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by Chris, yclept John Barber
Mon Jan 26, 2009 1:25 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Today I will be mainly doing..
Replies: 17
Views: 16271

Here's the question I always asked the kids looking in the replica shelter in the museum here - might be useful for you. "What's the first thing you did when you came out of the shelter?" Foolish me - I was expecting a picture looking out of an Anderson shelter towards the door of the outside 'faci...
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Tue Dec 30, 2008 9:23 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Priests and maces
Replies: 10
Views: 3070

Malvoisin wrote:Does a mace draw blood? I think it might.
There's only one way to find out...

FIIIIIIIGHT!!!! :D
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Tue Dec 23, 2008 2:29 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Priests and maces
Replies: 10
Views: 3070

Priests and maces

I don't know how many times I've heard re-enactors telling MOPS (and I've done it plenty of times myself :oops: ) that the priestly orders used maces in battle because the Pope had forbidden them the use of weapons which draw blood, which meant anything with a sharp blade. Now, I did read in a barbe...
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Thu Dec 04, 2008 1:35 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Questions about reenacting a Gallowglass
Replies: 15
Views: 3832

Neil of Ormsheim wrote:Sorry Chris, lost the suppliers address last time I cleaned out my in box. Wont google do it?
I didn't have any success last time I tried. There were a few hits, but none of the gloves looked as substantial as the ones I'm using.

Maybe it's time to try again...

Thanks anyway,
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Wed Dec 03, 2008 1:10 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Questions about reenacting a Gallowglass
Replies: 15
Views: 3832

Some of our people use street hockey gloves... Off topic, but do you know a source of street-hockey gloves? I've been using a pair for years in practice and find them to be great protection (no way they could be made to look authenti though!), but I need a new pair, and a lot of our group really ne...
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Mon Dec 01, 2008 1:38 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Mother of all noobs.
Replies: 14
Views: 4503

A chin strap will make a big difference. Even if the helm is quite tight-fitting, when struck on the front it will try to rotate around whichever part of the helm is in firmest contact with the side of the head. That's why the nasal comes inwards and strikes the nose - it's rotating, rather than goi...
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Fri Nov 28, 2008 5:00 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Robin Hood (2007/8 BBC) - worst historical drama ever?
Replies: 9
Views: 2829

'Drama based on events the makers would like you to think are historical'? 'Worst ever drama purporting to use historical events'? But it probably wouldn't be picked up without a snappy title, like 'Worst Historical Drama Ever!' (preferably said in the voice of Comic Store Guy from the Simpsons). An...
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Fri Nov 28, 2008 1:45 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Robin Hood (2007/8 BBC) - worst historical drama ever?
Replies: 9
Views: 2829

At the time of writing, there are 13 votes 'for' and 4 'against'. We know that Simon reckons Bonekickers is worse - but not necessarily worst-ever. Come on then Simon - is Bonekickers the worst ever for you? We'd have to redefine the competition as 'worst ever use of historical events in a TV drama'...
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Thu Oct 30, 2008 9:30 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: WOR Fed Combat
Replies: 27
Views: 5669

As stated in an earlier post, my draft of the script is complete and people are invited to look it over and make suggestions and objections. No-one apparently wanted to, since it promptly became tumbleweed time. I also didn't hear of any volunteers to edit the resulting footage, so even if we turned...
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Tue Oct 21, 2008 12:10 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Animal Tails
Replies: 199
Views: 40548

jellie-kat wrote:...the scaraficial exuviae."

Just thought that might be interesting as no one else had mentioned it yet.

Yes, how did the thread get this far without someone mentioning scaraficial exuviae? :shock:
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Thu Oct 09, 2008 12:08 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Who used paper and who could read middle English
Replies: 20
Views: 6394

Re: Illuminated "Handbooks"

- the urinilogy is a particular comparison - the colours in MS8004 are varied and several include gilding... The colours on a urine chart can be surprising (mine was painted for me by a consultant pathologist so the shades match her modern texts), but I'd be seriously worried if I came across a pat...
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Mon Oct 06, 2008 12:16 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Blore Heath 2008
Replies: 34
Views: 9065

Sampson de Strelley wrote:
how do ya post pictures on here never done it before

cheers
There's a thread in the 'Help and Advice' board that tells all.
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Tue Sep 23, 2008 4:03 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Bosworth
Replies: 33
Views: 6895

Colin Middleton wrote:I can't view any of Seanha's pictures. They all just come up with little red crosses! :x

Am I the only one with this little technical glitch or has something gone wrong in the last week?
No, I've had the same problem.
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Tue Sep 23, 2008 2:17 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Archer status
Replies: 26
Views: 8593

