"I finally finished reading The Ticino Raiders and loved it! I highly recommend this novel if for no other reasons than the thorough research and because there really are no other Landsknecht novels like this one. I…"
Waynesburg, PA would be the group south of us (which starts about 500 yards south of my house), King's Crossing. They are an active and good group, so I will contact him and try to connect them all up. The more the merrier!
The helm I have doesn't fit front to back because my head is long in that direction. That means my chin won't fit in either of the bevors once I try and attach them. Even if I make room for my face by altering the helm, I'm not sure it would have room for padding.
I have no idea what happened to von Sussen. If he did join one of those security groups, hopefully its not Blackwater (or XE Services as they are now called) because their company can't seem to stay out of trouble.
"Your LARP website was very helpful since I was looking for more hat patterns. "
Thank you. It's good to hear that the site is of use to someone. I developed the pattern even further, usind a plit brin set up which works nicly. You can easily modify the crown/headpiece by usind a double layer of wool (not making the sack), attaching the piece to the brim and then putting the edges inward. This allows you to play with different colours as the inner layer will be visible.
Your group looks good and is very different from US LARPs."
Thank you. :-) Yes, german larp is much different. We are somewhere inbetween the SCA and ordinary Larp. Our group has a high level of historically inspred gear yet we like to play in a complete fantasy setting with the rubber weapons. It helps at the historical side of things that we have a student of archeology, several history students (I finished last november) and many people with enough passion to compensate a lack of academic training. There are many different styles in german larp ranging from Sci-Fi over fantasy to historically inspired. What our group looks like is not really representative to german larp as a whole though. The level of quality in equipment is often much lower. Yet we have found a group of dedicated people that share our level of passion and so we have more then enough people to play with.
I" was stationed not far from you several years ago. I lived in a small village just north of SchwaBisch Hall, Dottingen."
Nice. I have been to Schwäbisch Hall last weekend as my best friends parents live there and we were all together for a week in Poland. Krakow is mighty nice. You can see the crowning shoes of the polish king of 1530 in the Wawel. That was a nice detail. And in the crown rooms you have friezes done by Heinz(?) Dürer, Albrecht Dürer brother in 1535.
"We hope to come back over and visit next summer and try to catch a few SCA events at least."
Nice. It is good to hear that you enjoyed your stay in Germany.
"It does not sound like you are SCA but I would appreciate any reenactment event suggestions too. I did not have many weekdays off when I lived there so I am trying to find things to see then too like museums."
Well, not SCA yet but once I find the time, I will try it out. Batting each other with wooden sticks sounds and looks like fun. ;-) Larp fighting is by its principles slightly tame most of the time. I'm not yet a real part of the reenactment scene as my gear is absolutely not sufficient so far. Yet the BOL, Bund oberschwäbischer Landsknechte has drill weekends twice a year (the next is 26./27.9.) They are nice, open people. http://www.bund-oberschwaebischer-landsknechte.de/
"Were you looking for Landsknecht armour sources?"
No, not at all. We are fully decked out in Europe with people that actually know how to do proper stuff. No offense meant, but even in Larp I wouldn't want to wear such an armour as the displayed one as it doesn't suit my feel for aesthetics. Even the very simple almain rivets you can see e.g. in Winchester in Britain are to much higher standard to what was displayed there. I see though that it meant as functional SCA-armour and I understand and accept that. Just not my personal cup of tea.
Yes I believe that some of the garments are biblical inspired, mostly the major charaters are saints in biblical clothes and the smaller charaters have a more 16th century look about them, but this of couse my own opinion.
There are no stained glasswindows in the chuch, and I don't think is very common in Sweden.
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