Posting has indeed been light.

For those of you not on my facebook you’ve been missing out on more recent updates. So…

I’ve gotten to work on the jewellery and clothing side of things.

Other restoration work is progressing well and it looks like everythign will be ready for Harcourt Park in a months time.  I highly recomend it as a day out for the whole family. Aside from seeing world class full contact jousting there are numerous other activites that just happen to be the culteral heritage of 90% of you in spite of what you might have been told. Everyone displaying is an expert in their field and your kids will learn more history in one afternoon than a year in the classroom. Previous events have been entirely medieval focused but the Grail of Chivalry – while reamining mainly a jousting event – has expanded to allow other periods of living history. consequently my group is able to do its Greco/Roman thing, hence the jewellery and colurful lightweight dresses that make the multiple heavy layers of the emdieval girls look like pure folly in the summer heat. Which they are. Just saying.

If you scroll down this link you can see a brief video from last you to give you an idea of what goes on. You will catch a brief glimpse of Sir Issac in the background and thats about all you’ll see of the trebs for a while. If you were planning to see the trebs in action this year, sorry about that but if you ever want to know why siege warfare was so expensive I can explain it in detail. the issue os one of mobility…

All the torsion machines are being upgraded with a standard type of stand.

And everything is pegged for easy dissambly.

And designed to fold flat for transportation. Marius has a double upright to hold the weight of a medium ballista.

Scipio gets a lightweight single upright version.

While Vespasian gets a single as well but from 100 X 100 or 4 X 4 for those stuck in Imperial Measurement Land.

Vespasian aslo got new wedges and is being cleaned up.

Anyway for those with trebuchet withdrawal you can see Sir Isaac and Katie shooting here and there are some photos from last times Harcourt Park here, here and here. Please note none of these are my flicker collections so neither the picture nor comments are mine.

This year I’m only taking torsion machines. The three ballistae, Chucky the little onager and a couple of tennisball throwing machines for the kids to have a go with. The have a go range is very popular and gives the kids (some of them seem a bit old to be called kids but we don’t judge) an oportunity to shoot a catapult. This gives them a real edge in the monday morning playground chat when they casually mention having fired an onager over the weekend. There will also be some story telling going on though each day at my Roman camp, The Trojan War seems likely to be getting thrown out there. you’re never too young to start a classical education. i may also have some board games made by then as well that anyone can try their hand at.

So come along to Harcourt Park, Upper Hutt 19th 20th of Feb and bring your kids. Leave your political commontary at home as far as this weekend is concerned for me nothing has happened after 200AD.

I’m also experiencing a pressing need for materials I have no money arriving untill three days before the event for so if you’re interested in sponsoring 22AD for this event feel free to drop me a line.


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