Not being an archery expert, I'm working on fragments which stuck in my mind from researching just about enough to narrate our archery demos. I don't think that the gluing in laminated bows would be a problem even in the damp English climate. Till the introduction of steel crossbow prods in the C14t...
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Tue Sep 23, 2008 2:02 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Blore Heath 2008
Replies: 34
Views: 9065

There great mate.!! I was behind the ropes too but ive a 70-300mm VR lens on my D300 so I can get really close. I steped up from my Slr to a Dslr last month and its make all the difference. I was using a DSLR too (Minolta, also with 70-300mm zoom from the film era, so that would be equivalent to ab...
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Tue Sep 23, 2008 8:22 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Blore Heath 2008
Replies: 34
Views: 9065

These were all shot from behind the ropes, so I can't get as close and intense as Darkmere's brilliant shots.
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Tue Sep 23, 2008 8:19 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Blore Heath 2008
Replies: 34
Views: 9065

On to the combat scenes:
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Tue Sep 23, 2008 8:17 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Blore Heath 2008
Replies: 34
Views: 9065

Some of KIBS:
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Tue Sep 23, 2008 8:13 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Blore Heath 2008
Replies: 34
Views: 9065

I haven't sorted out how to post multiple pictures yet, so bear with me for multiple postings...

First, some of the Forum personalities...
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Fri Sep 19, 2008 8:29 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Archer status
Replies: 26
Views: 8593

If I were you, I wouldn’t try using a battle of 329BC to justify anything in a script set in approximately 1200AD – a lot can change in fifteen hundred years! But there is no problem with Hun/Mongol/Saracen short- or horse-bows (all pretty much the same thing as far as I know) turning up in England ...
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Thu Sep 18, 2008 12:43 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Archer status
Replies: 26
Views: 8593

If she can fly falcons (you'll need to research the particular birds used by ladies of the appropriate rank - I know that the merlin is a lady's bird, but not what others were used), ride sidesaddle (a noble style of riding - I doubt you'd find a sidesaddle in the average merchant's stable), and can...
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Tue Sep 16, 2008 12:46 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Archer status
Replies: 26
Views: 8593

How many answers are there for that question even just for the late 15th century, let alone the whole 900 years! The problem is that in theory every full-grown man was an archer, thanks to the laws requiring weekly practice. When an army went out on campaign or a militia was raised to defend a town ...
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Tue Sep 02, 2008 12:44 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Football.
Replies: 17
Views: 4888

I haven't seen it for a few years - I think it may have been lost while moving the Society's kit to a new lockup. But it was a nut-sack from the dried fruit & nuts stall in the local market, tightly-woven hessian, maybe 15" wide and 24" long when empty. The bottom end (about 8" worth) was stuffed wi...
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Wed Aug 27, 2008 1:15 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Modern necessities
Replies: 41
Views: 12249

The microphone. In some big events, you can have a dedicated commentator hidden away somewhere, but for the majority of them you need a re-renactor with a mike down there on the field. This year we've invested part of our Lottery grant in a new PA with a lapel radio-mike. Even that's a bit noticeabl...
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Wed Aug 27, 2008 1:09 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Football.
Replies: 17
Views: 4888

The KIBS version used to be a fun interlude which was announced to the public as having 'only one rule - no weapons!' Upon which announcement, everyone drops the weapons they have secreted about their persons. (Incidentally, boots counted as weapons - everyone was required to play barefoot.) We'd pu...
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Tue Aug 19, 2008 12:17 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Bosworth
Replies: 33
Views: 6895

And more...
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Tue Aug 19, 2008 12:13 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Bosworth
Replies: 33
Views: 6895

Just a few from Sunday's foot tournament...

(No battle pics because I was there in the thick of it!)
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Thu Jul 17, 2008 8:32 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: hi im new and need help!
Replies: 25
Views: 4744

Regarding crossbows...A crossbow with a low enough poundage to be safely used on the field (probably 30-40 pounds) will usually lack any kind of drawing mechanism (goat's foot / pulley etc) as they are easily drawn by hand - so make sure you are able to draw it before you buy it. That said, it'll s...
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Tue Jul 01, 2008 12:59 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: WOR Fed Combat
Replies: 27
Views: 5669

Can you put in a sword and buckler section if you haven't already and do many people use hand and a half swords? Sword & buckler are a lot of fun, but I don't intend to put them in my script for three reasons: 1) There are so many things you need to learn to fight with a sword & buckler that it wou...
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Tue Jul 01, 2008 8:16 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: The Fed at Windsor 2008
Replies: 13
Views: 3389

And some different pointy-sticking for a change...