Nov 21, 2010 3:38 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Tentage images
Replies: 16
Views: 3745

Re: Tentage images

Thanks all ...

Cad
by RottenCad
Fri Nov 19, 2010 3:40 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Tentage images
Replies: 16
Views: 3745

Tentage images

What ho! I've been trawling through a fair number of online resources (British Museum, Bibliotheque National and others), and a few books as well; what I'm looking for is a provenance for the lattice-work ridge pole that adorns many recreation pavilion tents. Guess what? Can't find one (well, one, b...
by RottenCad
Sat Oct 30, 2010 6:26 am
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: 4 Word Story
Replies: 8843
Views: 618654

Re: 4 Word Story

with oodles of fizzy
by RottenCad
Tue Nov 10, 2009 5:03 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: 4 Word Story
Replies: 8843
Views: 618654

Re: 4 Word Story

sediciously seductive, sensuously silken
by RottenCad
Tue Nov 10, 2009 3:11 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: 4 Word Story
Replies: 8843
Views: 618654

Re: 4 Word Story

-tnightly, in consequence of
by RottenCad
Mon Nov 09, 2009 5:11 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fur yes or no???
Replies: 67
Views: 6755

Re: Fur yes or no???

Phew .... I have finished the cloak, it is edged in fur (possibly mink) all the way round and weighs a lot!!! i have had to do lots of hand sewing as a) to thick to go under machine and b) its showing... so more authentic. i have never made anything before so pleased with the result. thanks for all...
by RottenCad
Mon Nov 09, 2009 5:06 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Ladies Surcote
Replies: 4
Views: 861

Re: Ladies Surcote

Have you tried googling "The Lady and the Unicorn"? The Musee de Cluny in Paris holds these wonderful tapestries, which may help. Alternatively, there is a picture online of Margaret of Anjou's wedding which might be handy.

Sorry I don't have URLs for them at present ...

Cad
by RottenCad
Mon Nov 09, 2009 10:44 am
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: 4 Word Story
Replies: 8843
Views: 618654

Re: 4 Word Story

up evidence and frame
by RottenCad
Mon Oct 19, 2009 8:26 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: 4 Word Story
Replies: 8843
Views: 618654

Re: 4 Word Story

on a jet plane
by RottenCad
Fri Oct 16, 2009 1:45 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: History, there's quite a lot of it.
Replies: 38
Views: 2959

Re: History, there's quite a lot of it.

I did actually see and inspect the mechanical clock at Salisbury last month - and it's a very Heath-Robinson affair! It tolls a bell, rather than moving hands on a face. What has surprised me recently is the way buttons seem to have gone into, out of, and back into fashion in the late c13... TTFN! Cad
by RottenCad
Fri Oct 16, 2009 11:04 am
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: 4 Word Story
Replies: 8843
Views: 618654

Re: 4 Word Story

in reality nothing but
by RottenCad
Tue Sep 08, 2009 10:21 am
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Alternative to water in LH camps
Replies: 64
Views: 9140

If you're at a 2 day event you can make a "small beer" ready for the second day. Soak 500g of pale malt and half a handful of dark malt in about 1 gallon of hot water for 1 1/2 hours. Strain and pour warm water over the grains until the liquid is running almost clear. Cool and add yeast a...

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