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by Fian
Wed Jul 02, 2014 10:28 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 54577

Re: Bannockburn 2014

I'm quite new to re-enacting, only a couple of years and our group was there for this with a large contingent of individuals from some of the other Scottish groups that didn't attend as a group. It was certainly the biggest event I've done (I know things like Tewksbury are an awful lot bigger), but ...
by Fian
Tue Aug 20, 2013 10:31 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Scotland's Festival of History 2013 Chatelherault
Replies: 3
Views: 2255

Re: Scotland's Festival of History 2013 Chatelherault

That's wonderful, I'll need to point our guys to that one so they can see just how much punishment our kit takes!
by Fian
Thu Jul 11, 2013 8:11 am
Forum: General History
Topic: What is this Sword
Replies: 5
Views: 2008

Re: What is this Sword

I found a marking on the blade that says INDIA so I'll take a wild guess that I could add "Made in" to that. It's not even butter knife sharp, and probably wouldn't hold an edge if it was ever given the chance so I'm figuring with comments above that souvenir from out that way is probably ...
by Fian
Tue Jul 09, 2013 9:05 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: What is this Sword
Replies: 5
Views: 2008

What is this Sword

I picked this up at a market several years ago and it's being lying around the house ever since. I'm tidying up a bit so I'm looking to find out more about it, does anyone know what kind of sword/origin this thing has. Unfortunately the limit of my knowledge is that it looks like some kind of cavalr...
by Fian
Tue Jun 11, 2013 8:15 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: help with helmet!!
Replies: 3
Views: 1825

Re: help with helmet!!

It looks like it could be a crusader pot helm. It would have some kind of face plate on it as sold in the link below. How accurate that is I have no idea I'm afraid.

http://www.getdressedforbattle.co.uk/ac ... 83902.html
by Fian
Mon Mar 25, 2013 12:11 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Chainmail Query
Replies: 14
Views: 3941

Re: Chainmail Query

A big thank you to Biro, I finished off the last bits of my sleeve tonight and redid the underarm join as described, it works an awful lot easier I've got to say than the way i'd been doing it so I undid the other side and redone it that way as well. I would like to have had a pair of slightly bigge...
by Fian
Sat Mar 16, 2013 6:55 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Chainmail Query
Replies: 14
Views: 3941

Re: Chainmail Query

I think it was the way I made mine. I started with a rectangular mantle and made a tabard, then added sides till it joined around my gambeson so instead of a teardrop I had a an upside down U with a flat bottom where the side was. I shall remember that for the next one.
by Fian
Sat Mar 16, 2013 12:06 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Chainmail Query
Replies: 14
Views: 3941

Re: Chainmail Query

All good stuff, My own personal thought after reading some stuff on development of armour through the Baltic Crusades made me remember that early mail tended to have short sleeves and it was only over time that longer sleeves started to come into fashion, based on that, they probably just extended f...
by Fian
Wed Mar 13, 2013 9:48 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Chainmail Query
Replies: 14
Views: 3941

Chainmail Query

Reading that other post about chainmail sleeves reminded me of something that came up before that intrigued me, as with the other one it's about chanmail construction so I'll do my best to explain. Normally a chainmail shirt will naturally taper in the downward direction giving a better fit to the b...
by Fian
Tue Jul 17, 2012 9:12 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: leather gauntlets
Replies: 7
Views: 2869

Re: leather gauntlets

Reading about that bit reminds me of something I have sitting, the beginnings of a 3 fingered gauntlet for chainmail to be attached. I was good and stitched the finger pads on inside out so that once i'm done they can be turned right way out and hide all the seams. However! Does anyone have any good...
by Fian
Tue Nov 08, 2011 9:57 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Wearing and Care of Chainmail
Replies: 15
Views: 8785

Re: Wearing and Care of Chainmail

I remember seeing something about it's best not to use silicone based oils and that you'd be better off with the natural ones instead, though this was for sword care i'd been looking, I assume the same would carry forward to metals in general. I can't remember where I read it now or the exact reason...
by Fian
Wed Oct 12, 2011 7:44 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: History Tour !
Replies: 6
Views: 2787

Re: History Tour !

The Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy is fantastic, it's a monastry on an island, approached by a tidal causeway. I went there with the school when I was a kid, and other than the tourist tat shops that wind up the main street to the monastry on the top of the rock I'd highly recomend it for the monastr...
by Fian
Sat Sep 24, 2011 9:54 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: flail or ball and chain
Replies: 21
Views: 5707

Re: flail or ball and chain

For the sake of your knuckles, you want to make sure that the ball and chain part of it can't hit the bit that you'll be holding. May not be so much of a concern as normal if you're using a tennis ball though. I saw a set of instructions once that was basically a wooden handle, some chain, a hocky b...

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