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by Trading-Dragon
Sat Dec 26, 2009 8:40 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Plate Gauntlets
Replies: 3
Views: 1165

Re: Plate Gauntlets

Once again, I can thoroughly recommend Uncle Roger's Mittens (see Lancaster's Armourie's Webpage).

Not the cheapest on the market but I dare say the very safest and sturdiest. He makes them to measure and they will last you a lifetime. It's worth saving up for them.
by Trading-Dragon
Sun Dec 20, 2009 12:19 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Advice on buying a helmet
Replies: 80
Views: 11043

Re: Advice on buying a helmet

Aye, my missus would have to say something about that. My pretty face is the second best part of me. :D
by Trading-Dragon
Sat Dec 19, 2009 6:39 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Advice on buying a helmet
Replies: 80
Views: 11043

Re: Advice on buying a helmet

Hmm...I'm not actually sure how prominent shields were in Sweden, 1361. Gotta read up on that. Anyhow, we probably have to agree to disagree as I can't really disprove that you would stab me in the face if I went for your legs. :wink:
by Trading-Dragon
Sat Dec 19, 2009 5:56 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Advice on buying a helmet
Replies: 80
Views: 11043

Re: Advice on buying a helmet

Good point. But fighting in a duel and fighting for sport are two different things. I'd like to think that there is some form of ideal method that applies to both but that's just my religious belief and not necessarily founded in evidence. As for your other point - I believe people did have their le...
by Trading-Dragon
Sat Dec 19, 2009 5:24 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Advice on buying a helmet
Replies: 80
Views: 11043

Re: Advice on buying a helmet

Interesting observation! Could that be an issue in WMA where more often than not you deflect a strike with the flat of your own sword? We do? Where did you hear that one? I recall discussion of such deflection, but nothing I've ever done says deflect a strike with the flat of your blade, because od...
by Trading-Dragon
Sat Dec 19, 2009 11:48 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Advice on buying a helmet
Replies: 80
Views: 11043

Re: Advice on buying a helmet

At the base! wow... ive seen a hand n half break at the middle, but the base would of been the last place id of thought of. Breaking at the base is quite common in swords used as group resources by beginners in training. If it happens to your own sword it means you haven't got out of a bad habit by...
by Trading-Dragon
Wed Dec 16, 2009 11:42 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Advice on buying a helmet
Replies: 80
Views: 11043

Re: Advice on buying a helmet

ASH?

I love his tinned brigs! Personally I'd be prepared to take one to bed when i can afford one. :lol:
by Trading-Dragon
Wed Dec 02, 2009 8:47 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fur yes or no???
Replies: 67
Views: 8263

Re: Fur yes or no???

I just had another look again myself. There definitely is more than one style I'd say. And it would make sense, too....fashion is a fickle mistress, after all. :wink:
by Trading-Dragon
Mon Nov 30, 2009 11:05 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fur yes or no???
Replies: 67
Views: 8263

Re: Fur yes or no???

I think a gardecorps does not have proper sleeves, kind of like a heraldic tabard. In Germany and the Netherlands it's called 'Wetterfleck' - a 'weather patch' or throw that you put on when it's cold and rainy. Kind of like a poncho with a hood, tacked together at the sides. Very practical kind of ...
by Trading-Dragon
Sat Nov 28, 2009 9:00 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fur yes or no???
Replies: 67
Views: 8263

Re: Fur yes or no???

[ Narvek - that's a nice garnache - I'd call it a herigaut (although I have a theory that the terms were used interchangably, or varied with location). or Gardecorps as well.. oh, I am now loking into a price of fox fur. To line and edge my dreammed of cloak I need 60 red fox and 15 arctic ones :de...
by Trading-Dragon
Fri Nov 27, 2009 8:22 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fur yes or no???
Replies: 67
Views: 8263

Re: Fur yes or no???

Well, of course! :D After saying all that I still have a hooded cloak which I made for myself and I wear it whenever I can find an excuse for it. 8-) They're just got style!
by Trading-Dragon
Tue Nov 24, 2009 2:01 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fur yes or no???
Replies: 67
Views: 8263

Re: Fur yes or no???

[...]and I have to ask .... why do (apart from the obvious) traders selling authentic clothing styles sell hooded cloaks ... [...] I think I should own up to it: because that is what sells. When you say 'cloak' most people think of something from the Lord of the Rings-film. Mind, in 'The Hobbit' th...
by Trading-Dragon
Tue Nov 24, 2009 1:48 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fur yes or no???
Replies: 67
Views: 8263

Re: Fur yes or no???

Just my two pence worth: I vaguely remember seeing a few medieval illustrations of men wearing separate hoods that ended in a really wide dagged shoulder cape, giving the impression of a hooded cloak. Date and source I have got none but I found this far more believable than a hooded full-circle cloa...
by Trading-Dragon
Wed Nov 04, 2009 8:53 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: leather armour for poorer Vikes/Saxons
Replies: 19
Views: 6390

Re: leather armour for poorer Vikes/Saxons

I'm not saying that it didn't happen. There's plenty of references in the sagas of men killed by arrows and in ship to ship combat they were readily used (I believe). Still, don't underestimate the use of a shield. Even if you can hammer an arrow 6" into a centre boss shield, I'm still fine unl...
by Trading-Dragon
Tue Nov 03, 2009 7:50 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: leather armour for poorer Vikes/Saxons
Replies: 19
Views: 6390

Re: leather armour for poorer Vikes/Saxons

I'd say that if you really give it some welly most maille can be defeated by a thrust with something pointy. Apparently it's very easy to do with the main weapon of the period - the spear. But that only proves that maille is also not the main armour of the period. For that you use your body shield, ...
by Trading-Dragon
Fri Oct 23, 2009 12:08 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: How to tell who is a Knight.
Replies: 333
Views: 28846

Re: How to tell who is a Knight.

