scary to think we managed 30+ a side at Middlewhich and I didnthink that was big
Probably better to watch a skirmish than a full on battle from a crowds' POV - you can pick your champion, watch individual fights rather than a mess as a whole.
Plus the circle etc.. on the weekend got a fair reaction.
Shame about the overcast sky and slight drizzle
But on another note, the use of clear audio naration and music can really bring an even to life, a kind of movie quality perhaps... that being said, spfx also help :p
Living history needs to be more interactive, it is quite easy to get bored just 'looking', especially if you're not an entusiast (the people who get dragged along by husbands, wives etc). They need something to do.
My society has one or two nterative stalls, and they are busy all day (such as archery, coin striking, surgery), but I feel we could do more to involve people, and we are working on it in that respect. From what I gather of some groups, authenticity takes precedence, but perhaps it should just be the criteria for making a stall look good, rather than the be all end all; it has to be as historically correct as possible, but aught to have clear goals for what it's function is.