Dracula’s henchmen

Whilst the first season is being shown and filming continues for the second season of DaVinci’s Demons it is nice to reflect on the fun which was had whilst working as an extra during the first season.

I was one of nine extras working as ‘Vlad soldiers’.  Henchmen to Vlad Dracul, known as the impaler, or more commonly known as Dracula.  He featured in episode 6 of DaVinci’s Demons.  Filming for the interior scenes took place in Caerphilly Castle, whilst the exterior scenes were filmed at Castel Coch.

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I really liked the costumes.  The helmets were cheap, plastic and ill fitting, but the leather jacks, with the dark blue kaftans and the leather cloaks not only looked great, but they were really warm.  All those layers really helped when we were lying ‘unconscious’ in a courtyard for six hours, at night, in the rain.

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249001_525046824218023_1188439508_nThey wanted people with dark hair and beards, to have a wild, Eastern European look.  We were meant to be from Wallachia, or Transilvania.  These two both do a lot of reenactments and really looked the part.    Bruce, on the right, is a medieval reenactor.  His companion works as a ‘pirate’ tour guide, showing people around old tall ships.

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There isn’t really much that can be said about this, which is of interest historically.  It is much more of a Renaissance fantasy, but now that the series has aired it is finally ok to share a few of the photos.

 

 

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5 thoughts on “Dracula’s henchmen

  1. any idea if the costumes for Vlad’s men are historically accurate? I am trying to put together a historically accurate costume for someone that would have served Vlad as a soldier/knight/ etc…

    • They are not really very accurate at all. The kaftan might have been worn by high status people, but the rest of the costume is definitely not accurate.

      • Do you have any examples of vlads men that are accurate? I would love to see them. trying to put together a authentic costume. high status is fine.

      • I found some interesting material here, including the crest for the order of the dragon: http://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?36667-Medieval-Armies-of-Hungary-Wallachia-and-Transylvania

        try http://www.myarmoury.com/home.php, a very, very detailed site that should help in your search for armor.

        Also http://www.costumes.org/history/100pages… is a GREAT link for period clothing, probably most useful for Holy Roman Empire pieces, it seemed Eastern and Central Europe light. The Wallachian weaponry and armour for most soldiers would probably have been similar to that of the Holy Roman Empire.

        Holy Roman Empire c. 1450, shield
        http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/rarm/ho

        Holy Roman Empire c. 1500, helmet
        http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/rarm/ho

        Swiss shield and Saxon or Holy Roman Empire c. 1450
        http://www.slam.org/exhibits/armsandarmo

        And a site about the materials used in Romanian clothing, a section on the 15th century
        http://www.eliznik.org.uk/RomaniaPortul/

        I was able to extract this bit, on traditional medieval Romanian clothing, from the following page, x.webring.com/hub?ring=sca (clicked on Romanian Pane), as follows:

        “In the traditional garb of Romania one notices resemblances in patterns and colours to those of one or other Balkan people, the fota (tunic), brightly embroidered with tapestry designs, and probably of Albanian origin, is used by all the South Slavs, but a special Romanian character is given by greater harmony and refinement of colouring, a more conscious regularity of the pattern, an instinctive avoidance of the crude and glaring. The purest tradition in costume has been kept in the remote Carpathian gens; the shepherd of the mountain pastures is here also the most typical Romanian. His opinci (leather sandals) appear on Trajan’s Column and the Adam-Klissi monument; his gluga, a sheepskin hood coming down to the breast, is equally ancient. He wears either the caciula, the high lambskin cap, or a palarie, a pointed broad-brimmed felt hat, much like that of the Balkan shepherd. The sheepskin vest, pieptar, worn with the wool inside, is often so richly embroidered in coloured silk that the skin disappears from view; the shirt is also lavishly embroidered, particularly about the shoulders and the lower hem it is caught about the waist by a belt, and is not tucked in, but worn outside, coming to a little above the knee. Men’s nightgowns, as well as women’s, are richly embroidered. Over his shirt and vest the shepherd throws a black sheepskin jacket (cojoc) and a long cloak, also with the wool inside. His white woolen trousers are tight and never pressed.
        Still more handsome and striking are the women’s costumes. Over their undergarment, the camasha, which comes down to the ankles, the Romanian peasant women wear the fota, or rather, generally two fote; the longer one the opreg, comes behind, and the fastac, in front. They are lavishly embroidered; the patterns vary in different regions. The fota, in one piece (va^lnic or zavelca) is much less common. The belt (briu) is sometimes embroidered with gold, sometimes with a long fringe.
        Not merely does the fota vary greatly according to region; so does the head-dress, and the style of arranging the hair. The finest head-dress was the testema, made of linen or batiste. Married women wear a long white transparent veil, the marama, wound about the head and then waving free. In many mountain districts, especially in the Banat the married women wear the conciu, a petite diadem made of wood or metal, from which hangs a long embroidered cloth. Towels are simply and charmingly embroidered. They take special pride in the home-made rugs and runners (scoartze, laicere) which deck the walls as well as the floor. The colours of these costumes are brilliant and yet harmonious. The effect is often heightened by the necklaces of silver and even gold coins.”

        I hope this helps.

  2. it does help. I have found some of these links myself. still there is room for clarity as my search continues! I thank you for this though as it does help fill in some of the puzzle! much appreciation!

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