I'd like to hear from the road warriors among you, past and present.
Last spring seemed to be my "assembling my kit" phase. Now I'm in the "assembling my camp" phase, as I have a handful of reenactment and living history events scheduled in the next several months. (Whee!)
I've been poring over the archives here over the past several weeks--even reconstructing the broken links to photos that many of the members here have posted of their compounds and backdrop set-ups.
While a lot of the posts are descriptive, as in "here's my set-up," what I'm interested in hearing and learning more about is "here's why I chose a wall tent over a wedge" or "I rig my backdrop like this because…"
I've been studying the great variety of set-ups various members have posted; Robert Szabo, Chris Morgan, Steve Ingram, and Ken Berry come to mind.
I myself am leaning toward the more spartan end of the spectrum—partly because that's how I roll and partly because I've got to make it all fit in a Subaru Impreza.
So I'm thinking a wedge tent (perhaps a convertible, akin to THIS
), and rigging up a simple support for my backdrop. A fly off the front of the tent isn't out of the question. Any poles that won't fit in the car will likely be drilled to accept u-bolts that will secure them to my roof rack crossbars.
I know there's no one-size-fits-all approach. But for those of you that are using or have gone with similar set-ups in the past, I'd love to hear what your little aggravations are, what you love about your set-up, how it contributes to your workflow and/or sanity, and what you would do differently if you had the chance.
And how the heck do you keep a backdrop supported by a couple of sticks from turning into a sail on a windy day?
Thanks in advance for your time!