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by Adam R
Mon Jul 31, 2006 12:08 am
Forum: General History
Topic: 'Ballok' dagger
Replies: 20
Views: 3125

Re: 'Ballok' dagger

Hi, Many years ago someone told me an interesting story about why the ballok dagger (or variations of the name) was so named. However I've forgotten it, so could anyone refresh my memory? Cheers. Now it just so happens I am an expert here - or at least I am often told I talk lots about ballock dagg...
by Adam R
Mon Jul 24, 2006 8:21 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: The History of Re-enactment
Replies: 63
Views: 16510

....... what, with the politics? Probably the Eglinton Tournament, a big old 19th century do washed out by rain. 19th C loved the medieval period. I got to look at an original Eglington Tournament programme the other week - wow! - about 3ft x 2 ft - colour plates and lots of pomp. There is some tal...
by Adam R
Thu May 18, 2006 8:35 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: What's wrong in WOTR re-enactment?
Replies: 125
Views: 15079

The most agressive I have experience are Bosworth and Tewks which are scripted. Is it a coincidence that these are the big events whereby the chap in front of you is not somebody you had a drink with last night? Or that they attract the "occassionals" Possibly a factor for sure - another factor may...
by Adam R
Thu May 04, 2006 11:21 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Picture of surviving Arming Doublet
Replies: 4
Views: 921

Aha!
Thanks to Craigs post I tracked it down
Ta
Adam
by Adam R
Thu May 04, 2006 11:15 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Picture of surviving Arming Doublet
Replies: 4
Views: 921

craig1459 wrote:Hi Adam

Is that the Rothwell Jack? Jorge provided me with a copy of an article on it, including pictures - can forward if you wish


Hi Craig,

It might be - but if it's relevant - forward it anyway please

Thanks :)

See you soon I hope

Adam
by Adam R
Thu May 04, 2006 11:01 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Picture of surviving Arming Doublet
Replies: 4
Views: 921

Picture of surviving Arming Doublet

Hi,
A while ago someone posted a pic of a supposedly 16thC arming doublet - I have tried searching but can't find it - can anyone point me (sic) in the right direction? It was a gothic looking thing.
Thanks
Adam
by Adam R
Wed Mar 08, 2006 11:43 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Me, Bodger, Mr S and others
Replies: 20
Views: 2814

yep, but he wont be doing much archery nowadays. Well maybe with a crossbow possibly. No - indeed not :( Adam why not Poll axe (head etc)? Well - the word as passed down is poleaxe - with a long 'o' - as in the OED. The derivative was unexpectedly interesting - ie not an axe on a pole - some people...
by Adam R
Wed Mar 08, 2006 7:02 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Me, Bodger, Mr S and others
Replies: 20
Views: 2814

....Perry as in Perry twins?
by Adam R
Wed Mar 08, 2006 6:58 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Me, Bodger, Mr S and others
Replies: 20
Views: 2814

PC Re-enactment now is it - "Line of men carrying varied weapons". Don't want to offend the poleaxe :D You have to be careful calling it a poleaxe these days - there is a pointless subterfuge of calling it a poll axe - and pronouncing it with a short 'o' accordingly (like boll... sorry, doll) - i k...
by Adam R
Fri Feb 24, 2006 4:53 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: What's wrong in WOTR re-enactment?
Replies: 125
Views: 15079

Major change in culture - that is where the competitive side might be insurmountable. In the vike we trained knowing what we were getting into - control and such like were well ingrained and we knew that loosing was part of it - and still there were those who pushed the rules to their own end - of c...
by Adam R
Fri Feb 24, 2006 1:48 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: What's wrong in WOTR re-enactment?
Replies: 125
Views: 15079

Just to satisfy the curiosity of a Dark Age er do you do any competitive fighting in WOTR or is it all re-enactments of historical battles that have to end with the right side winning? As a former dark Age - now retired WoTR - I think playing with open ended scripts would be worth while. In the Vik...
by Adam R
Thu Jan 26, 2006 5:00 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Western Martial Arts
Replies: 19
Views: 3091

Good post Matt

Absolutely - the German system is (amongst other things) an answer to 'play masters' - there are admonitions against taking the point 'off line' in defensive work and many techniques gain super technique status against binds in which there is no threat to you - but then much of the bind work is simi...
by Adam R
Thu Jan 26, 2006 2:10 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Western Martial Arts
Replies: 19
Views: 3091

Hi Steve, Well - whatever the detail (which I can't really comment on, as I said) I'm sorry you felt dissapointed with it all. I can't comment on your current skills and re-enactment training and how much of a positive or negative thing it is - because I can't watch you. However, feel free to pop do...
by Adam R
Wed Jan 25, 2006 10:36 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Western Martial Arts
Replies: 19
Views: 3091

Hi Steve, Obviously I don't know the details of what you did and did not cover - but let me just say a few things - My concern is that to become an adept practitioner you require a fundamental knowledge of basic combat techniques including a well rounded defence But you do not need to learn another ...
by Adam R
Wed Jan 25, 2006 12:11 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Western Martial Arts
Replies: 19
Views: 3091

Hi Segrave, As others have said - don't give up on WMA - try another group. Defence is paramount - but defence in the German tradition (of which Talhoffer's manuals are a less cohesive part) is built into the attack. You cannot teach Liechtenauer's tradition (IMHO) without grasping the attack/defenc...

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