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Houten, July 2002

It was July and I had my kit just about ready (save the helmet) and my wife thought it a good idea to take a few snapshots, so I could use 'em for the site. Of course, our kids had fun with me dressing up! Only spatha and scutum had seen some action already during my first action at Haarzuilens, and I damaged the braccae in the wet conditions then. Now it was repaired, and I had my scabbard as well. The spears were all newly-painted. The neighbours no longer ask any questions :-).

Undress uniform, with the small belt and the sagum.
To start with; the typical undress uniform, with the small belt and the sagum.
Armed, with the spatha at the left hip, and the verutum.
Armed, with the Spatha at the left hip, and the verutum.
The Lorica Hamata is always a bother getting on. The inside of the Scutum is based on the Dura Europos design.
The lorica hamata is always a bother getting on. The inside of the scutum is based on the Dura Europos design.
The spatha is quite heavy.
The spatha is a quite heavy slashing sword, not fit for duelling.
Heavy infantry, 4th century AD.
Heavy infantry, 4th century AD, at rest. This lance is 7 ft. long.
Close-up of the kit.
Close-up of the kit.
Detail: the rather broad Cingulum with a buckle from Oudenburg, Belgium.
Detail: the rather broad cingulum with a buckle from Oudenburg, Belgium.
Detail: the Pilleus Pannonicus or Pannonian Cap, standard headgear.
Detail: the pilleus Pannonicus or Pannonian cap, standard headgear.
Sword-play: slash....
Sword-play: slash....
...and cut (watch the feet).
...and cut (watch the feet).
This 9 ft. long contus is developed from the cavalry lance.
This 9 ft. long contus is developed from the cavalry lance.
The verutum is a short throwing spear.
The verutum is a short throwing spear.
Kids always like dressing up.
Kids always like the dressing up.
Come 'ere, son, daddy 'll protect ya.
Come 'ere, son, daddy 'll protect ya.
The kit: scutum, spatha, two contus and two veruta.
The kit: scutum, spatha, two contus and two veruta.

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