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by Colin MacDonald
Thu Nov 02, 2006 7:02 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: picts
Replies: 10
Views: 1538

The written history of the Picts is (last time I checked) pretty much all propaganda from the peoples who spent a thousand years knocking various shades of sh- effluent out of them, half of it written by people who had never seen one in the puckered goosebumped flesh. The fact that we still use a Ro...
by Colin MacDonald
Wed Oct 04, 2006 9:20 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Kites at Hastings
Replies: 13
Views: 2575

Re: Kites at Hastings

Ecce wrote:Could anyone point me to urls about kites in 1066.


I don't think the URL was specified until 1994 or so.

WA-WA-WAAAAAAAA.
by Colin MacDonald
Wed Sep 13, 2006 2:13 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Leather armour in the middle ages.
Replies: 30
Views: 4862

I have a wax hardened leather back-and-breast made from a single piece of thick hide, which offers outstanding protection against blunt reenactment weapons. However, that's for circa 1300, not circa 1400, and I would never claim that it's provenancable even then; it's a strictly conjectural and expe...
by Colin MacDonald
Thu Aug 24, 2006 11:40 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Battle of Bannockburn 2007
Replies: 428
Views: 54452

It's the effect of having an enforced sabbatical season. Due to a particularly bothersome year of domestic and work related shennanigans, I haven't made it to a single event this year, sadly not even Lanark, which I was dribbling over with anticipation. I'm even - and don't let this get around - won...
by Colin MacDonald
Wed Aug 23, 2006 4:45 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Battle of Bannockburn 2007
Replies: 428
Views: 54452

I saw Mike Newcomen at an Edinburgh Festival event at the castle. I have only met him once previously, but had hoped to speak to him about Bannockburn, but didn't get a chance to as he was walking about with his hand up a dogs bum (ok the dog was a puppet but it sounds good). Was it constructed of ...
by Colin MacDonald
Wed Aug 09, 2006 11:57 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Lanark Medieval Festival
Replies: 7
Views: 1510

What's that you said? Lanark has been cancelled? Typical bloody Paul Murphy, can't organise a p*ss up in a brothel, etc, etc.

>>> ;) <<<

Just demonstrating how these things get started. Cloth ears rather than malice, perhaps.
by Colin MacDonald
Thu Jun 29, 2006 5:31 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Battle of Bannockburn 2007
Replies: 428
Views: 54452

It's great to hear from you, Alison, and thanks for taking the time to post this here. It's genuinely heartening to see you getting personally involved with an event that we all want to see succeeed. Infuse us with information, deluge us with details. Sell us on the experience, and let's get some bu...
by Colin MacDonald
Wed Nov 16, 2005 11:20 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: How to improve battles?
Replies: 313
Views: 40100

Warning: Contains Mild Peril That's pretty much what Joe MOP is there to see. Severe Peril, if possible. I'm of the opinion that a ten minute skirmish where people are (safely!) beaten down regularly is often more entertaining than a 40 minute tap-tink-tap ballet with an all-fall-down at the end. Of...
by Colin MacDonald
Wed Nov 16, 2005 5:44 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: What's wrong with the movie Braveheart?
Replies: 84
Views: 14393

[Alan MacShortbread of the Clan MacShortbread in Edinburgh] has a market and exploits that, but he is not responsible for it. He is responsible for his own behaviour though, and if he's going to expound his opinion in a public place, he should be prepared for other people to do the same without los...
by Colin MacDonald
Thu Sep 29, 2005 10:40 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: What was worn underneath maille legs?
Replies: 17
Views: 5269

On the subject of whether they were worn on foot or not. I recall there are a lot of images of men fighting in full chausse on the Chest of Charlamange [...] plus there are a few in the Majiewski (sp) Bible. Obviously with the usual caveats about pictorial sources and the relationship between them ...
by Colin MacDonald
Thu Sep 15, 2005 1:47 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: What was worn underneath maille legs?
Replies: 17
Views: 5269

Obliquely, how many references can you find to men on foot wearing mail chausses? This has come up before and I couldn't find any evidence for it (which doesn't mean they weren't worn, I know).
by Colin MacDonald
Tue Sep 06, 2005 10:41 am
Forum: General History
Topic: What's wrong with the film Battlefield Earth?
Replies: 14
Views: 3392

gregory23b wrote:What's wrong with the film Battlefield Earth?


That's verbal tech. You're downstat. Report for auditing.
by Colin MacDonald
Tue Aug 23, 2005 6:00 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: What's wrong with the movie Braveheart?
Replies: 84
Views: 14393

Edward II: England's first recorded Metrosexual?
by Colin MacDonald
Tue Aug 23, 2005 11:48 am
Forum: General History
Topic: What's wrong with the movie Braveheart?
Replies: 84
Views: 14393

Where to start, where to start?

Most of it is covered very well here . The most visibly obvious horror is the kilt, for which more detail can be found here . I saw an interview with Randall Wallace (sorry, no reference) in which he quite proudly admits that he wrote the first draft of the screenplay based on nothing more than know...

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