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by Matt Easton
Tue Apr 15, 2014 8:12 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Trading at FightCamp
Replies: 0
Views: 1225

Trading at FightCamp

Hi guys - I refer you to this thread:
viewtopic.php?f=25&t=34873

Trading at FightCamp is free and you can come for a short time or or the whole event.
Just message me at fightcamp@googlemail.com if interested.

Matt
by Matt Easton
Thu Aug 08, 2013 10:18 am
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: New book - Swordsmen of the British Empire
Replies: 2
Views: 4306

Re: New book - Swordsmen of the British Empire

Please note that the link has now changed.
Thanks,
Matt
by Matt Easton
Mon Jul 22, 2013 10:18 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Glove makers?
Replies: 11
Views: 4164

Re: Glove makers?

Hmm, so I guess there are only two glove makers in the UK and one of them doesn't reply to emails? :(
I guess I'll have to send this business abroad unless anybody has any other suggestions.
by Matt Easton
Fri Jun 21, 2013 1:37 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Glove makers?
Replies: 11
Views: 4164

Re: Glove makers?

Hi guys, do you happen to kow if Karl is generally quite slow at replying to emails?

Also, if possible I would like to get quotes from different sources. Are there any other UK-based makers you could recommend?

Cheers,
Matt
by Matt Easton
Fri May 17, 2013 5:21 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Glove makers?
Replies: 11
Views: 4164

Re: Glove makers?

Great, thanks!
by Matt Easton
Fri May 17, 2013 4:13 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: FightCamp 16-18 August
Replies: 1
Views: 1453

Re: FightCamp 16-18 August

The class list: Martin Austwick (English Martial Arts Academy - UK) – The Double Wrist Lock: The King of Holds – Various Martin Austwick (English Martial Arts Academy - UK) – Backsword & Dagger – George Silver Dave Banks (Black Boar - UK) – Smallsword; Measure & Time – Various 18th-19thC Ale...
by Matt Easton
Fri May 17, 2013 4:12 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Glove makers?
Replies: 11
Views: 4164

Re: Glove makers?

Thanks guys, what about more gauntlet-like gloves? Padded and suchlike?
by Matt Easton
Thu May 16, 2013 10:59 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Glove makers?
Replies: 11
Views: 4164

Re: Glove makers?

Thanks - any others worth noting?
by Matt Easton
Tue May 14, 2013 11:20 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Glove makers?
Replies: 11
Views: 4164

Glove makers?

Hi guys,
I am looking for recommendations please - I'm looking for someone who could make gloves in a mixture of fabric and leather, to order. These gloves need to be both accurately made and sturdy.

Thanks,
Matt
by Matt Easton
Fri May 03, 2013 10:26 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: FightCamp 16-18 August
Replies: 1
Views: 1453

FightCamp 16-18 August

Hi guys, Please note that FightCamp (http://www.fightcamp.co.uk) registration is now open. Last year we filled up and had to close registration early, so please register sooner rather than later, to avoid disappointment. The event only costs £65 for 3 days of classes and tournaments, with over 35 in...
by Matt Easton
Mon Apr 29, 2013 10:58 am
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: New book - Swordsmen of the British Empire
Replies: 2
Views: 4306

New book - Swordsmen of the British Empire

Hi all, If you have any interest at all in military hand-to-hand combat between c.1600 and c.1900, as described and discussed in original British sources, then you'll be interested in the new book Swordsmen of the British Empire, by D.A.Kinsley. It covers all manner of close combat with all types of...
by Matt Easton
Mon Apr 29, 2013 10:57 am
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: New Book - Swordsmen of the British Empire
Replies: 0
Views: 1320

New Book - Swordsmen of the British Empire

Hi all, If you have any interest at all in military hand-to-hand combat between c.1600 and c.1900, as described and discussed in original British sources, then you'll be interested in the new book Swordsmen of the British Empire, by D.A.Kinsley. It covers all manner of close combat with all types of...
by Matt Easton
Thu Jun 07, 2012 11:20 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Armoured martial arts (HEMA) in Guildford
Replies: 6
Views: 2540

Re: Armoured martial arts (HEMA) in Guildford

It will be there - I hope you have a visor for your sallet? :).
by Matt Easton
Thu May 31, 2012 4:27 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Armoured martial arts (HEMA) in Guildford
Replies: 6
Views: 2540

Re: Armoured martial arts (HEMA) in Guildford

Thanks Adam, I already have two guys interested, plus one of my Schola guys getting armoured up.
by Matt Easton
Thu May 31, 2012 3:30 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Armoured martial arts (HEMA) in Guildford
Replies: 6
Views: 2540

Armoured martial arts (HEMA) in Guildford

Hi all, I thought I’d put a little note up here as there may be some interested folks round these parts. For 11 years I’ve been running Schola Gladiatoria in London (http://www.fioredeiliberi.org), focussing on medieval unarmoured martial arts, mostly dagger and longsword (and Victorian sabre). Thos...
by Matt Easton
Tue May 22, 2012 4:40 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Medieval Longbow Draw Weights
Replies: 92
Views: 25781

