The Scots decide to give the whole “colony thing” a go. No other episode in history has left such a devastating imprint on Scottish life as the Darien adventure – the ambitious 17th-century scheme to establish Scotland as an influential colonial power.read more
So, this was an era when you could walk around and run someone through with a sword if they annoyed you too much. I mean, we’re not talking about outright murder here, although that certainly went on, but under the guise of “being civilized” any offending chap could...read more
The Empire of Rome: spreading their civilization and parasites everywhere it wasn’t wanted; planting flags in everything that didn’t belong to them, and then subsequently running around with 5,000 thugs to beat the snot out of anyone who didn’t like the new regime....read more
There have been a lot of battles throughout history, and whether they were the result of petty arguments, disagreements, or other – more meaningful – aggravations, they all have one thing in common: they affected the subsequent area, people, and timeline thereafter in...read more
Things were different back in the Middle Ages on so, so many levels. You didn’t get to vote your leaders in, they pretty much decided themselves. Well, that is if other country leaders allowed them to. You see, these were not lawless times … there were processes and...read more
1785, and a America has a problem: the Barbary corsairs were such a nuisance that America was about to respond with ships of a whole new design. And this design would take on the lion of the high seas. And win.read more
1861, and the United States of America – less than 100 years old at the time – was showing some “growing pains” in the form of a darn good fallout between pals; primarily led by a bloke called “South Carolina,” who tended to be extremely vocal on Facebook and ranted...read more
Okay … if you’ve been following battles during the Medieval era, you would know that pretty much any old reason was good enough to throw down your pint, pick up a mace, and start caving in skulls like brain-stucco was going out of fashion. But one of the best reasons...read more
You know, in medieval times there were lots of good reasons to call a few mates, get them kitted out in arms and armor, and go and kick in a neighbor’s face: boredom would probably rank up there, but religious differences, ancient disputes over muddy patches of...read more
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I attended The Northwest Historical Miniature Gaming Society’s “Enfilade 2016!″ over this last Memorial Day weekend, and while this in and of itself may not be a revolutionary event, my experience was enjoyable enough whereby I felt somewhat compelled to write about it. And that – my fine, feathered friends – is unusual, because I rarely feel compelled to write about anything other than history and how one fine fellow put a war pick across the skull of another.
But I digress, this is meant to be about the here and now. Or rather, this last Enfilade!.
Herculaneum Soldier’s Sword Reproduction
Jeffrey Hildebrandt, a master craftsman with Royal Oak Armory in Ontario, worked with Dr. Robert Mason of the Royal Ontario Museum and U of Toronto to recreate what that Herculaneum soldier’s sword and belt probably looked like. This is copied and pasted with Jeff’s kind permission from the web site Forum for Ancient Reenacting run by Matt Lima.
“It is based on the sword found with the “Herculaneum soldier,” and the hypothetical reconstruction was designed by Dr. Robert Mason, of the ROM & University of Toronto.
“I forged the sword from 1045 steel and gave it a simple slack quench heat treatment. The blade was forged very close to final dimensions, so a bit of scale can still be seen on the finished blade. The hilt is fitted with a boxwood pommel and guard, both sheathed in silver, and a bone grip. There is a ring assembly on the end of the tang.”