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by Ian Macintyre
Wed Jul 23, 2008 1:09 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Simple Shelters?
Replies: 88
Views: 20696

Also of course the various buildings one might find around the countryside. Armies rarely went to the wilderness, after all there was rarely a reason to do so. So kick the people and animals out of barns, byres and houses would provide much shelter. On top of which I've always said what a medieval e...
by Ian Macintyre
Wed Jul 23, 2008 12:50 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Re-enactorisms
Replies: 222
Views: 21093

I've certainly noticed far more of them on the field these past few years. Allegedly the barbute was the inspiration for the Gondorian infantry helmet seen in 'Lord of the Rings' - although I'm not sure if that is the reason for their growing popularity... I used one in my last year of re-enactment...
by Ian Macintyre
Thu May 15, 2008 1:07 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: What is known about Late Medival battlefield Combat?
Replies: 45
Views: 6216

One thing to remember is that many if not most military engagements of this period where sieges through most of Europe as opposed to pitched battles.

Frankly digging trenches and latrines is more the basic work of a "soldier" than hacking at other chaps.
by Ian Macintyre
Fri Feb 08, 2008 2:20 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Scottish Wars of Independence I - Have I got this right ...?
Replies: 23
Views: 2925

Ailletes.

Certainly they are a feature of some images of the period but I'm not convinced they are as universal as Colin and Paul suggest. I have images that show clearly groups of knights, some with, some without.
by Ian Macintyre
Fri Jan 04, 2008 1:49 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Shelter for Riff Raff
Replies: 42
Views: 7195

Indoors. Or at least in barns etc. Historically in later periods thats how it tended to work. Why camp in a drafty tent thats a pain to put up when theres a lovely big barn? Or even better kick those peasants out their house and have that for the night. Plus there where lots of carts. Sleeping in or...
by Ian Macintyre
Wed Jan 02, 2008 2:57 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Wages in the 14th century
Replies: 6
Views: 1836

Remember however that ones wage in terms of cash was only part of the story. Room, board, goods or services, rights to farm on common land etc are all important part of the economic resources one could receive on top of wages.
by Ian Macintyre
Thu Oct 11, 2007 3:28 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Got any swords left over from the summer season?
Replies: 0
Views: 489

Got any swords left over from the summer season?

Looking to purchase a number of Henwei Rapiers, preferably cup hilts.

Any traders out there actually got any in stock?

May even look at good nick second hand.
by Ian Macintyre
Wed Oct 10, 2007 12:53 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Scots DID wear KILTS.. PRE-1600 by a long way
Replies: 95
Views: 15184

Indeed I've no doubt at all thats what it <b> meant</b> to say.

But it didn't. It said "his political leanings towards his idea of Scottish Independence " Which is a different kettle of fish.

But you has clarified his meaning which is fine.
by Ian Macintyre
Tue Oct 09, 2007 1:15 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Scots DID wear KILTS.. PRE-1600 by a long way
Replies: 95
Views: 15184

So being in favour of Scottish Independence is "offensive" :?: Perhaps you may wish to re-write your sentence old bean. Simply being a nationalist does not mean that one is offensive. Nor that you have to have a romanticised view of our history. I'm very offensive but its not because of my...
by Ian Macintyre
Mon Oct 01, 2007 12:58 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Scots DID wear KILTS.. PRE-1600 by a long way
Replies: 95
Views: 15184

Just a note in the wind. Being a natural dissenter myself. I think Arkadian does deserve a bit more respect here. He's almost definatley wrong about plaids but no need to be rude to him or treat him poorly. People are entitled to dissenting opinions in academia. If thats what you purport to be defen...
by Ian Macintyre
Wed Sep 26, 2007 1:15 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Scots DID wear KILTS.. PRE-1600 by a long way
Replies: 95
Views: 15184

The quote is a common one in these discussions and it always comes back to the fact that it could be describing many many different historical items of clothing.

Good book though and a fine resource for its main subject matter.
by Ian Macintyre
Mon Sep 17, 2007 12:39 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: New re-enactment group in Edinburgh
Replies: 32
Views: 6820

And certainly you scared the bejesus out of the people inhabiting Normal.
by Ian Macintyre
Fri Jul 13, 2007 12:17 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Which was more expensive?
Replies: 46
Views: 6065

Just a little thought from an economic historian. Whilst everybody has discussed supply of goods, regarding time to produce etc. price, as any o - grade level enonomics student can tell you is based on supply AND demand. How easy a plate is to make is only part of it. How good is it as a plate and w...
by Ian Macintyre
Wed Jun 20, 2007 12:29 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Battle of Bannockburn 2007
Replies: 428
Views: 54758

Oh and I think you'll find thats completely the wrong type of lava for the period. Its got exactly the wrong sort of nobbly bits. Please try harder. And as for the canoe :roll:
by Ian Macintyre
Wed May 09, 2007 1:07 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: How to tell who is a Knight.
Replies: 333
Views: 28611

