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PostPosted: Sat Oct 04, 2014 7:32 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Could anyone point me towards a decent supplier for shirts?
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 04, 2014 9:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is Amanda Blake making shirts at present? She is a member and will do a good job.
Otherwise, try one of these for a cheap starter shirt,

http://www.re-enactmentsupplies.c...roduct/product&product_id=192

http://www.sutlers.co.uk/acatalog/Napciv.html#a2534

http://www.medieval-weaponry.co.uk/acatalog/Napoleonic-Shirt.html

http://www.sallygreen.co.uk/sg-19.php

You don't need the frills. Take linen over cotton if there is an option. Flannel is good for the winter but will destroy you in the summer.

For a more expensive option, look here,
http://www.darcyclothing.com/shop/
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 04, 2014 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Ben, scratch 1 more item from the list...  q15
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 04, 2014 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ultimately, if you sweat like most of us, you'll want two, so one can dry while the other's on your back.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 04, 2014 10:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep, ordered one for now to try for size etc, will order another one over the winter!

There's so much to get when you're starting from scratch, but it feels good to have made a start on getting bits together.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 05, 2014 8:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes it does feel good to start to get a few bits of kit on order. I sent my order away for my boots today, so hopefully in a months time when I return from working away they might have turned up.

On the subject of kit boxes, I was in my workshop earlier and realised I have a few old wooden boxes that I have stored stuff in for years that would be perfect for the job. I had a move around so now have a project to revamp them a bit. I know its not really period to have boxes, but as everyone else has them im ok with that ( have to stash the modern stuff out of sign somewhere safe), but is there a particular colour etc that they get painted? I have to sort out three for myself and family so two will probably need to be painted, but my wife wants me to varnish hers.
I was thinking of painting them a blue/grey?

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2014 7:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The majority of these boxes end up painted blue-gray to simulate ordnance boxes. As to why every rifleman would have a box of ammo or whatever in his tent- who knows? But its a good neutral colour.

Ben (Who painted his tentpoles and finial and anything else that didn't move quick enough blue-gray).


See also this interesting article on soldiers' boxes by Bob Henderson,

http://www.warof1812.ca/boxes.htm
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 18, 2014 11:52 am    Post subject: Boots Reply with quote

My boots arrived from Andy Burke today - my first piece of kit! They're awesome too, well worth the money I reckon.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2014 10:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dinesy wrote:
On the subject of kit boxes...


That handy thing about a box/chest is that if you can store important stuff then you know it's always ready to just load into the car, etc.

As it'll be in your tent, I wouldn't worry about colour. On campaign, the common soldier wouldn't have one.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2014 4:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anyone got an tips on how to treat the boots before wearing them?
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2014 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use this on all my leather work to keep it in good, supple condition - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fiebings-...er-Conditioner-400g/dp/B001P45RAS - fantastic stuff.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2014 5:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks! Presumably I'll need to use black polish as well, although the natural grey colour they arrived in charming, they're clearly not regulation as is! 😉
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2014 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kris wrote:
Thanks! Presumably I'll need to use black polish as well, although the natural grey colour they arrived in charming, they're clearly not regulation as is! 😉


Might be worth talking to Mr Durrant about some black ball.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2014 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/GOLD-LA...&var=&hash=item2ec70da4d3
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 25, 2014 8:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys, I must seem really dense asking these questions, but I have no idea how to treat boots like this and, given they're the most expensive shoes I've ever owned, I want to get it right!


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