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by Udwin
Mon Nov 18, 2019 12:47 am
Forum: Other Free Folk
Topic: The Garments of the Lake-men.
Replies: 6
Views: 209

Re: The Garments of the Lake-men.

Excellent stuff, darnok! I've peered at the Professor's Lake-Men drawing far too long for a past newsletter, so I'm really digging what you're putting out. It's especially fun to see that there's already a norse precedent for pointy hats!
by Udwin
Sun Nov 17, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: Middle-earth Reenactment Society
Topic: Autumn 2019 available now!
Replies: 5
Views: 104

Autumn 2019 available now!

Greetings all! The contributing members of the Middle-earth Reenactment Society are proud to announce that the latest issue of their online periodical, Edge of the Wild, is now available for download HERE . As always, please share freely among your circles, and we hope you enjoy reading. Send us you...
by Udwin
Tue Nov 05, 2019 11:57 pm
Forum: Other Free Folk
Topic: The Elves! The elves! What are we going to do with the Elves!
Replies: 22
Views: 973

Re: The Elves! The elves! What are we going to do with the Elves!

Tolkien _does_ say in Letter 211 (IIRC) that males (presumably all races) at Shire latitudes would wear "breeches, whether hidden by a cloak or long mantle, or merely accompanied by a tunic."! He goes on to presume that there was likely also a lot of local/racial cultural styles, but that'...
by Udwin
Tue Nov 05, 2019 11:54 pm
Forum: Non-Tolkien Rangers
Topic: The Gwelf Survival Guide!!
Replies: 5
Views: 508

Re: The Gwelf Survival Guide!!

Very interesting! LotR meets Wind in the Willows.......sooooooo.....Redwall, yes? ; )

Looking forward to seeing some future updates.
by Udwin
Sat Nov 02, 2019 12:56 am
Forum: Other Free Folk
Topic: The Elves! The elves! What are we going to do with the Elves!
Replies: 22
Views: 973

Re: The Elves! The elves! What are we going to do with the Elves!

Was literally just discussing this with my partner earlier this week. I was also drawing a blank, aside from colors (chiefly "grey" and "white") there isn't much to go on. Haldir's scouts have fur-cloaks, and that might be about it as far as specific details. I'm becoming fond of...
by Udwin
Tue Oct 15, 2019 10:20 pm
Forum: Hard Kit
Topic: On Oiled Silk
Replies: 20
Views: 1944

Re: On Oiled Silk

Fascinating insights! Would you mind sharing the composition of the dressing? What kind of oil did you use? I'm not surprised that light of linen was nearly useless for tarpage...what was the weave like on? The handkerchief linen I've seen that's that light is fairly loose and not tight like heavier...
by Udwin
Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:30 pm
Forum: Gatherings
Topic: Fall 2019 MERS Moot
Replies: 9
Views: 1299

Re: Fall 2019 MERS Moot

Looks like it was a great gathering, sorry I had to miss it (next time tho!)
by Udwin
Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:28 pm
Forum: Hard Kit
Topic: the "Loch Glashan" - Iron Age leather satchel / haversack
Replies: 9
Views: 1135

Re: the "Loch Glashan" - Iron Age leather satchel / haversack

Excellent discovery! I'd not heard of this example before, either, but I like the look. To me, the bag in the third picture with the flannel'd wearer fairly screams 'iron age'--due not only to the background but especially to their use of a period-appropriate tanning method...it looks to be made of ...
by Udwin
Thu Sep 26, 2019 9:17 pm
Forum: Hard Kit
Topic: On Oiled Silk
Replies: 20
Views: 1944

Re: On Oiled Silk

Oiled silk...fascinating! And very tempting to someone who is also interested in weather protection methods without using heavy cotton oilskin. Hmmm. Re: grommets, you may find a compromise between embroidery and a steel ring with the Soviet solution--a leather ring sewn on either side of the shelte...
by Udwin
Fri Sep 20, 2019 8:39 pm
Forum: Middle-earth Reenactment Society
Topic: Winter 2017 Now Available!
Replies: 24
Views: 8765

Re: Winter 2017 Now Available!

Hi SierraStrider, we're glad to hear of your appreciation of our newsletters and interest in MERS-standard kit! Not including brass in our approved-metals list is an oversight; in the very third sentence of The Hobbit, Bag-End's door is stated to have a brass knob. This survived into the 1960 rewrit...
by Udwin
Sun Sep 15, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: Soft Kit
Topic: Let's Talk about Legs!
Replies: 63
Views: 19815

Re: Let's Talk about Legs!

Not being overly familiar with Roman dress, I hadn't actually seen a modern picture of breccae before... Whenever I read the line in Letter 211 about Men wearing breeches, cloaks, and tunics, I couldn't picture anything but 18th century breeches. Maybe it's the rustic material and tailoring, but wit...
by Udwin
Tue Sep 10, 2019 11:07 pm
Forum: Other Free Folk
Topic: Starting to Assemble a Dwarven Toolkit
Replies: 25
Views: 2375

Re: Starting to Assemble a Dwarven Toolkit

The idea of a dwarf tool roll is very exciting! While I understand the appeal of being a jack-of-all-trades, I kindof want you to pick one trade just to see how nitty-gritty your toolkit could get. (I agree that toymaker would be fascinating) Even knowing the crafting skill of dwarves, looking at th...
by Udwin
Mon Sep 09, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: Other Free Folk
Topic: Dwarven sketch, based on tolkiens own ones.
Replies: 12
Views: 937

Re: Dwarven sketch, based on tolkiens own ones.

I for one really dig it. It's actually quite refreshing to see a familiar image 'reconstructed' to be a bit more realistic with more details (Osprey military books have the same appeal to me). How about a dwarf with a backpack next? I'd be interested in seeing your takes on other Tolkien cultures wh...
by Udwin
Tue Aug 13, 2019 12:23 am
Forum: Weapons & Armour
Topic: Nalaumkhah (Odigan WIP - Updates to Follow!)
Replies: 14
Views: 1768

Re: Nalaumkhah (Odigan WIP - Updates to Follow!)

Looks like great work so far, Odigan! Bumr B., you say that a bee is "something pretty befitting of a Dwarf to represent on his sword." I was curious if you could you elaborate on what informs this choice of decoration? (I personally wouldn't associate dwarves with beekeeping, so I would l...
by Udwin
Tue Jul 16, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: Middle-earth Reenactment Society
Topic: Edge of the Wild Summer 2019 now available!
Replies: 4
Views: 2240

Edge of the Wild Summer 2019 now available!

After some delay, the latest issue of Edge of the Wild is now available, HERE ! This issue focuses on the cultures of Elves, and thus ends 'Phase One' of our publication schedule. 'Phase Two' begins with our fall issue - stay tuned! Please read, share freely, follow MERS on the social medias, and en...

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