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Loyalist Dave
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Real Name: David Woolsey

PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 10:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's interesting, for if you do a battle demonstration or a tactical demonstration, where I am located, you are most likely at an NPS site, and you are forbidden from having forces oppose each other. So you simply show the crowd what they did when fighting. Sometimes a demonstration is done with opposing forces when you have no battle to reenact. When we do a reenactment we actually try to do the tactics and positions of an actual battle, even if the battle ground itself is not the original location. And we appear to be shooting AT each other.

BTW a reenactor is wide range of folks, some who are very knowledgeable about the time period and the tech, and some who like to simply play the part of the soldier or militia person, and then go to the hotel for a hot meal, shower, and TV (aka Ramada Rangers). Where I am if you are doing living history, you get much more in depth (all else being equal) and you are much better skilled and much more well versed in the tech and the time period. It's one thing to have the correct uniform, follow the commands, and operate the musket, and it's much more to be able to argue the politics of the time period, while lighting a fire and making a pair of mocs as they would have.

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