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by EmanwelOfGwent
Tue Sep 25, 2007 5:31 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Canon Law
Replies: 25
Views: 4542

Going back to the bit about the slanderer's punishment... There are several potential explanations other than the moral gravity of the offence - Church law allowed ill-fame as actual evidence of wrong doing, so slander can undermine the proccess - successfully spreading rumours that someone was a he...
by EmanwelOfGwent
Thu Oct 12, 2006 1:01 am
Forum: General History
Topic: erm... is this what I think it is?
Replies: 7
Views: 1701

Right, I've alerted Ebay to the thing via their system.
Shame to see things like that trafficked
by EmanwelOfGwent
Wed Oct 11, 2006 4:55 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: erm... is this what I think it is?
Replies: 7
Views: 1701

It did *eventually* occur to me that there ought to be some provenance more than "a church in the Balkans"
The wording suggests that the thing has already been removed from it's country of origin.
by EmanwelOfGwent
Tue Oct 10, 2006 11:38 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: erm... is this what I think it is?
Replies: 7
Views: 1701

erm... is this what I think it is?

I've just spotted this on ebay: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=220034854621&indexURL=0&photoDisplayType=2#ebayphotohosting from the blurb it looks as though the seller thinks it's a 19thC blade, not a 19thC fake of a medieval blade. I'm barely an interested amateur ...
by EmanwelOfGwent
Mon Jun 12, 2006 2:25 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: KOVEX ARS
Replies: 18
Views: 2989

The only thing to watch out for IMO (and not a very experianced one at that) is that some of the crossguards are a bit on the skinny side - My hand & a Half got one side of the cross a bit bent in shipping (though I haven't the faintest idea what sort of force it took to do that) and someone I k...
by EmanwelOfGwent
Mon May 22, 2006 11:46 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: What's wrong in WOTR re-enactment?
Replies: 125
Views: 15074

The only time I've really worried about chaps in shirts, has been when they try to barge through the line and end up with my crossguard in their ribs because of the press. Perhaps it's easier for swords going against unarmoured types. I'd certainly be seriously worried about landing a thrust on some...
by EmanwelOfGwent
Mon May 08, 2006 5:54 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Cosmeston 2006
Replies: 130
Views: 16193

Never made it to the battle at Cossy myself, but I have no problem with events like it and Tintagel. They happen to have some of the best fighting to be had. Equally you could ask why not let the public in? Why should we hide the fun we're having? You can tell it isn't SCA on account of all the stee...
by EmanwelOfGwent
Tue Apr 18, 2006 5:18 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: How to improve battles?
Replies: 313
Views: 39852

An idea for demonstrating the effect of guns for the audiance (not sure if it'd work): as part of the script, one group is asked to "attempt" to charge one of the guns. At the begining of the battle (usually the kind of time when archers are arching and infantry are standing around), the gunners tau...
by EmanwelOfGwent
Mon Apr 17, 2006 8:40 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Team / House Liverys for Recognition
Replies: 149
Views: 74928

Devon Medieval Combat Alliance uses a stylised cross, with three bars - one swept up, one straight, one swept down, we're not in livery at the moment, so it'll be either a flag or a small emblem.
by EmanwelOfGwent
Thu Mar 09, 2006 11:38 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: How to improve battles?
Replies: 313
Views: 39852

Agree with tonw - though every battle seems to be different. There just aren't enough marshals - ever - to really run the battle. Plus groups will always have their own command structure, so why not use it... I think its better that Marshals are a safety measure - then what they say has a certain ur...
by EmanwelOfGwent
Tue Mar 07, 2006 9:55 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: How to improve battles?
Replies: 313
Views: 39852

:shock:
Gyrthofhwicce wrote: one that would be sung about for years to come.


Who by? The dead ones or the survivors who get sent to Broadmoor? :D
by EmanwelOfGwent
Tue Mar 07, 2006 5:06 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: How to improve battles?
Replies: 313
Views: 39852

Think it was in this thread someone mentioned it, but there seem to be lots of outright deaths, and no mortally wounded writhing people. Being wounded and on the way out would provide a nice oppertunity to have a drink before finally keeling over. Of course the water bearers have to check on combata...
by EmanwelOfGwent
Sun Mar 05, 2006 4:25 am
Forum: General History
Topic: What is wrong with the film, The Patriot?
Replies: 42
Views: 5931

Maybe it was a trade off - they got away with changing the enemy ship's nationality (which would audiences like least - an authentic lack of balancing or the film ending with the Americans loosing?)
by EmanwelOfGwent
Sat Feb 25, 2006 3:27 am
Forum: General History
Topic: What's wrong in WOTR re-enactment?
Replies: 125
Views: 15074

Anyone remember the Caldicott battle of the flags, about 6 years ago? That was a few weeks before I joined, so I don't know how scripted it was, but the flag thing made for what looked a fairly energetic and tactical battle, and gave combatants flags that they could legitimately try to nick (I think...
by EmanwelOfGwent
Wed Feb 22, 2006 6:56 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: What's wrong in WOTR re-enactment?
Replies: 125
Views: 15074

