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by Taurinor
Tue Jul 21, 2020 9:44 pm
Forum: Hard Kit
Topic: Telescope?
Replies: 12
Views: 684

Re: Telescope?

this is a question that's always puzzled me as well, in a lot of places middle earth matches up with historical periods quite well however there aren't any mention of lenses even though they existed in medieval times, and I'm not quite sure how you make intricate dwarven engraving or elven jewelry ...
by Taurinor
Tue Jul 21, 2020 3:44 pm
Forum: Hard Kit
Topic: Telescope?
Replies: 12
Views: 684

Re: Telescope?

My instinctive response, based on the text, is no, probably not. From what I've seen, there's not any evidence of glass lenses of any kind in the Professor's Middle-earth (PJ's might be a different story, but I'm not terribly interested in his interpretation). In our real-world history, telescopes w...
by Taurinor
Sun Jul 19, 2020 1:59 pm
Forum: WMA / NMA
Topic: Good source of wma manuals.
Replies: 11
Views: 499

Re: Good source of wma manuals.

You might be interested in looking into the ambush tactics used by Gemanic tribes against the Romans in the Battle of Teutoburg Forest ; that's one of the few examples of early guerrilla warfare that I can think of at the moment. To be fair, that was in part an inside job, but you might find it inte...
by Taurinor
Thu Jul 16, 2020 1:13 pm
Forum: Wanted
Topic: Looking for a Middle-earth Appropriate Penannular Brooch
Replies: 4
Views: 836

Re: Looking for a Middle-earth Appropriate Penannular Brooch

If you're looking for something forged, there are a few members here who do various sorts of smithing, if you want to ask them. caedmon - I know Jack does some casting, but I can't remember if he is also a smith (and my forum searching abilities were failing me). I wanted to include him, though! Eri...
by Taurinor
Wed Jul 15, 2020 1:37 pm
Forum: Soft Kit
Topic: In Search of the Many-Rayed Star
Replies: 31
Views: 1230

Re: In Search of the Many-Rayed Star

Oh no, the "how many points are on a Grey Company star brooch" debate! All is lost! :mrgreen: Based on some (old) threads dating back to the first iteration of the forum-wide star with E.MacKermak, I was under the impression that a 6 pointed star was the one most supported by the lore. I t...
by Taurinor
Mon Jul 13, 2020 4:48 pm
Forum: The Prancing Pony
Topic: Raise a Mug to Taurinor
Replies: 10
Views: 486

Re: Raise a Mug to Taurinor

Thanks, y'all!
by Taurinor
Sat Jul 04, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: Soft Kit
Topic: Working On a New Jerkin
Replies: 32
Views: 3889

Re: Working On a New Jerkin

My apologies, I didn't intend to reignite the debate on the accuracy of jerkins. No need to apologize! There are several topics that come up repeatedly on this forum, and jerkins are definitely one of them. If you're interested, this topic has some discussion of (sparse) textual evidence of the use...
by Taurinor
Tue Jun 30, 2020 11:48 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Highlander Survival Equipment
Replies: 4
Views: 909

Re: Highlander Survival Equipment

I have such mixed feelings about this project of Mr. Langhorne's. I’ve been watching his videos for a while, and he’s a very talented bushcrafter/survivalist with a well thought out, functional kit that definitely has a period flavor! It's also improved quite a bit over time, especially his blades a...
by Taurinor
Tue Jun 23, 2020 11:32 pm
Forum: Getting Started
Topic: MERF Random Adventure Pictures
Replies: 121
Views: 14403

Re: MERF Random Adventure Pictures

I'd always heard of russia sheeting but hadn't seen it before. very interesting, and useful to see its weight listed. Thinking back to the MERS article on trekking with boat or animal support, I could use this info to estimate how much such a shelter would add to your trail weight. As I recall, fab...
by Taurinor
Tue Jun 23, 2020 6:29 pm
Forum: Getting Started
Topic: MERF Random Adventure Pictures
Replies: 121
Views: 14403

Re: MERF Random Adventure Pictures

wulfgar wrote:https://www.wmboothdraper.com/Hemps/hemps_index.htm
Russia sheeting is a traditional material used in tentage.

Yes, I was looking at just that material! Part of the reason I’m looking for some idea of what to expect is because of the (undoubtedly fair, but still a consideration) price per yard.
by Taurinor
Tue Jun 23, 2020 1:48 pm
Forum: Getting Started
Topic: MERF Random Adventure Pictures
Replies: 121
Views: 14403

Re: MERF Random Adventure Pictures

Thanks Taurinor but it's pure luck with the photos, we tend to forget to take them and then take a quick burst and forget again. We also tend to feel a bit silly if we pose for one so the reflection in this instance was just good fortune, though it was the first thing I noticed looking back through...
by Taurinor
Mon Jun 22, 2020 10:24 pm
Forum: WoodCraft
Topic: Keeping Watch
Replies: 25
Views: 3247

Re: Keeping Watch

"Some Thoughts on Scouts and Spies" by Gerry Barker had a section on keeping guard. I'll have to dig my copy out and reference it. I believe it talked about having everyone sleeping in a circle with their heads by a tree in the center, and their feet facing out, which would facilitate a v...
by Taurinor
Mon Jun 22, 2020 8:17 pm
Forum: Getting Started
Topic: MERF Random Adventure Pictures
Replies: 121
Views: 14403

Re: MERF Random Adventure Pictures

Those are lovely pictures! I especially like the one with the reflection in the water - it's always nice to see a good kit, but a well composed photo is an added bonus!

Do you mind if I ask what sort of tarps you are using for your shelters? Always curious about shelters :mrgreen:
by Taurinor
Wed Jun 17, 2020 1:51 pm
Forum: WoodCraft
Topic: Keeping Watch
Replies: 25
Views: 3247

Re: Keeping Watch

Like a lot of other folks in this thread, it's something I've thought about and discussed with others, but not done (yet). Like Greg said, I think it would be quite difficult for a 2 person trek; my guess is you'd want at least 3 folks, and 4 or more would be better. You could rotate who has first a...
by Taurinor
Thu May 07, 2020 9:20 pm
Forum: Hard Kit
Topic: Many ways to carry stuff - Experimentation
Replies: 21
Views: 3147

Re: Many ways to carry stuff - Experimentation

My goodness, you've been busy! That all looks lovely! I played with the swag some (used it on my first overnight outing), and it's a solid system. I actually ended up wearing the bedroll horizontally across my shoulder blades to shift the weight a little bit higher, which was a little more comfortab...

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