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Carignan
01-14-2015, 12:18 AM
Are there any of you who participate in Historal Reenactment? It is something I have always wanted to do and I wondered if any of you went to these kind of events and could us feedbacks.
It is a hobby I would like to get into when I grow older. I have always been fascinated by history and warfare so it looks very interesting to me. It is a good way to put yourself in the shoes
of a warrior from the 13th century or even a peasant. Some people are more into reenacting medieval life, trying to do things like they would have been done 800 years ago.

Reenactment of the Battle of Hastings
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The Battle of Waterloo
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Medieval Reenactment
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Roman Reenactment
http://img4.hostingpics.net/pics/129202roman1.jpg (http://www.hostingpics.net/viewer.php?id=129202roman1.jpg)

http://img4.hostingpics.net/pics/665898roman3.jpg (http://www.hostingpics.net/viewer.php?id=665898roman3.jpg) http://img4.hostingpics.net/pics/977240roman4.jpg (http://www.hostingpics.net/viewer.php?id=977240roman4.jpg)

Civil War Reenactment
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Carignan
01-14-2015, 03:31 PM
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Vasconcelos
01-14-2015, 03:38 PM
I always wanted to, seems pretty awesome.

Jackson
01-14-2015, 06:46 PM
I believe Artek is a Roman legionary in his spare time, and i think Lighthouse89 is in a WW2 group? I've long wanted to do this as well, and probably will get around to it within the next decade. I'm particularly interested in the living history as it's a lot more informative than combat alone (which seems to be the central focus). If i won the lottery i'd build small sites of various time and cultural periods and employ people to live in them full time (although with access to modern medicine in the case of emergency if it's needed) in order to further understanding from an experimental archaeological perspective. This has been done before, for example i think in the 80s or some time ago at least a number of families lived in the way of Iron Age inhabitants of Britain for i think around a year or perhaps more, although i haven't found the original series there is a summary video on the internet. Also i think there is another Iron Age facility of that type in Denmark, with a less permanent population. Various reenactment groups also have sites as well, although i don't think they live there 24/7, but rather it is used for short periods or for functions - although i may be wrong.

LightHouse89
01-14-2015, 06:50 PM
I believe Artek is a Roman legionary in his spare time, and i think Lighthouse89 is in a WW2 group? I've long wanted to do this as well, and probably will get around to it within the next decade. I'm particularly interested in the living history as it's a lot more informative than combat alone (which seems to be the central focus). If i won the lottery i'd build small sites of various time and cultural periods and employ people to live in them full time (although with access to modern medicine in the case of emergency if it's needed) in order to further understanding from an experimental archaeological perspective. This has been done before, for example i think in the 80s or some time ago at least a number of families lived in the way of Iron Age inhabitants of Britain for i think around a year or perhaps more, although i haven't found the original series there is a summary video on the internet. Also i think there is another Iron Age facility of that type in Denmark, with a less permanent population. Various reenactment groups also have sites as well, although i don't think they live there 24/7, but rather it is used for short periods or for functions - although i may be wrong.

I have not done the ww2 one in awhile. Use to be a German Waffen SS panzer grenadier.:cool: I sold most of my stuff though two years ago. I would like to do civil war though.

Carignan
01-14-2015, 08:50 PM
I have not done the ww2 one in awhile. Use to be a German Waffen SS panzer grenadier.:cool: I sold most of my stuff though two years ago. I would like to do civil war though.

Civil War is the big thing in America. I would see you taking part into an event Jim. You would meet fellow New Englands and probably white preservationist people as well.

Carignan
01-14-2015, 08:54 PM
The reenactment hobby is less developed in Canada because we didn't exist before the 17th century. They are quite a lot of medieval groups, not as much as in Europe though.
Our french roots has a lot do with it I guess. I know there is a reenactment of the Battle of the plains of Abraham is hosted in Quebec city every few years.
Maybe I should try to attend some day.

LightHouse89
01-14-2015, 08:55 PM
Civil War is the big thing in America. I would see you taking part into an event Jim. You would meet fellow New Englands and probably white preservationist people as well.

