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by Colin MacDonald
Mon Aug 04, 2008 9:35 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Modern necessities
Replies: 41
Views: 7884

Just a thought relating to the watch/timepiece thingy....at most events the announcers can be heard calling for said events/meetings & performances to commence at certain times. But I have yet to hear the said announcers state ''the time is now ...." just a little prompt like this would he...
by Colin MacDonald
Fri Jul 25, 2008 1:10 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Re-enactorisms
Replies: 222
Views: 20943

Ben_Fletcher wrote:Heres a few more, various people tagged Hatless in a collection of images I maintain on Flickr

http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=hatless ... 4607%40N08


PORN! Filthy, filthy smut! You can see their... roots and everything.
by Colin MacDonald
Fri May 02, 2008 9:20 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Blackened cloth?
Replies: 32
Views: 5791

I think that would need to be tested before we draw any firm inferences. The phrase does seem to refer to a colour, rather than any particular substance. I wonder if Marc Carlson followed through on testing it?
by Colin MacDonald
Thu May 01, 2008 12:42 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: How do you indicate you are ill with an infectious disease?
Replies: 22
Views: 2732

Lepers apparently used bells or clappers.

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Maybe they're just busking though. ;)
by Colin MacDonald
Thu May 01, 2008 9:23 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Blackened cloth?
Replies: 32
Views: 5791

That's one interpretation. ;)
by Colin MacDonald
Wed Apr 30, 2008 6:32 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Blackened cloth?
Replies: 32
Views: 5791

This one went round and round on the 75years group, to no definite conclusion, although all the usual "logically" and "surely" arguments were made. :P

Vel svartadu seems (if I follow the chain of replies correctly) to be the phrase under discussion.
by Colin MacDonald
Fri Apr 25, 2008 8:08 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Armourclass 14th Century Hand & a Half
Replies: 8
Views: 1875

It has stood up very well, and I haven't noticed any bend in the fullered blade. To clarify, I mean that some of them come that way; it looks like they're just cut or ground slightly inaccurately. Mine has stood up well in use and feels solid. In comparing it to my Mark Vickers (St George Armoury) ...
by Colin MacDonald
Sun Apr 20, 2008 10:10 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Armourclass 14th Century Hand & a Half
Replies: 8
Views: 1875

I have one of their hand-and-a-halfs with a fullered rather than diamond section blade, and it's perfectly serviceable. Like most hand-and-a-halfs, I find it a little too long for comfortable single hand use, and a little too short for effective two hand use, but that's an issue with this length of ...
by Colin MacDonald
Thu Mar 06, 2008 2:55 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Oh dear....
Replies: 8
Views: 1663

That's outrageous. Who's that clown with a crown on the image on the left, and why isn't he wearing a tartan toga like a proper Scotchman?
by Colin MacDonald
Wed Feb 20, 2008 2:58 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Neck protection mid/late 13th century
Replies: 37
Views: 5038

:shock:

Now that's a collar!

I'm part jealous, and part relieved that I now have a "conservative" interpretation. :P

How's your head mobility in that?
by Colin MacDonald
Fri Feb 08, 2008 5:15 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Scottish Wars of Independence I - Have I got this right ...?
Replies: 23
Views: 2903

Apologies if I gave that impression. I agree with Paul's description of them as "distinctive", and wouldn't claim that they were universal. ;)
by Colin MacDonald
Fri Feb 08, 2008 11:40 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Secondary weapons and armour of a 12th/13th century archer?
Replies: 60
Views: 10353

I sometimes tell my wife that I'm going to stay up late watching porn, when I'm really leafing through my facsimile.

Urgh, that may be Too Much Information.
by Colin MacDonald
Thu Feb 07, 2008 5:38 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Secondary weapons and armour of a 12th/13th century archer?
Replies: 60
Views: 10353

zauberdachs wrote:What kind of daggers are they using? I don't have any of those images to hand right now.


You just posted one. I think 10 recto may be my favourite page. ;)

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Tell me that the chap in blue isn't saying "Oh shi-".
by Colin MacDonald
Thu Feb 07, 2008 1:17 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Secondary weapons and armour of a 12th/13th century archer?
Replies: 60
Views: 10353

Indeed. The "looted it" argument eventually ends with everyone tinned and sworded-up to the gills. Once you've gone down that route, you can't very well expect or ask anyone else not to do so. While it's good to have some variation on display, I prefer to aim for a largely provenancable po...
by Colin MacDonald
Wed Feb 06, 2008 2:37 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Scottish Wars of Independence I - Have I got this right ...?
Replies: 23
Views: 2903

Heck, it's very close, and a lot of it is open to interpretation anyway. The available European sources for 1296 - 1328 show a lot of variation. The knights on the Codex Manesse (circa 1304) have no external plate other than their helmets, while the Luttrell Psalter (1332 - 1342) shows Sir Geoffrey ...
by Colin MacDonald
Tue Feb 05, 2008 7:23 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Scottish Wars of Independence I - Have I got this right ...?
Replies: 23
Views: 2903

Re: Scottish Wars of Independence I - Have I got this right

That's very thorough! Constructive comments: Layer 1: Padded split arming hose, pointed to braies I'm not sure that we have evidence for these at this period, but I'd welcome a correction. Plate schynbalds Sabatons Only towards the end of the period. I'd drop them for circa 1300, unless you're portr...
by Colin MacDonald
Sat Feb 02, 2008 10:24 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Neck protection mid/late 13th century
Replies: 37
Views: 5038

