When it comes to movies, I love the epic films, especially the ones that pretend to be historical. Films starring Russell Crowe and Mel Gibson are especially high on the list, and if Hans Zimmer or James Horner write the score, my heart will be shredded in forty-seven bits by the time the credits roll. Of course, after I pick all the popcorn crumbs out of my sweat pants, the rational part of my brain demands a Wikipedia search to find out if there ever actually was a gladiator who fought an insane emperor (It was a bit amusing find to confirm that Commodus was even more bizarre in real life than his fictional depiction); whether William Wallace actually flashed his backside to the English (I’m glad we didn’t actually know the baldrick for his sword was made from a strip of skin he pulled from another human. Yikes.); and whether Frodo actually did have sad, blue eyes. Frodo was real, right?
But let’s face it, whether Scottish warriors actually did paint their faces blue or not, wee boys in kilts and face paint are Scotland’s gift to humanity, and taking photos of them was going to be my gift to the world.
Here is a tutorial I made on how to make a medieval brigandine, and below is a video tutorial on how to make a great kilt.
The boys absolutely loved the face paint…. after the fact. At the time, one squirmed so much it was difficult to apply. The other had to be bribed BIG time to allow any on his face at all. We only talked him into half a face. Who cares? It was awesome.
Toddler boys love to LARP. Once we had them all dressed up and gave them their swords, we explained little bits of story about William Wallace and told them that they needed to fight for freedom. They really got into it, and to this day, any time the two-year-old has a sword in-hand, he will raise it and shout, “FREEDOM!”