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.

October 7th, 1571 | The Battle of Lepanto

The Holy League sticking it to the Ottomans in one of history’s most important naval battles (plus sexy little galleys armed to the teeth with cannon). Stopping the Turks from expanding further along the European side of the Mediterranean? Tell me more!

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October 6th, 105 BC | The Battle of Arausio

Remember Cannae? Remember the two generals, a river, and a massive Roman defeat? Cool. Come forward 100 years and watch the Romans do it all over again in what could be one of their greatest defeats. Certainly it ranks up there with Cannae and it left Rome completely...

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October 3rd, 52 BC | Vercingetorix Surrenders

[This article is true, factual, and has no Roman-loving bias, honest guv'nor.] Vercingetorix. Who? On October 3rd, 52BC he surrendered to Julius Caesar, ending the siege and Battle of Alesia, and bringing the Gauls under the yoke of the GLORIUS ROMAN EMPIRE. OORAH....

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October 1st, 331 BC | The Battle of Gaugamela

The Battle of Gaugamela … also known as the Battle of Arbela. Let’s go way back here and touch on one of the greatest field tacticians of all time: Alexander III of Macedon. The Greeks call him “Μέγας Ἀλέξανδρος,” that is, “Alexander the Great,” and he truly remains...

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September 26th, 1371 | The Battle of Maritsa

Let’s stick with the Ottomans as they rampage across everything in sight, beheading anyone who looks at them funny. Disclaimer: I’ve seen the 27th for this one, but the 26th more often. And it’s the 26th today, so I’m rolling with it. Don’t be hatin’. Disclaimer #2: I...

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September 25th, 1396 | The Battle of Nicopolis

So back in the day a common theme was to go running around the world putting a plate-clad fist onto someone’s kisser just because they didn’t have the same religious bent as your dear self. Pretty much as it is today, but with more swords and sexy armor. The Ottoman...

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September 24th, 1877 | The Battle of Shiroyama

Getting a little irked with the repression of the traditional samurai lifestyle and social structure, and yearning for the good old days of swaggering about a village and chopping up farmers with a katana, the rebel samurai of Satsuma fought a series of battles on the...

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August 6th, 1777 | The Battle of Oriskany

Fun fact: I often forget that the American War of Independence occurred before the golden era of Napoleonic Battles. Way back in 1777, there was a guy called “Herkimer.” He hailed from a Palatinate German community in the Mohawk River Valley of New York, a tranquil...

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June 15th, 1184 | The Battle of Fimreite

I will profess that I do not know that much of Norwegian history, but - much like the rest of Europe in the 12th Century - it was a tumultuous time. Norway was recovering from a series of civil wars, because - in a nutshell - the old customs said that all of the...

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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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