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Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP06 Nov 2012 10:09 a.m. PST

Do you take their uniforms seriously?

Personal logo enfant perdus Supporting Member of TMP06 Nov 2012 10:16 a.m. PST

Yes, if it's Murphy.

I leave it up to you to decide which of your two questions I answered.

kreoseus2 Inactive Member06 Nov 2012 10:55 a.m. PST

yes.and no.

Personal logo Stosstruppen Supporting Member of TMP06 Nov 2012 11:11 a.m. PST

It is somewhat humerous.

Mr Elmo06 Nov 2012 11:31 a.m. PST

Modern reenactors are all too tall.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP06 Nov 2012 11:44 a.m. PST

They're having fun so what the heck !

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP06 Nov 2012 11:45 a.m. PST

Laugh, yes. Uniforms, no.

Personal logo svsavory Supporting Member of TMP06 Nov 2012 12:42 p.m. PST

No more than I laugh at fat gamers with beards and glasses. Of which I am one.

Lee Brilleaux Fezian Inactive Member06 Nov 2012 12:45 p.m. PST

Yes. Yes I do, even though I resemble that remark. I am only posing as myself. Re-enactors pretend to be someone half their age and half their waist size. Someone who had read more than one book. Someone whose daily calorie count was in four figures.

It's wrong.

Streitax Inactive Member06 Nov 2012 1:08 p.m. PST

It's what keeps me out of reenacting, as I've said before. But you guys don't listen to me anyway, so who cares? *sniff* I'm going to go drown my sorrows in a gallon of Rocky Road ice cream and a dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts.

Ron W DuBray Inactive Member06 Nov 2012 1:13 p.m. PST

I only laugh when they fall off their horse after some one fires a cannon 2 miles away :)

kyoteblue Inactive Member06 Nov 2012 1:29 p.m. PST

In that I am old and fat with glasses…..not so much..

kreoseus2 Inactive Member06 Nov 2012 1:42 p.m. PST

dont do it streitax, think of the guilt tomorrow…

mad monkey 106 Nov 2012 2:39 p.m. PST

But think of the pleasure now….

Personal logo Rrobbyrobot Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member06 Nov 2012 3:50 p.m. PST

When I was reenacting I was in the Army with the Rapid Reaction Force. So PT was 5 miles plus calistenics per day. And that didn't count the field schedule.
So fat and wearing glasses, not so much.
On the computer today I'm fat and wearing glasses. Go ahead, laugh yourself silly. I might even join in. But My reenacting days are long behind Me.

Streitax Inactive Member06 Nov 2012 4:43 p.m. PST

You care! You really care! *cue Sally Field tears*

Personal logo Rrobbyrobot Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member06 Nov 2012 5:24 p.m. PST

Ah, come on, Sally Field couldn't cry anything like as anoying as Sally Struthers. That gal could get on your very last good nerve in no time!

Personal logo Ditto Tango 2 3 Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member06 Nov 2012 8:12 p.m. PST

No I don't laugh, but it makes me cringe a little because I feel embarrassed for them. Not so much the glasses, but the overweight guys trying to look serious.

Space Monkey Inactive Member07 Nov 2012 12:15 a.m. PST

I'm a somewhat pudgy guy who plays a little fairy (Windling) in a roleplaying game… so no, I'm not poking fun at anyone's hobby.

kreoseus2 Inactive Member07 Nov 2012 1:03 a.m. PST

Madmonkey, are you sitting on his other shoulder, telling him to do bad things ?

Martin Rapier07 Nov 2012 5:50 a.m. PST

I was at an event at the weekend and someone commented it was more like 'Dads Army' than the Siege of Bastogne as various people dropped out puffing and wheezing.

