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Sir Rauri MacNeill

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Hail Fellows
« on: 2017-10-23, 17:50:23 »
I am interested in putting together a kit and begin reenacting as a Medieval knight. I am wanting to focus on late 13th and early 14th century Ireland, probably during the Bruce invasion. I am not new to reenacting as I am currently the First Sergeant for a Union Civil War unit.

I am currently going back to college to get my bachelors in history and my focus will be Medieval history. History has always been a major interest of mine, and I am hoping to change careers upon the completion of my degree. I have always been interested by the knights and castles of the Medieval Age and look forward to this journey.
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Re: Hail Fellows
« Reply #1 on: 2017-10-23, 19:12:15 »
Welcome to the community. I look forward to your thoughts and contributions.
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Re: Hail Fellows
« Reply #2 on: 2017-10-24, 02:46:17 »
Hey there. Some of us newbies aren't experienced in reenactment at all, so don't be shy about sharing tips and advice!
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Re: Hail Fellows
« Reply #3 on: 2017-10-25, 13:38:21 »
Welcome to our noble assembly.
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Re: Hail Fellows
« Reply #4 on: 2017-10-25, 19:49:09 »
Welcome!
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Sir Rauri MacNeill

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Re: Hail Fellows
« Reply #5 on: 2017-10-28, 10:22:11 »
Hey there. Some of us newbies aren't experienced in reenactment at all, so don't be shy about sharing tips and advice!

Matthew, the biggest thing that I can say is do your research into whatever period you're looking at. Authenticity is key, but at the same time don't break the bank. I watched a YouTube video that Sir Ian did on his channel (Knyght Errant) where he goes over his soft kit. I liked what he had to say about not overlooking the basics first. A lot of people will go straight for the weapons and armor, but your everyday gear is going to be the key stuff to get first in my opinion.
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« Reply #6 on: 2017-10-30, 19:46:11 »
Welcome to the forums!
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Re: Hail Fellows
« Reply #7 on: 2017-11-08, 18:22:26 »
Welcome! There are a lot of posts here regarding late 13th century and 14th century, maybe give them a look and feel free to join in or relight a discussion
If your kit is going to be late 13th- early 14th, The armor you should be looking for is this.
That is; covered in mail armor from head to toe, then a coat of plates, knee and elbow caps, cuisses, and the shoulder decoration known as ailettes. As well as a Dargen, Madeln, or Sugarloaf style bucket helm.
I would also recomend starting with a soft kit first, basic clothing, then padded armor, then steel armor.
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Sir Rauri MacNeill

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Re: Hail Fellows
« Reply #8 on: 2017-11-09, 02:39:33 »
Naythan, thank you. That helps me a lot. I have started to look into soft kits and will be making my first purchase here in the next month or so.
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Re: Hail Fellows
« Reply #9 on: 2017-11-13, 22:55:18 »
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Re: Hail Fellows
« Reply #10 on: 2017-11-14, 05:03:40 »

Matthew, the biggest thing that I can say is do your research into whatever period you're looking at. Authenticity is key, but at the same time don't break the bank. I watched a YouTube video that Sir Ian did on his channel (Knyght Errant) where he goes over his soft kit. I liked what he had to say about not overlooking the basics first. A lot of people will go straight for the weapons and armor, but your everyday gear is going to be the key stuff to get first in my opinion.
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Thank you for the solid advice. No one has ever been steered wrong by being directed to Sir Ian's channel! The man is a veritable library in his own right.
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