I might have the join the confederate side then if I wanted to meet like minded people hahahaha. Who knows the Union army has cooler uniforms.

Carignan
01-14-2015, 08:57 PM
I might have the join the confederate side then if I wanted to meet like minded people hahahaha. Who knows the Union army has cooler uniforms.

I don't believe everybody shared Lincoln's views, they fought because they were asked to. A good proof, there was still segregation after the slaves were freed.

LightHouse89
01-14-2015, 08:57 PM
The reenactment hobby is less developed in Canada because we didn't exist before the 17th century. They are quite a lot of medieval groups, not as much as in Europe though.
Our french roots has a lot do with it I guess. I know there is a reenactment of the Battle of the plains of Abraham is hosted in Quebec city every few years.
Maybe I should try to attend some day.

We have them every year during the summer here. War of Independence [one of my friends is a militia man every other year and a redcoat the next hahaha], civil war, ww2, medieval [yes jousting included] and huge military air shows. It can be fun.

Jackson
01-14-2015, 08:57 PM
I might have the join the confederate side then if I wanted to meet like minded people hahahaha. Who knows the Union army has cooler uniforms.

There's an American Civil War group that re-enacts over here too, i'm not sure if it's based over here or if they just come over for special events, but it is one of the best ones that i've seen.

Carignan
01-14-2015, 09:00 PM
We have them every year during the summer here. War of Independence [one of my friends is a militia man every other year and a redcoat the next hahaha], civil war, ww2, medieval [yes jousting included] and huge military air shows. It can be fun.

You have seen more wars on your soil than we did. I wonder if there are reenactments of the War of 1812. It would be fun to kick some American/British asses! We have medieval fairs. Have you ever thought about learning swordmanship? It is another thing related to history that I would like to do in the near future

Graham
01-14-2015, 09:08 PM
In my county, they have jousting in the Summer. Mad folk in armour.

Pretendy battles never appealed to me, I would give it a watch.

http://www.knightsroyal.co.uk/media/graphics/gallery/preview/36.jpg

LightHouse89
01-14-2015, 09:12 PM
There's an American Civil War group that re-enacts over here too, i'm not sure if it's based over here or if they just come over for special events, but it is one of the best ones that i've seen.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjaCD7d4IJQ

Nothing is comparable to seeing the reenactment here of Gettysburg hahahah.

Carignan
01-14-2015, 09:16 PM
There is staged jousting and there is full contact jousting 15th century jousting. The pictures are from the latter type

http://img15.hostingpics.net/pics/442618joustingatarundelcastle2.jpg (http://www.hostingpics.net/viewer.php?id=442618joustingatarundelcastle2.jpg)

http://img15.hostingpics.net/pics/412444JoustingArundelCastle.jpg (http://www.hostingpics.net/viewer.php?id=412444JoustingArundelCastle.jpg)

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Graham
01-14-2015, 09:17 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjaCD7d4IJQ

Nothing is comparable to seeing the reenactment here of Gettysburg hahahah.

The scenery looks British to me. I like the cannons. :cool:

LightHouse89
01-14-2015, 09:20 PM
You have seen more wars on your soil than we did. I wonder if there are reenactments of the War of 1812. It would be fun to kick some American/British asses! We have medieval fairs. Have you ever thought about learning swordmanship? It is another thing related to history that I would like to do in the near future

We do have those reenactments too actually. I would seem I cannot find many on youtube but this is from Ontario where I have noticed a lot of these battles take place. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M42RuLn69MY

Catkin
01-14-2015, 09:20 PM
My friend at work is very into English Civil War reenactment. His family are all involved so he grew up with it and has a good social life through it. I went to see him in a battle at a castle nearby in the summer- it was pretty impressive. A couple of thousand people took part I think, and there were people on horses, as well as cannons firing all over. He's a Parliamentarian pikeman. In the evenings, when the public has gone home, they just eat, drink, and get merry. He says it reminds him of what you read about at the Quidditch World Cup in Harry Potter- all the tents out, flags flying, kids running all over. They have living villages set out too.