I run, so I'm thin, but still far too old and too tall:)

And I wear glasses, but for most WW2 impressions that is fine. I took them off for my profile picture. Vanity.

richarDISNEY Inactive Member07 Nov 2012 8:23 a.m. PST

I laugh at reenactors in general…

dapeters07 Nov 2012 10:40 a.m. PST

Being one myself, yes I do laugh at them (and at myself as well.) There an event in Mary land, "Marching Threw Time" which features groups from throughout history. For a lot of these groups it looks like the war is at the bitter end, as even the quartermaster units are being sent to the front. One year though there was a WW2 Japanese unit that had a somewhat disproportionate number of 6 foot, 200+ pound blond-blue eye men.

Old Slow Trot Inactive Member08 Nov 2012 7:44 a.m. PST

I'm an ACW reenactor myself,pretty much an old hand. I'm hardly a picture perfect example of the typical Yank or Reb of the time(period style glasses,etc.),but do have a willing spirit,which helps.

nazrat08 Nov 2012 12:23 p.m. PST

I'm with RicharD on this one! 8)=

cwbuff Inactive Member09 Nov 2012 5:20 p.m. PST

I do not have a beard.

number4 Inactive Member20 Nov 2012 10:11 p.m. PST

I take mine seriously. So would you if your coat cost $400 USD

By John 5424 Nov 2012 9:04 a.m. PST

I do, in fact, as I got older, fatter, and balder, I gave it up, that, and the fact I was a mounted geezer, and thought that I wouldn't bounce anymore, when I fell off!


Clays Russians Inactive Member06 Dec 2012 12:02 p.m. PST

Im 53, I gave it up after 20plus years in the federal army, then of course theres the US Army that I retired from in 08, so I would say no I would not laugh at old fat re-enactors, I dont do the CW thing because I am too old to pull it off, I didnt want to be "that guy who cant let go" thats also why I got out of the army when I did, I didnt want to be "That guy who doesn't know when to quit". So with dignity in hand, I walked away It was fun, but thats in the past. however, if there was an affordable way to do Russian Crimean War, I'd probably do that. those guys soldiered on until they dropped.

KeithRK29 Mar 2013 3:21 p.m. PST

Gamers laughing at reenactors because they're old or fat, is like one group of clowns laughing at another group of clowns because they have blue noses instead of red ones.

138SquadronRAF Supporting Member of TMP14 May 2013 10:00 a.m. PST

Depends on what they are trying to portray:

If the Santa Claus at the start of Gettysburg who got his role because of his links to the reenactors. Then I'm, embarrassed. Confederates, repeat after me; "there were no old fat me in the Army of Northern Virginia". Or the Army of Tennessee for that matter.

If it is an appropriate role for an old fat man, then no.

I'm too old to do the combat roles now apart from artillery where it doesn't matter so much.

This weekend I'll be an RAF flight surgeon for a WWII event. And yes, I'm trying to shed a few pounds but I'm not obese.

Wargamers are the last group who should try at laughing at others because of their weight.

One of the reasons I'm now into Steampunk/Victorian Science Fiction at SF Conventions.

Personal logo Murphy Sponsoring Member of TMP17 May 2013 6:06 a.m. PST

Modern reenactors are all too tall.

Re-enactors pretend to be someone half their age and half their waist size.


height: 6'5


Bull Nelson….hardly a "skinny Minnie"…

Great War Ace Inactive Member18 May 2013 7:43 p.m. PST

Yes, I laugh, no I don't take their uniforms seriously. Late answers to a timeless set of questions….

Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member10 Mar 2014 10:51 a.m. PST

I've often felt that a lot of reenactors would be better suited to being in either the British Home Guard or the Volkssturm, where age and physical status aren't really drawbacks, and the uniforms can be cheap and ragged and incomplete and still be considered authentic.

Tumbleweed Supporting Member of TMP25 May 2014 9:02 p.m. PST

Only if they appear in movies. The average infantryman in the War Between The States (American Civil War) would have been a rather thin, even gaunt fellow because he would have had to walk everywhere that he went.

I give credit to reenactors and appreciate their efforts to keep history alive, but motion picture casting agents should know better.

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