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by Borsch Monster
Thu Jun 05, 2008 11:53 am
Forum: General History
Topic: WMA in the west country
Replies: 0
Views: 547

WMA in the west country

Schola Gladiatoria now have a study group teaching longsword in Exeter SG2 now meets Wednsdays @7 in Exeter's Bonhay Park (weather permitting). Currently my lessons are free (save your money for the pub). Johann Johann can be contacted via the SG website: http://www.fioredeiliberi.org So now you know.
by Borsch Monster
Mon Feb 11, 2008 1:22 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Matches - lighting fires before their invention
Replies: 32
Views: 6800

Get Ray Mears to stare at it - that's all he needs, he just puts the bits of wood in the way for effect. The great devourer*, can start a fire by rubbing ice cubes together. * As the chubby legged one is known by native tribes across the planet. Because he turns up & eats every ounce of food wit...
by Borsch Monster
Tue Jan 29, 2008 5:37 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: ECW Infantry Buff Coat
Replies: 137
Views: 51798

Nigel wrote:Newbury old chap


My mistake. Which one?
by Borsch Monster
Tue Jan 29, 2008 3:49 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: ECW Infantry Buff Coat
Replies: 137
Views: 51798

IIRC doesn't the LTB in buff coats come fron an account of Turnham Green, that says something to the effect of "you could tell which of the dead were Londoners because of their buff coats" Which tells you that that no one else had them. It was very early on in the war & there is no rea...
by Borsch Monster
Tue Jan 29, 2008 3:38 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Bayonet Fighting [in re-enactment]
Replies: 55
Views: 8411

Back on topic - A reason why its damn hard to 'do' bayonet fighting is that to look right in peoples eyes you really have to thrust it in (people have seen too many war films) Even a blunt is potentially bad news in that scenario. I agree, up to a point. However it is possible to use a spear with c...
by Borsch Monster
Tue Jan 29, 2008 3:21 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Bayonet Fighting [in re-enactment]
Replies: 55
Views: 8411

More training....less competitiveness.....Problem is that Pike fighting is still a compromise,and(personally) I find the attempted "transition" moves from point to push to be dangerous....I'd sooner keep the point low as fencing in the air looks ridiculous....For it to look "right&qu...
by Borsch Monster
Mon Jan 28, 2008 6:04 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Bayonet Fighting [in re-enactment]
Replies: 55
Views: 8411

More training....less competitiveness.....Problem is that Pike fighting is still a compromise,and(personally) I find the attempted "transition" moves from point to push to be dangerous....I'd sooner keep the point low as fencing in the air looks ridiculous....For it to look "right&qu...
by Borsch Monster
Mon Jan 28, 2008 5:35 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Bayonet Fighting [in re-enactment]
Replies: 55
Views: 8411

But some units still find silver-painted wood acceptable along with rubber polearms! Steve That's because they were until recently compulsory. And those units fielding them were breaking the rules, mind you it wasn't them that was going to hit with them, so that's ok. I'm still not convinced that s...
by Borsch Monster
Mon Jan 28, 2008 5:31 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Bayonet Fighting [in re-enactment]
Replies: 55
Views: 8411

On the bayonet front, I think bayonets are more difficult to free play with because a gun is heavy.
by Borsch Monster
Mon Jan 28, 2008 5:28 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Bayonet Fighting [in re-enactment]
Replies: 55
Views: 8411

But some units still find silver-painted wood acceptable along with rubber polearms! Steve That's because they were until recently compulsory. And those units fielding them were breaking the rules, mind you it wasn't them that was going to hit with them, so that's ok. I'm still not convinced that s...
by Borsch Monster
Thu Nov 08, 2007 1:17 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: bleach
Replies: 16
Views: 1842

A wash with added Ecover Bleach powder (calcium percarbonate) will neither wreck your machine or the environment and will lighten the colour somewhat, otherwise only time is really any good. On the other hand unless you are playing serious nobility semi-bleached is the way to go. I might try that. ...
by Borsch Monster
Wed Nov 07, 2007 6:03 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: obscure saints
Replies: 53
Views: 10258

St Werburgh was an Anglo saxon princess/nun who revived a goose. She is the patron saint of chester (and probably geese)
by Borsch Monster
Wed Nov 07, 2007 5:34 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: bleach
Replies: 16
Views: 1842

Tuppence wrote:sun bleach it.

takes a while, but it's the only realistic way to do it domestically.

that's if it is natural of course. if it's been bleached and dyed to look natural, a dye stripper would work.


Hmm, no quick chemical fixes then?

b**ger I'll have to buy some bleached linen then
by Borsch Monster
Wed Nov 07, 2007 12:28 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: bleach
Replies: 16
Views: 1842

bleach

Ok, I've got some unbleached linen & I want to turn it white. How do I do that. Preferabley with permaneantly buggering up the washing machine. I take it you don't just cover it with Domestos?


Yes, I am an idiot where it comes to cloth.
by Borsch Monster
Fri Aug 17, 2007 10:48 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Flags
Replies: 4
Views: 696

Old ones - well WW1 anyway. Cotton I guess, with a really open weave.
by Borsch Monster
Fri Aug 17, 2007 9:53 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Flags
Replies: 4
Views: 696

Flags

I realise this isn't exactly a costume enquiry, but does anybody know where to get material for flags?
by Borsch Monster
Fri Nov 17, 2006 4:23 pm
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: ww1 german helmets repro
Replies: 3
Views: 1363

4812trenchy wrote:just realised this does not mean you have to buy 7 or 10 to get this price.
just need to get that number for the discount.