Re: Medieval Longbow Draw Weights

The "12 arrows a minute" quote is one that just gets regurgitated by every person writing a book about medieval archers. This thread on the primitive archer forum has got closest to pinning it down: http://www.primitivearcher.com/smf/index.php?topic=29547.45 It seems that there *may* be a ...
by Matt Easton
Mon May 21, 2012 4:47 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Trading at FightCamp (17-19 Aug 2012)
Replies: 17
Views: 4112

Re: Trading at FightCamp (17-19 Aug 2012)

Hehe, okay, I'll see what I can do :).
by Matt Easton
Mon May 21, 2012 3:51 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Trading at FightCamp (17-19 Aug 2012)
Replies: 17
Views: 4112

Re: Trading at FightCamp (17-19 Aug 2012)

No problem, shall I just list you as 'Lucy the Tudor'?

Cheers,
Matt
by Matt Easton
Mon May 21, 2012 1:19 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Medieval Longbow Draw Weights
Replies: 92
Views: 25781

Re: Medieval Longbow Draw Weights

Matt, why do you think that there would be that many archers in an army? I know that the HYW had rations of 5:1 and greater, but you can pick and choose more there. I've seen no evidence at all for the ratio of archers to MAA in a WotR force (not that I've tried looking for any). I'm not saying tha...
by Matt Easton
Mon May 21, 2012 1:13 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Medieval Longbow Draw Weights
Replies: 92
Views: 25781

Re: Medieval Longbow Draw Weights

I'm no archer, but as I understand it from those who are, you don't gain much range between 80lb and 180lb draw weights Not exactly – that may be true of modern field archery style arrows because they are relatively light and can only contain a certain amount of energy. Medieval style livery arrows...
by Matt Easton
Mon May 21, 2012 11:31 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Medieval Longbow Draw Weights
Replies: 92
Views: 25781

Re: Medieval Longbow Draw Weights

I think that is the point Fox was making :). Despite the re-enactment style of plopping arrows onto the ‘enemy’ from 60 yards away with 30lb bows, the biggest problem I see in recreating even the image of a 15thC English army is that archers should outnumber men-at-arms AT LEAST by a factor of 3 to ...
by Matt Easton
Mon May 21, 2012 10:47 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Trading at FightCamp (17-19 Aug 2012)
Replies: 17
Views: 4112

Re: Trading at FightCamp (17-19 Aug 2012)

That's great Lucy, you are both very welcome - do you have a web address to link to?
Cheers,
Matt
by Matt Easton
Wed May 16, 2012 4:47 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Trading at FightCamp (17-19 Aug 2012)
Replies: 17
Views: 4112

Re: Trading at FightCamp (17-19 Aug 2012)

Our traders' page has been updated (you may have to right-click 'refresh' to see updates) - further traders TBC:

http://www.fioredeiliberi.org/fightcamp/traders/
by Matt Easton
Tue May 15, 2012 12:35 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Medieval Longbow Draw Weights
Replies: 92
Views: 25781

Re: Medieval Longbow Draw Weights

Additionally, I don't see any 'up-armouring' in the 16th century. On the contrary, common soldiers continued to wear sallets, brigandines, jacks and mail shirts, just as they had done during the wars of the roses, and 'knights' wore the same degree of full plate as they had at Agincourt. In fact the...
by Matt Easton
Mon May 07, 2012 2:32 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Trading at FightCamp (17-19 Aug 2012)
Replies: 17
Views: 4112

Re: Trading at FightCamp (17-19 Aug 2012)

Yes you have to make it one day Graham!

James, you are very welcome. Drop me an email at fightcamp@googlemail.com please.
by Matt Easton
Sun Apr 22, 2012 8:15 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Medieval Longbow Draw Weights
Replies: 92
Views: 25781

Re: Medieval Longbow Draw Weights

I don't think that there is any evidence to support the idea that bow weights increased in the Tudor period - on the contrary, most written sources state that archery was a fading skill in England in the 16th century. That is not to say that draw weights used by the top archers had decreased, but th...
by Matt Easton
Fri Apr 20, 2012 7:04 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Medieval Longbow Draw Weights
Replies: 92
Views: 25781

Re: Medieval Longbow Draw Weights

The law under Henry VIII stated that archers were to shoot at butts not *less* than 220 yards away (some versions state 240 yards).
by Matt Easton
Thu Apr 19, 2012 3:03 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Medieval Longbow Draw Weights
Replies: 92
Views: 25781

Re: Medieval Longbow Draw Weights

Like I said, it was law to shoot at butts 220 yards as a minimum. That gives us quite reliable minimum parameters - bows below a certain power output simply can not shoot a military issue arrow 220 yards. Most modern recurve archers (shooting around 40-50 lbs) with modern technology and arrows can't...
by Matt Easton
Tue Apr 17, 2012 5:24 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Medieval Longbow Draw Weights
Replies: 92
Views: 25781

Re: Medieval Longbow Draw Weights

Yes, on balance of evidence 100-150lbs seems most likely throughout the period for warbows. Beyond about 150lbs self yew bows seem to suffer from the law of diminishing returns anyway.

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