New Recruits Information
Joining a Reenactment group can be a daunting task for anyone who is new to the hobby. It's a big investment, but completely worth it.
One of the biggest mistakes many people make when getting started is rushing off and buying every bit of kit.
Starting from Scratch can be a little expensive, but the good news is that you don't have to buy every single item in one go.
One of the most useful tips when buying gear is to always ask before you buy. We've all been there and purchased yellow leggings, or the wrong helmet liner. Everyone in the group will be there to help and advise on whether you're getting the right thing or not. Believe me, there are seasoned group members who are still asking for advise when buying kit.
One thing to remember when getting started is that you will not be expected to rush out and spend hundreds of pounds on everything you need in one go. You can quite easily just buy the basic items of your uniform and keep adding to your collection as you see fit.
There's no rush! Reenacting is as expensive as you make it yourself. You can piece together your impression over a few years or a couple of months, it's your call.
Before you know it your garage will be full to bursting and your sweetheart will be complaining that the house is smelling of damp canvas and engine oil.
So where to start?
In the pages below, I'm going to discuss what sort of kit you are best buying to start with and then what things you should consider getting as Optional extras