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by valen
Tue Jul 01, 2014 2:20 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: any Orkney folk make Blaand?
Replies: 0
Views: 959

any Orkney folk make Blaand?

Does anyone know how to make the fermented whey drink "Blaand"? Seems like is an old Orkney one, but I can't find how to get so much of the lactose into alcohol.
by valen
Wed Sep 07, 2011 10:24 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Sources for Painted Armour ?
Replies: 16
Views: 3043

Re: Sources for Painted Armour ?

Bah. It really seems that it really isn't appropriate to paint an armet, or a 1430s cuirass..

Oh well. Maybe someday I'll find a vial of this mythical gun-metal bluing potion, and be able to stain the armour something less shiny.

John
by valen
Mon Jul 25, 2011 11:06 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Sources for Painted Armour ?
Replies: 16
Views: 3043

Re: Sources for Painted Armour ?

Does seem that the Germans were big fans of painting sallets, but...everything else is pretty rare. I can dream though.
by valen
Mon Jul 25, 2011 4:29 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Sources for Painted Armour ?
Replies: 16
Views: 3043

Sources for Painted Armour ?

I was at Tewkesbury a few weeks back, and there were a startling number of people in beautifully painted helms & cuirasses. Some even had rather detailed paint on spaulders. Does anyone know of sources for how common those sorts of paintjobs were, or example paint ? Someone on armourarchive.org ...
by valen
Tue Nov 04, 2008 3:34 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Looking for references to spearfighting
Replies: 15
Views: 2637

Looking for references to spearfighting

Hey guys. I'm lookging for any references to how people fought with short spears, specifically Irish, 6th-12thC, but anything will do as it seems a neglected topic. Personally, I fight with two spears; a spare in my shield hand, but I don't have much evidence to justify it, other than descriptions i...
by valen
Wed Apr 02, 2008 12:13 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Re-doing viking kit - trying to get it right this time
Replies: 7
Views: 1840

OK, first piece is done - a lined viborg-style shirt. As you can see, the lining is held in with geometric stitching pattern over the front and back. The bottom pieces are separate, and the back one slightly wraps around the front (by maybe 2 inches either side) to give a wonderful cowl effect. http...
by valen
Tue Feb 19, 2008 12:33 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Shortbow - who makes them ?
Replies: 4
Views: 670

Shortbow - who makes them ?

Guys, I'm looking for someone to make me up something similar to the bow you see in this guy's hand; http://www.myarmoury.com/talk/viewtopic.php?t=1669 Does anyone know who could make such a thing ? Is there little difference between long & shortbow, that any bow maker could do it ? John
by valen
Fri Jan 25, 2008 3:36 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Help with clothing
Replies: 17
Views: 1103

I'm not sure Aketons were around in 1050 They certainly were for 1066. Reckon that there was some massive revolution in the meantime ? I'd also be wary of the 1305 mentions of no more mail gauntlets and it also makes it sound like hardened leather armour is now the prominent type - which as far as ...
by valen
Thu Jan 24, 2008 1:28 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Help with clothing
Replies: 17
Views: 1103

Reposting the Hospitaller Kit Guide from livinghistory.ie...

http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=dhkcrb ... ss5n&hl=en

John
by valen
Tue Jan 08, 2008 5:44 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Shelter for Riff Raff
Replies: 42
Views: 4336

Thanks for all that I'm on my own at shows and was just pondering traveling superlight for the occasional (warm & dry) show Didn't want to end up under an anachronistic linen basha Heh, it sounds like a great idea... Last summer, most of the events I went to, I just slept under a blanket held a...
by valen
Wed Dec 05, 2007 3:46 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Re-doing viking kit - trying to get it right this time
Replies: 7
Views: 1840

Matt, on the 'thorax'...there are a few definite examples of them on high-status people, kings, popes etc. But there were also a number found in hedeby, fastened with ring pins at the hip; many similar pins were found in the similar (slightly lower) position in birka, which would lead me to believe ...
by valen
Wed Dec 05, 2007 10:52 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Re-doing viking kit - trying to get it right this time
Replies: 7
Views: 1840

