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by John Waller
Thu Jul 10, 2014 11:16 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 46901

Re: Bannockburn 2014

C17th pikes were cut from planks. Surviving examples are tapered from a point around shoulder height to both the butt and point to give a balanced weapon. They ain't a coppiced pole but a weapon made by a skilled craftsman. What the sweaties over the border got up to in the C14th may be a different ...
by John Waller
Mon Jun 30, 2014 11:34 am
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: Replica documents WW2
Replies: 10
Views: 3770

Re: Replica documents WW2

Senilis Pravus wrote:Dishmop hasnothing on ebay (and 0 feedback) - correct seller name?

Can't find Dutch based atlas packaging on FB. :cry:

Interwebz fail on my part.


Does this work?

http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Dishmops-Reenacting-Supplies
by John Waller
Mon Jun 30, 2014 9:38 am
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: How to carry a claymore?
Replies: 20
Views: 9877

Re: How to carry a claymore?

The Scottish claymore was too long to carry like a regular sword so it was carried on the back. Unlike other scabbards the claymore scabbard had a slit on the side of the scabbard so that you could easily retrieve it as compared to pulling it up and possibly hurting yourself in the process. Interes...
by John Waller
Fri Jun 27, 2014 1:43 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Naval Spencer Jacket - help needed!
Replies: 5
Views: 3082

Re: Naval Spencer Jacket - help needed!

I'm making myself a spencer in blue velvet with a white lining and gold buttons. I want it to reflect a naval uniform. But I'm stuck on the gold braid. What type? How do I apply it and where? Should I pipe the jacket seams? I've been googling images but can't find a consistent style…was it a bit fr...
by John Waller
Fri Jun 27, 2014 12:16 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Naval Spencer Jacket - help needed!
Replies: 5
Views: 3082

Re: Naval Spencer Jacket - help needed!

I'm making myself a spencer in blue velvet with a white lining and gold buttons. I want it to reflect a naval uniform. But I'm stuck on the gold braid. What type? How do I apply it and where? Should I pipe the jacket seams? I've been googling images but can't find a consistent style…was it a bit fr...
by John Waller
Thu Jun 26, 2014 10:04 am
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Grenade det cord
Replies: 7
Views: 3506

Re: Grenade det cord

Hi Iron Dwarf normally stocks this by the foot Ooo! Does he? I've also run out and don't do firework shows anymore. Mind you making your own fuses is fun - gunpowder cut with saltpetre and charcoal packed into the fuse tube. Or perhaps safer I also used commercially produced smoke powder from Theat...
by John Waller
Wed Jun 25, 2014 10:16 am
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Grenade det cord
Replies: 7
Views: 3506

Re: Grenade det cord

Firework company might sell you some. I used to use fuse tails we cut off shells that were to be electrically fired. They are just thrown away
See if you can get some of them.
by John Waller
Tue May 27, 2014 8:38 am
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: War Of The Spanish Succession
Replies: 10
Views: 5593

Re: War Of The Spanish Succession

SpudUk wrote:Sorry to revive an old thread, but are Orkney's still active?

Last I heard was 'not really active'. Dormant might be the word.
by John Waller
Fri May 23, 2014 11:56 am
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Uniform Development - 1685 to 1715
Replies: 2
Views: 2553

Re: Uniform Development - 1685 to 1715

I'm interested in the development of British Army uniforms from the Monmouth Rebellion of 1685 to the War of Spanish Succession. Is there a visual record anywhere, or suggested reading? Particularly interested in the First Foot Guards as the fought at Sedgemoor and Blenheim Thanks If I wanted to be...
by John Waller
Fri May 09, 2014 3:26 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Arrow Cock Fletching colour
Replies: 8
Views: 3386

Re: Arrow Cock Fletching colour

Acid dye can be used on feathers. Mix the powder with white vinegar. I have also used it on vegtan leather and had good results on medieval belts and purses. http://www.dharmatrading.com/dyes/jacqu ... -dyes.html
by John Waller
Wed May 07, 2014 12:08 pm
Forum: 1810-1900
Topic: Napoleonic French Cavalry Tents
Replies: 16
Views: 7708

Re: Napoleonic French Cavalry Tents

A couple of snippets from the archives of John Trotter ref tents:- Letter 7 April 1809 Treasury states that there are 6353 Flanders tents in the Tower which will afford covering for 76236 men. (that's 12 per tent) Letter [c1803] A camp at Bagshot was formed for trying the merits of our private tent ...
by John Waller
Tue Apr 29, 2014 3:14 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Black Powder storage advice and regulations.
Replies: 36
Views: 14984

Re: Black Powder storage advice and regulations.

My group bought a few 5kg boxes a few years ago. Very happy with them. PM me if you would like the maker's contact details.

Try also www.black-powder.co.uk/woodenbox.pdf
by John Waller
Mon Apr 14, 2014 2:56 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Black Powder storage advice and regulations.
Replies: 36
Views: 14984

Re: Black Powder storage advice and regulations.

