Someone Catch This Pilum

A mirthful look at who was stomping on whom on this day in history. Let's face it, while war may not be something to glamorize, it has been a constant reality for as long as man figured out that he could cave in a skull with a lump of rock and steal someone else’s mammoth steak vs. hunting for himself. And pretty much every day is a wonderful anniversary of someone doing exactly that. Here I recount those encounters in a colorful – and hopefully humorous – manner.

June 24, 217 BC | The Battle of Trasimene

Or: The largest ambush in military history. Rome. The name conjures thoughts of hob-nailed caligae marching across Europe and the Mediterranean, as burly, lorica segmentata wrapped bundles of pure sexual civilization planted flags in anything that wasn’t theirs....

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July 20th, 1866 | The Battle of Lissa

“Ramming Speed!” Ah, ancient times, you little fox, you. Galleys scudding across the open waves, dodging into combat, maneuvering, positioning, and then finally beating on that drum to encourage the oarsmen to “stoke the boiler” and bring those knots up: it’s ramming...

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July 4th 1187 | The Battle of Hattin

The Muslim armies under Saladin captured or killed the vast majority of the Crusader forces, removing their capability to wage war. As a direct result of the battle, Muslims once again became the eminent military power in the Holy Land.

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73 BC | The War of Spartacus

Can you talk about Spartacus while avoiding the whole subject of slavery? Maybe, maybe, but I do want to give a bit of a nod to "slavery" in ancient times, because it sets the stage upon which Spartacus and his rebellion was to emerge. But it also suits to "get your...

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AD 69 | The Batavian Rebellion – The Civilis Revolt

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....

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September 2nd, 31 BC | The Battle of Actium

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...

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August 26th, 1346 | The Battle of Crécy

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...

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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.”

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