First off ... I love the painting above. Can someone tell me more about it, I've not seen it before.
I don't know anything about an "up-tick" but I can share my own experience. I starting CW reenacting back in the late 80's -infantry- and found it to be just as described above. I did suffer burnout in the early 00's ... I got tired of the samo-samo as was said. My last event was Perryville in '05 ... I saw the rise of the "progressives" and didn't really like their direction ... I was big-time tired of the infantry and the officers/NCO's that really didn't know what they should and were actually kinda bad at it ... so I left.
However, I have been drawn back in ... can't help it. I love the history too much. About 3 years ago I reached out to an Artillery unit and now consider myself "retired to the artillery" ... we still have an infantry impression we do when needed ... but mostly we are sound effects for the public battles. I don't mind.
But the other thing that grabbed my attention during my few years off was the N-SSA and their take on Civil War History. Rather than taking the route to being progressive ... I find that live firing civil war weapons in a "battle line" with yelling and screaming going on in timed competitive shooting is an aspect of civil war living history that I couldn't get anywhere else. The sound of actual mine balls thru the air is pretty awesome. So its hitting the target ... a rare occurrence for me right now
So, my soul has been refreshed and I hope to not make the mistake of ever leaving it again but learn how to channel my interests and to keep those "magic moments" alive.
142nd PVI - Dull, Samuel Sgt Maj, Daniel 1st Lt, Romanus Sgt, Walter Pvt, George Pvt
6th PA Heavy Artillery, Dull, Uriah Pvt, Jacob Pvt, William Pvt