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by Ayliffe's Steve
Thu Mar 06, 2014 4:34 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: So, how long were spears in the period of this sub-forum?
Replies: 22
Views: 3597

Re: So, how long were spears in the period of this sub-forum

You might have the issue here of spears being long enough to control well enough to hurt people being too long to safely use when trying to not hurt people! The longest I have used it just over 9 feet but that was allowing one handed step thrusts etc. It was perfectly doable, just took some extra b...
by Ayliffe's Steve
Thu Mar 06, 2014 1:21 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: So, how long were spears in the period of this sub-forum?
Replies: 22
Views: 3597

Re: So, how long were spears in the period of this sub-forum

You might have the issue here of spears being long enough to control well enough to hurt people being too long to safely use when trying to not hurt people! The longest I have used it just over 9 feet but that was allowing one handed step thrusts etc. It was perfectly doable, just took some extra bo...
by Ayliffe's Steve
Wed Mar 05, 2014 9:43 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 35266

Re: Bannockburn 2014

guthrie wrote:Steve - lots of us can be entertaining. It's just that it is nice if it's also somewhat accurate in its portrayal of the past.


So are they not accurate?
by Ayliffe's Steve
Wed Mar 05, 2014 2:48 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 35266

Re: Bannockburn 2014

The Clan seem to get a hard time for their accuracy (not my period so I cannot really comment) but when I watched them at Bannockburn a few years ago they were quite entertaining.
by Ayliffe's Steve
Fri Feb 28, 2014 5:41 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: has anyone dealt with medieval market
Replies: 8
Views: 1883

Re: has anyone dealt with medieval market

I have chairs, a table, 2 jacks, crockery, clothes, bags, books and other bits from them. They are all top notch. One chair arrived broken and he arranged to meet up when he was in the UK and swapped it for a new one. They are my first port of call whenever I need pretty much anything for re-enactme...
by Ayliffe's Steve
Wed Oct 23, 2013 1:51 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 35266

Re: Bannockburn 2014

guthrie wrote:Aaaaand it's Clanranald doing the battle and village!


Is that a good thing or a bad thing?
by Ayliffe's Steve
Thu Sep 26, 2013 2:03 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Newbie saying hi, and a question!
Replies: 42
Views: 7153

Re: Newbie saying hi, and a question!

No, I was agreeing with you Fox. No sarcasm at all. Now I can't tell if you are being sarcastic! :crazy: :D OP, You would not go far wrong with straight(ish) quillions and a disc pommel if you want to be more detailed have a look at paintings etc about Agincourt and see if anything jumps out at you.
by Ayliffe's Steve
Tue Aug 27, 2013 11:57 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 35266

Re: Bannockburn 2014

40000? I find that unlikely but if you can cater for that many you may as well, just in case.

We have a member who has to wear specific glasses at all times. We got around that by wrapping his entire face in a linen cloth and claiming disease has disfigured him.
by Ayliffe's Steve
Thu Aug 08, 2013 1:41 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 35266

Re: Bannockburn 2014

Most people up there did not seem interested in the true history of the battle and just wanted us to re-enact Braveheart Not "most people"- just the most vocal, publically visible and well-connected minority, unfortunately. Fair point, I should ammed that to 'most of the people who made a...
by Ayliffe's Steve
Thu Aug 08, 2013 9:52 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 35266

Re: Bannockburn 2014

They know their market. Most people up there did not seem interested in the true history of the battle and just wanted us to re-enact Braveheart - this seems to be what they are pandering to as it makes the most money. This would probably mean 2 or 3 days off work, I am self employed so that is 3 x ...
by Ayliffe's Steve
Tue Jun 25, 2013 12:22 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Newbie's guide to kit buying
Replies: 53
Views: 13822

Re: Newbie's guide to kit buying

I disagree with you, Steve, about everything, except that it should be fun; of course it should be fun. However, I don't think it helps to go into that here. Let's agree to disagree. But ... if I agree to disagree and you disagree with me about everything (apart from the 'it being fun' bit) ... the...
by Ayliffe's Steve
Mon Jun 24, 2013 2:53 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Newbie's guide to kit buying
Replies: 53
Views: 13822

Re: Newbie's guide to kit buying

For later-14th/15thC battle re-enactment, I'd argue against people getting a sword at all [until they have almost everything else they need]. By that stage, although swords have become relatively widely available to ordinary soldiers, no one, rich or poor, is using an [ordinary] sword as their prim...
by Ayliffe's Steve
Thu May 09, 2013 2:16 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 35266

Re: Bannockburn 2014

It was a publicity shoot for, surprisingly enough, 'Brave'. Ah - that makes sense. Do you know what their actual historical standards are at the moment? Did I say you did? Yeah, pretty much. If you did not mean that then you phrased this reply quite clumsily: Why not just talk to Chick directly? I'...
by Ayliffe's Steve
Thu May 09, 2013 12:01 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 35266

Re: Bannockburn 2014

That photo does look a little suspicious! Is that dress wrong for the time period? I do not know what it is but it looks like guy on the left has a two handed sword which is a little later than Bannockburn, isn't it? Didn't they start getting popular when solid torso armour became common? Could some...
by Ayliffe's Steve
Thu May 09, 2013 11:55 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 35266

Re: Bannockburn 2014

Why not just talk to Chick directly? I'd imagine that would be a much better way of going about it than going straight to the NTS and making demands. Because if the NTS are involved in the comunication chain then queries are more likely to be handled properly and not just brushed off, ignored etc. ...
by Ayliffe's Steve
Thu May 09, 2013 9:22 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 35266

Re: Bannockburn 2014

Hang on, has anyone actually seem Clanranald at an event recently? Is it possible that they have improved their historical standards and now pander less to the Mel Gibson's Braveheart? If not, could we ask the trust to see their kit guide and take things from there? If Clanranald publish a kit guide...
by Ayliffe's Steve
Fri May 03, 2013 2:51 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Gorget/Bevor Confusion / Other Newbie Questions
Replies: 21
Views: 4091

Re: Gorget/Bevor Confusion / Other Newbie Questions

Mark Griffin wrote:
once was whilst an opponent made eye contact and pool queued at my face


Either you need to be going to nicer pool halls or give up that job as primary school lunchtime playground assistant Steve!


