I have been thinking a lot about my live action roleplaying (which I have called 1:1 scale wargaming). I have since changed groups and am now with Amtgard rather than Dagorhir. Amtgard has classes (like Dungeons & Dragons). Alas, my favorite class, paladin, is restricted in Amtgard to those who have earned an Amtgard "knighthood." As a result, I have been playing scout (i.e. ranger) instead. However, my current look just does not look ranger-like. I am in the process of changing my style. As I have been researching, I came across some pictures of me across the years.
At first, I really did not have a good idea of my character's background. I was simply slapping medieval looking pieces together, like this:
|Cotton tunic with pants that are way too big on me|
|Same garb as a above.|
The leather armor makes the outfit.
Comfortable in the hot, humid, Florida weather
But issues with skin cancer have forced me to cover up. I also began moving toward a paladin character, so I switched to a white tunic.
|A Dark Age paladin.|
Same armor but now with a white tunic.
|Full blown fantasy paladin look|
As you can see, the above kit does not really fit with my new ranger persona. Instead, I'd like to look more like this:
Due to my skin cancer issues, I now wear a long-sleeved, SPF t-shirt under my garb. Unfortunately, having this under a tunic becomes uncomfortable in the Florida heat. For practices, I have taken to wearing a surcoat instead of a tunic. This way, I have one less layer covering my arms, which is way more comfortable.
I'm thinking of doing something similar for my new event garb. I found this surcoat on e-bay. The one on the right looks properly ranger-ish. The picture shows it over a black tunic but it is actually sleeveless. I could pair it with a brown, green, or even black SPF shirt.
I have some black hosen and decent shoes that I can re-purpose as ranger garb. I just need to work on my armor.