I'd be interested in one or two
by Borsch Monster
Mon Mar 13, 2006 2:07 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: How to improve battles?
Replies: 313
Views: 40933

In defence of women on the battlefield for the medieval period, women did used to go with their partners to war and on the whole the situation was generally more liberated as I am led to understand. There's a big difference between going to the wars with your husband & being mixed in with the t...
by Borsch Monster
Mon Mar 13, 2006 12:10 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: How to improve battles?
Replies: 313
Views: 40933

Personally, when water carrying I find a discreet 'You ok?' tends to work wonders. No answer and then further investigation is needed, blood trickling out accompanied by funny bubbling noises and a first aider is called! It's not hard to be discreet and still help out. If you guys have this beef wi...
by Borsch Monster
Fri Mar 10, 2006 12:05 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: How to improve battles?
Replies: 313
Views: 40933

Whenever I try to do a prolonged, elaborate death whoever hit me runs back and says "Oh my god are you ok!" Maybe you should tip them the wink in some way - I usually go back, if a victim is stringing it out a bit, and finish them off for a bit of piece and quiet!! Haha, I remember I did a very pro...
by Borsch Monster
Fri Mar 10, 2006 11:36 am
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Flavoured vodkas
Replies: 32
Views: 6736

Jelly baby vodka is great, but don't put the black ones in as they turn it a horrid colour. I've served this in the bar, with a fresh jelly baby in the bottom of the shot glass. I've done garlic, but I went a bit OTT with that. Two bulbs went in there as opposed to two cloves. Of the commercial bran...
by Borsch Monster
Thu Mar 02, 2006 11:35 am
Forum: General History
Topic: What is wrong with the film, The Patriot?
Replies: 42
Views: 6125

......taking nazi war crimes and rewriting them into the18thC and attributing them to the British, but hey why let truth interfere with a ropey story. Well there was a massacre of a deeply religious Christian community. On 7.3.1782 Ninety three unarmed men women & children were clubbed to death...
by Borsch Monster
Fri Feb 24, 2006 2:59 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Luxury food at medieval plough-ale?
Replies: 5
Views: 1338

Re: Luxury food at medieval plough-ale?

Reading last night (as you do :roll: ) 'The English Manor c1200 - C1500' by Mark Bailey. In an account of Wellingborough 1321 - 1322 (p54) there's an entry which intrigued :? me: Expenses for a plough-ale for boonwork on Monday after Ascension, for "24 ploughs with other men from the vill assisting...
by Borsch Monster
Fri Feb 10, 2006 1:05 pm
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: vintage surgical/medical equipment
Replies: 2
Views: 1411

I'd second that, search medical equipment on e-bay. There's loads of it. Some of it's hilarious. I've seen huge brass enema syringes & those electric shock theapy devices. :twisted:
by Borsch Monster
Tue Jan 31, 2006 11:19 am
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: hammer and sickle? or hammer and plough?
Replies: 1
Views: 1400

Re: hammer and sickle? or hammer and plough?

so we all know that the heroic prolatarian of russia adopted the hammer and sickle during/if not just after the revolution as their flag/symbol, but there was an alternative which was the hammer and plough! and have often seen it adorning the budyenovka hats of the early red army. but which one cam...
by Borsch Monster
Fri Jan 27, 2006 5:55 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: How to improve battles?
Replies: 313
Views: 40933

gregory23b wrote:No, you laughed.



I expect it was the joy of seeing your education developing before my eyes. Nothing malicious obviously.
by Borsch Monster
Fri Jan 27, 2006 5:19 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: How to improve battles?
Replies: 313
Views: 40933

Yeah I expect I was quite horrible to you afterwards for being a prat. Although you were young sweet & innocent then & I've bollocked some who should have known better for the same thing. The water carrier issue was looked at by ECWS a few years ago, for the same reason as Edwin points out. ...
by Borsch Monster
Fri Jan 27, 2006 10:55 am
Forum: General History
Topic: How to improve battles?
Replies: 313
Views: 40933

I wonder if some of the science bods could come up with some calculation as to the point at which a WOTR society becomes too big for its own good, probably akin to yeast or something ;-) I recon the maximum is about 70 members before you get "politics". Although back in the day the White Company co...
by Borsch Monster
Thu Jan 26, 2006 12:03 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: The History of Re-enactment
Replies: 63
Views: 16994

No, they were not the first by a long long chalk. If Craig is talking about WOTR then it may have some relevance, but seeing as the WC started as a 100 YW group, hence the name it may not.... A lot of the hairy lot started well before, WC were minor players in the wider scheme of things IMHO. No th...
by Borsch Monster
Thu Jan 19, 2006 1:47 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Dice games
Replies: 13
Views: 3823

Kentwell is a Tudor re-enactment and I'm sure Mire is a medieval game, but I don't have the documentation, only that it is OK to play authentically in front of the public - very good for playing after a big lunch before you go & do something energetic! I wouldn't bet on it. I suspect Kentwell g...

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