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by guthrie
Thu Jan 26, 2006 9:26 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: How to improve battles?
Replies: 313
Views: 42026

Alan, just because youve never seen something doesnt mean it doesn happen, and could you please try and keep arguments on threads separate. Craig1459- Remember that there used to be just the SK. THen they split. Then remember also that aAFAK, they are run as little local groups, like we are in the f...
by guthrie
Thu Jan 26, 2006 7:51 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: How to improve battles?
Replies: 313
Views: 42026

Whilst Edwin may have a point about random wandering water carriers at his events, most I have been at (Medieval ones) have had well controlled water carriers hanging about at the back rather than wandering across the field. In fact they usually go and water the fighters at set breaks in the fightin...
by guthrie
Thu Jan 26, 2006 12:37 am
Forum: General History
Topic: The History of Re-enactment
Replies: 63
Views: 17647

Go on, surely one of you will tell us about the fabled white company?
by guthrie
Mon Jan 23, 2006 8:16 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Western Martial Arts
Replies: 19
Views: 3513

Speaking personally, from my very small amoung of "WMA" knowledge, as well as my longer background in re-enacting and a few years doing karate, I would say go to another class. I think defence does not come naturally- a proper, accurate, effective defence often takes more practise than an effective ...
by guthrie
Sun Jan 22, 2006 6:50 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Bannockburn 2006
Replies: 16
Views: 3404

Cool, so the weather this year will be sunny with some clouds? That will be good. And it looks like there will be the same people there this year as last year. Shame yoru friend couldnt get any shots of the battle, I would like to know how its going to go, and whether they'll get more people to take...
by guthrie
Sat Jan 14, 2006 11:43 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: How to improve battles?
Replies: 313
Views: 42026

pah! cowards talk, if you're fighting properly your shield should be broken to bits in your hand until you're just left with a grip that you end up beating some poor sod unconscious with. Hey, wait a minute, arent shield for sissies? Why have you got one then? As for the wenching, we'll tell you ab...
by guthrie
Sat Jan 14, 2006 7:05 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: How to improve battles?
Replies: 313
Views: 42026

WorkMonkey wrote: Glorious deaths are for heroes!

Sure, and glorious carousing and wenching is for those canny enough to survive the battle because they used a shield.
by guthrie
Thu Jan 12, 2006 10:20 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: How to improve battles?
Replies: 313
Views: 42026

It cant. Ultimately, thats what marshalls and people who can remember what people look like in the middle of a battle are for. Shouting "oi" can also help. Personally, I like fighting archers. I understand its fairly authentic, and whats more fun, is like at Blore this year, when your hard pressed b...
by guthrie
Tue Jan 10, 2006 9:59 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Hurrah! From the ashes AIPON 2
Replies: 118
Views: 18110

WorkMonkey wrote:This smacks of English elitism......

Thats British, you dolt!

Oh look, one of those photos looks rather familiar. I think that side angle shots are not flattering though....
by guthrie
Wed Dec 07, 2005 7:37 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: What's wrong with the movie King Arthur?
Replies: 29
Views: 6376

breccamerie wrote: Can it work? Yes, if you are very careful not to touch it or sweat.

No offence intended, but doesnt that kind of rule out using it when your going to be running about and touching things?
by guthrie
Mon Dec 05, 2005 9:11 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: a sobering thought
Replies: 12
Views: 3581

Reminds me of some of my recent reading, a couple of books written before and during WW2 by men who had been through WW1. R Bruce Lockhart and H V Morton both seemed to have confidence in the british youth of the late 30's, which was somewhat heartening to read. I cant find the exact bits to quote t...
by guthrie
Fri Nov 18, 2005 2:44 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: What's wrong with the movie Braveheart?
Replies: 84
Views: 15087

Yes, precisely. There has to be a clear line drawn between historically accurate (even if pushing the bounds of stuff that historians are arguing about) and made up bilge.
by guthrie
Fri Nov 18, 2005 9:50 am
Forum: General History
Topic: What's wrong with the movie Braveheart?
Replies: 84
Views: 15087

WEll, I am against having lots of laws. We just need to ensure that guidelines are in place that mean that there is nowhere to go for people peddling junk who dont admit it. Screenings of braveheart would have warnings about innaccuracy. Clan Mcshortbread would be unable to do anything in public wit...
by guthrie
Thu Nov 17, 2005 10:21 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: What's wrong with the movie Braveheart?
Replies: 84
Views: 15087

Cool, I think that makes 2 or 3 of us, I assume Alan F would be up for it given his comments up thread. (Note to the squeamish, gvt censors, lawyers, etc etc, I am not suggesting we go and commit assault or such, just that it would be interesting to go and have a word with said people) Rupert is a p...
by guthrie
Thu Nov 17, 2005 7:58 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: How to improve battles?
Replies: 313
Views: 42026

