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by guthrie
Mon Oct 02, 2006 10:18 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Creating beginners guides (WOTR ~1485)
Replies: 32
Views: 4987

Well, kettle helms are good for 300 years, as craig says, but I have seen very few pictures of skullcaps, although I understand theres a picture or two in the Macjijowski [sic] bible. So I would put my money on a kettle helm. Your going to have to face it, it is impossible to put together kit that c...
by guthrie
Mon Oct 02, 2006 9:58 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Creating beginners guides (WOTR ~1485)
Replies: 32
Views: 4987

I'm not an armour buff, but although a skull cap is a reasonable start, I would suggest that, given the cheapness of places like GDFB or the second hand market, that you go for kettle helms. They will offer a little bit more protection with the brim. What weapons are you wanting to fight with? With ...
by guthrie
Sun Oct 01, 2006 11:46 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Jerky Viagra available online
Replies: 15
Views: 2761

Has it been safety tested on humans?


(Dont all rush at once)
by guthrie
Fri Sep 29, 2006 10:54 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Viking group in South yorkshire
Replies: 14
Views: 3057

You can edit your own posts easily enough, its that little button in the top right hand corner beside the quote thingy.
by guthrie
Thu Sep 28, 2006 10:00 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Embellished aprons in late C15th dress
Replies: 7
Views: 1010

The only apron picture i have happened upon today, from the later 15th century, the apron did not have any embellishment at all.
by guthrie
Thu Sep 28, 2006 1:19 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Dragons breath
Replies: 26
Views: 5151

Personally I think we should find some land somewhere, build a fortification of various sections from various dates, like a 16th century earthwork in one corner, a medieval wall in another, etc. Then leave it a year for the lime mortart to set somewhat. Then come back with dozens of cannon and batte...
by guthrie
Tue Sep 26, 2006 11:42 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Hardest bit of kit to make ??
Replies: 62
Views: 8253

you cant call a home-made garment your own until you have a little bit of blood spilt on it.... darn needles!! I'm assuming thats one of the reasons thumbles exist, but I've never quite gotten into wearing one, and my fingers are a bit bigger than normal thimbles anyway. I think I shall try making ...
by guthrie
Wed Sep 20, 2006 9:35 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Lanark 2006
Replies: 42
Views: 7246

Me! its my two coloured supertunic. I'll put up another photo today in which you can see both sides of it.
It kept me nice and warm in the evening as well.
by guthrie
Tue Sep 19, 2006 10:30 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Lanark 2006
Replies: 42
Views: 7246

Finally got some photos off a friend:
by guthrie
Mon Sep 18, 2006 9:13 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Trading through the winter months
Replies: 9
Views: 1941

HHmmm, so you also sell lapidary stuff- my dad is getting into that, he's fiddling round with jewellery making just now, and inherited a load of stones from his mother. I shall ask him what sort of stones he is also looking for.
by guthrie
Mon Sep 18, 2006 9:02 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Hardest bit of kit to make ??
Replies: 62
Views: 8253

Definitely my boots- little room to manouvre, hard work. Whereas although a lot of work, (And a little blood) went into making my padded jack, it wasnt so tense, because I started with plenty of spare material, and therefore had room to manouvre.
by guthrie
Wed Sep 13, 2006 10:34 am
Forum: Creative Works
Topic: Book Help!!
Replies: 62
Views: 13277

Aye, thats better. Its just practise I suppose. I wrote a few stories at school, then stopped for 6 years. Then I wrote upwards of 100,000 words in a year on various stories. Practise is important I am afraid. I'm jealous of the people who have been writing so long that they can turn out readable pr...
by guthrie
Wed Sep 13, 2006 10:11 am
Forum: Creative Works
Topic: Book Help!!
Replies: 62
Views: 13277

Updated version (the first few paragraphs): Tomasine lifted the latch on the door to a chamber within the castle and opened it a little. She poked her head through the gap to see if anyone was within. The cool breeze from the dark chamber that greeted her was refreshing when it touched her pale ski...
by guthrie
Wed Sep 13, 2006 10:03 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Best medieval re-enactment battle in Britain
Replies: 35
Views: 5048

Tutbury? Someone seems to have gotten there before us. But I think there is enough left for a small siege.
by guthrie
Tue Sep 12, 2006 6:31 pm
Forum: Creative Works
Topic: Book Help!!
Replies: 62
Views: 13277

ok, thats a start. It would be helpful to know what this wee room actually is- is it a small cottage/ a rom in a larger house? I dont think the son "Depicts" things, that would suggest that it is actually drawing them, try "illuminated" or suchlike. I would also not use too many short sentences like...
by guthrie
Tue Sep 12, 2006 3:47 pm
Forum: Creative Works
Topic: Book Help!!
Replies: 62
Views: 13277

