Melee Lessons from the Battle of Pharsalus (48 B.C.E.)

Recently stumbled across the Historia Civilis Youtube channel, which has a slew of ancient military battles animated in that history book “Xs & Os” style illustrations (which I love).

On Friday night I watched one of his newer videos on the Battle of Pharsalus, which was a battle in Greece between the Caesar and Pompey.

Now onto the lessons from the battle: Continue reading Melee Lessons from the Battle of Pharsalus (48 B.C.E.)

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.72 Caliber Matchlock Musket [VIDEO]

It’s Friday night and I’m doing laundry, so I have some clean garb for Smoking Rocks Investiture tomorrow. I just stumbled across this cool video from IraqVeteran8888 on the 17th Century matchlock musket. They do a pretty decent job going over the big picture of the weapon and how it changed warfare.

Thanks to these guys, I now have another vendor for my future musket needs.

Capo Ferro Chapter VIII: The Arms

Last chapter, we looked at the proper position of the body, and before that, the head. Today we look at where those gangly limbs called arms are supposed to go.

bigamsYou can find links to all the chapters I’ve interpreted in the Historical Fencing section of the site.

I’m using two translations as my sources. The Swanger/Wilson translation of Capo Ferro’s book (download it here) and Tom Leoni’s version. Both are solid, but have weird translation issues that make more sense when each version is compared to one another. It helps to get a rounder view of the material. Continue reading Capo Ferro Chapter VIII: The Arms

Capo Ferro Chapter VII: The Body

In Chapter VI, we looked at where your head should be when on guard, seeking measure and then attacking. We continue with “Where your damn body parts should be” with the body.

You can find links to all the chapters I’ve interpreted in the Historical Fencing section of the site.

In previous chapters, I’ve used the Swanger/Wilson translation of Capo Ferro’s book (download it here). It’s relatively solid but some things definitely get confusing or lost in translation. I was also  lent Tom Leoni’s version, so I’m using both to get a rounder view of the material. Continue reading Capo Ferro Chapter VII: The Body

Capo Ferro Chapter VI: The Body, Beginning with the Head

In the first five chapters, we looked at a lot of background & fencing theory. We’re still in that realm with the next few chapters, but we’re concentrating more on body mechanics.

You can find links to all the chapters I’ve interpreted in the Historical Fencing section of the site.

In previous chapters, I’ve used the Swanger/Wilson translation of Capo Ferro’s book (download it here). It’s relatively solid but some things definitely get confusing or lost in translation. I was also  lent Tom Leoni’s version, so I’m using both to get a rounder view of the material.

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“The head is truly important” because it can assess measure and tempi.

AKA… a mind is a terrible thing to waste. Continue reading Capo Ferro Chapter VI: The Body, Beginning with the Head

Documentary: Battle of Lützen – 1632

The Thirty Years War is my era of choice when it comes to research and persona portrayal. I stumbled across this great little documentary about the Battle of Lützen (1632) where Gustavus Adolphus was fatally shot.

It’s got some nice research and amazing animation, showing what happened in the battle. It surrounds mostly mass burial grounds at the battle site, and how the soldiers died.

Researching swords, gonnes and garb during the 16th and 17th Centuries.