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by Chris T
Sun Feb 01, 2015 12:40 am
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Looking for gonners
Replies: 2
Views: 1231

Re: Looking for gonners

What do you want to know?....there are many hundreds of ECW regularly firing matchlocks, and quite a few earlier period people as well.
by Chris T
Thu May 16, 2013 12:14 am
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: 17th century pole arm maker?
Replies: 2
Views: 1627

Re: 17th century pole arm maker?

At the risk of sounding negative, a stamp of the sort you describe sounds far more C19th/20th to me than C17th...
by Chris T
Tue Apr 02, 2013 1:04 am
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: has anyone used Marshal historical before???
Replies: 3
Views: 2079

Re: has anyone used Marshal historical before???

To me, this company looks on a par with many of the internet "middlemen" companies, which seem to be increasingly becoming the norm. Some of the stuff looks OK, other items are frankly awful: to my mind not fit for LRP, let alone anything calling itself re-enactment..... However good a dea...
by Chris T
Wed Feb 06, 2013 11:51 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: What do MOPS buy?
Replies: 14
Views: 2732

Re: What do MOPS buy?

Along with my other stuff, I sell buttons. I keep what I believe is a large stock of each, but the uncanny ability of customers to detect the one style I am low or out of has to be seen to be believed. The whole scene is being hit by both recession and on line tat selling. Unless you have a REALLY g...
by Chris T
Tue Feb 05, 2013 2:17 am
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: facial hair for this year's Kentwell?
Replies: 2
Views: 1433

Re: facial hair for this year's Kentwell?

There are two basic types of historical beard, which need to be carefully distinguished. I know that razors etc have existed for a long time, but even so we have been spoilt by electric shavers, and even "old fashioned" razors now have more blades than a unit of samuri, and we have hi tech...
by Chris T
Thu Jan 24, 2013 12:50 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Black armour - right or wrong?
Replies: 91
Views: 21964

Re: Black armour - right or wrong?

Forge black and oil (fat, wax, you name it...) makes SO much more sense to me.
by Chris T
Wed Jan 23, 2013 2:27 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Newbie's guide to kit buying
Replies: 53
Views: 12975

Re: Newbie's guide to kit buying

Tom Norbury.
by Chris T
Mon Jan 21, 2013 5:58 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Newbie's guide to kit buying
Replies: 53
Views: 12975

Re: Newbie's guide to kit buying

The French Musketeers of the C17th, on which the Dumas version is based, were actually cavalry..so yes, they did wear boots, and contemporary illustrations show them doing so....... I would add to the thread. Wear your kit.....do not treat it as a costume that you dress up in for a limited period. U...
by Chris T
Thu Dec 20, 2012 11:08 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: A man’s fragmentary 17thC coat: conservation, documentation
Replies: 1
Views: 1207

Re: A man’s fragmentary 17thC coat: conservation, documentat

Yes, very interesting indeed...well spotted!
by Chris T
Thu Nov 15, 2012 10:20 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: ECW painted pikes?
Replies: 2
Views: 1298

Re: ECW painted pikes?

There are, as far as I know, very few creditable references to anything in the way of coatings, except for the aqua fortis mentioned by John. Pikes for field armies were semi disposable items. Not only were they broken or cut in hand to hand combat, but were frequently broken by shot. They would als...
by Chris T
Sun Oct 14, 2012 11:21 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Boots problem / Question
Replies: 6
Views: 1272

Re: Boots problem / Question

Shoe shops sell leather stretcher spray, but I would be very cautious about using modern products on period footwear. A lot depends on what leather your boots are actually made from. If vegtanned, and produced by a reputable maker, wetting should work, and unless you leave them wet for ages (and the...
by Chris T
Mon Sep 03, 2012 9:35 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: tips for avoiding rusty armor
Replies: 5
Views: 2242

Re: tips for avoiding rusty armor

Russeting (controlled rusting) is effective, authentic, looks good and is not that hard to do. The secret is to build up an even layer of surface rust in a controlled fashion, to the point where the bare metal is covered in a layer of oxide, and therefore protected. The surface can then be treated w...
by Chris T
Mon Aug 13, 2012 5:07 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Wheel locks?
Replies: 13
Views: 3602

Re: Wheel locks?

In effect there are two types of repro wheel-lock. The first is an accurate copy of the originals, which tend to suffer from the same problems as the originals. The second is a version with the interior mechanism improved with modern(Or to be more honest 19th Cent) engineering knowledge /techniques:...
by Chris T
Sun Jun 17, 2012 1:44 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: steel vs HDPE
Replies: 16
Views: 2774

Re: steel vs HDPE

Considerable rust protection can be gained by forge blackening / oil blueing / hot painted linseed -beeswax or similar....not hard to do, and well worth it IMO
by Chris T
Mon May 28, 2012 10:49 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: steel vs HDPE
Replies: 16
Views: 2774

Re: steel vs HDPE

Many years ago I also used the blue plastic drum approach to making LRP armour. The standard c 200kg capacity drum was, as I remember it, c4 mm thick: my impression was that this thickness would give at least as much protection against reenactment blunts as the standard cheap thin mild steel. as to ...
by Chris T
Sun May 27, 2012 11:25 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Half-scabbards for swords - any basis in history?
Replies: 19
Views: 2491

Re: Half-scabbards for swords - any basis in history?

