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by craig1459
Fri Nov 04, 2005 6:31 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: What's wrong in WOTR re-enactment?
Replies: 125
Views: 17950

I'm still green enough to enjoy all of it - the research, buying kit, making kit, as well as hitting people with a pointed stick :twisted:

Not to mention the friends and contacts I've made - which is probably the best bit
by craig1459
Fri Nov 04, 2005 12:59 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Looking for a group
Replies: 12
Views: 4360

Even thought they're not my household - the Buck's Retinue site has a lot of useful information for the newbie
by craig1459
Thu Nov 03, 2005 11:44 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: What's wrong in WOTR re-enactment?
Replies: 125
Views: 17950

Oops - didn't know you could post without logging in. :oops:
by craig1459
Thu Nov 03, 2005 6:21 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Joined or seperate hoes, and other questions.
Replies: 84
Views: 13994

Indeed! Our group collection includes a sallet which is very similar to the Darth Vader helmet although I believe the design of the latter is influenced by the samurai. (A collection of which can also be found at the RA) Ignoring our interstellar friend it would be interesting to know if there was a...
by craig1459
Thu Nov 03, 2005 5:55 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Joined or seperate hoes, and other questions.
Replies: 84
Views: 13994

The Royal Armouries in Leeds as you might expect, has a range of shapes and styles of sallet. A particularly interesting one has been painted with an intricate chequered pattern - something you don't see on the re-enactment field. All re-enactment sallets appear to be shiny shiny! They also have wha...
by craig1459
Thu Nov 03, 2005 3:41 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: What's wrong in WOTR re-enactment?
Replies: 125
Views: 17950

I have this argument regularly with sara1459, but we are united on the opinion that it should be FUN! I see it this way - I find the WOTR period fascinating. So many great characters - several great subplots - and many opportunities for discussion and research. It was also on the cusp of the medieva...
by craig1459
Thu Nov 03, 2005 2:10 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Joined or seperate hoes, and other questions.
Replies: 84
Views: 13994

Bascinets are the most associated with the early C15 (100YW). The Great Bascinet provides additional neck protection. Sallets are most closely with the late C15 (i.e. WOTR) and have a tail which protects the neck. Sallets are either visored or open-face - my avatar shows me in a visored sallet with ...
by craig1459
Thu Nov 03, 2005 9:53 am
Forum: General History
Topic: What's wrong in WOTR re-enactment?
Replies: 125
Views: 17950

Hi Dom T
When you say "too much plate" - do you mean too many armoured men on the field or individuals with too much plate for their role?
by craig1459
Thu Nov 03, 2005 8:53 am
Forum: General History
Topic: What's wrong in WOTR re-enactment?
Replies: 125
Views: 17950

What's wrong in WOTR re-enactment?

A few misconceptions about hose were picked up in the Costumes section which got me thinking - what else is "wrong" or wide open to debate in WOTR world?

A couple I've picked up on this site so far:
1. Wearing C16 Hose
2. The role (existence) of billmen
by craig1459
Thu Nov 03, 2005 12:24 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Joined or seperate hoes, and other questions.
Replies: 84
Views: 13994

Thanks for that - very interesting. The sources from which I had taken my information were obviously dodgy. Of course having seen what I had read "in practice" then I had taken it to be correct.

"...must try harder..." :)
by craig1459
Wed Nov 02, 2005 10:28 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Joined or seperate hoes, and other questions.
Replies: 84
Views: 13994

As opposed to the real world where everyone does everything by the book :wink:
by craig1459
Wed Nov 02, 2005 10:09 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Joined or seperate hoes, and other questions.
Replies: 84
Views: 13994

Gandi wrote:
craig1459 wrote:
One piece hose can be worn self-supporting depending on the construction
Not until the C16 really
Depends how tight you pull the points :)
by craig1459
Wed Nov 02, 2005 8:56 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Joined or seperate hoes, and other questions.
Replies: 84
Views: 13994

Hi Zachos I'm WOTR and we generally wear one-piece hose. You can wear split (two piece) hose but they were going out by the end of the C15. Split hose are fixed to the braes. One piece hose can be worn self-supporting depending on the construction but are aften secured to a "waistcoat", called a pou...
by craig1459
Tue Nov 01, 2005 6:06 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: Straight trumpet music
Replies: 35
Views: 9622

Cool - I'll have to do some more digging then
by craig1459
Sun Oct 30, 2005 11:31 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Is Asia good or Bad for Reenactment
Replies: 36
Views: 7984

I like the way there is an advert for Lancaster Armouries at the top as I write this!

