Vol. XVI, no. ii, February 2006
This is the party to not
Richard and Allison Campbell (and family!) will again be hosting this
classical bash on February 18, starting at 5 PM. Roman food,
and entertainment will be featured. Classical or Neoclassical
or costume is encouraged though not required, but hobnails are
Please leave the children home, as well. To respond or for
call 703-799-2696, or email richsc AT usa DOT net.
The address is 8820 --. If you're coming from Maryland, the old instructions to use the hairpin first turn, 177C, are not valid as that is closed, so keep going to the next right exit onto Route 1 north, go up to the traffic light, Franklin Street, turn right, go three blocks to the next traffic light on South Washington Street, turn right, and go down S Washington about 1/2 mile, and it will become the GW Parkway. About seven miles down there will be a right turn on Vernon View Drive. Go 1/2 mile to Battery Road and turn right, then left on Camfield drive. Go 1/3 mile to 8820 Camfield.
From the outer loop, Virginia, take exit 177 A/B just after Telegraph Road. Although you can bear right on 177B to get to Fort Hunt Road, the detour the highway dept has put in is awful. I suggest bearing left on 177A up to the traffic light on Route 1, then turn left on Route 1 north, go 1/2 mile to the light at Franklin Street, then follow the directions as above.
Our first official event of the
season is an appearance at Cold Wars, the Historical Miniature Gamers
convention in Lancaster, PA on March 18-19. Those who
attended the miniatures con this past August will remember the
luxury of an indoor event! The convention website has maps,
schedules, and much more, http://www.coldwars.org/
. This is another
good opportunity to drag out your earlier or later Roman
Lancaster is about a two-hour drive north of the DC area, so presumably
most of us will go for only one day, but hopefully we'll have a small
there both days. The coordinator needs participants' names for
passes, so please let me know which day you would like to attend.
Marching Through Time is coming
up! On April 22-23 at Marietta Mansion, the Legion will once
be one of over thirty different historical groups performing for the
from 11 AM to 5 PM both days. Most of us know the drill
well by this time--speaking of which, we should expect to be doing our
marching demonstration first thing after opening, so please come
PLEASE let the Commander know if you plan to attend, and if you are
in staying for the barbecue on Saturday night. Remember that cars
will not be permitted into the camp area after 9:30 AM on Saturday (and
not at all on Sunday until after 5 PM), so get there early if you need
to unload gear. Also, there will be set-up and groups of school
coming through from 10 to 2 on Friday the 21st--I'll be there with the
tent, and anyone else who happens to be available is welcome to come
out. Marietta is at 5626 Bell Station Rd., Glenn Dale, MD
301---. The Site Manager is Susan Wolfe. From
the Capital Beltway, take Exit 20 onto Rt. 450 East, go 4 miles, turn
on Rt. 193, then left onto Bell Station Rd. and left again into
For Marching Through Time, only handicapped parking is permitted on
(due to lack of space), public parking being available at the
just beyond Bell Station Rd. Follow the signs and then catch the
shuttle vans back to the site. Participants can also park along
193, at their own risk.
On April 29 (the Saturday after
MTT), a teacher friend of mine would like to have a few Romans at the
Junior Classical League convention, at Dulaney High School in Timonium
(Baltimore). We will arrive and set up the tent at 10 AM, do a
demo and general presentation from about 11 AM to noon, and then just
hobnob with the students for a couple hours.
The Legion has been invited to
set up camp at the Pennsylvania Junior Classical League State
on May 20, 2006. This will be held at Pennsylvania State
in State College, PA, and it is a one-day event. Since this is
a 4-hour drive from the DC area, they are providing dormitory space for
us for Friday and Saturday nights, if necessary. That way
could easily be set up by 9 AM when the program starts. This
is attended by over 600 high school Latin students, all of whom will
be more interested in Classical history and more motivated than the
high school audience. So it should be a very rewarding
I will be getting directions and more details soon, but I will NOT be
to attend myself. Anyone else want to play coordinator for the
And ROMAN DAYS is on
way, June 3-4. It is not too soon to be thinking about it!
Marietta Mansion is the place, and all the Romans in the world are
I'm working on another Greek hoplite or two, as well!
There will be a Legion workshop
at the Commander's house in Laurel, MD on March 11--note that this is
the usual first Saturday of the month, but the following weekend!
Otherwise, the usual deal, 10 to 5, casual, bring stuff to work on if
have anything, etc. If the Moskeys (or anyone else!) decide
to host a workshop on March 4, I will spread the word.
