NEWSLETTER OF THE TWENTIETH LEGION
Vol. XVIII, no. x, October 2008
ROMAN DAYS 2008
Avete! With this issue badly overdue
(no, really!), I literally can't say enough about Roman
Days. Tremendous thanks go to Richard Campbell, Deb Fuller,
Allison Campbell, Alec Cunningham, and Dan Zeidler for all their
amazing work in organizing the event, and to Donna Winstanley, Beth
Campbell, and all the other teachers who brought over 600 Latin
students on Friday. Amazing. Thanks also to all the
participants who came from so far away to make this event a success.
In spite of some rain now and then all weekend, we
persevered and had fun. This was our first time at George Mason
University, and all things considered it turned out pretty well.
Yeah, we could use more space and more signs and advertising, but we
have a whole year to work out the wrinkles for next time.
Anyway, here are some photos.
From Sean Edwards and Dan Zeidler:
From Richard Campbell:
Where has the year gone! It seems like only
yesterday that we were oppressing provincial scum at Bethlehem, and
it's already time to do it again. We already have two Christmas
shows lined up, two days each, and I expect we'll be invited to the big
one at Adventist World Headquarters soon (5 or 6 evenings). We
should have enough manpower to send troops to all of these without
anyone having to do too many. Please let me know which ones you
want to attend. Lots of fun!
--The Bethlehem Market Place at Saint Luke Lutheran Church will be on
Friday December 5 (6PM to 9PM) and Saturday December 6 (1 to 4
PM). Two or three soldiers are needed for that.
--Parkwood Baptist Church needs one or two soldiers for their Bethlehem
Walk on Saturday and Sunday, Dec 13-14, 2008, 4-8 pm. The address
is on Braddock Road at 8726 Braddock Rd, Annandale, VA
22003. (On the right side at the forth light coming from the
Beltway before Kings Park shopping center, next to the Catholic
church.) Spouses and children are invited for a family event, and
complimentary child care and dinner is provided for those that need
it. Please contact Sam Roberts if you are interested,
703-462-0042, and let him know if you will need child care.
TIMELINE EVENT, NJ--June 2009
My name is Jim Stephens and I am the Deputy Director of the Historic
Cold Spring Village living history museum. We are a 501c3 non-profit
organization located three miles north of the center of the city of
Cape May. HCSV recreates life in a rural South Jersey community
of the early 19th century. We have a collection of 26 locally
significant historic buildings (the oldest was built in 1691) on 22
wooded acres of land. If you would like to learn more about us, you may
visit our website at www.hcsv.org.
On the weekend of June 20th and 21st, we will be hosting our 2nd Annual
Military Timeline Weekend. For last year's event, we had reenactors and
displays representing the English Civil War, American Civil War, Second
World War, Korean War and Vietnam War. We hope to make the '09 event
even bigger. We would be pleased if Legio XX would be able to
participate. I've visited your website and was impressed with your
impression. I have attached a copy of the registration form. If you and
your unit are interested in participating, just complete the form and
return it to me at your earliest convenience. No registration fee is
necessary. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to
Jim Stephens, MA
Military Timeline Weekend Coordinator
Historic Cold Spring Village
720 Route 9
Cape May, NJ 08204
[Quintus notes: Any interest in this? It's a little farther
than we usually go, but there has been noise about having an event in
June. This year we did the Potomac Celtic Festival in June, but I
think a timeline event is more our thing.]
GREASE AND ROME by Tony D.
Lanolin is the secret to rust free armor and swords, relative comfort
in wet weather, supple well preserved leather, and general happiness.
Yes, lanolin, that nasty sheep grease. We know the Romans had
it. Hell, it comes free with every sheep. We know that
Roman rain cloaks were greasy with it to help keep out the rain.
It is impossible to wear a greasy, lanolin saturated cloak over armor
without getting lanolin on your armor. I have done experiments
protective value against rust. It is inconceivable that
Legionaries failed to notice that the parts of their armor that were
greasy didn't rust. It is a small step from there to deliberately
applying additional lanolin to the armor in order to protect it.
I have had good results with lanolin on my segmentata and on my
sword. I have been very minimalist in terms of care taken with
the armor and the sword. Partially due to laziness and partly due
to experimenting. Both still remains in good condition. Lanolin
also does a great job of waterproofing a wool cloak. Perhaps not
as good a plastic rain
coat, but pretty good, and it's warmer.
