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by Andy R
Tue Jan 25, 2011 10:58 am
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Flodden kit and info please
Replies: 93
Views: 26342

Re: Flodden kit and info please

s'nice :D
by Andy R
Tue Jan 25, 2011 10:34 am
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: 18th century French leather powder flask.
Replies: 15
Views: 6086

Re: 18th century French leather powder flask.

these are shown as standard infantry equipment for the Troupe de Terre to work in tandem with the gibearn. two quotes from a modern source drawing on primary evidence... the body was of leather, wood covered with leather, or horn leather was replaced with horn in 1737. This material, though superior...
by Andy R
Tue Jan 25, 2011 10:07 am
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: 1618-1648 sword or rapier hanger
Replies: 77
Views: 19751

Re: 1618-1648 sword or rapier hanger

My wife has a copy of Nolan, but also the original French schooling. There are a number of schools of classical training, and my wife (and therefore I) subscribe to the French school over the German or Spanish. She can give the heritage of the schooling off pat - all I know is it is French and it is...
by Andy R
Tue Jan 25, 2011 9:59 am
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: 18th century French leather powder flask.
Replies: 15
Views: 6086

Re: 18th century French leather powder flask.

There is information, but they do not look like that. More like the one in the first post, but horn, with a spout on top and brass rings on eaither side allow the strap to pass through. I can't remember the name of the french military document, biut there is certainly a primary source for the troupe...
by Andy R
Mon Jan 24, 2011 10:55 am
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: 18th century French leather powder flask.
Replies: 15
Views: 6086

Re: 18th century French leather powder flask.

Leather flasks were in use in the late c17th to to 1st quarter of the 18th century in the French army. Used in conjunction with the gargousier or gibearn depending on time and the whim of the army in that year. They were in use concurrently with horn flasks which were favoured, and by the end of the...
by Andy R
Mon Jan 24, 2011 10:23 am
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: 1618-1648 sword or rapier hanger
Replies: 77
Views: 19751

Re: 1618-1648 sword or rapier hanger

Andy, why hasn't your group applied to take part in the International Cavalry Competition 2012 in Poznan Poland?? Always room for good people. Time and money Stan. In the middle of the Bicentennials and after putting together the post 1812 kit for Waterloo last year, we are on the the pre 1812 for ...
by Andy R
Tue Jan 18, 2011 10:33 am
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: 1618-1648 sword or rapier hanger
Replies: 77
Views: 19751

Re: 1618-1648 sword or rapier hanger

I totally totally agree totally!! One can sit down and read manuals until one is blind, but in a very short time, unless you are Brainiac, all one is reading is, as the Bard said, 'Words words words'. Practical application is the way, totally! :thumbup: It also helps if you are practising against s...
by Andy R
Mon Jan 17, 2011 1:54 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: 1618-1648 sword or rapier hanger
Replies: 77
Views: 19751

Re: 1618-1648 sword or rapier hanger

Indeed. (buff coats on Sgt.) Hairy natives on a whole are pretty good at carrying weight over distance and are more dynamic than some would give them credence for. But there is also the maintenance of the armour - it needs constant repair to be field worthy which means you have to have the support c...
by Andy R
Mon Jan 17, 2011 10:22 am
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: 1618-1648 sword or rapier hanger
Replies: 77
Views: 19751

Re: 1618-1648 sword or rapier hanger

Joolz, Andy R. I think we have have a tendancy to believe that the whole of the Civil War period was fought in some splendid isolation from Europe and forget just how much experience British Gentry had in fighting in Europe. See Swordsmen: The Martial Ethos in the Three Kingdoms by Roger Manning fo...
by Andy R
Sun Jan 16, 2011 3:16 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: 1618-1648 sword or rapier hanger
Replies: 77
Views: 19751

