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by StaffordCleggy
Fri Sep 25, 2009 12:00 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: lacquering leather armour (has become Archer vs Armour)
Replies: 141
Views: 17843

I have a suspicion that some re-enactment armour is getting rather thicker than the originals. Take Brigandines for example. The ones in the RA (Leeds) appear to have their plates as thin as 0.90mm whereas some re-enactment brigs are up to 2mm thickness. I believe this comes from a cost perspective....
by StaffordCleggy
Tue Aug 25, 2009 5:35 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: lacquering leather armour (has become Archer vs Armour)
Replies: 141
Views: 17843

I trying to get into character. :roll: Everyone knows you theiving English bastards stole all our archers during the great bow famine of 1175. Thats the reason why we asked that Strongbow fella for help, and what did he bring, fecking Magners cider. Irish cider, an ancient pagan craft akin to the s...
by StaffordCleggy
Fri Aug 29, 2008 2:07 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: New chapters of Schola Gladiatoria
Replies: 28
Views: 3304

hopefully one will open a little closer than Bradford to me.... :)

Just can't get there on a week night i'm afraid.
by StaffordCleggy
Thu Aug 28, 2008 1:14 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Billmen - myth?
Replies: 273
Views: 29296

So it would appear - from this item at least - that there was a clear definition (at least within the author's mind) between a 'bill' as a weapon & a 'hegge bill' as a tool?
by StaffordCleggy
Wed Aug 20, 2008 5:00 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Animal Tails
Replies: 199
Views: 25928

RE: the food comment. Ok, Dick3 would be eating the finest food available even on campaign & would have had his personal chefs/cooks with him. However, the reality is very different. How many of us are professional cooks & able to turn out a high-status meal on an open portable fire (no oven...
by StaffordCleggy
Tue Aug 19, 2008 6:02 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Animal Tails
Replies: 199
Views: 25928

My wife has been chewing my ear off with some ofthe re-enactorisms that she saw at Bosworth this weekend, so I'm throwing them into the mix for her: Modern jewelery (faceted stones, clusters of small stones, etc). Women wearing mens coats. Women in sleevles kirtles without a gown on (especially if ...
by StaffordCleggy
Fri Aug 08, 2008 5:46 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Modern necessities
Replies: 41
Views: 7938

I suppose "Howe a fat bar-steward shall sit himself downe for ye reste halfway through his arming 'cos he doth mightily sweat & risks falling over" would be too much of a re-enactorism then? :lol:
by StaffordCleggy
Thu Aug 07, 2008 5:52 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Animal Tails
Replies: 199
Views: 25928

Well, seeing as i have just managed to threaten my alleged 'superior' in the Sales & Marketing Dept. (no, i don't work in there) with being cut into small pieces & then thrown piecemeal out of the nearest window 'cos he repeatedly cocked up my materials order......... :twisted: :evil: :evil:...
by StaffordCleggy
Mon Aug 04, 2008 10:09 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Modern necessities
Replies: 41
Views: 7938

Shouldn't your Captain be letting you know it's time to get ready?
by StaffordCleggy
Sat Aug 02, 2008 10:06 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Animal Tails
Replies: 199
Views: 25928

Only if you have a swarthy complexion & smell strongly of garlic!!!! :lol:

Mmmmm, garlic. our chef for the weekend is planning a paella......

Bit of a b**ger actually 'cos i was planning to do a jambalaya next weekend at Richmond! :oops:

Are we having a beer at Bosworth then Marcus?
by StaffordCleggy
Mon Jul 28, 2008 10:38 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Modern necessities
Replies: 41
Views: 7938

The reality would most likely be a firepit but we are obviously restricted to the raised fire at event sites for a myriad of reasons - archeological concerns/manicured lawns etc. Most public campsites will not let you have an open fire on the ground either. It comes down to either cooking on a raise...
by StaffordCleggy
Fri Jul 25, 2008 1:51 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Arms & Armour Imports 1480-81
Replies: 34
Views: 3958

Damn sure i have a pic of a plack worn over a jack somewhere in one of my books - off to Skipton Castle now but i'll try & dig it out when i get home on Sunday.
by StaffordCleggy
Fri Jul 25, 2008 10:27 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Arms & Armour Imports 1480-81
Replies: 34
Views: 3958

I was under the impression that the best bow stave was of Italian Yew, & that English Yew had a tendency to grow twisted & knotty. I've also heard people say that Yew was grown in Italy for the bow market & that young boys were employed (family?) to pluck off the side shoots from the sap...
by StaffordCleggy
Fri Jul 25, 2008 12:13 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Arms & Armour Imports 1480-81
Replies: 34
Views: 3958

Interesting to see that only 5 bevors are mentioned.
Maybe we are way over representing those but i can't see that changing soon. Might not be the prettiest teeth in Christendom but i want them in my head, not on Bosworth Field! :lol:
by StaffordCleggy
Tue Jul 22, 2008 10:43 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Re-enactorisms
Replies: 222
Views: 21092

I have thought about it, but thinking about it & actually getting round to it are different beasts i'm afraid! :oops:
by StaffordCleggy
Tue Jul 22, 2008 10:30 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Re-enactorisms
Replies: 222
Views: 21092

With regards to why so many men in C15th/WoTR re-enactment continue to wear a coif, i can't speak for anyone else but only for my own reason. Nowt really to do with fashion (cos i think they are ugly!) but simply that wearing wool around my head gives me a slight irritating rash. A linen coif stops ...
by StaffordCleggy
Thu Jun 05, 2008 9:04 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Safe, authentic, entertaining battles.
Replies: 137
Views: 17149

Perhaps it is an idea whose time has finally come simply because we are all somewhat older now?

