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by Chris, yclept John Barber
Tue Oct 02, 2007 12:36 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Why can't academic historians ever get it right?
Replies: 30
Views: 6627

[quote="histrenact]I first made my butted mail shirt about 1989ish... I *do* have to darn it on occasion and give it a complete once over every couple of years or so but, I am afraid, over that nearly twenty year period of robust reenactment use I cannot say that I agree that it needs perpetual...
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Fri Sep 28, 2007 8:11 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Joining the Blore Heath 2007 pics club...
Replies: 8
Views: 2268

Well, if it's a game of Spot the Cleggy:
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Tue Sep 25, 2007 12:51 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: WOTR Alleigences.
Replies: 76
Views: 9906

Allan Harley wrote:I have to agree - bends are easy, don't take up much fabric and can be used for so many occasions the perfect battle accessory _ as modelled by my lovely assistants at Blore.


Such as:
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Tue Sep 25, 2007 8:12 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Joining the Blore Heath 2007 pics club...
Replies: 8
Views: 2268

And some more...
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Tue Sep 25, 2007 8:11 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Joining the Blore Heath 2007 pics club...
Replies: 8
Views: 2268

Joining the Blore Heath 2007 pics club...

All from the skirmishing as I was playing in the real thing...
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Tue Sep 11, 2007 8:08 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Coleshill 800
Replies: 8
Views: 817

I'm the one in the red Howard livery with two swords in the first pic, Colin Middleton is the long-haired clanky next to me.

Good scrap, fine pictures. Well done all!
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Fri Sep 07, 2007 4:17 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Living History 101
Replies: 49
Views: 8460

[quote="Bazman I do alot of martial arts so don't mind a few cuts and bruises but lossing a limb well that's just more commitment then I feel I could give. So I suppose I can understand that some training is required beforehand even if it is a bit frustrating :-) Baz[/quote] We don't stand much...
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Wed Sep 05, 2007 8:19 am
Forum: General History
Topic: First or Third Person LH?
Replies: 44
Views: 7351

I'm in agreement with what I feel is the general feeling of this thread: if you are trying to interact with the MOPs third person is best, if you're interacting with each other and 'letting the MOPs eavesdrop', first person is the way to go. For example, as John Barber doing my 'medieval surgery' ta...
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Wed Aug 01, 2007 8:17 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Shugborough 2007
Replies: 4
Views: 1173

Here's a few more:
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Tue Jul 24, 2007 12:51 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Who the hell are you?
Replies: 520
Views: 65330

I found out several things: -the chainmail weighed 2 1/2 pounds, felt like more on my shoulders -the sword and shield weighed less than said chainmail -going without glasses *does not* suit me -I can pull a 34' bow (and I'm shooting a 20' atm... can't believe it) I think you missed a digit there - ...
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Fri Jun 01, 2007 12:11 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Basic knowledge
Replies: 30
Views: 5161

What insults and swear words did they use which would be acceptable if used in front of a modern audience?
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Tue May 15, 2007 3:44 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: How to tell who is a Knight.
Replies: 333
Views: 29568

OK, I'll default to the knowledge of those who already posted here and drop my recommendation from 30-40lb to a 30lb bow. As I said: I'm not really an archer. I was working on the principle that some of the ladies in our group who aren't regular archers still use 35lb bows. I wouldn't advise going a...
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Tue May 15, 2007 8:37 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: How to tell who is a Knight.
Replies: 333
Views: 29568

Although I'm not an archer (though I can shoot well enough with a borrowed bow not to disgrace myself), there is one point I'd add to those suggesting a cheaper starter bow: draw weight. With practice, you'll build strength and develop your technique. You'll find it easier to draw the bow and your s...
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Mon May 14, 2007 8:43 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: How to tell who is a Knight.
Replies: 333
Views: 29568

I don't know what to do anymore, lol! I think it may end up varying from event to event at the rate I'm going :oops: But that'd be a bit pricey methinks... Gosh I just don't know... want to be a Squirelle at at least one event, cos I have someone that I want/need/have to meet, and I also told Craig...
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Fri May 11, 2007 12:36 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: How to tell who is a Knight.
Replies: 333
Views: 29568

Yes, that's the impression I formed. Although the source (can't remember which one it was, sorry) did mention that the three cannon were used, it didn't say anything about their effect. Which implies they weren't worth the effort! :D
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Fri May 11, 2007 8:19 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: How to tell who is a Knight.
Replies: 333
Views: 29568

guthrie wrote:They were using [cannon] on the battlefield in the wars of the roses, so the 1460's onwards, but the Hussites made good use of them in their battles in the early 1400's.



