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Henrikas Viteika (UK): “The almighty internet and big group of friends helped a lot…”

Henrikas Viteika (UK): “The almighty internet and big group of friends helped a lot…”

HMB World Championship "Battle of the Nation" consists of several parts. Authenticity is the one of the most impotant parts as it is Historical Medieval Battle. So one of the non-fighting nominations in this tournament  devoted to medieval civil clothes. This year the winner of "Best men’s authentic costume" nomination is Henrikas Viteika from UK. HMBIA News decided to figure out all the details about his gourgeous costume. But first…

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Obradovic, Serbia: “This is HISTORICAL and MEDIEVAL battle, not Fantasy Role-playing fight”

Obradovic, Serbia: “This is HISTORICAL and MEDIEVAL battle, not Fantasy Role-playing fight”

    Well, we talked a lot about authenticity at the meeting in Prague. It seems that now people understand importance of authenticity more than a year ago. It is becoming very important aspect of HMB movement. And it makes me happy, because, after all, this is HISTORICAL and MEDIEVAL battle, not Fantasy Role-playing fight.   Authenticity Committee is preparing a source book that will help fighters to choose the…

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Obradovic, Serbia: “Compared to the previous year, our standards of authenticity increased significantly!”

Obradovic, Serbia: “Compared to the previous year, our standards of authenticity increased significantly!”

    HMB sport became more popular in Serbia compared to the previous year. We have new clubs and a large support group for the teams. Now all the fighters are having rest, as the season is over, and improving their armor and fitness. We are working on the organization of a national tournament which is to be held next spring. We also hope to participate in "Battle of the…

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Sacchetti, Italy: “You have to make sure that everyone follows the rules”

Sacchetti, Italy: “You have to make sure that everyone follows the rules”

    I participated in the World Championship in HMB "Battle of the Nations"-2014 as a member of the Authenticity Committee and authenticity marshal for the first time. Being authenticity marshal this year was a new experience for me. I do not think I can give advice to people willing to join the committee, I have to gain more experience first, but I can share my impressions.   For me,…

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Armor issue. Documentary sources, credibility and compliance

Armor issue. Documentary sources, credibility and compliance

    Frequently Asked Questions   - HMBIA Authenticity Committee: The question here is what can we call a “source?” For example, many call a source some pictures depicting elements of armor, ignoring the fact that they belong to the XXI-st century and have nothing to do with history. Ideally, the most credible source is an artifact kept in a museum. You can look at it, take a picture. Having…

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First steps in choosing armor

First steps in choosing armor

    One of the main problems faced by a novice reenactor is a lack of information concerning certain artifacts. The Internet can come to an aid. In the Russian-language segment of the World Wide Web the most popular resource is "Tozhe Forum» (www.tforum.info). It has a vast amount of information dedicated to historical reenactment. Forum members discuss armor, costumes, household items very actively. Novices can get detailed information (with…

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Selection of armor. How to start?

Selection of armor. How to start?

    Frequently Asked Questions   - HMBIA Authenticity Committee: Historical medieval battle is a collective sport. Few novices are capable of choosing a good set of armor. Usually beginners rely on the views of their more experienced mates. However, it’s not nice to put all the responsibility on the friends, a person has to make at least the slightest search effort on their own. A considerable influence is also…

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Importance of authenticity will increase

Importance of authenticity will increase

    In previous years the Committee was quite loyal to a non-compliance of sets to documentary sources. Also, there was a rule of the first year, when no harsh sanctions were applied to a new national team (the only exception was when the discrepancies were vast).   Registration for "Battle of the Nations"-2015 will begin earlier, about six months in advance, and the demands will be strict, authenticity will…

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A borderline between historicity and aesthetics

A borderline between historicity and aesthetics

    Frequently Asked Questions   - HMBIA Authenticity Committee: New national teams can get advice from HMBIA. The Authenticity Committee has a group on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/AuthenticityCommitteeHMBIA) which contains a lot of materials and people can ask questions about their armor.   There is a significant number of sets, especially European ones, which are authentic and aesthetic, and offer good protection during buhurts. As for the bad armor... The main…

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Authenticity desire, or what is better – complete historicity or buhurt optimization?

Authenticity desire, or what is better – complete historicity or buhurt optimization?

    Frequently Asked Questions   - HMBIA Authenticity Committee: This is a rather controversial issue, and discussions on this topic will be continuous, because if we want to practise sport, there will be things that are more adapted for the sport then, one way or another. For example, a bascinet with a peak, which, in general, is a historical helmet, but such type of aventail was never used with…

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