Re: 1618-1648 sword or rapier hanger

Hi Joolz, 30YW and the ECW are worlds appart with relation to many things, infantry buff coats most definately included. From what little I have read, weren't they quite popular on the continent? Bucket tops for infantry does stop me in my tracks. A decent, museum quality pair of boots are a big hea...
by Andy R
Thu Jan 13, 2011 2:17 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: 1618-1648 sword or rapier hanger
Replies: 77
Views: 19751

Re: 1618-1648 sword or rapier hanger

Plenty more Baldrics, Buff-coats and Bucket-top boots from these Jacob Duck paintings. The ensign and officers in the first pic are buff-coat and boot-less - maybe these items were for the 'ordinary' soldiers. The last pic looks like some kind of mounted 'dragoon' because of the short musketoon? Ju...
by Andy R
Thu Jan 13, 2011 1:51 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: 1618-1648 sword or rapier hanger
Replies: 77
Views: 19751

Re: 1618-1648 sword or rapier hanger

Girdles/hangers go right through the C16th-C18th in some form or other, whereas baldricks are a second-quater to late C17th fashion. From a quick look at a couple of sources it seems that "issued" swords are listed as coming with girdles and hangers, so likely baldricks are a fashion thin...
by Andy R
Tue Jan 11, 2011 11:29 am
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: 1618-1648 sword or rapier hanger
Replies: 77
Views: 19751

Re: 1618-1648 sword or rapier hanger

That's an interesting painting as it shows both types of sword wear in user and that central figure has every sin the book there. A Musketer with a buff coats AND bucket top boots...:-) Must be a dragoon then :devil: I don;t think so - the guns look to big and there are no lobster pots or bridle ga...
by Andy R
Tue Jan 04, 2011 11:42 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Horseplay
Replies: 16
Views: 3866

Re: Horseplay

The whole 'squires games/hunting skills' is a modern anachronism and has developed into a woeful farago. It should also be done at speed, with panache and to mimic the conditions for war And a gold star for Mr G...!!! I hate and despise slow skill at arms as it removes the "skill" from th...
by Andy R
Wed Nov 24, 2010 1:53 pm
Forum: 1810-1900
Topic: Huge appeal for help
Replies: 21
Views: 6908

Re: Huge appeal for help

I am trying to tie down some British Napoleonic tarleton details. I have always taken it as read that the metalwork was brass - having gone through quite a few contemporary prints and extent examples, 95% (if not more) of what I have seen has tin trim and scales (where appropriate), but not all If t...
by Andy R
Wed Nov 24, 2010 1:48 pm
Forum: 1810-1900
Topic: Campaign of La Boissière-Ecole 1815 - 3/4 Sept 2011
Replies: 11
Views: 3542

Re: Campaign of La Boissière-Ecole 1815 - 3/4 Sept 2011

I agree - rushing back this time was a bit too much of an *rse ache..!!
by Andy R
Mon Nov 22, 2010 11:11 am
Forum: Societies
Topic: Central Scotland
Replies: 9
Views: 3326

Re: Central Scotland

There is also the Northern Alliance (run out of Inverness, but membership the length of Scotland) Alan Frize is involved with them. Frasers Dragoons in the North East (ECW covenanters) (my favourites by far - great group and great people) http://www.frasers-dragoones.co.uk/ O'Cahan's Regiment - Mont...
by Andy R
Tue Nov 16, 2010 10:44 am
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Hose/Gaiters
Replies: 28
Views: 5927

Re: Hose/Gaiters

Dannolad wrote:Why do I get the feeling that I have taken the lid off a very large jar of worms?


