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by nathan
Wed Dec 04, 2013 12:00 am
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Rebated swords
Replies: 1
Views: 1834

Rebated swords

Can anyone point me to supplier(s) of rebated steel swords for the period (European/North American 1710-1810), I'm looking for off the shelf and ideally inexpensive. Come from a vike/medieval background, and I'm not even certain what I should be looking for to get us started. We are aiming for milit...
by nathan
Thu Nov 21, 2013 10:57 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Dane Axe !
Replies: 1
Views: 1131

Re: Dane Axe !

I expect my old mob still strain regularly with teh chaps from Derby/Chesterfield way, couple of very good dane-axe men in there.

contact@conroidevey.co.uk
by nathan
Thu Oct 03, 2013 8:35 pm
Forum: 2000BC-55BC
Topic: Prehistoric/Stone Age Gear
Replies: 11
Views: 4494

Re: Prehistoric/Stone Age Gear

A lot of 'living history' around this area is done by archaeologists (professional and otherwise) but it tends to be about object demonstration and prehistoric (& bronze/iron age) skills rather than costumed.

You might reach out to your local archaeological trust / Uni see if hey have anything.
by nathan
Thu Dec 27, 2012 10:39 pm
Forum: Societies
Topic: Looking for reenactment group
Replies: 14
Views: 3585

Re: Looking for reenactment group

Conroi De Vey do anglo-norman & anglo-saxon (as late as the second crusade) and are based in Nottinghamshire, both combat and living history.

www.conroidevey.co.cuk
by nathan
Tue Dec 18, 2012 4:45 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Fletchings
Replies: 9
Views: 2432

Re: Fletchings

Nathan, xbow bolts can have two flights. Valid point gregory, i had of course instantly gone to self bow when the word fletching was used. 2 or 3 flights are possible with a crossbow and when talking about flight stabilized darts or spears (such as those projected by an Atlatl) 4 (or more) is possi...
by nathan
Mon Oct 22, 2012 2:47 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Helmet Rivets
Replies: 8
Views: 1873

Re: Helmet Rivets

Hi Julia, as others have suggested bi-metallic corrosion can occur and this is the reason people often avoid combining copper with steel. My understanding is that copper-alloys tend not to suffer form this to the same extent but I do expect that this would depend greatly on the alloys. An option you...
by nathan
Mon Oct 22, 2012 2:24 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Fletchings
Replies: 9
Views: 2432

Re: Fletchings

A fourth flight will slow the arrow down and ensure that there will always be a flight running across the top of your finger (requiring you to wear cloves or get cut) or two flights interacting with the stave (likely to throw your aim off to the right). Historically I would expect 3 to have been com...
by nathan
Mon Oct 01, 2012 10:47 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Making my own kit - need some guidance
Replies: 4
Views: 1467

Re: Making my own kit - need some guidance

Bernie the bolt is probably your best bet - contact details here http://www.calltoarms.com/bolt/
by nathan
Tue Sep 11, 2012 5:37 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: What does the public see?
Replies: 37
Views: 6107

Re: What does the public see?

I think there are a couple of things going off here:- Answering the OP wider question what do the public see, they see a chap in glasses. It's a sad fact that a lot of MoP don;t ask questions and take what they see at face value. I'm willing to bet for every person who asks 'so did they live in tent...
by nathan
Tue Sep 04, 2012 2:14 pm
Forum: Societies
Topic: Newcomer looking for society in Nottingham
Replies: 6
Views: 1779

Re: Newcomer looking for society in Nottingham

Early medieval (saxon/viking/norman) float your boat? If so might i suggest conroi de vey (www.conroidevey.co.uk)?

Part of the nationwide society Regia Anglorum (so lots of shows through the year) and locally very active (so plenty happening within Notts).

HTH
N.
by nathan
Wed Dec 21, 2011 12:24 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: New Website "Test help" please
Replies: 10
Views: 1934

Re: New Website "Test help" please

Looks good consistant behaviour on Chrome/Firefox/Opera on Windows 7 A lot of it isn't working for me [every link shows me 'We are currently performing some scheduled maintenance. Please visit our current site at http://www.capapie.co.uk.'] but you are probably fiddling with it's content. Niggles no...
by nathan
Wed Oct 19, 2011 10:54 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Viking trousers?
Replies: 3
Views: 2308

Re: Viking trousers?

By 'Viking' i assume you mean Scandinavia 700-1050AD (or possibly more widely north-western european, 600-1100AD). In either case the predominant evidence for male legwear (we don't see much above the knee so could be trousers or hose) is tight fitting, sufficiently so that the calf is discernible, ...
by nathan
Mon Oct 03, 2011 4:37 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: saxon shield
Replies: 9
Views: 4412

Re: saxon shield

Hi Torstein, you posted as i was preparing my reply we must have seen the question around the same time. ... The planks (if I recall rightly) were make with a tongue and groove way of construction and were then covered with either Linen ... Do you have a citation for the tongue & groove construc...
by nathan
Mon Oct 03, 2011 4:31 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: saxon shield
Replies: 9
Views: 4412

Re: saxon shield

A single layer of planked boards (not cross-plied, the pertersfinger shield has been confirmed to not have been multiple layers) of any one of a number of species of tree (lindenwood is the common breed named in poetry, poplar and ash are common from archaeology). The boards were likeley to have bee...
by nathan
Fri Sep 16, 2011 10:44 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Suitable fabric for a 1810-1815 day dress
Replies: 3
Views: 1201

Re: Suitable fabric for a 1810-1815 day dress

Plain or textured muslin are both good choices. (I assume, seeing that you are in Canada, that you are talking about English muslin, which is translucent, ratrher that American muslin, which is what is known as calico in England.) Lived here a couple of years and you know that suddenly makes sense ...
by nathan
Fri Sep 16, 2011 1:54 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Suitable fabric for a 1810-1815 day dress
Replies: 3
Views: 1201

Suitable fabric for a 1810-1815 day dress

Hi all, trying to pick out a suitable fabric for a 1810-1815 day dress, it's not my period and i'm a little stuck. The aim is for a fairly high standard of authenticity. From what i have managed to work out so far a white cotton muslin would be a good choice. What i can't figure out is should this b...
by nathan
Mon Sep 05, 2011 3:05 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Help me clothe my Saxon family please!
Replies: 3
Views: 1640

Re: Help me clothe my Saxon family please!

