We Hate to Interrupt Your Saturday…

…as you gather up the village youths to re-enact the battle of Shevardino (or perhaps Borodino is more your style, but please! No FARBs), but we would be remiss if we didn’t let you know that our pal Burr Deming has released his weekly best of the blogs!

You should go see what he’s up to at Fair and Unbalanced.

(As always, we will keep this post on top, and fresher posts —hahaha!— will be below.)

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4 Responses to We Hate to Interrupt Your Saturday…

  1. Redhand says:

    Oh Ho! Does our dear Tengrain have a secret life as a re-enactor in the style of Brandon F?

    Doubtful, but as one who views grown-ups playing old soljers, camp-followers, and the occasional woman combatant, viz. Molly Pitcher, I watch such videos spanning war from Ancient Rome to WWII with a mixture of “shock and awe” that people would have the, what, audacity [?] to actually “go there.”

    Clearly, our blog host has some insight into the phenomenon: I feel like a neophyte observer because I had to look up “FARBS.” (Only the hardcore need apply!)

    Meanwhile, Sh*t is gettin’ real in Ukraine. Is Puty really insane enough to invade? That would truly “interrupt my Saturday.”


    • tengrain says:

      When I was a kid, one of my pals’ brother was a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism. And sometimes we would get dragged to their meet-ups in the Santa Cruz mountains as his parents were driving; if we were lucky, Bro would be dropped off and we could go to the boardwalk and ride the rollarcoaster.

      We were not lucky often enough!

      I don’t remember much, but I remember FARB because of the way that they would spit it at each other, I thought for sure it was a dirty word. The usual item of contention? Inauthentic Chainmail! Some of these fanatics actually forged (smithed?) their own weapons, etc.

      Anyway, re-enactors are a subculture like very few others.

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      • Redhand says:

        Thanks for the context. I remember seeing some “Society for Creative Anachronism” types on the U. of Md. Campus when I was there ’69-’71 as an undergrad and having a WTF “They can’t be serious!” reaction. I didn’t realize that they were that hardcore back then, much less that FARB was a thing.

        A German academic named Marcus Junkelmann has done some valuable work in “experimental archeology” to “re-discover” the utility of Roman-era uniforms and weapons, and I think he’s been an inspirational source for many of the Roman Army re-enactor organizations in Europe. (There’s lots of them!).

        My instincts tell me that the most fanatical re-enactors on the planet are right here in America: the civil war types who “starred” in the film “Gettysburg,” for example. Regardless of their chosen era, you won’t get an argument from me that:


        blockquote>re-enactors are a subculture like very few others.

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      • Weird Dave says:

        I’m just gonna point out the SCA is considered the largest organized militia in the USA…


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