Thursday, 2 June 2011

More 1/1 gaming

No miniature gaming lately, but more reenacting. The King's Company assisted at the education day at Backus-Page House, Wallacetown, ON, last weekend. On Friday, Robby and I and two other members ambushed the grade 8 students who had been drilled as American raiders. We set a roadblock and held them off with very little success. We did defeat the slugs in the woods, although we were heavily out-numbered. On Saturday, we took part in a "raid" on the Talbot settlement for the public to see.

Many Strings (Kim L., professor of music at the University of Western Ontario), Robby, and myself at the question period. I portrayed a Canadian local militiaman and Robby, a member of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment.
The US raiders at the house. Jonathan, our first sergeant, Lyle, and Owen.

The raiders take the house after "shooting" the farmer. Lyle's son, in red, was sort of a junior militiaman.

The Crown forces counterattack.

Kim/Many Strings awaits his moment to charge with his deadly "foam-ahawk."
He took down Lyle in the afternoon raid and scalped Owen in the morning show.

Nick from our group portraying Colonel Talbot.
The Colonel was a major factor in the settling of this part of Ontario.

Jeff, Robby, Owen, and Lyle drill the "Mini-militia." All the boys and girls present are 'conscripted' to
learn drill with wooden muskets. Always fun to see. Jeff does a great job and parents take lots of photos.

Robby cuts loose with Brown Bess. He's dressed in the uniform of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment
and was told that he wears it well.
In answer to a boy's question, Jeff shows how a Native warrior could defeat a bayonet with a knife and tomahawk... providing the soldier was alone. I joined Robby a few minutes later and showed the youngster how the line defeats the single warrior.
Part of our reenacting is education of the public and even that can be a load of fun. So is explaining why your musket didn't go off despite 3 reloadings! There will be more reenacting in the summer and more in 2012, the bicentennial of the War of 1812.

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