Ok, WOTR is obviously a lot more liberated than other periods by letting female women of the opposite sex carry water onto the battlefield! Personally, I am happy with the look of the thing - woman hanging about at the back to water anyone who needs it, and it is a system that works well. And yes, at the bigger battles like Tewkesbury the water carriers to have sashes but accident still do happen, especially when the red mist settles, as it were.
Yes, Tonw is entirely right also in that there is no way that water carriers should in any way engage in the battle itself, and it only takes a little common sense to figure out why, but there are some folk out there who try and engage when the opposition are being watered. I had a jug smashed by a guy with a sword the other year, Tonw, so I feel your pain.
The crux of it is, where do we draw the line between historical accuracy and necessity? Surely water carriers in dresses are better than no water carriers at all? And there would be an awful lot less people carrying water if male kit was compulsory, I myself couldn't afford two lots of kit, and with most of the big stuff such as Tewkesbury, Bosworth and Berkeley happening in the July/August period, we need all the bodies we can get onto the field. Also, in the defence of most water carriers in our period, we tend to hang around at the rear and wait for the lines to drop back before we move in rather than wandering about like rogue satellites, snd in fact, a lot of people tend to stick to their own groups and wait for the nod from the group commander before going in to water people. By the sound of things, the situation on a WOTR battlefield sounds a lot different to an ECW battlefield and so logically, what works and what does not is by no means set across the board.
And contravertially, if a woman went with her husband (or whatever), why would she not try and be in a situation where she could be of some help? *waits for the flames to start*
I'm up and dressed, what more do you want?