I what way safety aspects? Considering what we do, especially the battles, I've seen suprisingly few injuries, and never been badly hurt. The worrying injuries seem to be more off the field e.g. chap who got bitten on the cheek by a dog, another chap who knocked himself out getting out of a van, bot...
by EmanwelOfGwent
Fri Feb 03, 2006 4:08 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Pathfinder
Replies: 23
Views: 4382

Skevmeister wrote:you don't think that production still is from lotr do you, they look more like orcs than vikes....... surely they have mixed it up :( :? :shock:


I thought I'd hit the wrong link at first.
by EmanwelOfGwent
Fri Feb 03, 2006 3:07 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Pathfinder
Replies: 23
Views: 4382

Sigh. Anyone looked at that production still? That's not a Viking. It's an Orc with (slightly) less makeup. It's got plate armour. It's got fur. It's got a flail.
I can see HORNS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
URRRggggg.
by EmanwelOfGwent
Wed Feb 01, 2006 7:37 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: How to improve battles?
Replies: 313
Views: 39852

I've never actually been told to attack by a marshal (though it'd be quite nice to hear "Get ******* stuck in!" from one of them) its more when to retreat, when to die, keep out of the gun lanes, safety stuff and things that happen on the spur of the moment, whereas the commanders tell groups where ...
by EmanwelOfGwent
Wed Feb 01, 2006 6:12 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: How to improve battles?
Replies: 313
Views: 39852

Ah yes, terminology problems - that is the ideal state of play, having an officer for a part of a large battlefield. Incidentally, I remember there being a system like this at tewkesbury, the last year on the old site (my first battle :D ) but not since. I wonder if there a particular reason for doi...
by EmanwelOfGwent
Wed Feb 01, 2006 1:25 am
Forum: General History
Topic: How to improve battles?
Replies: 313
Views: 39852

In defence of the medieval system, it can work pretty well - 30 group leaders on the field shouldn't be a problem, if, as I remember at my first tewkesbury, there a 3 commanders on each side, sorting out in general what the groups in his third of the field are doing, and if the group leaders talk to...
by EmanwelOfGwent
Tue Jan 31, 2006 1:59 am
Forum: General History
Topic: How to improve battles?
Replies: 313
Views: 39852

As an ordinary combatant who's never seen the inside of a commander's meeting, I think circulating the script in advance would be great. Then I'd know what we were supposed to be doing, and wouldn't stand around at the muster point waiting to find out what side my lot are on, or most embarrasing of ...
by EmanwelOfGwent
Tue Jan 24, 2006 8:49 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: GM Historical Weapons
Replies: 11
Views: 2557

Looks like the website is up again.
by EmanwelOfGwent
Thu Jan 19, 2006 12:33 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Who do you think you are?
Replies: 33
Views: 5911

There used to be a wonderful story about how the first Turnbull got the name: he was supposed to have save Robert the Bruce from a charging bull by siezing its horns and turning it around, so that it charged into a bush, where it got entangled until it had been killed. Nice story. Total fiction but ...
by EmanwelOfGwent
Thu Jan 12, 2006 1:13 am
Forum: General History
Topic: How to improve battles?
Replies: 313
Views: 39852

They're a damn sight more frightening when you're looking down the bore of one. Yeah, I see what you mean - small explosions on a grass bank aren't a great imitation of solid shot hitting the ground, but its better than a set of guns blasting away without apparently hitting anything. On the subject ...
by EmanwelOfGwent
Wed Jan 11, 2006 8:49 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: How to improve battles?
Replies: 313
Views: 39852

Ooops. Forgot to log in.
by EmanwelOfGwent
Wed Jan 11, 2006 4:43 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Pagans, Druids and Witches
Replies: 66
Views: 10281

Gyrthofhwicce wrote: My Arguement which you failed to pick up on, was the fact that you cant make flippent remarks about someones personal beliefs, and not understand that this can and will offend people. is that what you did just here: 20, Catholic and Bored, should have realised the mixing proces...
by EmanwelOfGwent
Wed Jan 11, 2006 2:53 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: How to improve battles?
Replies: 313
Views: 39852

Something that really lets a battle down is lots of immortals on the winning side. It should be possible for the winning side to win without that, by having the losing side a smaller size or having a unit defect at the end. Then the battle won't end with the winners virtually unscathed. Another thin...
by EmanwelOfGwent
Tue Nov 22, 2005 9:57 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Pic from Oakshott
Replies: 1
Views: 1484

Pic from Oakshott

I'm trying to get hold of pic of the writhen cross and pommel of the sword on p180 of Ewart Oakshott's "Records of the Medieval Sword".
Iv'e got the book but no way of getting the pic onto computer - I'm trying to get Kovex to do me a sword with writhen pommel and cross.
Any ideas?

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