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  • ann baltrush
    Oct 6, 2009
      Greetings, My tent is 9.5 ft by 15 ft with an adjustable height with a extra piece of nylon to divide the tent into 2 rooms and has a large blue fly that fits over the whole top of the tent.  I sleep on an army cot with an air mattress on that.  (I like camping, but also like my comfort.)  I love the size of my tent and how easy it is to dry and store.  I am an older single woman and usually camp alone unless my niece comes with me and then there is plenty of room for both of our stuff.  I would like to make it look a little more period so if my device passes I can display it along with other banners and getting rid of the blue and orange by either covering it up or painting it.  I didn't know if putting a banner across the bottom of the windows would look to stupid, but that's what I was thinking of doing because I thought it would be easier and less expensive then painting.   I would like to hang up banners for SCA, kingdom, barony and
      my own device outside my tent especially for Pennsic.   Thanks everyone for your advice.  Ann of Towers  

      From: Stefan li Rous <stefanlirous@...>
      To: SCA Newcomers list <scanewcomers@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Friday, October 2, 2009 8:04:11 PM
      Subject: [SCA Newcomers] RE: tent

      Anne 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"
      by Lady
      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
      STRUCTURES section:
      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
      Geoffrey Maynard
      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@ austin.rr. com
      **** See Stefan's Florilegium files at: http://www.florilegium.org ****

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