It is one of the principles of the HMBIA Authenticity Committee. Its aim is to help participants of the Championship to comply with one of the main ideas of “Battle of the Nations.” Committee’s attention is focused on armor, weapons, clothing and life of festival participants.
The Committee begins its work long before “Battle of the Nations.” Authentic officers should check an application form of every participant (fighter or civilian), which means hundreds of photos of costumes, armor and weapons to encourage participants to improve their attire, or to inform them that certain items cannot be used. According to the authentic officers, this work is not very difficult, but at the same time, it’s not that simple.
Most participants of the Championship prepare for the tournament and life in authentic camps actively and meticulously.
- Carola Zakketti, a member of the HMBIA Authenticity Committee for “Battle of the Nations”-2014 (Italy):
Those who were particularly proud of their clothing, took part in the contest for the best authentic costume, which took place during the whole championship. The first prize in the category of the “Best Male authentic costume” was won by Serdiyan Obradovic from Serbia. He was inspired by a portrait, seen on a fresco in an ancient monastery.
- Serdiyan Obradovic, the winner of the “Best Male authentic costume” contest (Serbia):
It should be noted that the National Team of Serbia, which was represented at the competition by Serdiyan showed a very responsible approach to the issue of authenticity. Igor Cosic, captain of the Serbs, is seriously interested in history and medieval period. He is a member of a Serbian community of historical reenactment, whose main purpose is to recreate every aspect of life of medieval Serbia (1380-1410).
- Igor Cosic, captain of the National Team of Serbia:
According to fighters, preparation process for living in an authentic camp is a real ritual. Due to the attention paid to small details, replacing the usual reality of the XXIst century by authentic medieval one is painless for the modern man and gives everyday life new colors.
And we want to add that every new “Battle of the Nations” shows an increase in the level of authenticity, but as they say, there is no limit to perfection…