I have done so, though I must admit that I have a fairly easy bow (30lbs) which does not compare at all to a warbow. The string does not catch anywhere and the armour shouldn't impede your ability to draw. Though saying that, I'm very particular about how my arm harness is attached and it makes a hu...
by Trading-Dragon
Sat Oct 17, 2009 12:02 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: best relaible helms for the price
Replies: 54
Views: 6532

Re: best relaible helms for the price

Again, it depends what you want it for. Occasionally my group indulges in a fine tradition: mummer's plays, with such illustrious characters as St. George, The Dragon and a magical doctor who revives everyone at the end, complete with cheesy dialogue ("He is dead? Oh dear, that could be fatal!&...
by Trading-Dragon
Wed Oct 07, 2009 7:35 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: leather armour for poorer Vikes/Saxons
Replies: 19
Views: 6390

By the way - the most important part of defensive kit would be your body shield. For most vike fighters, that IS your armour. So even good maille would only really protect you safely from glancing blows. Some may have withstood a thrust and with enough padding even a heavy blow but your maille, scal...
by Trading-Dragon
Tue Oct 06, 2009 7:08 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: leather armour for poorer Vikes/Saxons
Replies: 19
Views: 6390

On a rather similar note, I've found a lovely way to make some suitable padding: Make 2 wool tunics and make them a size too big. Then use one as lining for the other. Wash the whole thing in warm, soapy water, stirring and agitating it slightly so it shrinks A LITTLE (don't overdo it here or you'll...
by Trading-Dragon
Fri Sep 25, 2009 10:59 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Crossbows - some questions
Replies: 44
Views: 7283

Just out of interest: where could one lay hands on a crossbow with a much lower draw weight, say 30 to 45 lbs or so for shooting blunts at people with? I know there used to be a guy who made them out of fiberglass, all wrapped in leather for a more eye-pleasing look. Been looking for something like ...
by Trading-Dragon
Thu Sep 24, 2009 12:26 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Mid - late C15 archer, kit improvements.
Replies: 27
Views: 8066

You CAN use a bow with gauntlets. Even with mittens, depending on style. But fingered gauntlets are definitely easier to shoot with. I find the main problem is not the drawing but the arrows snagging on the gauntlet holding the bow. My shots are all over the place...! Try Lancaster's Armourie's fing...
by Trading-Dragon
Wed Sep 23, 2009 6:55 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Crossbows - some questions
Replies: 44
Views: 7283

You're not seriously even considering to use it with blunts, pretty please? Because if you do I might have to swap hobbies and take up ....say...trainspotting. :shock:
by Trading-Dragon
Thu Sep 17, 2009 10:28 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Making a Brigandine
Replies: 22
Views: 3282

Also: how does that deburring tool work? I am most intrigued...!!
by Trading-Dragon
Thu Sep 17, 2009 10:22 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Making a Brigandine
Replies: 22
Views: 3282

And while we're talking tools: http://www.justoffbase.co.uk/255mm-Expert-Quality-Hand-Nibbler-35748-Draper-3 Does anyone know if this is any good for cutting 16ga mild steel? I have bought that huge shear off you, Dave, which is still running brilliantly. It cuts endless straight lines and so far I'...
by Trading-Dragon
Thu Sep 17, 2009 6:58 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Making a Brigandine
Replies: 22
Views: 3282

Don't expect to finish it this winter. :D Seriously though, it's a very demanding project. From experience, I'd suggest using 16ga plates. It'll be much MUCH heavier than 18ga, even heavier than a solid breastplate made from the same material but you will likely be using mild steel as it is cheap, r...
by Trading-Dragon
Sun Sep 13, 2009 11:39 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Silly, strange and stupid questions from the public.
Replies: 60
Views: 9277

In favour of our general public I would like to say that our Have-a-Go Archery attracts many interested young men who, although in tracksuits, will display an amazing level of skill and understanding in the handling of the bow. Others are complete numpties. Very often it's society itself that breeds...
by Trading-Dragon
Sun Sep 13, 2009 11:15 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Iron shield rim - how to attach?
Replies: 10
Views: 4167

We shiny knights are pretty much tinned up allright. 8) I just noticed something about the buckler I've made though: after using it properly yesterday it's developed some lovely dents in the boss and a few nicks in the leather facing yet the edging is entirely unscratched. I reckon because of the wa...
by Trading-Dragon
Fri Aug 28, 2009 1:03 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: lacquering leather armour (has become Archer vs Armour)
Replies: 141
Views: 18018

This thread is pure quality...! To generalize a bit: is it plausible to think that a massed arrow barrage was the English answer to the french cavalry charge because the English traditionally fought on foot and therefore had to somehow negate the french advantage...? If memory serves, english archer...
by Trading-Dragon
Thu Aug 27, 2009 10:39 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: saxon style shield/axe?
Replies: 39
Views: 9920

Don't know about your chosen period but in mine the rim's supposed to be on the outside. It depends. Heater shields aren't often depicted with any kind of edge reinforcement, as far as I'm aware. As for vike shields - my main inspiration was a shield they'd found (web source escapes me now) with a ...
by Trading-Dragon
Wed Aug 26, 2009 8:11 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: saxon style shield/axe?
Replies: 39
Views: 9920

About stiffening leather - have heard somewhere that paraffin can be dissolved in white spirit. Is that true? Can't try it out atm. If it works, could one possibly saturate the veg-tan with that solution prior to stitching it onto the shield rim and would it do any good to harden the leather? Kinda ...

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