LightHouse89
01-14-2015, 09:22 PM
We have one of the biggest ww2 reenactments here with all sorts of tanks and air craft. There is one where I live that I belonged to. This is one I wish I could have gone to. Sort of a long video but if you skip parts you will notice it is pretty cool. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8GGmvhCJJc

LightHouse89
01-14-2015, 09:26 PM
The scenery looks British to me. I like the cannons. :cool:

That's the east coast for you here hahaha. This is from a town outside of my city that is one of the oldest here since colonial periods. They have all sorts of reenactments there every year. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Coh2I-WHrHQ

it is during the summer.

Carignan
01-14-2015, 09:26 PM
Reenactments are not only about fighting, it is also a good place to learn history and meet people who love history and uniforms!

Carignan
01-14-2015, 09:28 PM
My friend at work is very into English Civil War reenactment. His family are all involved so he grew up with it and has a good social life through it. I went to see him in a battle at a castle nearby in the summer- it was pretty impressive. A couple of thousand people took part I think, and there were people on horses, as well as cannons firing all over. He's a Parliamentarian pikeman. In the evenings, when the public has gone home, they just eat, drink, and get merry. He says it reminds him of what you read about at the Quidditch World Cup in Harry Potter- all the tents out, flags flying, kids running all over. They have living villages set out too.

It sounds so awesome. I would have loved as a kid attending to these events. I wish my parents had the same interests that I share...

LightHouse89
01-14-2015, 09:35 PM
Reenactments are not only about fighting, it is also a good place to learn history and meet people who love history and uniforms!

I paid an arm and a le for my german gear reenacting. The American equipment wasn't as bad but finding it in good condition was. I wish I did civil war reenacting. Here is a group from my county. This battle is in my town in the commons. Much smaller though that the other battle I showed here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwqYRcRfrsM

Carignan
01-14-2015, 09:41 PM
I paid an arm and a le for my german gear reenacting. The American equipment wasn't as bad but finding it in good condition was. I wish I did civil war reenacting. Here is a group from my county. This battle is in my town in the commons. Much smaller though that the other battle I showed here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwqYRcRfrsM

I say go for it if you can!

Jackson
01-14-2015, 09:51 PM
Reenactments are not only about fighting, it is also a good place to learn history and meet people who love history and uniforms!

The one i usually go to is quite interesting because you see things that you just don't on a more everday level. It's kinda weird to have everything from ancient Greek hoplites and Romans wandering around in the vicinity of Napoleonic soldiers and the occasional contingent of Third Reich or Allied soldiers, all within the backdrop of a market selling everything from icecreams and military-themed fashion to rackloads of guns and National Socialist memorabilia, decoartive and non-decorative knives and swords and Warhammer models. xD

Carignan
01-14-2015, 09:57 PM
The one i usually go to is quite interesting because you see things that you just don't on a more everday level. It's kinda weird to have everything from ancient Greek hoplites and Romans wandering around in the vicinity of Napoleonic soldiers and the occasional contingent of Third Reich or Allied soldiers, all within the backdrop of a market selling everything from icecreams and military-themed fashion to rackloads of guns and National Socialist memorabilia, decoartive and non-decorative knives and swords and Warhammer models. xD

Some kind of anachronistic/historical fair. I like when it is historic, but it can be nice for historical periods that are not common and that you don't have the chance see often.

Jackson
01-14-2015, 10:08 PM
Some kind of anachronistic/historical fair. I like when it is historic, but it can be nice for historical periods that are not common and that you don't have the chance see often.

Yeah it's basically a fair with living history 'camps' and sites for conflict to occur.

Draws quite a few people from across the world it seems, although the numbers have decreased a bit over the last several years. Saw a small Polish WW2 re-enactment group last time i went.

