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....read more
“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...read more
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.read more
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...read more
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
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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.”