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Re: Genuine Real Archery I was really impressed by Lars shooting, which is just incredible and will have been achieved through long hours of practise over many years. I have also seen a lot of videos and comments refuting what he has achieved and detracting from it. All by target shooters as far as I can tell. I don't agree with all of Lars Anderson’s assertions or disagree entirely with his critics.

Something to note is target archery is a sport and a discipline you stand still and carry out the same action to loose three arrows at the same target to score points. This is a modern sport adapted from older games.
This has very little to do with combat archery.

I shot for years as a re-enactment archer at static and moving targets and at people in battles and skirmishes. I fletch and have had a go a making longbows with mixed results. I would not claim to be anywhere near as fast or accurate as Lars or any of his detractors or know as much about the modern sport, but I am competent and have taught others how to safely shoot at people. What Lars is looking to rediscover is how the bow was used in war. Well that is very different between cultures and geographicly as well as at different periods in history. I am not sure he will draw accurate conclusions working alone at this from any or every source he can find.
generally foot archers were used to either work the flanks of a skirmish line or as a block to clout a mass of arrows up in the air at approaching enemy formations or opposing archers in most armies that used them.
Horse archers were used to break up formations or pursue a routed enemy.
some of the modern bows Lars uses for some of the video are very low poundage (20lbs at 30 inches at a guess) draw which assist with both accuracy and speed. The arrows he uses are match weight to each other, the bow and his draw length. He is using field piles which are flush to the shaft and easy to retrieve to re-shoot. He would have less luck with a long bodkin that had bent going through armour or a head held on with beeswax which stays whatevers hit or the really nasty barbed heads, designed not to come out.
The bow as a weapon has been developed in pretty much every culture on the planet with lots of differences in construction of both bow and arrows. Combat arrows tend to be big heavy things and lose range due to weight, When clouted up in the air they gain a lot of momentum on the way down.
I can vouch for quivers being totally impractical for combat You keep them in an arrow bag when travelling and tucked through your belt when you need them if you are moving around.

March 29, 2015, 03:07:48 AM
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Re: Get those priorities right and show some respect....... I cannot agree more emphatically revisionist readings destroy the original context of any historical text. If something written 500 or 50 years ago is out of synch with our perceptions of society or our personal views either don't read it or strive to understand the context it was written in. If it would be socially unacceptable to write such a thing now there should be no issue with being able to discuss the work and the reasons it is now not socially acceptable.

With regard to your Idaho profanity filter. I can only apologise for a terrible mistake my Nation made in encouraging a 100 or so religious fundamentalists to leave our shores for yours in 1620. We thought they were just a nuisance. Had we have known...

A long time ago as my daughter was just finishing up at nursery school a very serious note was sent home with her saying that the singing of BA BA Blacksheep would be changed to BA BA Rainbowsheep. Apparently the use of the word black even in the correct context is offensive, who knew.

BTW if you are a mind to go looking there is an Icelander who is a Elf sex expert (I am guessing self proclaimed) who has published a book.

March 30, 2015, 04:27:47 PM
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Re: Love letter to Jen Williams - spoiler free Copper Promise On the strength of this thread I ordered my copy and will start reading it tonight... Word of mouth err forum does work.
March 31, 2015, 08:49:08 PM
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Re: Best battle songs? Not battle a song as such but a song Saxon about battles

http://www.calonsong.org/CalontirSongs/shieldwall.htm


March 31, 2015, 09:11:57 PM
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Re: What are you currently reading? Just finished Prince of Thorns (Thank you Mark) and about to start The Copper Promise and it feels very strange that I get to share that with both authors in this thread.
March 31, 2015, 09:20:24 PM
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Re: Need help with dead meat I have never butchered a cow so I asked a colleague who used to be a slaughter man for some pointers. By choice you transport your cow to where you want to kill it as they are very heavy, up to 1500lbs for dairy cattle and 1800lbs for a bull. Not possible in this case. As with any animal you want to raise it up by the back legs to Grollick it. You cut the throat to bleed it out and slot from the throat to the anus to remove the internal organs stomachs and what have you. The blood and all organs can be used as can the skin, tallow, hooves, tendons, brains and bones. A quarter to a third of the animals weight will not be meat.
Raising up a cow becomes a lot easier with a crane, off road forklift, JCB or tractor and chain.
Getting the blood out of any beastie quickly is imperative in preserving the meat. The organs will rot quicker than the meat but blood is key. Get that out as soon as possible or you lose the lot.
Next you skin and scrape the layer of tallow from the meat, both useful.
If the unmaking is outdoors one possible idea would be to remove the lungs, heart and least useful offal and use that to keep the flies off the carcass. You would move this a hundred feet away to an undisturbed area and let the flies feast, This will not be wholly effective, but will help and is often done by hunters in hot countries to prevent meat getting flyblown as they are breaking down a kill.

Chainsaws used to be used to quarter a beef carcass up to the CJD scare when new regulations meant the spine had to be left intact. No more power tools used, a cleaver is used to cut away both sides of the spine and to cut the halves to quarters. You are messing with a 500lb slab of meat here hanging from 15 foot to the ground, you need a means of working from the top to the bottom and need to be sure the back leg is not going to break free and crush you under a lot of beef and bone.

At this point the quarters would be frozen or refrigerated for 50+ days if this was a commercial process. I have not eaten beef off the cow as it were but hanging improves flavour and tenderizes the meat which off a dairy animal won't be great to start with.

On a 15th centuary site I once had to show 4 vegans how to unmake a deer. They were happy to do everything required in taking it apart, just were not prepared to eat it.

April 04, 2015, 07:16:27 PM
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Re: Need help with dead meat Just an aside disposal of what cant be used is going to require digging a really deep hole to keep things sanitary.
Bury a 100lbs of offal in a shallow grave and the area will be thick with flies and foxes and the like will dig it up again.

April 04, 2015, 07:39:48 PM
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Re: Magical animals Page 2 and no mention of Smaug? I liked him anyway, vain and believing himself invincible.


April 07, 2015, 08:58:32 PM
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Re: 4-Word Reviews A review was written for the 1990 film Memphis Belle which just stated "They get back" Superb spoiler for a lacklustre film. I wish I could find who penned it.


April 08, 2015, 06:33:48 PM
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Re: Fantasy-Faction Grim Gathering: April 10th. F-F Big Breakfast: April 11th. Yes you did.. All will be revealed at breakfast. Congratulations on winning the ARCCopy of the Skull Throne.

April 11, 2015, 12:58:57 AM
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