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by EwanDoc
Sat Jan 24, 2015 5:03 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 'Off the shelf' swords?
Replies: 10
Views: 3683

Re: 'Off the shelf' swords?

St. George Armoury often have swords in stock.

Got my hand and a half off him, and am absolutely delighted with it. Pricing is usually pretty good, about equal with Armourclass. Very easy to get in touch with too!
by EwanDoc
Thu Jan 16, 2014 7:44 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 55886

Re: Bannockburn 2014

Mark Griffin wrote:Ues, should have said that, date is as above. Think Historic Scotland are sensibly avoiding the 'big' weekend



They're actually losing out, they've dropped one of their Linlithgow weekends for it, it seems. It'll still be busier here in Edinburgh that weekend haha!
by EwanDoc
Thu Jan 16, 2014 7:32 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 55886

Re: Bannockburn 2014

Nope. Castle Event is at end of May. To my knowledge, the only re-enactment event on Bannockburn weekend is the one at Bannockburn. Didn't they shift the Armed Forces Day so that there wouldn't be a clash? Even if, both events running could still work, as Bannockburn is a decent ways out of Stirling...
by EwanDoc
Thu Jan 16, 2014 6:33 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 55886

Re: Bannockburn 2014

There will indeed be an event at Stirling Castle hosted by Historic Scotland. We (Carrick 800) will be there, along with Fire and Sword. Alas, it wont be a particularly large event as there is not a huge amount of space. A good, large event will also be the Dunfermline Bruce Festival in August. Its ...
by EwanDoc
Mon Jan 13, 2014 11:48 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 55886

Re: Bannockburn 2014

I think the simplest explanation is that it isn't going to be a re-enactment, but a big historically oriented entertainment event.


I think this may sum it up.
by EwanDoc
Thu Jan 02, 2014 4:08 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 55886

Re: Bannockburn 2014

As a group we're not attending the Bannockburn event. I, personally, have heard very little of this in Scottish Re-enactment circles, I've actually learnt more reading this thread then from anywhere else. I'd like to see more specifics on kit requirements and what exactly is expected in these 40 min...
by EwanDoc
Sun Jun 19, 2011 3:21 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Mottes....
Replies: 8
Views: 2318

Re: Mottes....

The Osprey book 'English Castles 1200-1300' has some good reconstuctions of later motte and baileys, it might be worth a look.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/English-Castles ... 199&sr=8-1
by EwanDoc
Thu Apr 21, 2011 4:07 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: saxon axes
Replies: 14
Views: 5405

Re: saxon axes

Paul Binns is worth looking at (www.paul-binns-swords.co.uk) usually around the £40 mark.
by EwanDoc
Sun Mar 27, 2011 2:50 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Hoop and stave cannon
Replies: 12
Views: 2533

Re: Hoop and stave cannon

The Royal Armouries does a great publication called "Bombards: Mons Meg and her sisters", which focuses on Mons Meg, the great bombard in Edinburgh Castle, as well as other realted hoop-and-barrel Bombards. It's very detailed and deals with contemporary sources as well as modern studies of...
by EwanDoc
Sun Mar 27, 2011 2:41 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Medieval Sport
Replies: 12
Views: 3818

Re: Medieval Sport

Obviously couldn't re-enact these, but bloodsports involving animals were apparently very popular. There was the Hog Chase, where participants would pursue a pig with clubs, whoever killed the animal would get to keep the carcass. Definitely one of the most unpleasent I've read about involved nailin...
by EwanDoc
Tue Mar 01, 2011 4:46 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: your opinion on swords?
Replies: 15
Views: 3566

Re: your opinion on swords?

Hard to go wrong with a good Paul Binns sword too, folks in my group either seem to use Armourclass or Binnsys. www.paul-binns-swords.co.uk
by EwanDoc
Fri Oct 22, 2010 1:03 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: How to authentically waterproof shoes/boots?
Replies: 10
Views: 4274

Re: How to authentically waterproof shoes/boots?

We sometimes have two German Shepards with our group. My shoes would disappear!
by EwanDoc
Sat Oct 16, 2010 1:23 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Sleeping bag/bed/bag thing!
Replies: 25
Views: 3470

Re: Sleeping bag/bed/bag thing!

