Originally posted by chef de chambre:
In the past there has been. We had a reenactment combat at RT Calias in 2004, with some of the Greys, with blunts and blunt arrows. At Mont St. Anne in 2005 as well, qnd the Greys have done skirmishes amongst themselves.
On the other hand, if you can't have more than a score or so of people on each side, such combat looks a bit hoaky. I am not sure what is planned, but I would expect there to be some bouts with sword and buckler between some of the men, in addition to archery and the like.
The point, however, is to try to realistically recreate a commission of array, since we are far to few to recreate "The battle of Tewkesbury". The Company of St. George and 1476 do this all the time, as well as St. Olafs guild, and I believe they have had as many as 400 people attending one.
It was the most awesome Medieval reenactment I have ever seen - blows away in visual and feel the annual Tewkesbury battle, which is I believe the largest Medieval reenactment in England, possibly Europe, with a cast of Thousands, usually.
Were we to eventually field enough people to do a skirmish, I am quite sure we will again - all we need is something like 30 combattants.
You do what you can with what you've got. We have done before, and will do again - just need an appropriate number of warm bodies.
We did one today that had about 30 people at it - you can get a lot more individual fights going and do things like circles of treachery
BTW - the biggest in Europe is the one in Poland that's been described to me as having an audience four times the size of the one at Donnington and a turn out of re-enactors around about the 6K mark. One event I'd really like to go to.