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Greatcoats?havercakelad:11748 wrote:Following from Bentinck of the 23rd aluding to what appears a strange order..but note stowage of greatcoats in pack.
"We had orders on the previous night [17th June] not to put out our blankets but one or two or three others pulled them out against orders and put them over to keep the rain off. In the morning when the rain gave over we rung them out as well as we could. We put them in our knapsacks again before any of the Officers saw us."
The Very Thing: The Memoirs of Drummer Richard Bentinck.
It would probably be possible if you were very careful to prevent your dye or paint from bleeding into the fabric but why bother? The blanket is usually stowed on or in the knapsack where the lines can not be seen or in a tent where ditto.smeggers:13386 wrote:Hi All, a newbee to the forum here :)
I've been reading the whole blanket topic with interest as I currently cover almost a millennia of reenactment periods. One of the most recent has been a historical vignette for the Highland Military Tattoo where the group portrayed the 92nd and the 79th at Waterloo. We do like to to do things right and the group director made all the uniforms for both regiments as men from the light companies. Anyhoo, we normally do Scottish Wars of Independence and the Jacobite rebellion (both sides :)). We try our best to get the LH displays correct as possible so my question to the Hive mind is this: in regards to blankets and that it is nigh on impossible to get period blankets at an affordable level, would it be possible to use dyed lines (yes I know they should be different yarn colours through the weave) on modern white army blankets of the correct sizing and obviously stenciling on the ordnance board Arrow?
I wonder if you could use an embroidery machine to put a stripe on? My own blanket has two blue stripes down the centre of the length of the blanket. I don't think they are woven in, possibly printed on, I'll have a look. The Sgt Gower late of 2/95th had a nice GR stencil and kindly marked mine up with black acrylic.smeggers:13388 wrote:Hi John, I would agree with you on that score. Having said that we will often have at least one tent open to the public for LH purposes that they can poke around (under supervision of course!) so they can get a feel for the 18th/19th C soldiers life :)
I've managed to find a place that is selling the white blankets in bundles of 5:
http://www.action-station.co.uk/hardwar ... ANKET.aspx