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by guthrie
Fri Jul 04, 2014 11:48 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 63274

Re: Bannockburn 2014

I don't want to sound like I'm saying it was pants; i'ts just I'm something of a depressive person, especially when tired. Nevertheless, I think most people attending had a good time once they'd gotten past the queues or brought their own lunch. It's just it felt like a normal bannockburn/ festival ...
by guthrie
Fri Jul 04, 2014 11:15 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 63274

Re: Bannockburn 2014

I asked the horse people on Sunday, seems the flyover later on saturday spooked one of the horses enough that it stepped on the foot of one of the handlers. I'm glad it didn't fly over when the show was actually on, there is perhaps less training you can give a horse for low flying jet aircraft.
by guthrie
Fri Jul 04, 2014 11:09 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 63274

Re: Bannockburn 2014

The Scotsman is well known for its unionist propaganda, to put it bluntly. Sausages, that's the other way of putting it, and you are correct. The interesting question though is whether we'd have gotten 9k audiences if there hadn't been all the homecoming stuff on at the same time, since that would b...
by guthrie
Thu Jul 03, 2014 11:18 pm
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: Replica documents WW2
Replies: 10
Views: 5468

Re: Replica documents WW2

I recall deleting and banning someone offering replica documents for sale, but I think they meant modern passports and degree certificates and suchlike...
by guthrie
Thu Jul 03, 2014 10:34 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 63274

Re: Bannockburn 2014

Well it is hard to see how they could have made the arena much bigger what with the stands and all and still leave room for the LH camp. The battle took place this year in a field at the back of the one with which you are familiar, which is actually smaller than the area used for the battle in the p...
by guthrie
Wed Jul 02, 2014 11:48 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 63274

Re: Bannockburn 2014

I do think they would have struggled to safely put more people into the arena that was supplied though. In that respect, lower numbers was okay.
by guthrie
Tue Jul 01, 2014 10:09 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 63274

Re: Bannockburn 2014

There were a couple of pairs in evidence, and some suspicious coverings/ leggings. It was an improvement on some events, but still woefully short of what it could have been. AS you can see from the photos, lots of dodgy weird leather jackets of no historical provenance. Still addictions to leather l...
by guthrie
Tue Jul 01, 2014 9:40 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 63274

Re: Bannockburn 2014

Certainly no group represented on this page attended the event. I think we've answered Ayliffe's Steve's question well enough - no, they weren't particularly authentic. The best point though was that nobody was wearing a plaid, which, sad to say, represents an improvement.
by guthrie
Tue Jul 01, 2014 9:26 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 63274

Re: Bannockburn 2014

Some people did upgrade bits and pieces, but the overall effect was lacking.
by guthrie
Tue Jul 01, 2014 8:16 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: How to carry a claymore?
Replies: 20
Views: 16454

Re: How to carry a claymore?

I don't think I've ever come across someone trying to justify the carrying on the back thing before.
by guthrie
Tue Jul 01, 2014 3:30 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 63274

Re: Bannockburn 2014

It would be nice to have a 14th century event - there's a drought of events in Scotland. Still quite a few small scale local ones, but not a lot of bigger national ones.
by guthrie
Tue Jul 01, 2014 10:51 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 63274

Re: Bannockburn 2014

by guthrie
Mon Jun 30, 2014 10:45 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: A silly cloak question
Replies: 6
Views: 3415

Re: A silly cloak question

There are drawings online of a 14th century cloak found on a bog body in Denmark: http://www.personal.utulsa.edu/~marc-carlson/cloth/bockclok.html You can also have a look at period manuscripts and see what size and shape the cloaks are potrayed as in them. Lots of them have been digitised by the Br...
by guthrie
Mon Jun 30, 2014 10:23 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 63274

Re: Bannockburn 2014

Camel is perhaps a bit much, but with different, more experienced organisers and so on, it could have been very good, instead of merely average. There were good things and bad things. They had a tent for Edward II, oddly enough it had bamboo poles... The accoutrements in it were generic filmic medie...
by guthrie
Mon Jun 30, 2014 10:16 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 63274

Re: Bannockburn 2014

Oh good, stargazing chairs... Shame, but it was always going to be a camel rather than a thoroughbred stallion. Only saw a few secs on the news sources, whereas the armed forces thing got a lot more coverage. Yes indeed, but note the butter churn on the table behind - a fair number of GDFB helmets,...
by guthrie
Mon Jun 30, 2014 10:14 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 63274

Re: Bannockburn 2014

It has been clear since last year that Unique events know little to nothing about organising re-enactments, which is why that part was left to Clanranald. The event as a whole was moderately well run, but not well run, if you see what i mean. A lot of it, like security and access worked well. The st...
by guthrie
Mon Jun 30, 2014 10:01 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 63274

