Basically, the quiver is getting relegated to a more stand-alone "line 2" item. I want it to hold the arrows, everything necessary to maintain the bow and arrows, and not much else. Probably some ration crackers and bandaging in the snapsack, but not much else.
But I still want to attatch some field fletching tools, spare bowstring, a couple spare heads, string wax, etc. Originally I was planning a single panel with several pouches on the front that could be lashed onto the leather "ladder" on the inside. All the contents are fairly small and flat, so I didn't expect any discomfort-
What gave me pause was my words to Iodo the other day -
In a way, M-E "reenactment" is even harder than medieval historical reenactment proper. You have to produce an object that looks distinctive and fits the visual milieu AND is as functional as its real world counterpart AND isn't too technologically/conceptually advanced by being contaminated with modern concepts. It's a challenging row to hoe - but fun!
I'm beginning to think I'm too influenced by modern MOLLE-type systems, and a Dunedain "in period" wouldn't think to create something so elaborate. I still want to attach those extra tools, but now I'm thinking a single loose pouch on the back as a more period-appropriate solution. It's not as trim, but I'm starting to think it's the best route forward -
What do you guys think? Specialized-but-complex? (there's certainly other bits of complex design in fairly early periods). Natty-but-simple? (lots of rustic simple solutions even now) Something else entirely?