|Entrance||Musketeer||Pikemen||Swordsmen||Artillerymen||Men's Costume Guidelines||Guild Pages||Contact Info|
These are to provide goals and direction for Guild costuming, and have been designed to give our group a distinctive and authentic appearance. New purchases must be made in accordance with Guild requirements, but older costume elements that don't meet these guidelines may be "grandfathered" if acceptable - so don't panic! Existing costume should gradually change to meet these new standards, depending on the guildmember's rank, finances, and interests.
We portray a late-Elizabethan or Early-Stuart era local militia or Trained Band from the Welsh Border/Cardiff area. Militia members would gather for training at the local "Artillery Garden", where they would practice swordplay, shooting muskets and cannon, and drilling with pikes. Trained Bands would sometimes go on manuevers and practice battles with other militia units.
Swordsmen, also known as "Targiers", wear costume similar to the other Militia Ranks, with a rapier, parrying dagger, targe or buckler, and either boots or low shoes. Fencing was very popular as a sport and display event, and many men carried swords. Minimum equipment consits of a rapier-style sword and a pair of gauntlets. Improved equipment adds a parrying dagger or main gauche, metal targe (round or oval shield) or buckler, possibly dressier costume than the other arms.
|School of Defense demo in the UK||Targier from 1588 London Trayned Band procession|
_The Armada Campaign 1588_ Osprey ISBN 0-85045-821-8
Recommended Online Merchants
|Note: Check with Guild for approved dimensions/design before ordering buckler or targe!|
|Mandrake Armory makes OK bucklers.|
|L'Amurerie du Roi in Canada makes bucklers - order steel, not stainless or aluminum.|
|American Fencing Supply in SF.|
Hatcrafters - an ASTOUNDING selection of hats -
the Charles, Salem, Puritan & Quaker models are recommended
| Swordsmiths (UK) carries Armour Class weapons,
both 17th C "Hangers" are PERFECT Ren Faire soldier's swords.
|Syke's Suttlery has good musketry supplies and costume|
|Frank Bee Costume carries men's tights, also check dance suppliers|
|Tentsmiths - US makers of period tents|
|Panther Primitives - US makers of period tents|
|Jas. Townsend - US tents, barrels, tall stockings, spectacles & more!|
|Loyalist Arms - Canadian Dealer, Matchlock & Doglock muskets on p. 2|
| Derek Cole makes Pikeman's armour in the UK,
be sure to get it sized properly & order early.
|Valentine Armouries - Canadian armor, very authentic.|
|Thorne's page on converting Desert Boots / Hushpuppies to period Latchet Shoes|
|Great Northern Trade Co - hand-forged gun and cooking tools|
|Albion Small Arms - matchlocks, wheelocks, and doglocks from the UK|
|Age of Chivalry sells nice armour, baldrics and swords.|
| Bainbridge Bootmakers (UK) makes museum-quality footware,
at museum-level prices - won the lottery lately?