Empecinado
01-14-2015, 10:32 PM
Here there is a important tradition of several historical reenactements. Some examples of the most accurate ones:

Crushing of the last Moorish rebellion by the Spanish army in Cortés de Pallás (17th century):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vkTjOUBkTQ

Spanish Tercios (16th century)

http://www.valencia1808.com/Imagenes/v_09_v_117_logronno_45.jpg

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_Zw7Ecgkh48k/TBbSO77tOTI/AAAAAAAAA8I/eFUOCgzsJAo/s1600/untitleddsfagdfh.jpg

http://guerrede30ans.u.g.f.unblog.fr/files/2009/07/dscn6908.jpg

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-lQDzmrVL41k/UbZAnTYjrPI/AAAAAAAAE0k/uU1c-qC4_aU/s1600/logron%CC%83o+contra+francia.JPG


Battle of Navas de Tolosa. Crusade against Almoravid empire (13th century)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kTncsWubRk

https://portalhistoria.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/cargen-recreacion-las-navas-de-tolosa.jpg

http://zoom.ideal.es/galerias/jaen/local-jaen/14-07-2012-batalla-navas-tolosa/prevs/Batalla%20Navas%20de%20Tolosa_MB%20%28167%29.jpg

http://www.abc.es/Media/201306/22/tolosa--644x362.jpg

Romans vs Carthaginese (3th century BC)

http://yachtportcartagena.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cartagines-y-romanos-gd.jpg

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-LYuf3BW-xVw/T2B4v9czmeI/AAAAAAAADVM/s0OY01VENUQ/s1600/BATALLA+CYR+05.jpg

http://imagenes.renr.es/resources/jpg/5/6/1348784571265.jpg

http://imagenes.renr.es/resources/jpg/6/4/1348784571246.jpg

Battle of Albuera. Spanish and British against Napoleon (19th century)

http://talbanes07.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/bartolo-gutierrez-de-la-rambla.jpg

http://www.laaventuradelahistoria.es/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/image4.jpg

http://blog.goeuro.es/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/GoEuro_LaBatallaDeLaAlbuera_Caballeria.jpg

Leto
01-14-2015, 10:34 PM
I might have the join the confederate side then if I wanted to meet like minded people hahahaha. Who knows the Union army has cooler uniforms.
I read that they even allow Chinese people to play minutemen.

LightHouse89
01-14-2015, 10:37 PM
I read that they even allow Chinese people to play minutemen.

:confused: Not sure what you mean. Immigrants especially non whites generally do not care about our history or anything. I have seen some blacks in it though, they play as either side shockingly.

Leto
01-14-2015, 10:40 PM
:confused: Not sure what you mean. Immigrants especially non whites generally do not care about our history or anything. I have seen some blacks in it though, they play as either side shockingly.
There was a story from that Boston liberal radio station. A Chinese man born in Massachusetts was introduced to that game by his white colonial wife. He played a minuteman on the battlefield. The man said he was a patriot of New England.:)

LightHouse89
01-14-2015, 10:41 PM
There was a story from that Boston liberal radio station. A Chinese man born in Massachusetts was introduced to that game by his white colonial wife. He played a minuteman on the battlefield. The man said he was a patriot of New England.:)

:rolleyes: You see what cultural Marxism is doing here.

Jackson
01-14-2015, 10:41 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8hPo6mYnks

Leto
01-14-2015, 10:45 PM
:rolleyes: You see what cultural Marxism is doing here.
Well, he might indeed feel connected to the state, he was born there, he has a local wife, their son was also born there. He speaks English natively and I believe he is way better integrated than Muslims in Europe or even Caribbeans where you live.
Here is the story. (https://movementsandmoments.wordpress.com/2014/04/23/a-wicked-local-story-the-chinese-american-minute-man/)
With his bi-racial son
https://movementsandmoments.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/henryson.jpg?w=872&h=492

LightHouse89
01-14-2015, 10:45 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8hPo6mYnks

I would rather a black play the part than a Chinese, Japanese, Indian etc... it just doesn't look right. At least blacks did actually fight in both of these wars.

