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by Colin MacDonald
Fri Dec 28, 2018 10:18 pm
Forum: Forum Technical Support and News
Topic: These forums - undead, or still twitching?
Replies: 19
Views: 15681

Re: These forums - undead, or still twitching?

Re https - why do you want it? Maybe so that accounts don't get compromised. Although as I've just PM'd to you, it's too late for that. I'm receiving blackmail spam to my unique livinghistory account email address, never used anywhere else, that correctly cites my password. Since I haven't logged i...
by Colin MacDonald
Thu Nov 27, 2008 11:48 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Mother of all noobs.
Replies: 14
Views: 2913

Gently bend the nasal outwards away from your face. Job's a good 'un.
by Colin MacDonald
Tue Nov 18, 2008 3:07 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Maille chausses 13th century help
Replies: 5
Views: 1690

Re: 13th century leg defences.

around 1210AD knights are wearing just hose under their maille chausses and by around 1250 there is worn gamboised cuisse over the top of this arrangement, to protect the thighs and upper leg. That's my understanding too. I'm not aware of any evidence for padding under the chausses. It seems a bit ...
by Colin MacDonald
Wed Oct 29, 2008 3:14 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn Movie and ways forward
Replies: 3
Views: 1281

Re: Bannockburn Movie and ways forward

Bannockburn NTS wrote:the Bannockburn Movie for the Bannockburn Heritage Centre.


There was a what what in the what now?

I'm sorry I didn't hear about that, I'd have loved to contribute. We might huff and puff about the Bannockburn events, but there's still a lot of goodwill for the site and its future.
by Colin MacDonald
Tue Oct 07, 2008 10:01 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Clothin of the isles
Replies: 24
Views: 4125

Scandinavian sources are cruical, the sea is the unifing factor of the culture; So we (quite reasonably!) assume, but do we have much actual evidence of it in and after the 14th century? We're talking specifically about the Hebrides here, not Zetland. I don't mean to be combative or even to disagre...
by Colin MacDonald
Mon Sep 29, 2008 6:48 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Clothin of the isles
Replies: 24
Views: 4125

WARNING! <SPECULATION> Since the gallowglass were (in some periods) paid in cattle, I'd be very surprised if the hides weren't used for some purpose, especially since they come with a tanning kit (their brains). Unless they used them raw as shield edging or dog chews. ;) </SPECULATION>
by Colin MacDonald
Mon Sep 29, 2008 6:44 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bow maintaince.
Replies: 20
Views: 2538

[ I may be a little blasé about it because my bows started as £3 'generic hardwood' staves from B&Q. ;) In which case I wouldn't worry about it. What sort of results did you get from your £3.00 generic hardwood? I have been thinking of going down that route for re-enactment battle bows. Annoyin...
by Colin MacDonald
Mon Sep 29, 2008 6:36 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Re-enactorisms
Replies: 222
Views: 21660

Which brings me back to where we started. People wore hats, because they did. Telling people it was for modesty appears to be a re-enactorism. It seems to me that the biggest problem with Reenactors in this sort of respect is a reluctance to say 'We don't know' It's like the whole 'ritual purposes'...
by Colin MacDonald
Sat Sep 27, 2008 9:41 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bow maintaince.
Replies: 20
Views: 2538

No idea. But I ain't going to ruin a perfectly good bow by testing it- especially as Fred Bates'd kill me for even thinking of harming one of his bows! Fair enough. It certainly sounds plausible, I just wonder if it's been tested in any empirical way. I may be a little blasé about it because my bow...
by Colin MacDonald
Fri Sep 26, 2008 8:26 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bow maintaince.
Replies: 20
Views: 2538

Phil the Grips wrote:Horizontally doesn't put stress on the lower limb/nock - fine for short term storage but over time then it can cause problems with warping.


<Healthy scepticism>Can it?</Healthy scepticism>
by Colin MacDonald
Thu Sep 25, 2008 2:24 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bow maintaince.
Replies: 20
Views: 2538

Store [...] preferably horizontally I've heard this, but have yet to hear any compelling reason why, rather than "coz". Any ideas? As an aside, I don't varnish/paint my bows because I prefer to oil them regularly than to trust in the varnish/paint stopping them from drying out. Then again...
by Colin MacDonald
Tue Sep 23, 2008 9:47 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Clothin of the isles
Replies: 24
Views: 4125

I found this one very useful and this one too. Thanks, I hadn't seen them. The Da Negad page is very interesting and compellingly written, but both pages cite primarily 16th century sources, and seem fairly liberal with their inferences. As you're doubtless well aware, this is a subject and a perio...
by Colin MacDonald
Sun Sep 21, 2008 8:39 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Clothin of the isles
Replies: 24
Views: 4125

Re: Clothin of the isles

Celtic Britain wrote:I found some information on [1314] gallowglass warriors


Super! Contemporary sources, or 16th century retrospectives?
by Colin MacDonald
Tue Sep 09, 2008 7:49 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Blackened cloth?
Replies: 32
Views: 6031

The original scanned text is at the the well concealed >>> link <<< (blooming I-know-best forum).
by Colin MacDonald
Tue Sep 09, 2008 1:19 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Blackened cloth?
Replies: 32
Views: 6031

The original is from the Konungs skuggsjá (King's Mirror), at the end of parts XXXVII and the start of XXXVIII . There are some notes attached (note 13) that may be offering alternative original words - I can't really make it out. As near as I can make out the phrase is "vel svörtuðum", re...
by Colin MacDonald
Fri Sep 05, 2008 10:23 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Animal Tails
Replies: 199
Views: 26624

Super, thanks for that Brother Ranulf.

