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Chuck Russell




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PostPosted: Tue 07 Mar, 2006 3:49 am    Post subject: Fitzosbern Event Details         Reply with quote

some pictures can be seen at: http://forums.armourarchive.org/phpBB2/viewto...highlight= until they get their own website

Other than a couple of relatively minor incidents I think the event
went off very well indeed. Everyone who attended said that they had
a grand time and that they were pleased with it (of course, would
they really tell me otherwise? ). The weather cooperated very well,
and was similar to a nice spring or fall English day. Friday was a
travel day for most, and by sundown we had a nice fire going with
several folks in attendance. Though the temp dipped nearly to
freezing that night, we all stayed relatively warm. With morning we
had several folks show up, including James, Oathlog, and Mandy (who
had not gotten on the road until 9pm Friday night and had driven ~12
hours to get there, only to pretty much get going when they arrived!
Certainly the most heroic of attendees).

Initial training got underway, with several folks working on their
basic assessment for sword and spear (including me!). Afterwards we
went out to the field to practice shield wall and unit maneuvers,
while the cavalry folks did some drill and basic assessment for
mounted combat w/ Jesse. We then began working w/ cavalry vs.
infantry, which I think was a really good time for all, and was a
great thing to have for those of us planning on going overseas for
TNBO in October.

We then broke for lunch, and several other folks continued to
arrive. After a meal and a rest, everyone suited up and we decided
to run a few "tactical scenarios", with the Normans going on patrol
down a road and the Saxons holding ambushes to slow us down/destroy
us. For me personally, this was one of the most interesting parts of
the event because I think that, even with the limitations placed
upon us for safety concerns, it gives us a small and brief glimpse
into what it might have been like to have been involved in a "small
unit action" during the 11th century (I plan on writing an essay on
my humble observations, stay tuned). We did several of these, and
then headed back to camp for some more training and assessment
activities. Finally, it was time to reward ourselves with a
refreshing beverage and the good company of our new-found
friends/enemies/etc.

It was really great to meet several folks who I've only been able to
know online, especially Halvgrim, and to see again folks I've
already met. I'm with Jesse, this is something that I think we
should do again, perhaps an annual event if folks would be
interested in doing it: The site is a really good one, and with even
a few improvements can be very event-friendly; Fitzosbern's ability
to run an event can only improve; and the climate in the area lends
itself to having the event this early in the year. The event from
Fitzosbern's perspective was a very positive success; there is
always room for improvement, and I'd really like to hear from
attendees what could be done to make it better in the future.

Before closing, I'd like to take this opportunity to thank several
people.

First, all the folks who drove literally thousands of miles to come
to Georgia for our event; this kind of dedication from individuals
proves to me (as though there was any doubt) that there is a fervent
belief in what it is we're trying to do with medieval reenactment/LH
in North America.

Second, Halvgrim for being the "old hand/grand poobah" and being
willing to come all the way down to do assessments and make sure
everything is clicking as far as our participation in Vikes NA.

Third, I'd like to thank Jesse for taking point on the event:
getting the site prepared, putting signs up, and just generally
making it happen.

Fourth, to Andy/Sir Wulfric for hosting the event info website and
making sure that everyone got the directions they needed to get to
the site.

Last, but certainly not least, I want to thank Jesse's wife Wendy
for being the catch-all runner/gopher/supporter/supplier bringer-
carrier, and all around support staff for the event. She is the
power behind the throne (so to speak) and always helps out above and
beyond, not only at events but in every little (and big) thing that
Conroi Fitzosbern does.

Thanks to friends old and new for making this work!
Glen Kyle
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Chuck Russell




Location: WV
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PostPosted: Tue 07 Mar, 2006 3:43 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

http://home.armourarchive.org/members/flonzy/...bern06.htm

giant amount of pictures here

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Kenton Spaulding




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PostPosted: Tue 07 Mar, 2006 8:27 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That is really cool, Chuck, thanks for sharing those pictures. No doubt Georgia is nice this time of year, but come July and August, don't you think you (by that I mean Conroi, and the others) might enjoy a cooler climate; perhaps Maine would suit you Big Grin ....just a thought.

Looks like a blast,

Kenton
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Chuck Russell




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PostPosted: Wed 08 Mar, 2006 3:41 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

maine is jsut as hot in the summer, jsut a different hot Wink

thanks!
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Gordon Frye




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PostPosted: Wed 08 Mar, 2006 9:56 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Great stuff there, Chuck! Especially the Fitzobern fellow's tack. Nifty halter-bridles they're using!

How many horses did there end up being present?

Cheers!

Gordon

"After God, we owe our victory to our Horses"
Gonsalo Jimenez de Quesada
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