For mainland Europe, a makeshift bed is very easy to make. Lay out thin, springy material like twigs under a thick, soft, layer of forage material. Bracken is ideal, but the trick is to lay it out in a herringbone pattern, crossing the top of the plants in the middle. I've used a rollmat instead, ou...
by EwanDoc
Thu Oct 07, 2010 12:21 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Lining of hoods
Replies: 32
Views: 6003

Re: Lining of hoods

I've read books that tell of hood being padded out with insulating wool and then lined with linen on the inside. This was referencing both Viking and later Medieval periods, so I don't see why the practice would have died out, mine's is wool lined with fabric inside, and is one of the coziest garmen...
by EwanDoc
Thu Sep 30, 2010 6:07 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: How to carry a claymore?
Replies: 20
Views: 13200

Re: How to carry a claymore?

Since two handed swords wouldn't be carried about day-to-day, I would go with the 'wrapped and transported' theory, most likely transported in the baggage. As they were status items, I would imagine that the owner would have more practical weapons for use on the march, perhaps a shorter sword that c...
by EwanDoc
Fri Sep 10, 2010 4:13 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Flodden kit and info please
Replies: 93
Views: 26314

Re: Flodden kit and info please

Was at Etal Castle yesterday, they have a rather good Flodden exhibition there. When I asked the lady there about the anniversary, she said that there were definitiely plans in the works for a big event in 2013.
by EwanDoc
Mon Sep 06, 2010 4:30 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Flodden kit and info please
Replies: 93
Views: 26314

Re: Flodden kit and info please

My group could well be interested in doing this, but like many of the groups in Scotland, we aren't that big. Personally, I would be a against about going out on the battlefield itself, but I didn't gather whether that was the intention or not in the thread. Regarding Bannockburn, it will be a big e...
by EwanDoc
Sat Aug 28, 2010 4:14 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Advice on Swords.
Replies: 30
Views: 15066

Re: Advice on Swords.

I was put off Armourclass when I heard about several incidents over the past few years of their blades breaking a few inches below the point, it has put a lot of the groups up here off using them. I have heard recently though that Armourclass have bought new tempering vats that should solve the prob...
by EwanDoc
Wed Aug 18, 2010 9:51 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Flodden kit and info please
Replies: 93
Views: 26314

Re: Flodden kit and info please

Osprey's 'Scottish Renaissance Army 1513-1550' is a good book with some cracking illustrations by Graham Turner, not hugely detailed in the text but a good overview. The Osprey Flodden book might be worth a look, but I've not read it myself. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Scottish-Renaissance-Army-15131550...
by EwanDoc
Wed Aug 18, 2010 4:21 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Advice on Swords.
Replies: 30
Views: 15066

Re: Advice on Swords.

Before I got into re-enactment, I bought a Barnett Basket-Hilt. Looks pretty good, but is the most unwieldy chunks of metal I've ever held. The guard itself also takes chunks off your hands as the edges aint finished. One of the guys in my group bought one and it lasted two shows before breaking. Fo...
by EwanDoc
Wed Aug 11, 2010 1:27 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Coat of Plates..uh...plates
Replies: 5
Views: 1598

Re: Coat of Plates..uh...plates

Colin Middleton wrote:I assume that you've visited the armour archives for some tips on this already.

Good luck


Might be a silly quetion, but where are these archives? I'm still quite new to the site.
by EwanDoc
Wed Aug 11, 2010 1:25 pm
Forum: Societies
Topic: Carrick 800 Battle Re-enactment Society(Viking>1600)
Replies: 0
Views: 1450

Carrick 800 Battle Re-enactment Society(Viking>1600)

Carrick 800 are a re-enacment society based in Girvan, south west Scotland. We are a multi-period group covering from the Viking through to the Covenanting period in Scotland. Although based in Girvan, the group recruits from all over Scotland and beyond (I myself live in Edinburgh) . One of the lon...
by EwanDoc
Thu Aug 05, 2010 3:30 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Coat of Plates..uh...plates
Replies: 5
Views: 1598

Coat of Plates..uh...plates

I'm currently planning a project where I'm going to make myself a 14thC ("Wisby-type") Coat of Plates. So far, I've sourced all the materials except the actual plates themselves. Does anyone have and advice of where's the best place to source that sort of thing? This is the type of thing I...

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