Comparing Roman Groups

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Comparing Roman Groups

Postby Lochinvar » Fri Aug 10, 2007 8:19 am

Potentially rather a contentious one this, but I don't mean it to be:
how do the Roman groups in the UK compare with each other? My reason is that I may need to hire/employ a group for a military display in the York area in the distant future.

The sort of things I have in mind are:
-authenticity.
-kit quality.
-helpfulness.
-sense of humour.
-welcome.
-training programme.

The intention is not to start a turf war, but we all know that different groups have different strengths and weaknesses, and even those can change as members come and go. I'm looking for a sober and mature comparison of the groups (if such a thing is possible)....ducks below parapet!! Please PM me if this is felt to allow greater honesty.



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Postby m300572 » Fri Aug 10, 2007 2:11 pm

The two of which I have any knowledge are the Ermine Street Guard which is one of the original 'reenactment' groups in Britain, with as much interest in experimental archaeology as in the display side and Legio II Augusta who will turn up with van loads of kit and build you a short street of shops, rooms, display tents etc.

AFAIK both have a fairly standard drill/artillery display - if you have seen it once then it wont change the next time you see them.


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Roman Groups

Postby lawrence » Sat Aug 11, 2007 5:41 am

Lochinvar,
It may be better for you to look at the groups calender and then contact the events organisers for the places they've already done shows for this year. This way you'll get the opinions of the end user, after all it's how the public and the site owners feel about whether they got a good day out.
Happy searching,

Lawrence



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Postby Lochinvar » Sat Aug 11, 2007 3:40 pm

Thanks lads. I'll attend a few events and get talking.
See you around.



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Postby Mrs Grumpy » Sat Aug 11, 2007 8:27 pm

And there's a Late Roman group called Comitatus, which is based in and around York 8) Check out http://www.comitatus.net. The next show is in Sewerby (East Yorkshire) over the August Bank Holiday, complete with cavalry and ballista.


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Postby Lochinvar » Sun Aug 12, 2007 7:22 am

Thanks again. I'll try to take a look, from the public's perspective, at one of the events.



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Postby Caballo » Wed Aug 15, 2007 6:50 pm

Hi,

Some other thoughts- for Romans/ auxillaries, Legio XIIII with the Batavian auxillaries (declares interest- I'm one of the Batavians)- next show at Scarborough 18th/19th August http://www.romanarmy.net/events.htm

For gladiators, try Britannia (also for Romano Brits) http://www.durolitum.co.uk/gladiator.html and the Vicus http://www.vicus.org.uk/ - all good blokes with some scarily effective female fighters too!

And of course you have the Legio IX based in York.

Would this be for the re-scheduled York Festival in late October?

Cheers

Caballo



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Postby Lochinvar » Thu Aug 16, 2007 10:46 am

Thanks for that.
Unfortunately I am not available for the Scarborough event.

To reply to your question, no its not to do with the Roman Festival in Oct. It is to do with a potential Army display which may or may not take place in about two years time.

Regards.



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Postby madoc » Mon Aug 20, 2007 9:36 pm

If the event is one that can support multiple groups then you'd be able to play to the strengths of a number of groups. Unfortuntely, you'd need to make sure that the groups you want will actually "play nice" together.

The Chester Roman Festival has been a good example of a number of groups co-operating well together.

email or contact us via our website and we'd be happy to help.

cheers



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Re: Comparing Roman Groups

Postby sillicus » Mon Sep 17, 2007 9:19 pm

Lochinvar wrote:Potentially rather a contentious one this, but I don't mean it to be:
how do the Roman groups in the UK compare with each other? My reason is that I may need to hire/employ a group for a military display in the York area in the distant future.

The sort of things I have in mind are:
-authenticity.
-kit quality.
-helpfulness.
-sense of humour.
-welcome.
-training programme.

The intention is not to start a turf war, but we all know that different groups have different strengths and weaknesses, and even those can change as members come and go. I'm looking for a sober and mature comparison of the groups (if such a thing is possible)....ducks below parapet!! Please PM me if this is felt to allow greater honesty.


Hi there,

I'm from Britannia. here are a few Gladiator pics. One of them is me fighting Katy, ouch!!!!!!!!!!

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Postby Nerva » Thu Oct 04, 2007 5:21 pm

We are the Irish roman re-enactment group, The Roman military Society of Ireland. You can see us at www.romanarmy.ie

We attended the Corbridge event this year with the RMRS and hope to do some more with them next year and with Deva Victrix in Cherster - if they'll have us :wink:


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Postby Gaius Longius » Thu Oct 04, 2007 10:18 pm

You are already on the guest list mate :D

Just need to get more Bretuncali to make it a bit more interesting :twisted: :twisted:

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Gary.


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Postby Nerva » Thu Oct 04, 2007 10:54 pm

We can try and round up some 'Paddiuncli' :lol:


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Postby madoc » Tue Oct 09, 2007 12:01 pm

You got a date for chester yet ?
I spoke to Gary and to Paul and it "might" be in "August" ... our calendar is filling up.

We'll be concentrating on equipping our british warband this year. Throwing spears, helmets, swords and mailshirts ...... so, hopefully that should give you a run for your money.




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