Friday, April 20, 2007

Group Spotlight

The Calico Boys is a umbrella organization that is comprised of four other local groups to form a highly authentic unit in NY State. The 56th NYVI, 149th NYVI, 164th NYVI and the Des Teufels Mess. All four units have storied histories, and each site is great in its own fashion.

The main Calico Boys site seems to be under construction, but it is very well designed - very nice graphics and easy navigation. Meets my old DIGM standard - Design, Information, Graphics and Management.

The one thing that I'm becoming very interested in is a group "concept". I first seen this with the North Front site I previewed the other day, and the Des Teufels Mess has something very similar. A concept to me is the guiding principle or focus to the group. With Des Teufels Mess, it focuses on the German immigrants who fought with the Union. Doing this simply defines what you're doing and creates a goal to strive for.

These are great sites, and worthy of a look and a bookmark.

8 comments:

Blue Bellied Yank said...

Do you know if it's true that in the North if a man didn't want to fight he could could pay a German to fight in his place???
I'll have to check out the Calico Boys site & the Des Teufels Mess, (whatever that means?)...
Sounds like there's much to be learned from visiting both sites!

Blue Bellied Yank said...

That Des Teufels Mess site is hardcore!

mntineer said...

I've always been convinced that with reenacting, you get what you put into it. These guys seem to put alot into their impressions, so they get alot in return. That's what I think a good group concept would help to do. The other thing I like is that they try to attract the not-so-authentic elements too.

mntineer said...

If the German translator I used is correct, Des Teufels means "The Devils".

Blue Bellied Yank said...

The Calico Boys site shows vender sites for several sutlers. I can understand why many reenactors want to play Johnny Reb since the Reb's uniforms were made up of a hodge podge of clothing that's easier to find and cheaper to put together an entire outfit then buying everything required to outfit a Billy Yank uniform & kit.

Spiff said...

I have complete CS and US kits and the CS one was more expensive by far. Had to custom order more stuff so it cost more.

Blue Bellied Yank said...

Really?! That's interesting. I guess it would depend on several things. Some of the Southern boys just enlisted with the most basic outfit though, isn't that true?

mntineer said...

Southern soldiers did enlist with and wore civilian clothes, but those civilian reproductions are more expensive than the Federal issue repros because of the amount of material and time to make.

Additionally, much of what Southerners wore were one-off items that weren't mass-produced, and the clothes tend to require more work, and if done right, hard to obtain material. It all adds up to a higher overall reproduction cost.