Not at all - just promoting healthy debate :thumbup:
by Andy R
Tue Nov 16, 2010 10:32 am
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Hose/Gaiters
Replies: 28
Views: 5927

Re: Hose/Gaiters

IF the start-up is right for rural types,it protects the lower bit of the hose anyway.......... Depends on length. The first pair I ever saw were back in 1991 and made by Sarah Junipa. They were no longer than a pair of "tall" desert boots (ankle length) This is before Cordwainer Crafts w...
by Andy R
Tue Nov 16, 2010 10:09 am
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Hose/Gaiters
Replies: 28
Views: 5927

Re: Hose/Gaiters

Hi Steve, yes, there are issues, but they have a very functional use in an agricultural setting. I am trying to remember the provenance given by someone long ago in the mists of time, but they do save a lot of missery if you are involved with thicket and undergrowth. There is more provenance for tha...
by Andy R
Tue Nov 16, 2010 9:03 am
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Hose/Gaiters
Replies: 28
Views: 5927

Re: Hose/Gaiters

The leather gaiters are reffered to as "cockers" and there is evidence for them. Also refference to other materials. This is not primary evidence, but it gives you the idea... COCKERS, or COGGERS, properly half-boots made of untanned leather, or other stiff materials, and strapped under th...
by Andy R
Fri Oct 22, 2010 11:08 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Back to Basing
Replies: 6
Views: 2149

Re: Back to Basing

Tod wrote:A picture of me!!!!! That hobbit ring isn't working.
Good pictures, very well done.


She captured your crusty exterior rather well I thought :lol:
by Andy R
Fri Oct 22, 2010 9:44 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Back to Basing
Replies: 6
Views: 2149

Re: Back to Basing

Shame we missed you Ellie - Julie and I were camped with Hopton's as well although being so close to home I took the pony along and went on the field with him.

You managed to get him "slightly" :wink:


Take care,
Andy
by Andy R
Thu Oct 21, 2010 11:53 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Rivelins/Cuarans/Pampooties
Replies: 26
Views: 4821

Re: Rivelins/Cuarans/Pampooties

that's all it was in the painting - no seperate sole

Somthing "made in the field"
by Andy R
Thu Oct 21, 2010 11:20 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Rivelins/Cuarans/Pampooties
Replies: 26
Views: 4821

Re: Rivelins/Cuarans/Pampooties

That type of shoe existing in most cultures. In Europe they can be found every where, the last place I know they were worn was in the Highlands of Scotland in the 18th century, Hi Tod, Not primary source material as it is from a modern representation based on a period description, but there was a p...
by Andy R
Tue Oct 19, 2010 11:15 am
Forum: 1810-1900
Topic: Kevin Hughes - 7th Hussar
Replies: 1
Views: 2093

Re: Kevin Hughes - 7th Hussar

Very sad news
by Andy R
Mon Oct 04, 2010 1:17 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Horseplay
Replies: 16
Views: 3866

Re: Horseplay

It looks like if the public sector cuts don't make me unemployed then Donata will soon be my horse as the owner has offered to give her to me along with all of her tack rugs etc. Craig Yay..!! But it usually the keeping that will bankrupt you. This winter is going to be shite due to the availablity...
by Andy R
Tue Sep 21, 2010 3:37 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: ECW Mercenary role
Replies: 38
Views: 13427

Re: ECW Mercenary role

Pictures from de Slag om Grolle 2008 http://www.storageinloughborough.com/grolle08h/index.php (edit - URL fixed)

Pictures from Bourtange 2007 http://www.storageinloughborough.com/bortang07h/index.php
by Andy R
Tue Sep 21, 2010 3:17 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: ECW Mercenary role
Replies: 38
Views: 13427

Re: ECW Mercenary role

80 years War is big in Holland, so they cover that sort of thing, and there is growing interest from this side of the North Sea now
by Andy R
Tue Sep 21, 2010 2:20 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: ECW Mercenary role
Replies: 38
Views: 13427

Re: ECW Mercenary role

steve stanley wrote:Can't remember.......It's going back a few years!


Bill (Kane) has a Bailiffe Forge c17th sabre that he used on the field (and indeed at pots'n'pans in '95) - only one I know.

I have a Bailiffe forge "fantasy" Pallasch which bears no resemblance to a pallasch........

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