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From: "Gregory Schultz"
Subject: Re: [WarOf1812] Hardcore Details (predictions from Brass...)
Date: Wed, 17 Jan 2001 05:10:09
Though I'm not a designated 'guru' on the subject, I'll give a hip-pocket
explanation of some of our goals as Brit campaigners. The outpost should
work like a regular picket outpost with a sergeant or corporal of the guard
in charge. Those on picket duty will have muskets, those not on duty will
stack or, if weather is nasty) sleep on their arms under some sort or rigged
shelter (blanket or nast piece of canvas tied up to trees/sticks). Security
will be 'round the clock so accountability for kit & etc will be constant.
Food: gruel of salted meat and dried pease (perhaps fresh veggies if in
season and correct to a given location/campaign) will be boiled in a period
kettle (unless found to be otherwise in the near future this vessel will be
a rolled iron, hot tin dipped camp kettle suspended over a small fire on a
tripod made ot scavanged sticks affixed at the top with a short length of
rope). We'll also have flour, bread or hardtack available for consumption
(again, based on available research for the campaign/area being re-enacted).
What one can get out of the above is that the location will be supervised
under an NCO, guards will be posted & relieved, food will be period
(tastiness notwithstanding! and available in stew form, made from period
rations carried in each man's haversack), weather conditions will be
accepted by the participant's on the weather's own terms and grumbling over
the inclelemt type is to be expected...!). Also, if you're planning on
trying this please ensure your units are okay with what you're attempting to
do - and if they are, have some of your fellows come out to see what you're
doing and perhaps they'll be keen to do it at some point too. This
authenticity thing is very achievable and a lot of fun - I truley believe
greater authenticity in self & environment will be a great thing for those
who want to give it a go.
Again, much of this has to be worked out regarding the details - the largest
of these (that I can see right now) rests with commissary issues. If you or
anyone else is interested in trying out "core/campaigner" re-enacting for a
given week-end please let Andrew Bateman know. This is for him to get an
idear of how many guys are keen to try it out. This also helps us figure out
commissary issues (true 'tropical' cured salt pork doens't grow on trees in
my area - I have to go to a nearby military post to get it!) and how far
we're going to take it as a group thing in rations or just give good
direction on what each soldier should bring. A lot is tbd but will be a fun
thing to figure out and get operational.
Anyway, more details on this and other stuff on
outpost/picket/core/campainger stuff will be forthcoming by the fellows who
know more than I. Suffice it to say, however, that the experience will be a
great one. It is a chance to hang out with your peers in a period correct
environment, improve one's impression, etc. What a bargain! I hope you'll
give it a whirl.
G. J. Brass
p.s. Yanks are welcome to set up not too far from the Brit outpost if
practicle for added realism. Our man-with-the-plan Bateman is working on
this and related stuff. Stay tuned
From: Kevin Windsor
Subject: Re: [WarOf1812] Hardcore movement
Date: Tue, 16 Jan 2001 14:34:35 -0500
I have been thinking about logistics since Fred's posting on latrines and
such, and I have some questions.
1. What will you do with your muskets?
I keep mine in my tent to save rust damage and security and my unit keeps
all muskets under lock and key when not being used (i.e. sleep and meals)
same as above
3. Contingency plan for really foul weather?
some sites my not have indoor arrangements and I am sure you would not want
to stay if really really wet. (or would you?)
4. Food. Are you going to avoid the free meals with the coke cans and
plastic forks? Or just the cans and forks?
5. Lastly, the security of your kit. Tents are a visible barrier to the
public and most, not all, are hesitant of entering if closed. Where will
you lay your packs?
Are you going to carry them all weekend?
Not a criticism in any way, just some thought on the safety of my kit, and
the visitors if I try this.
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