How Much Does it Cost? Road-Trip Travel

Route map to Lancaster Ohio from Kansas City for Days of Knight

I make no illusions about it, full armor and living history is not an inexpensive hobby. However, little information exists on the amounts one can expect to spend, not only on armor, but on the lifestyle. Depending on who you talk to you can expect something between “more than you expect” and “more than you can afford.” In each article of the How Much Does It Cost series I will be exploring aspects of living history, soft kit, encampment, armor, etc. to provide the newer reenactor a more detailed perspective on what the financial realities of this enterprise are. Continue reading “How Much Does it Cost? Road-Trip Travel”

Days of Knights 2019

2019 Days of Knights encampment panorama

A new beginning by doing the same thing…
For the last time… (we hope)

The “thing” of course is moving locations. Despite the unprecedented hilarity of the subtitle of this article, Days of Knights is anything but in a rut. It has a palpable sense of standing on the cusp of rocketing off into a grand new future of prosperity. For those new to Days of Knights and its transient history, Days of Knights has always been in the same place(s). It had two homes in Kentucky it would bounce around from depending on the year. As a participant I did not find the varying location to be a difficult aspect of attendance, both sites were about the same distance to drive for me. Each site had individual issues one could gripe about here and there, it was a little buggy some years, a little warm some of the others, no access to water some of the time; but both places let you dig holes in the ground for fire. The concern for the organization, or so I have gleaned, was engagement in the community and repeat patronage. Continue reading “Days of Knights 2019”

Packing Up

Stock Image of Warehouse for the Medieval Reenactment and Living History Resource The Turnip of Terror

It’s very easy to find resources on making, repairing, and maintaining your gear. When at an event you get to see what people wear and you get to see how they keep their things while in camp, but what do you do with all your stuff once you’re home? Here’s what I do, in case you need some ideas. Continue reading “Packing Up”

Bataile du Cygne

Banners at Deed for the Medieval Reenactment and Living History Resource The Turnip of Terror

The Medieval Swordsman Guild of Kansas City has an annual Deed of Arms in May dubbed the Bataile du Cygne (French for Battle of the Swan). The name of the event, as I understand it, was inspired by the environs the deed takes place in, namely La Cygne Kansas. This year was the fourth consecutive deed of arms, which is impressive. I enjoy how the Medieval Swordsman Guild of Kansas City is both an active practicing HEMA organization and a die hard living history group. Not everyone does both, though most do. For those who do both this is really the ultimate coalition of their two passions. Continue reading “Bataile du Cygne”

Kris Kinder 2016

Kris Kinder is a notable SCA event out here in the Kansas City area that is almost as period an event as you can get: shopping. While I am peripherally aware that there were secret-squirrel meetings for guilds and orders and peerages and court and other SCAdian-y stuff going on behind the scenes; from a layman’s perspective Kris Kinder’s just a big flea-market.

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Preperations for Day of Knights 2016

I’ve been to SCA wars and other camping events. I’ve camped as a civilian. I’ve “camped” (if you can call it that) while in the field in the Army. So, objectively, it makes sense that I’ve acquired over the last decade a sizable amount of camp-related paraphernalia.

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The Days of Knights 2016

I went to The Days of Knights this last weekend and my plan was to come back with a good solid blog post about my experiences there. While this is technically that, there was so much going on and so much happened over that weekend, I can’t fit it all into one article. I even carved a jack-o-lantern for Halloween and practiced medieval service. Frequently Days of Knights will be shortened to DoK in this and future articles.

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