Rather fun stuff. Most of it was what you would expect, slightly overweight guys marching about in rather unmartial fashion. But there were a couple of interesting things for me.
Here a rather manical fellow is preparing to fire a "scorpion", this being a light siege engine that fires a nasty little pointy thing.
Based on the scary appearance of the weapon, and its operator, I suspect this is the kind of thing that the our Congress would try to ban.
Highlight of the day though was clearly the Roman Army kids battalion. I think it sums up the rise and fall of Empire rather nicely.
Raw recruits are issued their equipment.
The centurions instruct them in their drills.
A ferocious fighting force.
Alas, supervision and discipline break down. And in a world where forging weapons is always the last skill retained....
A quick slide into savage brigandry!
Seriously, I asked the folks selling the foam rubber swords if they got a lot of dirty looks from mums. You just know that the nippers are going to flail away at each other all the way home!