- Monday, June 23 2008 @ 03:20 PM AEST
in the Links - Drill Commands section
Viking/Old Norse Drill Commands
Compiled by Indunna, this 22kb PDF file contains Viking / Old Norse Command (pronunciation), Translation and Actions for preparation and movement, and even a few pithy insults
- Tuesday, October 23 2007 @ 04:15 PM AEST
Here's the Byzantine drill we'll be using at MMFAT 2007. All the commands are there, with pronunciation guide. I'd like us to be able to get all the scattered contingents together at some time Saturday morning so we can train as a group and get used to working together.
Participants will need (at least):
Accurate tunic ("generic" mediaeval)
Trousers or (preferably) hose
Spear or 2-handed axe
helmet if possible - must suit a Byzantine context, so no spectacle helms.
If no helmet, we'll be supplying Byzantine padded hats and turbans, but we need to know numbers needing them.
mail, scale, lamellar or Gambeson if possible, but a simple tunic will suffice - we're portraying grunts, not elite troops.
Oh and the stuff must look good - no "Doona Man" gambesons. I'll be checking your gear and reserve the right to keep someone out of the display if the gear isn't up to scratch. There'll be a small amount of "loaner" gear for those who really don't have the stuff they need, but don't rely on getting it.
The sequence is as follows. We intend to leave our encampment, walk around via the "Chinese garden" and enter down the path from the carpark. We'll march around the display area, past the backs of the audience, and enter through the gap in the barrier.
Two files enter, officer in front, axemen on left, spearmen on right. Two reliable guards lead the line (people thoroughly familiar with the commands, who can lead the others, so we look like we know what we’re doing), with another two (the two best) at rear.
If the entry to the display area is the same as previously, it’ll be in the middle of the side that faces the horse paddock. We expect to come in from the north, along that side. If that’s the case, we’ll be turning right into the entrance.
As the leaders approach the “gateway”;
1. Officer: “Dexia katafere” (right wheel) - DEXia kat-AH-ferray
Once through the gateway,
2. “Aristera katafere” (left wheel) - Ar-ISS-tera kat-AH-ferray
Approaching the side fence, the officer gives the command;
3. “Dexia katafere” (right wheel) - DEXia kat-AH-ferray
As the troops approach the front fence, the officer again calls;
4. “Dexia katafere” (right wheel)
As the troops approach the side fence;
5. “Dexia katafere” (right wheel)
As the troops approach the rear fence;
6. “Dexia katafere” (right wheel)
This leads the two files across the display space. Officer leaves the line and walks to where he can see the soldiers. As the troops approach the side fence, and the soldiers are on the left foot, the officer calls:
7. “metallaxon” (countermarch) Me-TAL- axon. The leading soldier in each rank takes two steps, then turns right and immediately right again. In effect, the two leading soldiers have reversed direction – on the move – and are now marching in the opposite direction to the rest of the troops. As each subsequent soldier reaches the place where the leader turned about he/she does so as well, one after the other.
Basically, both lines do a U-turn, so they double back on themselves, with the leader of the line nearer the stage threading between the lines going the other way. When the line is nearly evenly stretched across the space, the officer calls out
8. “Sta” (halt). Take 3 more steps – right, left, then bring the right foot level with the left, and halt.
9. “Epi aspida klinon” (turn to the shield side –left turn).
10. “Isason” (order the line) EEsason – Using the soldier in the centre of the line as your base, stretch out the left arm and everybody shuffle sideways so your fist just touches the shoulder of the guy next to you.
11. “Kineson” – march, starting on the left foot. KEE-neeson
When the troops are approaching the audience, while they’re on the left foot, and with enough room to stop successfully, the officer calls;
12. “metallaxon” (countermarch) Me-TAL- axon. Basically, all the files (each of two people) do a U-turn, so they double back on themselves, with the leader of the line threading between the lines going the other way. As they approach the back fence, the officer calls
13. “Sta” (halt). Take 3 more steps – one, two, halt.
14. “Metaskimatison” (about turn) Meta-skee- MAHT- eeson – be sure to have your weapons on a steep enough slant so they don’t all crash into each other during the turn. If we’ve done this right, the axemen will be in front, the spearmen at the rear.
15. “Isason” (order the line) EEsason – Using the soldier in the centre of the line as your base, stretch out the left arm and everybody shuffle sideways so your fist just touches the shoulder of the guy next to you.
16. “Kathes ta opla” (ground arms). KAH-thes ta’opla Place the butt of the shaft on the floor next to your right foot. Three movements are needed for this – first grab the centre of the shaft with the left hand. Second, with both hands on the shaft, ground the weapon. Then return the left hand to your side.
17. “Parastite para ta opla” (present arms) Para-STEE-tay para ta’opla – the hand holding the weapon is pushed forward, while the butt of the shaft stays by your right foot.
18. “Ano ta opla” (shoulder arms) AH-no ta’opla
19. “Epi aspida klinon” (turn to the shield side –left turn).
20. “Kineson” – march, starting on the left foot. KEE-neeson
As the troops approach the side fence:
21. “Dexia katafere” (right wheel) - DEXia kat-AH-ferray
As the troops approach the front fence:
22. “Dexia katafere” (right wheel) - DEXia kat-AH-ferray
As the troops approach the side fence:
23. “Dexia katafere” (right wheel) - DEXia kat-AH-ferray
As the troops approach the rear fence:
24. “Dexia katafere” (right wheel) - DEXia kat-AH-ferray
As the troops approach the side fence, they ALL simultaneously turn towards the audience –
25. “Epi dory klinon” (turn to the weapon side – right turn).
The troops are now marching towards the audience. While they’re still on the march, the officer calls:
26. “Prothymos” (ready arms) PRO- theemos. Spearmen drop their spear points to face directly at the crowd, axemen brandish their weapons, and the troops advance slowly and deliberately toward the audience. This must not be hurried.
After a few steps, the officer calls:
27. “Sta”. If possible, take the usual three steps to stop, but if space is short, it might be necessary to stop on the spot. We need to rehearse this to ensure safety of the audience is maintained. If there seems to be a chance the line will overrun the audience, the rear rank must raise spearpoints to go well over the heads of the audience.
28. “Ano ta opla” (shoulder arms)
29. “Epi dory klinon” (turn to the spear side – right turn).
30. “kineson” (march). As the lines approach the side fence, the officer calls
31. “Dexia katafere” (right wheel).
As the lines approach the back fence, the officer calls
25. “Dexia katafere” (right wheel)
Just before we get level with the “gateway”, the officer calls
26. “Aristera katafere” (left wheel)
This takes us towards the exit. Once we get through the gateway, the officer calls
27. “Dexia katafere” (right wheel)
28. “Aristera katafere” (left wheel) to take us back to the encampment again.
If you have any questions, please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org
- Wednesday, October 04 2006 @ 07:45 PM AEST
Hey there guys and gals :-)
I was quite surprised to find that no articles are up for combat and training.... Which is quite surprising.
Has anyone out there had a chance to look at Stephen Hands new book on the "True Fight of George Silver"
WE are thinking of getting this book as I have based alot of our basic training techniques on Paul Wagners book on George (ie the concepts of distance time and the place) funny how fencing terms make it into every day terminology ie the term "the time and the place" comes from ye olde English fencing terminology :-)
However we are looking to take things further and whilst the content of Pauls book was great, I would like to expand and Stephen Hand from what I can see has developed a very nice and pollished interpretive book on George Silver
Please give me your feed back if you have looked at either of these books