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by Medicus Matt
Fri Nov 11, 2005 2:52 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Use of Horses in Re-enactment
Replies: 91
Views: 22150

We wanted to set up our Horsey LHE stuff at Kelmarsh this year. This consists of a load of sturdy woven willow panels which we use make a good sized pen to keep the two horses in when they're not on the field. We've got loads of 'fentic equipment (buckets, shovels, rakes plus the farriers equipment)...
by Medicus Matt
Fri Nov 11, 2005 12:08 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Use of Horses in Re-enactment
Replies: 91
Views: 22150

[quote="Scraggles"] most horse on the field go around tapping swords with each other, for reasons of safety, no interaction of horses with the soldiers, so they dont have a lot to do. quote] Really? How dull. :wink: We let ours charge at us, throwing stuff, trying to hit us etc. Sometimes we run awa...
by Medicus Matt
Fri Nov 11, 2005 10:46 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Use of Horses in Re-enactment
Replies: 91
Views: 22150

WorkMonkey wrote:Horses aren't authentic! :x
For early periods modern horses are too big, and for later periods they're too small.
Surprisingly enough, modern horses come in a variety of sizes.
We've got a couple of Welsh cobs that are about right for horses of our period.
by Medicus Matt
Thu Nov 10, 2005 5:30 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Use of Horses in Re-enactment
Replies: 91
Views: 22150

Absolutely. Cost. We've got two very experienced riders, own horses and horse lorry but getting the client to cough more cash for horses (plus the horse LHE stuff that they bring with them) is a trial. I don't get it really as we charge a fraction of what a certain ginger EH sub-contractor charges a...
by Medicus Matt
Wed Nov 09, 2005 11:36 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: What's wrong with the movie King Arthur?
Replies: 29
Views: 7401

um... a couple of my friends have woad tatoos. It looks great, a nice dark blue colour and apparently has anti-septic qualities that lend it to tatooing. [/quote] A natural, indigo based pigment possibly, but actually extracted from woad plants? I remain very sceptical, not just because of what I k...
by Medicus Matt
Wed Nov 09, 2005 5:05 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: What's wrong with the movie King Arthur?
Replies: 29
Views: 7401

Just keeping in line with the actual topic of conversation, I think there's a reference to a trebuchet-like device (as opposed to an actual onager) in: E.W. Marsden, Greek and Roman Artillery: Historical Development, Oxford University Press, London 1969 E.W. Marsden, Greek and Roman Artillery: Tech...
by Medicus Matt
Tue Nov 08, 2005 7:40 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Whats wrong in Dark Age re-enactment
Replies: 61
Views: 10594

'Though I would love to see some of my society's bods get lifted up on a shield. ' Ye Gads NO Brendan, our shields wouldn't take it! Its as much as the Limitianii can do to carry some of our more 'Chunky' gladiators off the arena Katy, a confusion of Brendans there. Brendan C is not the absinthe-fu...
by Medicus Matt
Mon Nov 07, 2005 5:45 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Whats wrong in Dark Age re-enactment
Replies: 61
Views: 10594

Medicus Matt wrote: It was enormous and made from chocolate, with tobacco leaf bindings and a coffee bean decoration. 'Tis the holy grail of early medieval re-enactors!

It had no tacks, as they're a re-enactor anachronism :wink:
Oops, forgot to log in.
by Medicus Matt
Mon Nov 07, 2005 2:22 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Whats wrong in Dark Age re-enactment
Replies: 61
Views: 10594

I thought lifting the victorious leader on to a shield died out during the Iron Age. Provedence for post 410 A.D. anybody? Ahh, but we were doing the revolt of Magnus Maximus in 383 (so :P to you matey), only 23 years after Julian is recorded as having been raised on a shield when he was proclaimed...
by Medicus Matt
Mon Nov 07, 2005 2:14 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Whats wrong in Dark Age re-enactment
Replies: 61
Views: 10594

I saw some gladiators at Kennilworth castle, they had an operation table which was cool with all the fake blood and acting, the fighting was ok. But it's not really early medieval... That was us. Glad you liked the surgery, we aim to please (actually we aim to get the press cameraman with the first...
by Medicus Matt
Mon Nov 07, 2005 2:03 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Whats wrong in Dark Age re-enactment
Replies: 61
Views: 10594

the worst thing about dark age reenactment in the last few shows I've watched is seeing that EH horsey-bloke being lifed up on a shield. Never gets tired of it, does he? Smug g*t. Actually, he (he being Mark Nice-but-dim) hates it because every time he's up there we keep telling him that we're goin...
by Medicus Matt
Fri Nov 04, 2005 2:13 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Whats wrong in Dark Age re-enactment
Replies: 61
Views: 10594

We could start by trying to eradicate the term Dark Age for a start. :wink:
by Medicus Matt
Thu Oct 27, 2005 12:35 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Rat de Cave
Replies: 16
Views: 6039

Fair enough. Wouldn't take the bread from LHEE's mouth :wink:

Mind you, the one's I saw were about twice the size of the one's in Dave's picture (unless he has 'tiles of unusual size' on his walls).
by Medicus Matt
Wed Oct 26, 2005 2:01 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Rat de Cave
Replies: 16
Views: 6039

How bizarre. I was in a pub in Swallowcliffe near Old Wardour castle yesterday and they had just this sort of candlestick on the table. Made by a bloke who lives in the village. I can get price details if anyone's interested?
by Medicus Matt
Fri Oct 14, 2005 1:10 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Seasons best
Replies: 9
Views: 4637

