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...read more
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...read more
“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...read more
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...read more
“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...read more
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...read more
Napoléon looked about him: it was a fine island, with clear waters, good mines, and a people who just loved to be ruled. He’d taught law to lawyers, science to scientists, religion to Popes, and sex to the sex-kittens;read more
It is the end of the 18th Century, and France is making the rest of Europe uncomfortable by deciding that the rich toffs had it far too cushy by half and that they needed to go; the revolution was IN.read more
“As the nation was perishing I was born. 30,000 Frenchmen were vomited on to our shores, drowning the throne of liberty in waves of blood. Such was the odious sight which was the first to strike me.”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.”