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Old May 14th, 2018, 01:36 AM
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Originally Posted by timerover51 View Post
Believe me, I have read about Jack Churchill, and a good friend has one nasty crossbow, which I hope to try out. The long bow is still a fully effective weapon in the right hands. The main groups that I am aware of or know someone in are the Revolutionary War and forward re-enactors.
The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) is an international living history group with the aim of studying and recreating mainly Medieval European cultures and their histories before the 17th century (from late Roman times [~600AD, but a little earlier has been allowed] to the early Renaissance period, before 1600). A quip often used within the SCA describes it as a group devoted to the Middle Ages "as they ought to have been", choosing to "selectively recreate the culture, choosing elements of the culture that interest and attract us". Founded in 1966, the non-profit educational corporation has over 30,000 paid members as of 2017 with about 60,000 total participants in the society (including members and non-member participants).

Most of the groups & members are in the US & Canada, but there are a significant number of groups in western Europe (UK, Germany, Norway, etc) as well as New Zealand, Australia, and a small number in Japan.

All of the martial arts from that time are well-represented - archery (both regular bows & crossbows), mounted archery, melee combat with simulated swords, polearms, etc (made of rattan, but most members have some form of "live steel", most of which is NOT decorative-grade, but actually usable - much of which was made by members, sometimes from scrap tool steel & leaf springs, but some hot-forged from steel stock and shaped and hardened by the smith), fencing, and so on.

Members also study most non-combat arts - brewing, herbalism, weaving, metal casting (I know one here in Utah that cast small bronze cannon - functional ones), and so on. They make the armor that is used in live combat - from padded cloth and leather to steel plate armor that qualifies as historical reproductions, etc.

Lots of flavor to throw into a T2K game.
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