Ah hah, found it at last! As I mentioned, I've gone for a somewhat extreme interpretation in terms of size. Z's collar is much more reasonable, and mine could do with some shaping to help it sit more evenly. On the other hand, I can do a good turtle impression. And yes, I can see out from under that...
by Colin MacDonald
Thu Jan 31, 2008 11:27 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Am I missing something?
Replies: 30
Views: 3502

Plate necessitates making heavier strikes simply so that the wearer can feel them. Hands can get in the way of blows aimed at other areas. Reasonable explanation?
by Colin MacDonald
Mon Jan 14, 2008 11:49 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Secondary weapons and armour of a 12th/13th century archer?
Replies: 60
Views: 10353

Re: Secondary weapons and armour of a 12th/13th century arch

Karen Larsdatter wrote:Does the armor on the archers in the Maciejowski Bible count?


Depends if you count crossbowmen as "archers". Given the period (12th-13th century) then I wouldn't conflate the professionalism of the two roles just yet, even in an English context.
by Colin MacDonald
Thu Jan 10, 2008 4:45 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Secondary weapons and armour of a 12th/13th century archer?
Replies: 60
Views: 10353

the French Maciejowski Bible, which shows archers wearing helmets and gambesons - some also now with mail shirts -, still without quivers or secondary weapons. It should be emphasised that this document is French and gives no evidence for English kit of the time ... and as far as we know is idealis...
by Colin MacDonald
Tue Jan 08, 2008 1:57 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Scottish/North of England Medieval re-enactments 2008 thread
Replies: 34
Views: 3476

Re: Scottish/North of England Medieval re-enactments 2008 th

zauberdachs wrote:We going to see you at any events this year?


Does a flying pig give mass in the woods?

Uh, Lanark. And... Lanark!
by Colin MacDonald
Mon Jan 07, 2008 1:59 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Scottish/North of England Medieval re-enactments 2008 thread
Replies: 34
Views: 3476

Re: Scottish/North of England Medieval re-enactments 2008 th

For the last two years I've been doing "Bannockburn" threads and was thinking of doing a 2008 one. Eh? The last we heard was that a date would be decided by mid-September 2007 , but there's nothing on the NTS events list, and since the new Bannockburn visitor centre - sorry, the new Cullo...
by Colin MacDonald
Wed Dec 12, 2007 4:06 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Neck protection mid/late 13th century
Replies: 37
Views: 5038

Most interpret it as an integral collar It could be in some cases, but I find folio 10 verso persuasive: http://img65.imageshack.us/img65/8687/collarsry4.jpg On the two men with akhetons, the colour is contrasting. On the man climbing the ladder, that looks to me like a separate piece (look at the ...
by Colin MacDonald
Wed Dec 12, 2007 3:49 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Neck protection mid/late 13th century
Replies: 37
Views: 5038

I haven't done any research beyond spending way too long staring at the Maciejowski. ;) First off, the contrasting colour on the collar, and that it can be seen under mail on some knights who don't appear to be wearing other padding (and in one case apparently over a mail coif) leads me to interpret...
by Colin MacDonald
Thu Oct 25, 2007 6:38 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: What would be the right sword for an archer? Pictures?
Replies: 27
Views: 4865

Type16 wrote:The 2 'standard' contemporary pictures of Agincourt & Crecey both show short arming swords rather than Falchions. The Crecey picture shows 'S' quillions.


It's difficult to tell, but are the swords shown any shorter than those being used by the clankies?
by Colin MacDonald
Tue Oct 09, 2007 6:58 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Scots DID wear KILTS.. PRE-1600 by a long way
Replies: 95
Views: 15073

It seems pretty clear to me that the sentence was meant, and meant to be taken, in toto, and to be about Arkadian's particular (note: "his") views on independence, not anyone else's.
by Colin MacDonald
Thu Oct 04, 2007 12:32 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Scots DID wear KILTS.. PRE-1600 by a long way
Replies: 95
Views: 15073

I think that all True Scots know that the woad pattern that Prince William the Bruce daubed himself with at Prestonpans was handed down from the Founders of Pictland, Hamish and Z'tweelzoop.
by Colin MacDonald
Thu Oct 04, 2007 9:20 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Scots DID wear KILTS.. PRE-1600 by a long way
Replies: 95
Views: 15073

Cheers, guthrie.

Arkadian, does the description of cognitive dissonance strike any chords with you? Axiomatically, it probably won't.

Now I'd really like to see those copies of the original correspondance.
by Colin MacDonald
Wed Oct 03, 2007 9:10 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Why can't academic historians ever get it right?
Replies: 30
Views: 6256

Ah, mea culpa. I feature in some of the images in that book. The weird 'squinty eyed' look on my face when I'm stringing a bow is that earlier that week I'd had one snap at the tip and smack me painfully in the face while being strung, so I was cringing a bit, not trying to look 'ard. ;) As some bac...
by Colin MacDonald
Wed Oct 03, 2007 8:58 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Scots DID wear KILTS.. PRE-1600 by a long way
Replies: 95
Views: 15073

the argument that "I'm being rude because someone else was rude to me first" is a little bit ... well ... 8 year old children in the play ground? Indeed it is. However, let's be clear that it's Arkadian's argument (or at least the corollary of it). Bear in mind that I'm showing him the re...

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