Re: Bannockburn 2014

OKay, so, Bannockburn. Basically, it was your normal sort of event. That's it. The ultimate shame of it all is that it was just another event. Various people put lots of hard work into it, but at the end of the day there were a bit over 100 on the field, some horses, some encampments showing LH stuf...
by guthrie
Sat Jun 28, 2014 11:31 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 63274

Re: Bannockburn 2014

Well, that's one day done, with an irritating amount of rain. Photos etc to come later.
by guthrie
Sat May 17, 2014 10:48 am
Forum: General History
Topic: re-enactment groups in or around glasgow
Replies: 8
Views: 4684

Re: re-enactment groups in or around glasgow

There's some others that are active but spread across a wider area.
by guthrie
Wed May 07, 2014 8:53 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Black armour - right or wrong?
Replies: 91
Views: 60304

Re: Black armour - right or wrong?

It's okay, some of us take our hobbies very seriously, and it is also with me, I hate things being advertised or said as "authentic historic combat techniques" or "this is what they would have worn (If they were blind and bought it from a dodgy peddlar)".
by guthrie
Tue May 06, 2014 10:27 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Black armour - right or wrong?
Replies: 91
Views: 60304

Re: Black armour - right or wrong?

I suppose it's a bit like trying to do WW2 with a jeep you fabricated out of sheet metal in your back garden, rather than an original. I did a quick search and a restored Bren carrier is, according to one site, going for 40k, which is surely what someone should be spending on a decent harness, the p...
by guthrie
Tue May 06, 2014 7:11 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Black armour - right or wrong?
Replies: 91
Views: 60304

Re: Black armour - right or wrong?

The Knight and the Blast Furnace: A History of Metallurgy of Armour in the Middle Ages & the Early Modern Period... by Alan Williams ( Nov 2002) The Sword and the Crucible: A History of the Metallurgy of European Swords Up to the 16th Century by Alan Williams ( May 2012) After that, general histori...
by guthrie
Sat May 03, 2014 10:22 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: How were cattle slaughtered?
Replies: 21
Views: 17624

Re: How were cattle slaughtered?

Thanks Merlon. Yet another example of "Someone told me that..." which has turned out to be wrong.
by guthrie
Fri May 02, 2014 10:25 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: How were cattle slaughtered?
Replies: 21
Views: 17624

Re: How were cattle slaughtered?

cant find my medieval trades book by Salzman, bet its in there. Way it was told to me was they were taken onto the jetty and slaughtered to let the waste drop through holes... but that sounds like a load of pants worthy of a re-enactor! :o :? :wink: INdeed it does. My copy of Salzman mentions butch...
by guthrie
Thu May 01, 2014 1:19 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: How were cattle slaughtered?
Replies: 21
Views: 17624

Re: How were cattle slaughtered?

Griff - re. London, what I do recall reading (In a real paper book) is that the butchers etc got into trouble for throwing the waste bits into the river and were supposed to use jetties so it floated off down river, or something like that. I can easily see this developing into a story about doing th...
by guthrie
Fri Apr 04, 2014 8:08 pm
Forum: Societies
Topic: Looking for early medival ages group in Lothian
Replies: 2
Views: 1616

Re: Looking for early medival ages group in Lothian

There's some Vikings of various kinds all over the country, Glasgow Vike are the best known. I can't think of anyone actually centred in Edinburgh mind you.
by guthrie
Thu Mar 20, 2014 6:15 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 63274

Re: Bannockburn 2014

That would be a trip worth going to. Interested in swords? then get Toby or Ralph to open some cases. Go handle the real thing, don't look at books or wave blunt stuff around. It ain't the same! Oh yes, I still recall the handling opportunity at the Royal Armouries in Leeds one SWASH a few years ago.
by guthrie
Thu Mar 20, 2014 2:17 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 63274

Re: Bannockburn 2014

James, yes, I'd love to, although it all depends on time and date etc. I might know one or two others who would be interested, how many can they accomodate?
by guthrie
Sat Mar 08, 2014 1:13 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: So, how long were spears in the period of this sub-forum?
Replies: 22
Views: 7989

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

Based on the spear being around 150% of the length of the man, I'd put them at about 8 feet, but then anything up to about 10 wouldn't surprise me. Beyond this, it becomes very difficult to wield effectively, until you can enforce regular training. But you have to remember that Bruce issues his cal...
by guthrie
Sat Mar 08, 2014 1:09 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: So, how long were spears in the period of this sub-forum?
Replies: 22
Views: 7989

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

Fox wrote:Yes. That's what I'm saying.
Okay then, I'll take a 20 foot spear along then and tell everyone it's fine because we don't know what length they used.