Useful stuff Tod. Thanks. Acquire & Keep though rather than Keep & Acquire. That's what the form says. Also the link to the storage box design doesn't work for me.
by John Waller
Fri Apr 11, 2014 1:04 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: The Olden Days
Replies: 4
Views: 1586

Re: The Olden Days

There was a lot of people in historical costume at the beginning. Filmed at the Chalke Valley Literary Festival last year. Ian Hislop was very much in evidence on the Sunday, and even got a special VIP guest tour of the WW1 trench with all the bangs and flashes included... cool. looks like in inter...
by John Waller
Mon Apr 07, 2014 10:48 am
Forum: 1810-1900
Topic: 95th rifles buttons
Replies: 3
Views: 2582

Re: 95th rifles buttons

See my reply on F&G.
by John Waller
Mon Mar 24, 2014 12:45 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: The Plantagenets - 'The Devil's Brood' - BBC2
Replies: 6
Views: 1928

Re: The Plantagenets - 'The Devil's Brood' - BBC2

It was a good programme even if it didn't tell me much I didn't already know. One thing puzzles me though. How did Richard I become such an "English" hero given his disdain for England? Walter Scott's Ivanhoe and Hollywood mostly I suspect. Though there were also embellished romances and ...
by John Waller
Thu Mar 20, 2014 11:48 am
Forum: 1810-1900
Topic: Late 19th Century Pillbox Cap
Replies: 2
Views: 2535

Re: Late 19th Century Pillbox Cap

Rob Elliott wrote:Anyone know who might be able to make one of these? I'm after an infantry equivalent.


AsK Larsen. His lot sport those silly hats.
by John Waller
Fri Feb 28, 2014 12:53 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: The Musketeers BBC
Replies: 45
Views: 9347

Re: The Musketeers BBC

I think there is something wrong with my wheellock as it doesn't make a noise like a bolt action rifle when I cock it. Can anyone suggest how I can fix it? You need to employ a foley artist to follow you around everywhere. I do, but he only has one pair of hands and needs those for the coconut shells
by John Waller
Fri Feb 28, 2014 12:51 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: extant 14th century cannons
Replies: 6
Views: 2285

Re: extant 14th century cannons

Mainmast Conservation or The Star Gun Company could probably make you one. I hope you have deep pockets.
by John Waller
Thu Feb 27, 2014 4:47 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: The Musketeers BBC
Replies: 45
Views: 9347

Re: The Musketeers BBC

I think there is something wrong with my wheellock as it doesn't make a noise like a bolt action rifle when I cock it. Can anyone suggest how I can fix it?
by John Waller
Fri Feb 07, 2014 1:05 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: riflemans boots
Replies: 6
Views: 3477

Re: riflemans boots

I think I understand what you are describing but I don't think such a thing existed. Sergeants had clothing made of better quality materials but I don't think it extended to them having bespoke pull on bootees. You might want to post your query on the 2nd 95th forum. That's where the experts are.
by John Waller
Thu Feb 06, 2014 11:38 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: riflemans boots
Replies: 6
Views: 3477

Re: riflemans boots

In what way are a rifleman's boots any different to any other infantryman's boots?
by John Waller
Wed Jan 29, 2014 4:56 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Long Bow Archers' Accuracy?
Replies: 18
Views: 5781

Re: Long Bow Archers' Accuracy?

I believe they did have to hit a man size target at 220 yds - any half decent club archer can do that. Really? I would like to see that. I doubt many decent club archers (target or field) shoot a longbow much over 70lb if that. Mine was only 50lb and has probably lost a few pounds now. Half that di...
by John Waller
Mon Jan 27, 2014 2:36 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Noah's Ark
Replies: 17
Views: 4098

Re: Noah's Ark

Miss Costello wrote:Lucy, thank you!

Just a few animals and in whatever is hardwearing as he's um....heavy handed!! :D Not massive, it needs to be portable.

Probably about 1ft long?

Kate


This one would be no good then?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/0 ... 07621.html
by John Waller
Thu Jan 23, 2014 2:40 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Authentic Firelighting
Replies: 11
Views: 2786

Re: Authentic Firelighting

I have used flint & steel, a flintlock tinder lighter, matches, a zippo and a magnesium striker. What period are you talking about depends on what is anachronistic. Like using linen char cloth and tow with a flint and steel best.
by John Waller
Fri Jan 10, 2014 3:45 pm
Forum: Societies
Topic: American Civil War
Replies: 6
Views: 1937

Re: American Civil War

I don't know much about the ACW scene but have heard good things about http://www.lazyjackmess.com/aes.htm
by John Waller
Fri Jan 03, 2014 4:49 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...
Replies: 63
Views: 11991

Re: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...

Foulkes in The Armourer and His Craft dates the Ordinance above as 1450 'un pourpoint sans manches ne collet'. Manches = sleeves, collet = collar.

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