The reason for the change of date is that there is a meeting and work party for Marching Through Time at Marietta on March 4, and I figure I should try to get to that (since I usually miss it!). If that sounds like fun to any of you, feel free to join in. The work party involves things like clearing branches and brush from the field, piling firewood, that sort of thing.
TINNING by Tony Dahm
I have come up with I think a
way of tin plating brass and other copper alloys. The method is
cheap, easy and low temperature, but may not produce the most perfect
Since I just did it the other day, I can make no claims for its long
durability. This is what I did. Try at your own risk.
The only materials needed are Oatey's Tinning Flux #95, a large pyrex pan, an oven, and a tolerant wife. (Oatey's H2O 95 may also work and make water cleanup easier. I haven't tried it yet.) That said, I really do like the result on my Coolus.
1. Clean brass of all rust and tarnish. A light acid
like "BAM" cleaner may be helpful.
2. Preheat oven and pyrex pan to 200 - 250 degrees farenheit. (250 requires less time in the oven but more time cooling between coatings and could theoretically result in accelerated tarnishing of any exposed areas.)
3. Coat the entire piece with Oatey's Tinning Flux #95. Coating doesn't have to be too thick.
4. Cook in oven for 10 minutes at 250, or 20 minutes at 200.
5. Remove from oven. And allow to cool. (Here is where you save time if you go with 200.)
6. Wash with soap and water to remove all the greasy flux.
7. Dry well.
8. Inspect for completeness of tinning.
9. Go to step 3 and repeat as necessary with special attention to missed spots.
(May require rotating or repositioning piece to minimize run-off of tinning flux.)
The tin does not appear to build up and is limited to a very thin plating, which allows lots of detail to remain unobscured but doubtless means it will not last as long. This process does not appear to work with steel. :-(
Note: I did not find it necessary to remove cheek pieces. Not enough tin was deposited to interfere with the hinges.
David Wills adds: "I did the
thing, but used a propane torch, and it works fairly well. In a
places, I had to go back and add a little more, but in the end, it
ok…That greasy stuff is a mess, though, and it seem to want to get
you don't want it. Ick."
Editor's note: VENTILLATION!! And CLEAN THE OVEN afterwards!!
MORE DISTANT EVENTS
A.D. 43, Lafe, Arkansas
Join either the victorious Roman Army or the soon to be conquered Pictish/Celtic Barbarians at BRITAIN A.D. 43 On March 23, 24, 25 and 26th for a weekend of Ancient Reenacting. The site opens at 12 NOON on March 23rd and is located in LAFE, ARKANSAS on 94 acres of private land. There are several ponds, woods, fields, and many places for Celts and courageous Romans to interact in meaningful and constructive ways.
Legio XX has not so far attended this event as a unit, but members are certainly encouraged to participate if they like. For details, rules, and fees, please contact Mark Saddler, Msaddler AT cox-internet DOT com.
Legio XIIII in West Virginia is
hosting an event called Pax Romana, May 19-20 (20-21?) at Wine Cellar
in Dunbar, WV. The event is free and open to the public. For more
please contact Legio XIIII at BrenMk1 AT gmail DOT com, or call
This is the same weekend as the Legio XX appearance at the PA Junior
League, but it would be nice if we could send a small contingent!
Keith Egan of the South Jersey
AIDS Alliance is looking for Romans to march in their fundraising walk
in Atlantic City. Unfortunately, this is scheduled for the first
weekend in June, the same time as Roman Days, but I said I would help
the word in case anyone in that general area was not able to attend
Days but was interested in a good cause. Sounds like they're even
willing to pay! For more information, contact Mr. Egan
609---, kcegan2 AT yahoo DOT com, http://www.southjerseyaidsalliance.org
February 18, 2006 --Lupercalia Party, Richard and Allison Campell's house
March 18-19 --Historical Miniature Gamers Society convention in Lancaster, PA
April 22-23--Marching Through Time, Marietta Mansion, Glenn Dale, MD
April 9 --Maryland Junior Classical League, Dulaney HS, Timonium
May 20 --PA Junior Classical League Convention, PSU
June 3-4 --ROMAN DAYS, Marietta Mansion
ADLOCVTIO is the Official Newsletter of the Twentieth Legion, supposedly published on the Ides of each month. I am Quintus, aka Matthew Amt, the Legion's Commander and Editor of the Newsletter, http://www.larp.com/legioxx/.