Do you have a full suit of armor? If so is everything bought bespoke from a blacksmith? I have everything from vikings to the Civil War where I live but of course nothing in the late 15th century. There's a group doing early 15th century and a group doing 16th century Landsknechts, fucking typical. Feels bad man.
>>669001 Thanks bro. I wanted to do something unique so I am currently putting together an IJA anti-aircraft gunner impression. It'd be useful for all of the airshows around here that like to bring in reenactors.
>>668101 I remember how the pussy Canadians had to cancel the 250 year anniversary re-enactment of the Battle of the Plains of Abraham because the Quebecois threw a tantrum and threatened to murder everyone involved.
If they tried the same thing in the United States, there would be a French hanging from every tree.
IJAfag here again. Bullshit akin to that actually does happen in the states, in fact, some happened in our World War II community. Long story short, a couple of people got butt hurt over stupid shit (dunno exact details, people are playing telephone with all this) and decided to doxx approximately 500 reenactors from multiple units - some outside the states including at least one unit in SEA region. I'm not sure how much targeted activity went on towards those people afterwards, but everyone is pissed off.
>>670406 The main aim is portrayal of the chosen period to the public, raises awareness of the history in that area, etc. There can be elements of experimental archaeology in it depending on the aim of the group and/or individual. DO NOT confuse with LARPING that is fantasy bullshit
>>672402 Not really, I asked the question and I'm a reenactor, trying to create discussion and shit.
I mostly do it because there's certain aspects you can't appreciate unless you experience it, equipment weight, etc. I particularly enjoy knowing that most if the people you educate, despite reenactment being inherently kind of flawed, would have otherwise never have interacted with history
Regarding the LARP question, I have gotten asked that before too, and my answer will be, no, they are different things. However I will specify some reenactments are less scripted than most people think. WWII events' public battles at least, in my experience, sometimes turn out with unexpected victories because of the combination of your allies being really good and the opponent being gracious enough to take their hits like real soldiers.
I'm not sure how the musket-era reenactors do it though, because of the line marching tactics I assume they draw lots before hand as to who dies in what order, but I can't be sure.
All reenactment is LARP. Are you really a knight? No. Are you really a US Marine storming Iwa Jima? No. Are you really a Roman legionary? No. Do you actually chop people up with axes? No. Do you really shoot people with rifles? No.
You're playing a role and operated under a preagreed rule system for combat, to a live audience, either members of the public or fellow reenactors. It's LARP, just with one more rule: Be authentic to X time period.
>Obsessed with the Civil War >Own a whole bookcase of lit on the subject >Lurk /his/ mainly for Civil War threads >Listen to mostly Civil War era tunes >Own several rifled, percussion cap musket reproductions
>Desperately want to get into reenacting >Too chubby and short to accurately portray a Civil War soldier Shitskin genes are a curse. Fuck my life.
>>673318 I'm white with Mexican on my Dad's side. I'm pretty much white as fuck (people look at me funny when I tell them my Dad is Mexican), but i'm a 5'8" manlet who literally cannot loose weight. I eat right and exercise, but I still look like a fucking pumpkin with legs. I'm about 100% sure it's my shitskin genes because everyone on my fathers side is short and fat, while everyone on my Mom's side is tall and skeltal mode.
And anyways, if i'm going to portray a Civil War soldier, id'e like to look the part at least somewhat. I'm pretty sure (particularly if were talking Confederates) the average Civil War soldier would have been fit as fuck seeing as they lived on shit rations and marched 20 miles a day.
>>668791 I'm trying to get into Dark Age, does that count, or just true medieval? I really want to do migration era (or maybe even late Roman) Britain/Ireland, but it looks like I'll have to go Viking, since that's the closest thing I can find around me.
Accidentally left bayonet in the garage, cleaning the rust off, when will this hell end.
I do Napoleonic currently, like the 60th faggots. I kind of want to do ww2 German, but I'm a bit reluctant because of a few reasons. Extra price, knowledge of the period isnt good enough, and I think reenacting ww2 (particularly SS) could be considered a bit insensitive whilst veterans are still alive, but that's just my two cents.
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