So I want to frat fight, what do I need?
I would start with a cup. Then you are going to want kneepads, elbow pads, kidney protector (a weight belt will also work), lacrosse gloves, body protection (gambison), and throat prtection (gorgeit), and a helmet. Minus the last three items, you should already have the majority of the stuff, and what you don't have you can borrow from us. However, your will hopefully get the bug, and start building your own armor collection
Do I have to keep my armor clean and shiny?
No, we would suggest you take care of your armor, but as far as keeping it shiny, there is no requirement to do so. Most of our armor is of the battle-worn variety, and so a little rust never hurt anyone.
So what is your armor like?
Well, most of our armor is modeled after ancient armors, like loricas, leather curiasses, and Greek and Roman helmets. However, there are also a number of Gothic steel brestplates and plasterions, basinets, and sallets as well. The amount of armor we wear is entirely dependant on the organization we are participating in, and look of a particular time period.
What time period is Galatia?
Galatia would be ancient Iron-Age Celt (La Tene) from the Carpathian Mountains (Modern Romainia and Turkey) in the year 220 B.C.
Are those the same Galatians in the Bible?
Yes, but we are not re-enacting that period, the time we are doing is much earlier. Galatia changes a great deal, and is for a most part Romanized by the time those passages are written. However, it seem some Galatians were still up to there old ways in this passage from Galatians 5; ... if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like ... What's wrong with a little drunken revellings.
I like Vikings, can I do a different period?
Yes, we would prefer you studied a time period that you were actually interested in. However, we would ask that you also gather a basic set or "Kit" of Celt gear. OK, what is a Celt Kit?
In simplest terms . . . plaid. Iron-Age Celts wore pants, and a shirt; the tunic came much later. A simple Kit suitable for our level of reenactment would include a pair of pajama pants, and a shirt of linen, wool, or cotton without buttons, zippers, ect...
Is that it, I thought a Kit was bigger?
No, that is not all that a Kit is, that is just the start. After that we get into a acoucherments and jewerly. Celts wore cloaks, belts, war belts, chain scabbards, daggers, short swords, and most importantly a Torc.
What is a Torc?
A torc is a circular band that travels around the neck, with the front missing to pass your neck though. It was made of gold, silver, electrum (gold-silver alloy), bronze or copper, of beaten or twisted construction, with bolbous and/or zoomorphic terminals of metal or in some cases glass. The Celts were a rich people, despite how the movies portray them, and everyone regardless of gender or class wore them. From warrior to chieftain, they were a status symbol and a identifier of ones level in the caste system. The bigger and most intricate ones being worn by the chieftains. Beyond all else, Celts wore their torcs even when they fought naked.
Whoa, they fought naked?
Yes, the gaisatai (thought to mean "mercenary", but is actually more likenable to "spearmen") fought in the buff, and may have been a more widely common practice prior to the battle of Telemon . There are many theories on this. The Celts were as much warriors as they were farmers, and often to continue their way of life, they were forced to expand into others territory. The Celts were skilled warriors, often preferring single combat in the hopes to spare lives. Some believe the nakedness came from their connection to the earth, that so long as they were phycially connected to the earth, they could not be hurt. Others believe that when the Celts covered themselves in woad that they we hallucinating and immune to pain. Still others believe it connected them with their animal spirit, helping them to be fierce in battle. Whatever the reason, it definitely scared and demoralized the enemy.
So where do I start?
I would suggest that you start by showing up to practices, events and other hang-outs. We are pretty close knit and receptive to new comers, so feel free to ask any questions that come to mind. Feel free to use a buddy or the Warlord as your point man. Once your around for a while, and decide that this is for you, talk to a Citizen or the Warlord about pledging to join Galatia.