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.

April 7th, 1945 | Operation Ten-Go: Yamato Sinks

Ever since the early ironclads, the evolution of the Ship of the Line into the formidable Battleship has been a meteoric one. Late 19th Century battleships of 8,000 tons, gave way to dreadnoughts of 12,000, and then – in increments of 2,000 “I have bigger balls than...

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March 31st, 627 AD | The Battle of the Trench

There have been quite a few scraps over the years; barely aday goes by where we can’t go back in time, look at that day in history, and find one country beating up another country for:reasons. But sometimes these dust ups carry with them history defining moments where...

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March 13th, 1954 | The Battle of Dien Bien Phu

“Dien Bien Phu” is a classic in all the best, juiciest ways.Not only did it demonstrate a high level of over-confidence on behalf of a French general in Vietnam, but the huge pile of complete “fuck-uppidness” resulted in the Americans later getting involved, and we...

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March 12th, 1591 | The Battle of Tondibi

I think you could partially define the word “empire” as “a bunch of people, temporarily united in cause, stealing a lot of land, then eventually falling out, and getting face-punched into oblivion by a neighboring empire.” Let’s take The Songhai as an example. “The...

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March 6th, 1836 | The Alamo

“I am determined to sustain myself as long as possible & die like a soldier who never forgets what is due to his own honor & that of his country. VICTORY OR DEATH”~ William B. Travis Back in the day of conquistadors spreading their germs and Toledo-edged...

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March 2nd, 1476 | The Battle of Grandson

Back in the 15th Century and this guy was head of one of the most powerful duchies in the heart of Europe, with the phatest lewts, the biggest cannon, and the sort of army to make all of the other countries tremble. Unfortunately for him, he was also a complete and...

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Both? Also a pilum-chucker. ~ Alyssa

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History can be fun. It’s all how you present it. ~ Alyssa

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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