The idea of wading in, having about you with a lump of metal has now lost it's lustre & we want more out of our participation than 'he's got more bruises than me!'

Just an observation....
by StaffordCleggy
Sat May 31, 2008 8:45 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Safe, authentic, entertaining battles.
Replies: 137
Views: 17149

Yorkist is easy - Murray & Blue.

Lancastrian - Prince of Wales' colours were red & black, conveniently for some!
by StaffordCleggy
Sat May 31, 2008 5:28 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Safe, authentic, entertaining battles.
Replies: 137
Views: 17149

The issue of wearing inappropriate liveries is an old one, but one that needs talking about all the same. As Marcus points out, the cost of several different coats can be somewhat prohibitive however we can make bends in the generic colours for relatively little money. This would solve all the probl...
by StaffordCleggy
Tue May 27, 2008 8:24 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Safe, authentic, entertaining battles.
Replies: 137
Views: 17149

The reality is this. Until we can somehow change the perceptions of the performers (because we are NOT soldiers in any way,shape or form!) the old habits of not dieing or running will continue to exist. Perfomers NEED to get used to the idea that the 'fight' is not soley for their benefit - punters ...
by StaffordCleggy
Sat May 24, 2008 8:09 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Safe, authentic, entertaining battles.
Replies: 137
Views: 17149

Marcus, all those things have been tried at various times with varying results. Parleys have to happen because the commanders need real-time input (i.e. being reminded what is supposed to happen next!!) that, without radio comms will not be possible. As for the running away bit, we've done it severa...
by StaffordCleggy
Sun May 18, 2008 6:41 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: What is known about Late Medival battlefield Combat?
Replies: 45
Views: 6216

My Lord of Buckingham (one of the dead ones) had some 2'000 Knot badges made to be given out to his men. Does this need a new thread: "On the Activities of Zombies in the Wars of the Roses"? How did they resolve the problem of inheritance when the late former Lord is still around giving o...
by StaffordCleggy
Fri May 16, 2008 9:33 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 15th century re-enactment blacksmiths
Replies: 32
Views: 5941

Very good set up have the Ferrers (ferrous???)

Always handy when you have to sidle shamefacedly up to them & say "please sir, can you put this back together 'cos i've got another scrap tomorrow...?" :oops:
by StaffordCleggy
Wed May 14, 2008 6:38 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: What is known about Late Medival battlefield Combat?
Replies: 45
Views: 6216

Colin, For 'Valet' i was referring to the idea that a Leading Noble would have Gentlemen as his personal attendants - Knights of the Chamber etc. - but yes, the term Valet is somewhat vague in it's meaning between the C15th & today. Good point though. Aren't we all going a little off-topic thoug...
by StaffordCleggy
Tue May 13, 2008 10:37 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: What is known about Late Medival battlefield Combat?
Replies: 45
Views: 6216

Gentlemen being 'tasked' to raise a certain number of a certain type of soldier would be nothing unusual in my opinion, it's all down to specifics. Gentleman 'A' may have most of his strength in the mercantile towns & therefore will theoretically be able to produce well armed & armoured men....
by StaffordCleggy
Tue May 13, 2008 7:14 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: What is known about Late Medival battlefield Combat?
Replies: 45
Views: 6216

Marcus, Let's also remember that a valet to a leading Noble of the First Rank (Duke/Earl) would in all likelyhood be a Gentleman himself (Knight of the Body/Chamber etc.) & would therefore not only be expected to bring his own retinue to the party, he would be in a financial position to do just ...
by StaffordCleggy
Tue Apr 15, 2008 11:24 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Scrope family.
Replies: 2
Views: 1033

Found this snippet on GENUKI :- Sir Henry(4th Baron) married first Philippa, daughter of Sir Guy de Brien, and secondly Joan, widow of Edmund, Duke of York; but, having no issue by either wife, he was succeeded by his brother, Sir John le Scrope, to whom the barony and estates, forfeited by Sir Henr...
by StaffordCleggy
Sat Apr 05, 2008 10:08 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Combat Archer
Replies: 98
Views: 11609

Just as an excercise, how exactly would we go about measuring the drawweight of a re-enactment bow at an event? Would we have to have them tested somewhere & then certified? How would we get all the relevant umbrella organisations to agree on a common poundage? If we cannot (as seems likely) agr...
by StaffordCleggy
Wed Mar 26, 2008 6:15 pm
Forum: 1810-1900
Topic: Who Really beat Napoleon
Replies: 32
Views: 7414

Ah, interesting. From what i have read, it appears that the European Powers were quite in favour of Putting Bonaparte against a wall & shooting him out of hand! Of course, the French Populace wouldn't have worn even the thought of that happening. I understood the reason why Bonaparte was not all...
by StaffordCleggy
Tue Mar 25, 2008 10:34 pm
Forum: 1810-1900
Topic: Who Really beat Napoleon
Replies: 32
Views: 7414

I didn't read the original article, but are you suggesting that the pre-eminence of the military elite in the unified Germanies was as a direct result of Blucher's presumed inadequacies? I.E. that they were going to make sure that those (if any) mistakes were not made again - at least by amateur sol...

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