I take it you don't do much 15th century. Most people wearing pauldrons have trouble reaching their mouths let alone above their heads. My dear chap, I started all this 6 years ago in a Fed group. Please see Phils reply for slightly more detail. Well you must have very differently designed pauldron...
by Ian Macintyre
Thu Sep 21, 2006 1:11 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Lanark 2006
Replies: 42
Views: 6644

And its not the Afro King. Its the Greig-finder General.
by Ian Macintyre
Tue Sep 12, 2006 1:03 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Best medieval re-enactment battle in Britain
Replies: 35
Views: 4430

Bosworth is (IMHO) far better organised & run. The battle itself is far more fluid & fun to take part in, the LH set-up (incl.market) is a LOT better & the atmosphere is very friendly & relaxed-plus the punters are a lot more interested/interesting. I must say I went to Bosworth thr...
by Ian Macintyre
Wed Aug 23, 2006 9:26 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Lanark 2006
Replies: 42
Views: 6644

The masks are used for a max of 5 minutes at the end of the 30 minute demo. Hence the other picture is of a walk through of the techniques in a controled environment. This represents the majority of the demonstration. By the look of it cron in responce to sheitelhau. I have not seen your demo either...
by Ian Macintyre
Tue Aug 22, 2006 5:16 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Lanark 2006
Replies: 42
Views: 6644

Hello. I think the problem is you do not understand the context in which the picture was taken. It was a picture of the freeplay at the end of a demonstration not the battle itself. In order. The point of the DDS is to study, teach and promote the study of historical use of the sword. Blosfecten, i....
by Ian Macintyre
Tue Jul 25, 2006 10:01 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Would you ?????
Replies: 31
Views: 4084

I quite fancy spending time with Captain Alfred Hutton in the 1880's.
by Ian Macintyre
Wed Jun 28, 2006 9:14 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Battle of Bannockburn 2007
Replies: 428
Views: 54758

No event has been without kit guides. The guides have failed to be implemented. Sadly some people ignored them and nobody prevented them walking onto the field. One of the key complaints. Can I make a suggestion which you will all ignore anyway. Rather than publically engage in this excercise and ki...
by Ian Macintyre
Tue Jun 27, 2006 10:57 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Battle of Bannockburn 2007
Replies: 428
Views: 54758

Good luck sir. I imagine that my group, the Company of Dawn Duellists, shall attend as we are based in Edinburgh and have attended all of the recent recreations. You will get a lot of questions from people over the next few days and weeks. Please be patient. The reason is that sadly despite no doubt...
by Ian Macintyre
Thu Jun 22, 2006 1:09 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Tatton
Replies: 10
Views: 1490

Brother Tuck wrote:
That'd be The Company of Dawn Duellists (CoDDS).




saw their display on sunday, they are very good...



Thank you very much. I thought it went well despite the rain and the best efforts of Air India.
by Ian Macintyre
Mon Jun 12, 2006 5:09 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: KOVEX ARS
Replies: 18
Views: 3030

Best sword I own for fencing with is a Kovex Ars longsword.

One note. Being central European chappies they have slightly less stringent ideas on the roundness of tips. two mins of grinding will sort that. The edges are fine however.
by Ian Macintyre
Thu May 18, 2006 12:44 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: What's wrong in WOTR re-enactment?
Replies: 125
Views: 15245

There is a battle of the flags every year at the Tatton event. Its always included at least one Fed household normaly more than one and its not a particularily unpleasantly "violent" event from my recollections. Mainly because I think its nice, small and almost always pishing it down on the sunday w...
by Ian Macintyre
Mon Apr 10, 2006 11:03 am
Forum: General History
Topic: How to improve battles?
Replies: 313
Views: 40272

I was at a site this week and though how good it would be to hold an event there. Simply because it had a huge grassy slope on the side. Being able to see from a raised position is I think a key factor for the public. Otherwise its just watching the same two or three blokes fighting by the crowd. Al...
by Ian Macintyre
Fri Apr 07, 2006 3:00 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: How to improve battles?
Replies: 313
Views: 40272

Reading through the latest entries it would seem that one of my comments has been taken at little out of context. I stated that many battles did not work, because there was no inclination on the part of many of the participants to follow the scripts or to put on an entertaining display for the publ...
by Ian Macintyre
Wed Apr 05, 2006 9:27 am
Forum: General History
Topic: How to improve battles?
Replies: 313
Views: 40272

Now that I do agree on.

ps we have a gig at a castle in two weeks with not one member of the public coming and not a rubber halberd or ninja halfling in sight.
by Ian Macintyre
Tue Apr 04, 2006 4:59 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Team / House Liverys for Recognition
Replies: 149
Views: 78588

James The Archer wrote:Can be a bit of a problem if you run out of arrows, but plenty of target info here, but then in my groups old standing order is if not in red and black hit it!!


I really like the sound of that. See our piccy above!
by Ian Macintyre
Tue Apr 04, 2006 4:54 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: How to improve battles?
Replies: 313
Views: 40272

Doing part of the Battle or a scenes from the battle is something I have been keen on for years. There is nothing quite so farcical as 45 blokes pretending to re-enact Crecy. Especially if its three pushes then fall.... I'm not convinced that lack of numbers hinders an event in the type of things yo...

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