I'll have my basics for my first full season via the cheap route. That gets me in - then I'll start supplanting it with better UK kit when I can afford it.
by craig1459
Sun Oct 30, 2005 10:51 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: Straight trumpet music
Replies: 35
Views: 9622

I don't think they'd be much use on the WOTR battlefield - especially with the advent of gunpowder (and clankies!) It might look quite slick for bill displays or marches though. Provided I can graduate from strangled duck to the more dulcet tones of psycho mute swan that is...
by craig1459
Wed Oct 26, 2005 8:53 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: Straight trumpet music
Replies: 35
Views: 9622

"Two kinds of ensemble using trumpets came to be differentiated: the shawm-trumpet ensemble (or alta musica, see ALTA (I); the trumpet was later replaced by a trombone) and the trumpet-kettledrum ensemble (the kettledrums appeared towards 1500). The shawm-trumpet ensemble first used the trumpet to p...
by craig1459
Tue Oct 25, 2005 7:03 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: What's wrong with Shakespeare?
Replies: 20
Views: 6845

The Scottish Play

Thank Alan - v interesting. I'd always taken it to be because of the macabre content but this makes more sense. The theme of the usurpation via foul deed is of course evident in several of Shakespear's plays. A popular theme in the Tudor age. I can't think why?! :)
by craig1459
Tue Oct 25, 2005 5:33 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: What's wrong with Shakespeare?
Replies: 20
Views: 6845

What's wrong with Shakespeare?

Richard III is often regarded as Tudor propaganda - proper character assassination. I'm not going to get into that here but I was wondering how this claimed Lancastrian bias was evident in his other "histories", such as the Henry VIs? I know the play Richard III pretty well but have not seen or read...
by craig1459
Mon Oct 24, 2005 7:02 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: Straight trumpet music
Replies: 35
Views: 9622

Cheers Mole
Yeh - I played the bass bugle/baritone horn many moons ago and know a few tunes through that. This has got a fairly small bore compared to what I was used to and at the moment I can only play one note!
by craig1459
Mon Oct 24, 2005 5:36 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: Straight trumpet music
Replies: 35
Views: 9622

Straight trumpet music

I've just picked up a straight trumpet from a charity shop (in one of those "I've got to have that!" moments) Despite being a fairly experiencd brass player I am struggling with it but I'm sure I'll find my mojo. Can anyone recommend any pieces which involve it from the fifteenth century, or would i...
by craig1459
Sun Oct 23, 2005 4:00 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Looking for a group
Replies: 12
Views: 4360

Saviles

Cheers Fluffster We are one of the better (the best IMHO but I would say that) WOTR living history groups around and have 80-odd members although I have only met about half since I joined later in the season:) We made up nearly all of the Yorkist archers at Blore Heath and just shy of a bill block. ...
by craig1459
Sun Oct 23, 2005 1:15 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Looking for a group
Replies: 12
Views: 4360

The Savs have picked up a new family from Birkenhead as well now
by craig1459
Sun Oct 16, 2005 10:54 am
Forum: General History
Topic: What's wrong with the movie King Arthur?
Replies: 29
Views: 6962

Kingdom of Heaven

Can we have a similar discussion on Kingdom of Heaven (just seen on DVD)

As it's set in the C12 I swore to the missus that I'd have a coronary if a sallet appeared. I thought thy'd got away with it until Richard I rolls on in th last scene wearing a nice little number. Aaah!
by craig1459
Sun Oct 16, 2005 7:43 am
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: Wind Instruments
Replies: 25
Views: 6316

Odd classical pieces

The museum of musical instruments in Vienna is a must-see for anyone who goes there. The fine selection of instruments from all periods is supported by an excellent audio tour which includes sample pieces where appropriate. I don't recall if there was any harmonica, but the most surreal was a concer...