:lol:
by Ayliffe's Steve
Thu May 02, 2013 12:38 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Gorget/Bevor Confusion / Other Newbie Questions
Replies: 21
Views: 4091

Re: Gorget/Bevor Confusion / Other Newbie Questions

I have used a Dressed to Kill one for years without any issue. I have had several shots bounce of it, once was whilst an opponent made eye contact and pool queued at my face, I leaned back (bloody sharpish!) and the bev took the hit leaving me unhurt.
by Ayliffe's Steve
Thu May 02, 2013 12:34 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 35266

Re: Bannockburn 2014

I went to Bannockburn years ago. First time about 8 of us went and had fun. Apart from one drunk MOP who was trying to pick a fight with me as I left the battlefield, another re-enactor walked up, took the drink out of his hand and necked it before giving back an empty glass and complimenting him on...
by Ayliffe's Steve
Wed Apr 24, 2013 2:27 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Newbie's guide to kit buying
Replies: 53
Views: 13822

Re: Newbie's guide to kit buying

It might well be the case that medieval shoes require a slightly different walking technique but I am yet to see a regular shoe wearing practice attract new members like a regular fight practice does. However, people who are not walking correctly in period shoes will have sore feet and wear shoes ou...
by Ayliffe's Steve
Thu Apr 11, 2013 4:43 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Newbie's guide to kit buying
Replies: 53
Views: 13822

Re: Newbie's guide to kit buying

On the other hand, it's worth remembering that no-one ever has to practice to wear shoes or braise. [Ok, we all know someone; but you know what I mean]. So even if you're borrowing, it's worth getting to grips with a weapon sooner rather than later. I bought a sword first - before anything else. I ...
by Ayliffe's Steve
Thu Jan 10, 2013 12:38 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Authenticity of cloak hooks on armour
Replies: 21
Views: 2540

Re: Authenticity of cloak hooks on armour

I can't think of a single breastplate with evidence for anything for attaching anything other than other bits of vital armour equipment. This was the main point made by my local boffin (tm). Also, the fact that it was (in his words) 'a stupid idea' kind of nailed it shut for me. However, I thought ...
by Ayliffe's Steve
Thu Jan 10, 2013 10:48 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Authenticity of cloak hooks on armour
Replies: 21
Views: 2540

Re: Authenticity of cloak hooks on armour

Hmmm, that may be it. The fellow who was telling me about it mentioned hooks on the breastplate to attach the cloak to. I suppose that sitting on a horse in the cold would be a reason to have the cloak on in the first place. I asked one of the groups history boffs and he found it highly unlikely due...
by Ayliffe's Steve
Tue Jan 08, 2013 3:19 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Words to historical war chants
Replies: 18
Views: 4166

Re: Words to historical war chants

In GCoT one of the less well known things we do is chant a bit.

However, the actual Hussites did a lot of singing. The book of translations from the Crusader sources has some of their songs in it (translated into English) - I think it is the one my Professor Fudge.
by Ayliffe's Steve
Tue Jan 01, 2013 11:33 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: I want to buy an armet ... I think
Replies: 34
Views: 4473

Re: I want to buy an armet ... I think

Its a HOUNSKULL bascinet. That's dog faced everyone. Hund - Hound. The English term "hounskull" possibly comes from the German term for the helmet, 'hundsgugel', meaning "hound's hood. Pig faced was dreamt up by some Victorian idiot. They seem to be called pig faced pretty much unive...
by Ayliffe's Steve
Tue Nov 20, 2012 12:03 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Authenticity of cloak hooks on armour
Replies: 21
Views: 2540

Re: Authenticity of cloak hooks on armour

Any evidence of them being worn actually in combat?
by Ayliffe's Steve
Sun Nov 18, 2012 5:09 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: I want to buy an armet ... I think
Replies: 34
Views: 4473

Re: I want to buy an armet ... I think

Yes fair point but what I meant was to fight in. I know people who compete wearing pig faces so I have something to scale the armet against if I know whether it is better or worse
by Ayliffe's Steve
Sun Nov 18, 2012 4:57 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Authenticity of cloak hooks on armour
Replies: 21
Views: 2540

Re: Authenticity of cloak hooks on armour

The only reason I can think of would be just to pose but I might be getting my terms wrong. A foot reaching garment that would come over the shoulders and hook onto two points at the front, I think he said the breastplate - I called it a cloak but it might be called a gown or something else. Current...
by Ayliffe's Steve
Sun Nov 18, 2012 4:20 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Authenticity of cloak hooks on armour
Replies: 21
Views: 2540

Authenticity of cloak hooks on armour

Does anyone have any references for hooks on the front of 15c gothic armour on the breastplate designed to attach a cloak to?
by Ayliffe's Steve
Sun Nov 18, 2012 11:42 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: I want to buy an armet ... I think
Replies: 34
Views: 4473

Re: I want to buy an armet ... I think

Are they worse than pig faced bascinets?

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