The lanolin to use is "Lanolin Anhydrous" (meaning without
water). You can special order it from pharmacies but it can be a
bit expensive that way. I found that you can also get it in bulk
on the internet. I purchased a gallon and it hopefully will last
the rest of my life unless I decide to "lanolize" some more cloaks,
which uses quite a lot. Pure lanolin is a dark yellow and has the
consistency of vasoline. My understanding is that chemically it
shares some of the properties of oil and some of the properties of
wax. Since it is hydrophilic, it is able to "breath" moisture in
and out, as opposed to waxes and oils which can trap moisture (bad for
metal, leather, and comfort).
I have found the best way of applying lanolin to metals is with a
chamois leather (split oil tanned sheep skin). It is very
absorbent and will take up quite a lot of lanolin. Chamois
doesn't leave lint behind as woven fabrics do, and it doesn't snag on
the fancy bits.
The process I found for lanolizing a cloak is a bit complicated.
I wrote up the procedure on RAT a while back. See:
ytalk.com/ rat/viewtopic. php?t=8818
I have also found lanolin useful for softening and preserving
leather. Oils and waxes can trap moisture in leather causing it
to rot. Apparently lanolin tends to "breath" and therefore does
not have this problem. I found a site on the preservation of
German military helmets that strongly discourages the use on helmet
leather of anything except lanolin and "Pecard's Antique Leather
Restorer". Since lanolin is indisputably period, and Picard's is
not. I say use lanolin.
1. Well... dust does tend to cling more to armor covered in a layer of
lanolin. This does not seem to cause any problems, beyond the
cosmetic. Though I understand that in general dust tends to
aggravate rust issues, I haven't noticed this with lanolin.
Perhaps this is because of the breathing properties I mentioned earlier.
2. Cloaks get a bit stiff in cool weather. Not really a problem
per se. I have worn mine while shoveling snow in a snow
storm. It kept me a little too warm. The stiffness was odd
3. Some people claim it makes you smell like a sheep. Just don't
stand too close to a horny Scotsman, and you'll be fine.
On a side note, some people recommend the use of nut-oils for the
prevention of rust. I will admit that I have absolutely no
experience with these products. I have children with severe nut
allergies. Consequently, I avoid all nut oils. However, I
am highly suspicious as to whether these would perform as well lanolin.
MORE DISTANT EVENTS
Historical Entertainment is looking for the following warriors to be in
a TV show that will be filmed in CA in mid November. This will be
a paid job, and will last for 3 days. The persons applying will
need to be very knowledgeable and be in proper costume/wardrobe.
Please send us pictures of yourself, in proper wardrobe as soon as
possible. Thanks a lot and hope to hear from you soon!
Please forward this information along to anyone who might be interested!
cheyenne AT hetvfilm DOT com
TERMINALIA--Legio X, Florida
Avete Omnes- I would like to announce Legio X s first hosted
event. We would like for ALL of our Roman Brothers and Sisters to
join us. We plan for this to be a success and will be working on
making it an annual event. It promises that a good time will be
had by one and all!
In acknowledgement of being at the Terminus of the Empire we are naming
the event after the Festival of Jupiter Terminalis. The original
date of Terminalia being Feb. 23 our event will be held Feb. 7 & 8,
with set up on the 6th.
Quiet Waters Park
401 S Powerline Road
Deerfield, FL 33442
We have joined our event with the Florida Renassaince Festival--I say
we show the Renassaince People that when it comes to festivals there's
no Festival like a Roman Festival!
Think of first week of Feburary.... think of the cold......cant wait
2 more months....
How does Beaches and sunny balmy weather sound?
Come to the Terminus of the Empire for a great event and an wonderful
So what can be expected at TERMINALIA? So far - Set up on Friday,
camping at Period Camp located right off a large lake, cook fires
permitted, for those wishing a more comfortable Domus there are Hotels,
Beaches near by so after set up on Friday hit the Beach! Saturday
night feast. More in the works.
For more details, contact Johnn, fjfgkradfahrer AT bellsouth DOT net,
or Paul, paul AT academyofartsinc DOT com . Please put
"Terminalia" in the subject line.
-- REENACTOR FEST 5: February 5-8, 2009 at the Westin Chicago North
Shore Hotel in Wheeling IL.
November 1-- Monthly Workshop at Matthew and Jane's house,
December 5-6-- Bethlehem Market Place, St. Luke Lutheran
Church, Silver Spring, MD
December 13-14-- Bethlehem Walk, Parkwood Baptist Church,
December ? --Presumably the Walk Through Bethlehem at the
Adventist World Headquarters, Silver Spring, MD
February, 2009-- Lupercalia party!
April 18-19, 2009-- Marching Through Time, Marietta
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