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Show here your Roman soldier impression
Looking good!
Robert Vermaat
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FECTIO Late Romans
THE CAUSE OF WAR MUST BE JUST
(Maurikios-Strategikon, book VIII.2: Maxim 12)
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Great pictures there, Evan. That squamata looks good on you!
Francis Hagan

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It's too big, actually. I had to wear my backup belt since it was long enough to get around it and my primary belt was holding my tunic up underneath. Tongue
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Looking very good Evan. It's a shame that the ones attempting to portray first century soldiers didn't go to the same trouble. From their Trooper helmets, long sleeves and trousers I assume that they are LARPers, rather than re-enactors. I hope they learn from the very good impression you have shown them by being there. Well done.

Crispvs
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We had 2 of our regular legionnaires turn up that year. Dr. Jonathan Zarecki and our Engineer, Kent Nilsson. Rusty was in soft kit this year, Josh was wearing his kit but he's a Centurio now (He has a nice impression of the M. Lepidius Severus Tombstone), Chris was in kit too, but not really a lot of us.

The kid on the end is Kent's son, I think, not sure. He was wearing one of our loaners which is more accurate. Chris Evans, who's also new, was also wearing a loaner.

But yeah, the "Centurio" and the kid to the right of Dr. Zarecki are new. I think they were in SCA or something before. I managed to convince them to loose the vambraces but it was a downhill battle from there.

Unfortunately most of our regulars this year were missing due to various reasons, mostly medical. Cancer, surgery, wife expecting, etc. We were pretty short. A bunch of guys from Legio XI couldn't show due to transportation issues as well.
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It's a shame so many couldn't make it to your event.

The point I was making though, is that while you have gone to a lot of trouble to create an accurate impression for your chosen time period, the others in your photo have not. There are two trooper helmets, four of them are wearing trousers (including one unashamedly wearing full length modern trousers), three sets of long sleeves and what appear to be a pair of patterned leather greaves. I don't know when the Romans took to wearing long sleeves, but I have always had the impression it was some time in the mid second century AD. As for trousers, the earliest evidence for Roman infantry in trousers is a single metope from the Tropaeum Triani at Adamklissi (all the others showing infantry show them without trousers). Again, we don't know when they started wearing trousers, but according to the evidence of the Vindolanda tablets, Batavian soldiers stationed where Hadrian's wall would be built a few years later weren't wearing trousers in AD 97, with them being about the only item of clothing not being mentioned in any of the tablets.

Crispvs
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Quote:I don't know when the Romans took to wearing long sleeves, but I have always had the impression it was some time in the mid second century AD.

It was, for the most part. I'd have to check Sumner, there might be an early 2nd century example.

Quote:There are two trooper helmets, four of them are wearing trousers (including one unashamedly wearing full length modern trousers), three sets of long sleeves and what appear to be a pair of patterned leather greaves.

I'm not arguing with this because you're right, but they're new and you gotta give some people time to improve. The one new guy is an experienced re-enactor looking to get his own gear already. The other two are kids who showed up at the SC State Museum event last year and showed up again this year. Yeah the stuff they're wearing is crap and I'm not defending it but they're trying to improve.

The cheap leather greaves were a fight, like I said I argued for 2 hours that morning and managed to get them to loose the vambraces, and was trying to get them to loose the greaves and get some Gallic G's from the loaner kits.

Dr. Zarecki's trousers are based off real ones (wool, patterned after the leather Valkenberg Trousers which date to the early 3rd century AD).

On the bright side, the SCA literally came out and said "wow we need to improve" after seeing some of our stuff.

Roman Reenactment in the US is on shoddy footing and there's a certain point where you go from encouraging improvement to shutting out potential members. They're high school kids that by some miracle found an interest in something the US Educational System barely gives a passing mention to in 7th grade, and they don't have a lot of money but with the right encouragement they could end up being active members with great impressions.
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Good points made Evan.

Crispvs
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Some more:

First drill of the day:

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Dr. Zarecki:

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Martin and Chris:

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The Arena:

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That last image there is a guy from the SCA who volunteered, and he just made an awesome looking Gladiator. That fight was "Theodosius Ursus" versus "Gluteus Minimus."
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Excellent work on your kit Evan Smile  very colourful and great photos . looks like a good event.
Regards Brennivs Big Grin
Woe Ye The Vanquished
                     Brennvs 390 BC
When you have all this why do you envy our mud huts
                     Caratacvs
Centvrio Brennivs COH I Dacorivm (Roma Antiqvia)
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The work of a domesticus is never done. A regimental chief-of-staff would often have to work into the small hours..

                                 
Robert Vermaat
MODERATOR
FECTIO Late Romans
THE CAUSE OF WAR MUST BE JUST
(Maurikios-Strategikon, book VIII.2: Maxim 12)
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Amazing photos Robert!
I'm working on my own "scribe office" but it's miles away from your.
Excellent work!
Damian
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(12-10-2016, 09:26 AM)Robert Vermaat Wrote: The work of a domesticus is never done.

Excellent pictures, Robert! Very evocative...
Nathan Ross
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JMJ -

Since I am new to reenacting and this forum I find that a lot of times photos won't load from older threads/posts.  That is very unfortunate since there are a lot of good photos on here.

Here is what I have:

       

Still working on it...

Ignore the socks. Big Grin
YBIC
Mike S.
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Good photos Mike  Smile  if you cut the toe and heel off your socks then not a problem  Wink
Regards Brennivs Big Grin
Woe Ye The Vanquished
                     Brennvs 390 BC
When you have all this why do you envy our mud huts
                     Caratacvs
Centvrio Brennivs COH I Dacorivm (Roma Antiqvia)
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