Well, you could just start it: ""Dear bob, I wish you could be here just now, to see this wonderful summer. Of course I know you cannot, due to Lord nonesuch wanting to kill you after you found out his indiscretions." Kate paused to refill her pen." Depends on what you write. There are many potentia...
by guthrie
Mon Sep 11, 2006 10:10 pm
Forum: Creative Works
Topic: Book Help!!
Replies: 62
Views: 13277

Take a bit longer about getting into things. With a thriller, ideally the reader wants to be gripped from the start, such as: "Bob yawned and opened one eye to see a revolver barrel six inches from his face. Mr Smith had caught up with him." Whereas with something more expansive on a different theme...
by guthrie
Mon Sep 11, 2006 10:03 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Battle of Bannockburn 2007
Replies: 428
Views: 59352

Another thread on here said who it was they were getting to organise Bannockburn, I cant find the exact names right now. so just search the forum.
by guthrie
Mon Sep 11, 2006 9:45 pm
Forum: Creative Works
Topic: Book Help!!
Replies: 62
Views: 13277

OK, as long as you have a framework you can sort out a suitable beggining. This can be rather hard, as the beggining has to get the reader interested with the first few sentences, ideally. Mind you, if you aren't writing a thriller you can be a little bit more expansive with it all.
by guthrie
Mon Sep 11, 2006 9:42 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: medieval waters
Replies: 8
Views: 2289

Ahh, thanks, that what I thought it might be.
Your essentially making tinctures, which also happen to be what some of alchemy has degenerated to in these modern times.
by guthrie
Sun Sep 10, 2006 11:54 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: medieval waters
Replies: 8
Views: 2289

What on earth are medieval waters? Are you talking about some kind of herb based distilled stuff?
by guthrie
Thu Sep 07, 2006 10:10 pm
Forum: Creative Works
Topic: Book Help!!
Replies: 62
Views: 13277

You dont have to start with a framework. Many stories have started from a "OOhh, i like the idea of that scene, with pirates fighting above giant squid- so what excuse can i come up with to get everyone into that situation?" The trick is then to think up the framework. Going into a long story withot...
by guthrie
Thu Sep 07, 2006 4:35 pm
Forum: Creative Works
Topic: Book Help!!
Replies: 62
Views: 13277

One of the fun bits of the writers group I am in is when we're sitting there, tossing ideas and scenarios and bits of story around. It usually happens when someone has submitted a story that we think has some good bits and bad bits, and we can end up discussing how to fix the bad bits. Which means t...
by guthrie
Thu Sep 07, 2006 4:21 pm
Forum: Creative Works
Topic: Book Help!!
Replies: 62
Views: 13277

OK. I'll come up with some more annoying questions tommorrow, let you have a think.
by guthrie
Thu Sep 07, 2006 4:06 pm
Forum: Creative Works
Topic: Book Help!!
Replies: 62
Views: 13277

Ahhh, so she's not so innocent after all. Yet is still romantic? Certainly, in the thought you had last night, there is conflict between her and her father, and what about her ex-husbands family? Don't they have some say? And no children as well. Then there is the problem between her and her admirer...
by guthrie
Thu Sep 07, 2006 3:16 pm
Forum: Creative Works
Topic: Book Help!!
Replies: 62
Views: 13277

OK, so thats a good start to a biography. You know her history, and how she reacts to some situations. eg lord X tries to get too intimate, presumably she would refuse. One of my friends, who has written an entire book and will be looking for an agent shortly, keeps going on about conflict. he is to...
by guthrie
Wed Sep 06, 2006 11:51 pm
Forum: Creative Works
Topic: Book Help!!
Replies: 62
Views: 13277

OK, so you have a girl. What age is she? Is she looking for a husband? Or is her dad looking for a husband and she's having too much fun dancing with various men? Most basic stories start with a character, who is put into various situations or gets themselves into various situations, and ideally at ...
by guthrie
Thu Aug 24, 2006 11:23 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Battle of Bannockburn 2007
Replies: 428
Views: 59352

Well COlin- you get uot what you put into this kind of hobby. I have always taken it as something of a lark, cant speak for anyone else. Yet you can hardly deny that large numbers of us do aim for better accuracy, authenticity etc, as well as a better understanding of the history and also like to tr...
by guthrie
Wed Aug 23, 2006 9:24 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Battle of Bannockburn 2007
Replies: 428
Views: 59352

HHmm, and who wrote the wikipedia entry?

Your showing soem levity these days, Colin. Do you know something we dont?
by guthrie
Tue Aug 22, 2006 10:06 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Lanark 2006
Replies: 42
Views: 7246

They look good. got any photos of greig wearing my supertunic? The purple and reddy/orange one?