The best way of finding a reliable method to attach a scabbard to a swordbelt ( or anything else) is to follow the historical practice for your period. When thousands of men carried a weapon on a daily basis for much of their lives they had a reliable method: depending on period this varied (suspens...
by Chris T
Sun May 27, 2012 11:15 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: steel vs HDPE
Replies: 16
Views: 2774

Re: steel vs HDPE

It all depends by what you mean by impact resistance. Are we talking sharp weapons, blunt weapons, modern bullets, musket balls? A material which is good against one thing will have minimal resistance to another type of force: for example ordinary glass is surprisingly resistant to modern bullets,(B...
by Chris T
Sat May 26, 2012 12:43 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Half-scabbards for swords - any basis in history?
Replies: 19
Views: 2491

Re: Half-scabbards for swords - any basis in history?

C17th horsemans hammers etc often have a elongated hook, to allow them to be hooked to a belt.....not quite the same thing. There is no evidence as far as I am aware for half scabards: as previously stated, these would be pointless, as they would neither protect the sword or the user/ others from th...
by Chris T
Mon May 14, 2012 2:22 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Sheepskin boots in C17?
Replies: 2
Views: 1654

Re: Sheepskin boots in C17?

Neither do I, with the proviso that in really rural areas (beyond the pale Ireland, Scottish Highlands and Islands) the habit of home making footwear out of untanned hair on skins lasted into modern times, especially for occupations like collecting seewed and shellfish, where constant immersion in s...
by Chris T
Mon May 14, 2012 2:14 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Captain of Archers
Replies: 18
Views: 4372

Re: Captain of Archers

I was not really suggesting that overofficered groups did it in the name of authenticity :-) BUT....in at least some (if not most) periods it probably be less authentic to have a 'paper' strength of officers / men than to have an overofficered structure by 50 % or even 100 % or more. In my own main ...
by Chris T
Mon May 14, 2012 2:06 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Wearing and Care of Chainmail
Replies: 15
Views: 6397

Re: Wearing and Care of Chainmail

Mail would almost certainly have been 'forge black' as a norm when actually produced, as the wire would have been heat treated a number of times during production, and it is probable that it was then hardened / tempered as a garment or as finished links. To produce and maintain a 'bright' surface by...
by Chris T
Thu May 03, 2012 6:44 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Captain of Archers
Replies: 18
Views: 4372

Re: Captain of Archers

Maybe stating the obvious, by the 20 /100 are nominal quantities. Given the pracrice in almost all armies throughout history it is probable that units were understrength at the start of the campaign, and got worse. Officers and NCOs (whatever they are called in particular periods) tend to last bette...
by Chris T
Sun Apr 29, 2012 4:17 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Riveted mail
Replies: 8
Views: 1409

Re: Riveted mail

There is a lot to be said for buying the best stuff you can possibly manage:

Good quality stuff looks better, lasts better, and if the worst comes to the worst has a better resale value.
by Chris T
Sat Apr 28, 2012 12:30 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: BOOT CLEANING EMERGANCY HELP!!!!
Replies: 11
Views: 1777

Re: BOOT CLEANING EMERGANCY HELP!!!!

Glass filters out UV.....direct sunlight is better.

It will kill the mould, but will not remove mould staining....but then that is probably an historically appropriate stain :-)
by Chris T
Sun Apr 15, 2012 4:43 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Suede?
Replies: 4
Views: 1226

Re: Suede?

Nowadays the term suede is used to refer to the middle splits of hide which have the surface roughened up to disguise the splitting marks and the absence of grain. This is actually a missuse of the term.....indeed the modern leather industry has had to invent a new name for this attractive product a...
by Chris T
Sun Apr 15, 2012 4:29 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: BOOT CLEANING EMERGANCY HELP!!!!
Replies: 11
Views: 1777

Re: BOOT CLEANING EMERGANCY HELP!!!!

UV light is just about the best harmless (for the item) mouldkiller: even when cleaned mould tends to lurk about, so make use of any sun you happen to get to give your boots a blast....
by Chris T
Sun Apr 15, 2012 4:15 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: ECW Infantry Buff Coat
Replies: 137
Views: 39870

Re: ECW Infantry Buff Coat

The ones I am talking about seem to be wide and plain: probably a woven ribbon type material. They are certainly not a line of tunnel stitching, nor is there any indication of metal / false slashing etc. As to them being black, that is the problem: in the black and white illustrations they appear da...
by Chris T
Fri Apr 06, 2012 1:06 am
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: ECW Infantry Buff Coat
Replies: 137
Views: 39870

Re: ECW Infantry Buff Coat

They seem to have been a short lived thing, only in the 1620s....the Swedish ones seem to have disapeared by the 30's as well. This is quite interesting in itself, as this is before the Swedish intervention in the TYW, so implies more similarities between different nations than is sometimes thought...
by Chris T
Mon Mar 26, 2012 1:36 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: ECW Infantry Buff Coat
Replies: 137
Views: 39870

Re: ECW Infantry Buff Coat

I am particularly interested in the dark bands decorated buffcoats from the 1620s TYW buffcoats. There is at least one portrait showing these in the 'Swedish' Osprey book, and I seem to have seen another couple, but always in black and white. Does anybody have any colour versions showing these bands...
by Chris T
Fri Jan 13, 2012 7:49 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: ECW Infantry Buff Coat
Replies: 137
Views: 39870

Re: ECW Infantry Buff Coat

The e-bay one is, sadly, a typical example of what you often get on the internet these days.....

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