There were three small cannon on the battlefield at Crecy, 1346!
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Thu May 10, 2007 8:27 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: How to tell who is a Knight.
Replies: 333
Views: 29568

Honestly, I really wouldn't mind being a Squire. It's not that I don't want to do anything else though - SHOULD be starting archery in 6th form, which though not authentic, should at least give me the basic idea? Funny, I thought that being an archer would be a more popular option :) long bow: |) -...
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Wed May 09, 2007 12:02 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: How to tell who is a Knight.
Replies: 333
Views: 29568

I certainly would - there'd be physical violence too! But it wouldn't be because I'm a mean person. It's all in character. Pah. That's your excuse. Lidi :D Admitted: it's not because I'm a mean person, but I'm a mean person too, so being nasty to squires is just a bonus of choosing the kind of char...
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Tue May 08, 2007 12:37 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: How to tell who is a Knight.
Replies: 333
Views: 29568

Lol OK then - as long as this process doesn't happen infront of MoPs?! Or would a mean person deliberately do it to make the whole thing more authentic? :shock: I certainly would - there'd be physical violence too! But it wouldn't be because I'm a mean person. It's all in character. As one of the e...
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Wed May 02, 2007 4:25 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: How to tell who is a Knight.
Replies: 333
Views: 29568

So the only thing left is the clear heraldry. Although re-enactors may claim to be a knight and then take the field without a livery surcote/coat/etc, in the medieval era that wouldn't have happened. except during a good portion of the bit of which I was speaking, during which time heraldry either ...
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Wed May 02, 2007 12:48 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: How to tell who is a Knight.
Replies: 333
Views: 29568

OK so trying to summarise, if I was a MoP watching a battle and trying to pick out the knights from the others, I would look for: - those on horseback - those with 'modern' looking equipment for the time - those with more plate (all relative I guess) - those who have body guards - those with swords...
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Wed May 02, 2007 12:03 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Who the hell are you?
Replies: 520
Views: 65330

craig1459 wrote:
lidimy wrote:It's not a pentacle... :wink:

The six points is a bit of a giveaway :lol:


Teenage Mutant Ninja Pentacles! :D
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Tue May 01, 2007 12:41 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: The Devereux retinue.
Replies: 41
Views: 5451

What's a great helm...? Although Paul gave you a couple of good examples, a generalised definition of a great helm is one which covers the full head down to jaw height, with a full circumference of steel around most of its height. The full helm is more cylindrical than shaped: it doesn't taper in t...
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Mon Apr 30, 2007 2:41 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: The Devereux retinue.
Replies: 41
Views: 5451

True, but there is more than enough galvanised out there that we can't change it overnight unfortunately, even I haven't replaced all mine yet :oops: It was other bits I was looking at, for example the lack of sleeves on the hauberk while wearing chausses plus the shield should be a flat top kite r...
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Mon Apr 30, 2007 12:32 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: The Devereux retinue.
Replies: 41
Views: 5451

Simon_Diment wrote:I can see very few bits that need any change at all.


That mail looks galvanised to me!!! It could just be an artifact of the photo, of course, in which case disregard the rest of this posting. But be warned: galvanised mail NEVER looks authentic, and very few grades of stainless do.
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Mon Apr 02, 2007 12:24 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Old spot remedies? :D
Replies: 45
Views: 5106

Cover them with hessian!
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Wed Feb 28, 2007 9:09 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Who the hell are you?
Replies: 520
Views: 65330

I'm the one standing up!
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Fri Feb 23, 2007 2:11 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Historic Demos
Replies: 10
Views: 2151

There's a big difference in fees depending on how many overheads the group has and the kind of shows they 'normally' do. Our society is one of the more expensive. We bring a lot of communal kit to the event (24'x12' dining tent, full kitchen, tables, etc, couple of standard Past Tents round pavilion...
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Thu Feb 15, 2007 1:41 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Apologies
Replies: 50
Views: 5842

Our two are more like a Delta Force jaunt to Mogadishu market. In theory hunting in a pair is a good plan, the ground is known and researched, you know about the cars and the dog walkers - but not if there are only 9 legs between you and your partner is a Half-siamese version of the A-Team's Murgat...
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Thu Feb 15, 2007 9:32 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Apologies
Replies: 50
Views: 5842

Simon Atford wrote:
Chris, yclept John Barber wrote:
Simon Atford wrote:Surely cats are usually naked and therefore pictures of clothed cats would be more noteworthy :?:


Like this?[ see picture]


Excellent :lol:

Not sure that cats would make very good soldiers though :wink:


Skirmishers, possibly. But try to get them to form three ranks! :D

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