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by SirUlf
Tue Jan 27, 2015 11:55 am
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Looking for gonners
Replies: 2
Views: 1356

Looking for gonners

I'm about to order a matchlock but finding it quite difficult to find anyone else doing it. Is there any group or association which can offer advice?
by SirUlf
Tue Jan 27, 2015 11:54 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Padded armour company
Replies: 12
Views: 3285

Re: Padded armour company

For what it's worth, I've had a PAC "off-the-rack" padded jack for about a year now, and it was very straightforward to order, and it's served me very well. Excellent fit, looks great.
by SirUlf
Mon Aug 04, 2014 2:09 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: English gonners?
Replies: 0
Views: 540

English gonners?

Been cramming up on early handgonnes recently, and something which is confusing me is the use of English gunners in the late 15th century. While references are made to the Huntercombe Manor riots in 1375, it later says that Edward IV had Flemish handgonners. Where the English gonners threatened with...
by SirUlf
Thu Feb 06, 2014 6:25 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Puffed sleeve "gambeson" for archer?
Replies: 8
Views: 2083

Re: Puffed sleeve "gambeson" for archer?

Just wanted to put that I got one of The Padded Armour Company's "standard" range, and it's jolly nice actually. Might not be thick enough for going into a proper mosh, but for one-on-one sword fighting and as a general garment it's excellent and very good value. I put jack chains on mine ...
by SirUlf
Thu Dec 19, 2013 10:34 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Puffed sleeve "gambeson" for archer?
Replies: 8
Views: 2083

Re: Puffed sleeve "gambeson" for archer?

Thanks for all the input. I've had a proper look around now. I'm probably going with The Padded Armour Company's "budget version". Seems ok, standard sizes but no puffy arms. I know they've had issues with delivery in the past, but it seems to be ok now.
by SirUlf
Wed Dec 18, 2013 10:20 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Puffed sleeve "gambeson" for archer?
Replies: 8
Views: 2083

Re: Puffed sleeve "gambeson" for archer?

Thanks. Cap-a-Pie looks quite good, good price and UK based.
by SirUlf
Tue Dec 17, 2013 4:00 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Puffed sleeve "gambeson" for archer?
Replies: 8
Views: 2083

Puffed sleeve "gambeson" for archer?

I was thinking of getting one of Steel Mastery's "Puffed Sleeve Gambesons" and wanted to just check with the brains on here. I do WOTR archery so wanted something as illustrated in the commonly referred to Osprey's "English Longbowman 1330-1515". The puffed shoulder one is mentio...
by SirUlf
Tue Dec 17, 2013 12:26 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bollock dagger
Replies: 18
Views: 3895

Re: Bollock dagger

Or make your own! Tod sells the blades, just whittle a handle and have your own unique dagger. I second SirUlf's suggestion (having seen his nice example that he made). Buying the blade from Tod means you know you have a good quality blade that is going to last, and you end up with a unique dagger ...
by SirUlf
Mon Dec 02, 2013 3:45 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bollock dagger
Replies: 18
Views: 3895

Re: Bollock dagger

Or make your own! Tod sells the blades, just whittle a handle and have your own unique dagger.
by SirUlf
Mon Oct 14, 2013 11:02 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Anglo-Saxon Chronicle help
Replies: 4
Views: 1631

Anglo-Saxon Chronicle help

I'm looking for something which doesn't seem to be available, so thought I'd ask the learned minds on here before I give up all hope. I'd quite like the combined Anglo-Saxon Chronicles, in one book, with BOTH the modern and Old English texts included, ideally in parallel. Is such a thing available a...
by SirUlf
Wed May 22, 2013 10:21 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Carrying arrows in the belt
Replies: 5
Views: 1369

Carrying arrows in the belt

I've recently started putting my arrows in my belt rather than in a belt quiver as it just feels smoother. However, I first tried the way shown in Osprey's English Longbowman, pulling by the point. This just gives you arrow in the wrong end though and you're stood waving an arrow around. Surely they...
by SirUlf
Thu Apr 18, 2013 4:35 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Hose maker sought
Replies: 9
Views: 1589

Hose maker sought

I need to find a reliable hose maker, does anyone have any recommendations? Need some sorted rather soonish.
by SirUlf
Tue Oct 16, 2012 9:56 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Making a ballock dagger
Replies: 4
Views: 1456

Re: Making a ballock dagger

Well, change of plans... Got a blade but it didn't go with the handle, so did an eating knife instead and a pricker to go with it. Hand-carved yew as the previous one. Going to make a scabbard for them, some sort of combo thing. I don't have a proper reference for the shape, but it's sort of based o...
by SirUlf
Wed Oct 03, 2012 1:50 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Making my own kit - need some guidance
Replies: 4
Views: 1230

Re: Making my own kit - need some guidance

Thanks for all the info. Bernie The Bolt's just got a ringing endorsement from one of the big names so will check them out.
by SirUlf
Mon Oct 01, 2012 10:06 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Making my own kit - need some guidance
Replies: 4
Views: 1230

Making my own kit - need some guidance

Right, I'm going to try to make my own kit, not only to hopefully save some money, but also to make it fit, and for the challenge. I like making things. The garments I want to make are a pair of joined hose, a pourpoint and finally a padded jack, with maybe a cote as well. I have the Thursfield book...
by SirUlf
Sat Sep 29, 2012 9:58 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: What wool fabric for medieval joined hose?
Replies: 21
Views: 4546

Re: What wool fabric for medieval joined hose?