LightHouse89
01-14-2015, 10:47 PM
Well, he might indeed feel connected to the state, he was born there, he has a local wife, their son was also born there. He speaks English natively and I believe he is way better integrated than Muslims in Europe or even Caribbeans where you live.
Here is the story. (https://movementsandmoments.wordpress.com/2014/04/23/a-wicked-local-story-the-chinese-american-minute-man/)
With his bi-racial son
https://movementsandmoments.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/henryson.jpg?w=872&h=492

If I was born in China I wouldn't feel Chinese because I wouldn't ethnically be one of them. I don't care who is integrated or who is what. You forget that. You are either something or you are not. Truth is never up for a vote.

LightHouse89
01-14-2015, 10:48 PM
double post

Leto
01-14-2015, 10:50 PM
If I was born in China I wouldn't feel Chinese because I wouldn't ethnically be one of them. I don't care who is integrated or who is what. You forget that. You are either something or you are not. Truth is never up for a vote.
New Englanders are not a race, it's just a region in the US. He is American, why can't he be American if everyone else can? At least he is interested in the local culture and cares about the country's history.

LightHouse89
01-15-2015, 04:34 PM
New Englanders are not a race, it's just a region in the US. He is American, why can't he be American if everyone else can? At least he is interested in the local culture and cares about the country's history.

New Englanders are of colonial background. It isnt a race but a specific group of people. Why? Because I am tried of my society being a place for everyone and being inclusive. The only real Americans are suppose to be white people. Dont believe me this is what the founding fathers stressed. I dont consider people of color to be one of us.

I dont care who likes our country or what. If it aint white it aint right :cool:

Leto
01-15-2015, 04:44 PM
New Englanders are of colonial background. It isnt a race but a specific group of people. Why? Because I am tried of my society being a place for everyone and being inclusive. The only real Americans are suppose to be white people. Dont believe me this is what the founding fathers stressed. I dont consider people of color to be one of us.

I dont care who likes our country or what. If it aint white it aint right :cool:
The author of that article says the opposite:

"Here’s a guy who thought that a group of guys playing colonial dress up wouldn’t want him because a Chinese guy wouldn’t look very historical. But then they totally did! Because inclusion shouldn’t be a big deal."

Well, I agree with you, the early New Englanders were exclusively white, however, that Chinese-American man and his son seem to be nice people.

TheForeigner
01-15-2015, 04:46 PM
I would rather a black play the part than a Chinese, Japanese, Indian etc... it just doesn't look right. At least blacks did actually fight in both of these wars.

Blacks fighting in the war of independence?:confused:

Neon Knight
01-15-2015, 11:20 PM
I once took part in an English Civil War Society re-enacment. I was a royalist and I can tell you that those pikes are very difficult to handle. Strange idea for a weapon.

I've been reading a bit about medieval swords and it is a myth that they were very heavy and cumbersome.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cNO6uRqUcE&feature=player_detailpage

Jackson
01-15-2015, 11:26 PM
I once took part in an English Civil War Society re-enacment. I was a royalist and I can tell you that those pikes are very difficult to handle. Strange idea for a weapon.

I've been reading a bit about medieval swords and it is a myth that they were very heavy and cumbersome.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cNO6uRqUcE&feature=player_detailpage

Same with armour as well, modern troops often carry more (or as much) weight and less evenly distributed than a fully armoured medieval individual - main factors were heat and visibility, and movement restriction would be minor if it was well made.

Carignan
01-15-2015, 11:49 PM
There are many misconceptions about weapons and amours. The most important one in movies is that bows do not require strenght but agility, making it a female weapon compared to the sword requiring a lot of power.
It is actually the total opposite, you need way more power to draw a bow than to swing a sword. I recommend this youtube channel to all of you https://www.youtube.com/user/scholagladiatoria/videos.
This guy is a ''master of arms''. Swordmanship is something I would like to do as well. I started fencing this year, but I would like to practice something more historical.

Neon Knight
01-15-2015, 11:50 PM
Suppose an average man and average woman fought each other with medieval swords. How much of a disadvantage would the woman be at?

Mikula
09-08-2016, 11:21 AM
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