Fave of the year is this one from Kelmarsh where the rider bearing down on me has just thrown a spear. The shaft is falling to the ground, tangled in the corner of my cloak whilst the head, which has snapped off after I deflected the spear with my shield, is the object circled in red.
by Medicus Matt
Fri Sep 16, 2005 8:55 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: THE BATTLE OF DUNNICHEN 685 AD
Replies: 9
Views: 4512

Re: THE BATTLE OF DUNNICHEN 685 AD

Alan_F wrote:
Except that the majorty of people in Scotland very probably haven't heard of it!
Coz it's a reminder of their secret shame; they're all Irish immigrants or Scandinavian tourists. It's only the wee dark Shuggies that really belong there :twisted:
by Medicus Matt
Fri Sep 16, 2005 12:24 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: THE BATTLE OF DUNNICHEN 685 AD
Replies: 9
Views: 4512

Ooops, edited my response rather than posting a new one. That's confusing.
by Medicus Matt
Fri Sep 16, 2005 12:09 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: THE BATTLE OF DUNNICHEN 685 AD
Replies: 9
Views: 4512

Shame that it's known by it's Scots/Irish name instead of as "the Battle of Lin Garan". "Outmanouvered" or lured into a trap of boggy ground by the feigned retreat of Bridei's forces who chose to win the battle by guile and deception rather than standing and facing their valiant Anglian foes like tr...
by Medicus Matt
Mon Sep 12, 2005 4:52 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Hullloooooooooo.....
Replies: 30
Views: 10683

Hi Matt. Spent last weekend at a bike rally with Paddy and Mrs The Axe. Paddy says you're responsible for his downfall. Figures :) In more ways than one dear :wink: He weighs down the postive side of the set of mental scales I have called 'Things I've done for the Vike'. On the other side I'm also ...
by Medicus Matt
Thu Sep 08, 2005 12:37 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Surgery stuff in Norfolk
Replies: 18
Views: 6746

Workshop?

Happy to I guess, if there was enough demand for it. Somewhere like one of David's shows might be the most sensible option. Depends on how people feel about handling raw meat and getting covered in fake blood though :wink:
by Medicus Matt
Wed Sep 07, 2005 8:32 am
Forum: General History
Topic: A little quiz
Replies: 10
Views: 4019

Durer? Aaaacchhh....'Self portrait with gloves'! With the stripy hat on? Damn.

Wouldn't have got Galileo though.
by Medicus Matt
Wed Sep 07, 2005 8:17 am
Forum: General History
Topic: A little quiz
Replies: 10
Views: 4019

Second one is Henry VII, not Dick III isn't it?

Dunno about the other two though. I can see the first one in my head.. thinknig Italian renaissance...but can't think what it's called
by Medicus Matt
Fri Sep 02, 2005 1:44 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Surgery stuff in Norfolk
Replies: 18
Views: 6746

Hahahahahahahahahah.....ahhh, f*ckwits...who would we laugh at without them? :twisted:
by Medicus Matt
Fri Sep 02, 2005 10:56 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Surgery stuff in Norfolk
Replies: 18
Views: 6746

Damn, forgot to sign in!
by Medicus Matt
Fri Sep 02, 2005 10:28 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Surgery stuff in Norfolk
Replies: 18
Views: 6746

Tried various different bloods over the years, shop bought and home made and this one (Grima's 'A') is the best in terms of flow (glucose or corn syrup based ones don't 'spurt' well enough) and overall colour. More realistic, darker ones just don't look 'bloody' enough according to the MOPs. I do so...
by Medicus Matt
Fri Sep 02, 2005 10:16 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Surgery stuff in Norfolk
Replies: 18
Views: 6746

Surgery stuff # 2

Aaaaand a nice close up, retracting hooks in place, just before we role him over to give the audience a better look :twisted:
by Medicus Matt
Fri Sep 02, 2005 10:10 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Surgery stuff in Norfolk
Replies: 18
Views: 6746

Surgery stuff in Norfolk

Couple of surgery shots from our show last weekend in Norfolk.....

Firstly, a nice 'post-spurty' shot, making the first major incision.
by Medicus Matt
Thu Sep 01, 2005 11:09 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Kelmarsh FOH 2005 -ERA, Britannia, the Troop and Commitatus
Replies: 14
Views: 5813

Yup, it was Wendy. A second earlier and it would have captured the moment when the spear she threw struck home, the head sheared off and the crowd went "Oooooooh!"
8)
by Medicus Matt
Thu Sep 01, 2005 10:45 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Kelmarsh FOH 2005 -ERA, Britannia, the Troop and Commitatus
Replies: 14
Views: 5813

Kelmarsh FOH 2005 -ERA, Britannia, the Troop and Commitatus

Four pages of rather jolly piccies to be found here:- http://jfbell20.fotopages.com/?&page=0 My personal favourite would be this one which shows me getting harrased by cavalry. I've just deflected a thrown spear; the shaft is now just caught by the edge of my cloak whilst the head snapped off and bu...
by Medicus Matt
Thu Aug 25, 2005 9:02 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Barbarian Invasions
Replies: 3
Views: 2150

Barbarian Invasions

For fans of Rome:Total War

http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASI ... 81-0998824

There's a downloadable demo where you get to fight Mons Badonicus here:-
http://www.gamershell.com/download_10207.shtml