I'm toying with the idea of making my own hose as well and to that end I've ordered the Sarah Thursfield book. Been through the recommendations in this thread but can't quite see one particular favourite coming out. Should one go cheap, or get the Tudor Tailor stuff? Is it terribly complicated or ca...
by SirUlf
Tue Sep 25, 2012 7:54 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Making a ballock dagger
Replies: 4
Views: 1456

Re: Making a ballock dagger

The blades from Tod's Stuff have quite a long tang I've been informed, so it's just a matter of drilling a hole through and epoxying it in, cut the tang to length and gently "mushroom" it. Tod has instructions on his page.
by SirUlf
Tue Sep 25, 2012 6:43 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Making a ballock dagger
Replies: 4
Views: 1456

Re: Making a ballock dagger

Right, well, no risk of getting lost among all the posts, but here's the finished handle. No blade yet, obviously. it turned out a bit shorter so I'm thinking of using it for an eating knife instead. What do people think; is it ok to have two ballock daggers, one small single edged and one large dou...
by SirUlf
Sun Sep 23, 2012 10:11 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: You're History - Broadlands Park 2012
Replies: 6
Views: 2074

You're History - Broadlands Park 2012

Went with the family to the You're History multi-period event this weekend. After the rather damp squid of Herstmonceux we were a bit apprehensive, but we needn't have worried as the whole event was nothing short of brilliant. Not a leather corset or pair of sunglasses in sight. The medieval partici...
by SirUlf
Thu Sep 20, 2012 3:40 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Making a ballock dagger
Replies: 4
Views: 1456

Making a ballock dagger

Here's the first part of my current project which is to make my own dagger. Going to get a blade and bits for the sheath from Tod once I get the go-ahead from the lady of the house. Here's the handle so far. It's piece of yew, which I thought was rather fitting as I'm an archer. It's been hand carve...
by SirUlf
Tue Sep 18, 2012 4:44 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: New Group seeking Questions
Replies: 6
Views: 1677

Re: New Group seeking Questions

Raven Tor is nearby, they do all sorts of periods, including Crusader, and I believe one of them is a proper fencing instructor.
by SirUlf
Sat Sep 15, 2012 9:58 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Horn reinforced bracer
Replies: 19
Views: 2972

Re: Horn reinforced bracer

Recurves are too easy. Longbows are for MEN. :) I use a glove. Tried using a tab put I can't get on with one. I know it can give a cleaner release but half the time it's just flapping around trying to get it on the string properly. I felt the two-finger release was a good compromise. Tend to go thre...
by SirUlf
Fri Sep 14, 2012 9:32 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Horn reinforced bracer
Replies: 19
Views: 2972

Re: Horn reinforced bracer

Some sort of horn thing might be the way to go eventually. Actually did better today, didn't quite lock my shooting arm in so much, just gave it a slight bend, literally about as little as you could do if you stretched your arm out and then slightly bent it. And voila, the arrows flew better and did...
by SirUlf
Fri Sep 14, 2012 10:06 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Archers Side Arm
Replies: 37
Views: 6060

Re: Archers Side Arm

Also the point of "chivalry" is changing, see how the French at Crecy and even later at Agincourt still put the focus on splendor and individual glory rather than mass destruction. The French don't seem to keen on letting some Genoese mercenaries or some lowly levies carry the battle when ...
by SirUlf
Wed Sep 12, 2012 9:44 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Horn reinforced bracer
Replies: 19
Views: 2972

Re: Horn reinforced bracer

Because there's no buckle small enough for my wrist... Seriously, I can't even wear a watch these days as they're all HUGE. My forearms are ok, I just taper down. Genetics is a bitch. Played around with string twists today and it worked a bit better. Gripped it a bit differently as well, think it's ...
by SirUlf
Tue Sep 11, 2012 9:03 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Horn reinforced bracer
Replies: 19
Views: 2972

Re: Horn reinforced bracer

Yes, I've seen the full horn bracers, but the problem is my arms are quite thin (see here: http://www.livinghistory.co.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=30977) so I haven't been able to find one that fits as well as a wraparound leather one. I've sorted a piece of horn I can just slide in under for...
by SirUlf
Sun Sep 09, 2012 9:27 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Horn reinforced bracer
Replies: 19
Views: 2972

Re: Horn reinforced bracer

Hi P.R., thanks for the suggestions. My brace height is just short of 6", and I do check it when I string the bow as my string tends to lose a twist or two at times. Arm rotation is something I've had issues with, but it tends to get me higher up the arm when I get lazy with it, recently it's b...
by SirUlf
Sat Sep 08, 2012 9:39 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Horn reinforced bracer
Replies: 19
Views: 2972

Horn reinforced bracer

I'm still getting quite a lot of "kisses" from longbow, even through a leather bracer. Just wondering now if there's any scope for a horn reinforced leather bracer? Either on the outside or the inside. I'm thinking of trying to get a narrow piece which I could maybe glue to the inside. Has...
by SirUlf
Tue Sep 04, 2012 5:33 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Brig
Replies: 5
Views: 1399

Re: Brig

Without opening up the whole can of worms regarding brigs, if it's really tricky I might get one from Steel Mastery. I'm not going to be bashing around in it so as long as it looks somewhat ok. Of course, need to sell off my other stuff first... Anyone need a Clone Trooper helmet?
by SirUlf
Tue Sep 04, 2012 8:30 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Brig
Replies: 5
Views: 1399

Re: Brig

That looks brilliant. Is it very difficult and expensive to make one?

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