Hi Questions: when you say 'saxon' what century are you aiming for? what is the name of the group (and are you attached to either the vikings or Regia?) you mention size 8, is that for both t-shirts and trousers? how tall are you? when you say the wool is 'really heavy' what do you mean, unlined aut...
by nathan
Sat Aug 27, 2011 3:50 am
Forum: Societies
Topic: Re-enactment groups in Nottingham.
Replies: 6
Views: 3417

Re: Re-enactment groups in Nottingham.

Conroi De Vey - Anglo-Saxon/Norman (with the occasional bit of viking thrown in for good measure) group based in Nottingham (monthly pub meets in the city centre), part of Regia Anglorum (so national shows) but active locally (at the event noted above for example). High authenticity (but in a nice w...
by nathan
Mon Jul 25, 2011 5:59 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Medal Making
Replies: 6
Views: 1038

Re: Medal Making

I know a pewter caster who may be able to help

you want to email me pictures off list and i'll have a word with him

N.
by nathan
Tue Apr 26, 2011 4:30 am
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Roman Body Armour - Hilary & John Travis.
Replies: 4
Views: 2365

Re: Roman Body Armour - Hilary & John Travis.

I think the point they were trying to illustrate with the mention of butted mail (horse) armour and modern butcher's gloves is that butted mail is alot quicker, more time and cost effective and less skill is required for a legionary on campaign to make a quick 'field repair' to a hamata using butte...
by nathan
Mon Apr 25, 2011 11:13 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Roman Body Armour - Hilary & John Travis.
Replies: 4
Views: 2365

Re: Roman Body Armour - Hilary & John Travis.

Chapter 4 - my personal favourite, dealt with lorica hamata, the history of Roman mail armour, the various historical ring patterns, and how Hilary and Rob built their own hamata shirt and 'weapons tested' it various levels of destruction. They describe in some detail how the hamata morphed and cha...
by nathan
Fri Apr 01, 2011 3:46 am
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Vegetairian through choice?
Replies: 7
Views: 3801

Re: Vegetairian through choice?

At the risk of relying on wikipedia.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of ... _antiquity

I have read a number of non-primary sources mentioning Pythagoras (yup he of the triangles) as being vegetarian as were many of his followers so i don't believe it's wildly innacurate.

N.
by nathan
Wed Mar 16, 2011 11:56 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Viking Under Armer.
Replies: 33
Views: 8585

Re: Viking Under Armer.

You seem to be ignoring the fact that the primary weapon on the early medieval battle field was the spear, it would have massively outnumbered other types of weapon. The socket sizes on period spearheads are smaller than re-enactment equivalents and would simply not have been able to deliver a great...
by nathan
Thu Jan 06, 2011 3:40 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: curry approved cloth?
Replies: 0
Views: 475

curry approved cloth?

Hi Been reading through fur-trade era contracts and came across the following (probably from the second quarter of the 1800's, North America, probably written by an Scott or Englishman). "complete suit of fine cloth valued 8 pounds curry approved" does anyone have any ideas what 'curry app...
by nathan
Fri Sep 03, 2010 10:56 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Cheques
Replies: 8
Views: 1625

Re: Cheques

The big banks hate cheques, they are constant fraud targets and therefore expensive to process. Most mainstream retailers stopped taking cheques for day-to-day transactions years ago because of this (started with the Supermarkets). Basically what that wording is trying to do is put the risk on to th...
by nathan
Wed Sep 01, 2010 3:28 pm
Forum: Societies
Topic: Noob looking for a group in NE England
Replies: 17
Views: 5091

Re: Noob looking for a group in NE England

Regia http://www.regia.org has an outcrop not far from you (Darlington i believe), very family friendly.

PM me with an email address and I'll pass it along.

Regards
Nathan
by nathan
Thu Aug 19, 2010 4:17 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Narnia Tour - Props Needed URGENTLY!
Replies: 3
Views: 987

Re: Narnia Tour - Props Needed URGENTLY!

You may find that Mercia Sveiter may be able to help you with things like brooches & buckles (even keys). http://re-enactment.biz/bronzeindex.html White Rose Castings may also be able to help with the same. http://www.whiteroseapparel.com/castings.htm Depending on the quantity & type you req...
by nathan
Sun Aug 15, 2010 11:37 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Northamptonshire(Pioneer) helmet
Replies: 18
Views: 5458

Re: Northamptonshire(Pioneer) helmet

I think helmet located in British Nathional Museum http://picasaweb.google.com/styrvinurhrafnsins/BritishMuseumLondon#5287009342072679554 I want to make a correct replica of the helmet. To do this you need to know the size of the original helmet, especially its structure. but if you do the photos g...
by nathan
Sun Aug 15, 2010 5:24 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Northamptonshire(Pioneer) helmet
Replies: 18
Views: 5458

Re: Northamptonshire(Pioneer) helmet

It's located in the Royal Armouries, you may wish to contact the library there as they will have a list of all available publications on it. From memory there isn't much, structurally it is very similar to the coppergate helm (practically identical underneath the decoration is very very different). ...

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