- Oct 2, 2009Anne of Canton of the Towers asked about disguising her mundane, nylon
<<< I am looking for help with my mundane tent. I have a Sears
Hillary II tent about 6 yrs old and would like to cover up the blue
and orange part of the tent and try and make it all white so it won't
look so modern. A period tent the size I have is too expensive for me
right now and I don't think I could put it up by myself. Also my
nylon tent dries faster and I live in an apartment with no place to
set up a tent to dry, so I like my nylon tent. I wanted to either try
and paint it or maybe cover up the blue and orange with white nylon
like the tent is made of. Has anyone painted there tent successfully,
if so could you please let me know how you did it? >>>
Is your current tent in two pieces? A breathable main tent with a
waterproof rainfly? Or a single-layer waterproof tent? The problem
with the latter is that is moisture from your breath can not escape to
outside the tent, it will condense inside, making it moist and clammy.
If your tent is already waterproof then painting it, which will ruin
any breathability it already has, will cause you problems. If not,
then painting it will probably not make it any worse.
This is one reason that painting on canvas tents, even on medieval
pavilions, is kept to a minimum.
This file in the STRUCTURES section of the Florilegium does have some
information on painting tents.
tent-painting-msg (34K) 11/10/98 Painting and decorating tents.
Sheetwalls, often decorated fabric sheets or painted sheets are
sometimes strung up around encampments at the big wars such as
Estrella, Gulf Wars and Pennsic. You could do something around your
own encampment, even if it only contained one tent.
These files are in the Florilegium SCA-CAMPINMG section:
Sheetwalls-art (12K) 12/26/00 "On the Creating of Sheet Walls"
Meliora Leuedai de Ardescote.
sheetwalls-msg (14K) 4/ 2/07 Using sheetwalls to separate
Here are some more ideas on how to disguise a modern tent, in the
tent-dsguises-msg (23K) 8/16/05 Ideas for disguising modern tents.
The shape of some of the modern "bubble" tents isn't necessarily as
non-period as most people think. Unfortunately, bright flourescent
colors do scream modern.
dometents-pic (3K) 9/21/94 German Landsknecht camp, painted
featuring dome tents.
A period tent does not have to be expensive. A lot of it depends upon
how big you want it to be and whether you want a grand pavilion or
just a medieval period sleeping place.
Here are some files in the STRUCTURES section. Most of the files in
the Florilegium on tents are going to be in this section.
p-tent-const-art (23K) 9/23/98 "Building a Period Tent" by
p-tents-msg (56K) 8/24/08 Period tents and documentation
pavilions-msg (140K) 2/ 8/08 The making of medieval pavilions.
Pavilions-101-art (16K) 6/28/99 "Pavilions 101" by Lady Giovanna
Battista di Firenze.
Large pavilions can be difficult to transport but sectioned poles can
help. A lot of it depends upon the vehicle you have. Sometimes Viking
"ship tents" or Mongol yurts have advantages. If you aren't much of a
sewing person, but you are good at carpentry, both of these have
advantages of the usual medieval pavilions. But the poles,
particularly on the ship tent can be difficult to haul.
yurts-msg (92K) 9/24/08 Round Mongol tents also called gers.
If you are into decadence, sometimes, like when it rains, there is
nothing to beat simply reaching up and closing the shutters...
tent-alt-msg (48K) 9/10/01 Alternatives to tents for SCA
(Who usually sleeps at SCA events in a 17 x 17 ft. square pavilion in
a double wood-frame bed.
THLord Stefan li Rous Barony of Bryn Gwlad Kingdom of Ansteorra
Mark S. Harris Austin, Texas StefanliRous@...
**** See Stefan's Florilegium files at: http://www.florilegium.org ****
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