I dont see any reason why we couldnt mike up the main peopel in the parley, so that the crowd could hear it. It would sound much better having them slag each otehr off than having the announcer say "well, his dad killed his dad, and Lord so and so stole the Earls land, so they hate each others guts ...
by guthrie
Thu Nov 17, 2005 2:03 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: How to improve battles?
Replies: 313
Views: 42026

Maybe its the background I'm from, but I dont recall ever seeing a battle of the champions that wasnt pre arranged and set up. I would be amazed if anyone ever thought that doing anything else was an option. (but obviously they have done) What do the public think of battles of the flag with hit poin...
by guthrie
Tue Nov 15, 2005 9:42 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: How to improve battles?
Replies: 313
Views: 42026

I think we all pretty much agree on what makes a good battle. The problem is communication this to other people, and then organising the battle.
by guthrie
Sun Nov 13, 2005 9:17 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: What's wrong with the movie Braveheart?
Replies: 84
Views: 15087

Ahhh, but he doesnt want to be in power, he just wants to "advise" from the sidelines. Making a bid for the throne would mean people like Lord Lyon King of Arms asking interesting questions about his family history.

(Nothing against ranting about Tony Blair, I do it myself, but...)
by guthrie
Sun Nov 13, 2005 7:11 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: What's right in WOTR re-enactment?
Replies: 18
Views: 4719

I almost thought you were looking for an argument for a second, but yes, the politics are authentic, except the good thing is that 5,000 people dont get killed and maimed to sort out whose boss.
by guthrie
Sat Nov 12, 2005 5:39 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: What's wrong with the movie Braveheart?
Replies: 84
Views: 15087

I read all that a few months ago. I'm neither a strong Royalist or republican, but it really annoys me to see someone apparently trying to be royal and mangling the history etc in the process. Then his photo of himself as a child with the regalia of SCotland looks so bad it has to be a fake. And Ala...
by guthrie
Fri Nov 11, 2005 1:52 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: What's wrong with the movie Braveheart?
Replies: 84
Views: 15087

Thanks! And whats even better is that its historically accurate. The Edinburgh mob had something of a bad reputation back in the 18th and possibly 17th centuries. Apart from the Porteus affair, they were also apparently roused into violent action by such incidents as traders nobbling their scales an...
by guthrie
Fri Nov 11, 2005 12:09 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: What's wrong with the movie Braveheart?
Replies: 84
Views: 15087

I guessed that most of the businesses werent local run. It didnt help when a few years ago now I went into one of the newsagents, had a used irn-bru bottle (glass) with me, and the bloke behind the counter didnt want to give me the usual 20p you get for them. He wasnt from Edinburgh either. Strategi...
by guthrie
Thu Nov 10, 2005 8:03 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: What's wrong with the movie Braveheart?
Replies: 84
Views: 15087

Yes, I've seen him. I walk past him every time I visit the castle (and living in Edinburgh and being interested in castles as well as a member of HS and liking the views form the castle, thats usually at least once a year) and have to restrain myself from demonstrating the basics of medieval combat ...
by guthrie
Thu Nov 10, 2005 12:08 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: What's wrong with the movie Braveheart?
Replies: 84
Views: 15087

It is fun to point out that in the SCotsman newspaper yesterday they had an opinion piece by a professor of history complaining about how they were going ot downgrade history teaching in schools nad merge it with geography and modern studies etc. It was acccompanied by a picture of bekilted and be-t...
by guthrie
Tue Nov 08, 2005 9:12 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: What's right in WOTR re-enactment?
Replies: 18
Views: 4719

Blokes in armour? Pole arms fights in which you can actually fight, rather than play a variation on rugby? Development of technology? Archers?

HHmm, there must be more.
by guthrie
Tue Nov 08, 2005 9:01 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Joined or seperate hoes, and other questions.
Replies: 84
Views: 12603

The 1470's!

And if you wait long enough, they'll be back in fashion!
by guthrie
Sun Nov 06, 2005 10:51 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Whats wrong in Dark Age re-enactment
Replies: 61
Views: 9027

You made the public sick and children cry? Thats unusual. How did you do it?
by guthrie
Sat Nov 05, 2005 8:04 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Joined or seperate hoes, and other questions.
Replies: 84
Views: 12603

OK, bring your proof to events next year, and I'd love to see you bump into some authentinazis.
by guthrie
Thu Nov 03, 2005 7:40 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Joined or seperate hoes, and other questions.
Replies: 84
Views: 12603

Am I the only person who doesnt have any trouble with joined hose? Its true I am very skinny, but I do have long legs. As far as I can tell the point is to get as stretchy cloth as possible, cut on the bias, (diagonally across the weave) and have them fitted by your partner/ best friend or whomever ...
by guthrie
Wed Nov 02, 2005 11:13 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Joined or seperate hoes, and other questions.
Replies: 84
Views: 12603

Do you mean single leg hose or split leg hose, not that I can think of many differences. Single leg hose for 14th century and earlier were apparently pointed to the braes or a belt or suchlike. By the later 14th century your into pointing them to doublets, and they were higher up the leg and encroac...