It does seem (to me) rather likely that it's a real tail, rather than a device. I'm happy to have learned something today.

Now, I wonder if we can turn up some references for the use of tails by individual soldiers, or whether that'll remain speculative.
by Colin MacDonald
Wed Sep 03, 2008 2:28 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Animal Tails
Replies: 199
Views: 26624

:wink: I wonder what this symbol means? Perhaps it's that we live in different centuries and contexts... :D Since I consider myself to be a before-my-times refugee from the Star Trek documentaries , I can only hope that you primitives catch up and evolve beyond the need for stone age communication ...
by Colin MacDonald
Wed Sep 03, 2008 11:17 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Animal Tails
Replies: 199
Views: 26624

Is it just me that sees the irony in Guthrie producing evidence for fox tails (in hats in this case) and in the next breath demanding to see evidence. No? :wink: The context is everything though. 20th century hippies and London stockbrokers both tended to sport flowers, but not in the same manner (...
by Colin MacDonald
Wed Sep 03, 2008 1:06 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Animal Tails
Replies: 199
Views: 26624

Osprey Men-At-Arms, The Armies of Agincourt . I can't see a reference to a source, and don't have this book to check. Pennies to pounds it's an heraldic device that's been misinterpreted - presumably Henry IV didn't actually tote around a white antelope and a swan as well as his "fox tail depe...
by Colin MacDonald
Wed Aug 20, 2008 12:59 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Animal Tails
Replies: 199
Views: 26624

The armies of William Wallace used the fox and wolf tail as a symbol of identification during the Scottish Wars of Independence. Wallace fought under the standard of a Wolf Tail, and eventually all the Scottish skirmishers used it as their symbol and wore one on their belt. [...] If you want I'll a...
by Colin MacDonald
Fri Aug 15, 2008 1:53 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Is light blue/green a medieval/historical good color?
Replies: 33
Views: 4875

Colin, I'm sure we've told you before, just because it is in a film, best selling books, and you can buy it in shops doesn't mean its historically accurate! Fine, just as long as I can still use "I saw a reenactor wearing something vaguely similar under his string mail in 1992" as provena...
by Colin MacDonald
Sat Aug 09, 2008 9:25 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Is light blue/green a medieval/historical good color?
Replies: 33
Views: 4875

sally wrote:I've never personally seen mint green from lichens- but I'll try to check a book I have on lichen dying later and will see if it is referenced as a likely shade


Oops, that'll teach me to believe everything I read on the intartubes. :oops:
by Colin MacDonald
Fri Aug 08, 2008 10:32 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Is light blue/green a medieval/historical good color?
Replies: 33
Views: 4875

I'm exposing my ignorance here, but is pale green achievable from lichen? Is it that particular pale blend of green + blue[1] that's unachievable? Could it conceivably be done with a blend of dyes? I ask because I have secured some pale mint green wool myself, which looked like a lichenable colour, ...
by Colin MacDonald
Fri Aug 08, 2008 10:14 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Modern necessities
Replies: 41
Views: 8228

The camp is blighted with the bloothy flux. Look, everyone has swollen up with the evil vapours.
by Colin MacDonald
Fri Aug 08, 2008 10:11 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 1250 Knights Hospitaller
Replies: 20
Views: 4465

Something rigid under the mail such as a hardened leather curie that you can see the edge of or Thanks, I'm printing this quote off and using it as provenance for my speculative hardened leather curie. ;) The mail itself. Using a rigid tripod type structure with 2 short legs (shown)on the arm/shoul...
by Colin MacDonald
Fri Aug 08, 2008 1:42 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 1250 Knights Hospitaller
Replies: 20
Views: 4465

You get pointy shoulders on a surcoat if you make the arm holes squareish with the sides and make it from thick linen. My lined surcoat has them. Ah, my mistake. I was actually thinking of this image: http://www.albion-swords.com/images/swords/albion/nextGen/chevalier/Matthew-Paris-miniature-c1250....
by Colin MacDonald
Fri Aug 08, 2008 10:58 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 1250 Knights Hospitaller
Replies: 20
Views: 4465

I have a question to... Why have you got your gamberson (if that's what it is) on over your hauberk? :? Detail from Maciejowski Bible, Folio 10, Recto, top: http://img151.imageshack.us/img151/361/gambyovermaildw1.jpg Matthew Paris shows knights with pointy-shouldered surcoats. Conjecturally , that ...
by Colin MacDonald
Thu Aug 07, 2008 11:46 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Modern necessities
Replies: 41
Views: 8228

Marcus Woodhouse wrote:I certainly think it could, a "How a manne doth dresse for warre" type description.


Struggling, jiggling, hopping, getting stuck in your "shrunken" armour, swearing up a storm, last minute cadging of an arming cap and belt... 100% authentic. :)
by Colin MacDonald
Wed Aug 06, 2008 1:19 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Modern necessities
Replies: 41
Views: 8228

Actually, couldn't an announcement be worked into the day's script? Watching - or indeed helping - sweating swearing soldiers struggle swiftly into stinking steel suits (try saying that ten times quickly) can be entertainment in itself, so why not announce it at such, at an appropriate time before t...
by Colin MacDonald
Tue Aug 05, 2008 10:53 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Modern necessities
Replies: 41
Views: 8228

StaffordCleggy wrote:Shouldn't your Captain be letting you know it's time to get ready?


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