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Houten, posing 2004

The start of the season came in early April, and we visited the Biblical Open Air Museum (BOM) together with Corbvlo. One of our tasks however was to take posing shoots for Graham Sumner's next book. And here we are:

Dress-down.
Dress-down.
Fully armoured.
Fully armoured.
Militia-man.
Militia-man.
Guard.
Guard.
  Valerius Vitalis in full armour...
Valerius Vitalis in full armour...

Just one week later, we had some very good Easter weather and the opportunity to be at the Fectio tower when they had the big machinery in to do work on the nearly-ready roof. With the tower as a backdrop we did more posing shots:

Chariovalda guarding the tower.
Chariovalda guarding the tower.
Valerius Vitalis, born of the Chamavi, in full armour...
Valerius with his daughter.
Brandishing the saex, the famous Saxon sword.
Brandishing the saex, the famous Saxon sword.
Andreas, Late Roman tunic hanging loose, in battle practise with Jeroen.
Andreas, Late Roman tunic hanging loose, in battle practise with Jeroen.
Chariovalda and Valerius enjoying a toast after a good day.
Chariovalda and Valerius enjoying a toast after a good day.

At the opening of the tower on May 16th we did three more. Andreas now has a hamata of his own:

Heavy Infantry.
Heavy Infantry.
Winter dress.
Winter dress.
Camp duties.
Camp duties.
  Don't mess!
Don't mess!
Well, that's us, all dressed up at Archeon. Me with the new gear.
Well, that's us, all dressed up at Archeon. Me with the new gear.

These pictures were taken at Archeon during the Roman Days in August. I did finally match Andreas and finished my new tunic (with 200+ hours of sewing) which resembles the rich clothing of the Late Roman soldier. Besides that, we finished our new dished shields, which are much closer to the original scutum of the 4th and 5th centuries. Andreas designed the slightly altered painting of the facing wolves that are the design of our unit. Archeon was the first event where we could display all of that, and more.

Valerius.
Valerius.
Details.
Details.
Defensores.
Defensores.
Chariovalda.
Chariovalda.
Valerius.
Valerius.
Practise time.
Practise time.
A good chance to use the plumbatae.
A good chance to use the plumbatae. The guys were throwing javelins across the field.
The plumbata is hurled underarm and has a larger range than any javelin.
The plumbata is hurled underarm and has a larger range than any javelin.

Iacite!
True re-enactment..
True re-
enactment..

At last, the summer pause being over, we returned to the tower at Vechten. And with another new item - Andreas is now the proud owner of a Deurne helmet!

Fectio is back at the tower.
Fectio is back at the tower.
A proud member of the Comitatenses, Chariovalda has received new arms & armour.
A proud member of the Comitatenses, Chariovalda has received new arms & armour.
Lookin' good!
Lookin' good!
Very good!
Very good!
Close-up.
Close-up.

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