Units that the Regiment Portrays on the field.
Consisting of a number of individuals each have their role. The Officers make the decisions and tell the Regiment what to do. Drummers are used to relay the officers order using differing beats as in the heat of conflict voices can not be heard. Ensigns (standard bearers) inform the regiment where the senior officer is and are used as a rally marker. Musicians (fifes) are to keep up the Regiments spirits by playing jaunty tunes.
The newest fighting "arme" of the Regiment. Using mass Salvees (volleys) of matchlock or the more modern flintlock musket. Musketeers would whittle down the opposition before the Pike are sent in. That is until swords became more available and wood supplies dwindled. The most complex and sometimes frustrating "arme" to master.
The Pike is the oldest "arme" in the Civil war and dates back to 750AD. Armed with a 16' long ash pole ending with a metal spike 16’ (in our case painted) the Pike was originally used as the main form of attack. However, towards the C17th the Pike became a more defensive weapon and was predominantly used pin down the oppositions pike, allowing the cavalry and muskets to engage. In supporting the other units in defence against against cavalry or deny the opposition vital ground.
Starting and ending a skirmish the artillery create the atmosphere of a muster and always draw in the crowds. Although no 'actual shot' is fired everybody is wary of the effects of being in the wrong place when the linstock approaches the touchhole. Requiring a team effort, you can (possibly) fire 2 shots every 5 minutes. The upside of being the least mobile of the field units means, those who do not wish to get "stuck in" can still get the feel of a battle whilst contributing to it.
"I first saw the Sealed Knot performing at a local fete and thought it would be good to have a go myself. After doing some research I discovered Lilburnes regiment and have never once regretted joining them. They are as nice a bunch of people you could ever hope to meet.
During my time here I have been a Pikeman, Artillery, Water Carrier and Musketeer. I now consider myself as a Piketeer as I swap between the two at musters. If your thinking about having a go, do it ! I did and it's the best hobby in the world."
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