So, I got the impression that use of silk thread wasn't in the same league as silk cloth. Apart from the massive cost difference, was there a social pressure, keeping well-to-do non-nobles from silk ? Hmm. Maybe I can push the budget out a little, and go up the ladder; in the later medieval period, ...
by valen
Wed Dec 05, 2007 10:23 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Re-doing viking kit - trying to get it right this time
Replies: 7
Views: 1840

I'm going for mid-status (don't want to have to shell out loads on Jewellery and expensive ring-swords), viking living in Ireland, 8thC maybe. I don't attend any shows that are a specific time period, so I'm not that pushed to portray any time/ethnicity in particular, as long as it's not Rus, who we...
by valen
Mon Dec 03, 2007 6:43 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Re-doing viking kit - trying to get it right this time
Replies: 7
Views: 1840

Re-doing viking kit - trying to get it right this time

So, after reading Thor Ewings book on viking clothing it's given me enough impetus to throw out most of my (now six year old, and decaying) kit & start again. Starting with the shirt... it seems viking shirts were usually white or cream, so as to show dirt well. Would a really pale blue, almost ...
by valen
Tue Oct 02, 2007 5:37 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: turn-welted shoes
Replies: 8
Views: 758

Bevel the bit of the welt that's eventually touching your foot ? I've seen this mentioned, but I'm not sure why...is it a comfort thing ? I'm thinking of not fitting heels, though I've yet to come up with a decent addition to reenactment shoes that will give decent grip on non-authentic surfaces lik...
by valen
Sat Sep 29, 2007 6:26 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: turn-welted shoes
Replies: 8
Views: 758

turn-welted shoes

I'm making up a pair of 14thC turn-welted high boots. The leather has been cut & holed, and I'm just about to start stitching. Then I thought...hmm...is cow's belly leather (2mm) the best thing to make a welt out of ? These boots won't see a lot of use, but it'd still be a pain not to do it prop...
by valen
Tue Sep 25, 2007 8:26 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Tudor women's gowns ?
Replies: 5
Views: 494

That looks pretty ultimate alright. Wow.

John
by valen
Mon Sep 24, 2007 10:53 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Tudor women's gowns ?
Replies: 5
Views: 494

Tudor women's gowns ?

After watching 'The Tudors' on telly, my wife has a hankering for something "Fabulous" (not the capital F) in that style. Probably for banquet wear, rather than actual events where it has to be super authentic. This despite me saying 'Er, no kings wouldn't wear sleeveless pigskin jerkins, ...
by valen
Mon Sep 24, 2007 10:44 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Leather whitening
Replies: 3
Views: 427

Stale urine of course.

Most reenactors will tell you it can be used for anything from toughening soft hands to mordanting.

If it's stale enough, there will be enough ammonia in it to whiten leather.

John
by valen
Fri Aug 10, 2007 10:09 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: British history 800 -1100AD -books?
Replies: 10
Views: 1321

One of the most interesting books I've ever read was 'Early Irish farming', by Kelly. It's amazing; he goes through all the first millenium law texts & manuscripts and pulls out a very detailed picture of a world that's closer to the Masai Mara than Europe. I couldn't recommend it highly enough....
by valen
Fri Aug 10, 2007 10:05 pm
Forum: 55BC-410AD
Topic: roman food suppliers ?
Replies: 8
Views: 1673

roman food suppliers ?

Hey, a friend of mine is looking to put on a bit of a roman banquet, after getting excited by some books on Roman cuisine.

Does anyone know where one could find a supplier of the more... roman aspects of food, like fish sauce and dormice ? (which I believe are endangered in the UK...)

John
by valen
Tue Jun 12, 2007 5:21 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Smallest kit?!
Replies: 270
Views: 10956

Heh, yeah, he's got his ponseti snowboard/guillotine for three months now.

Would you believe two members of the public thought it was a Viking thing ? One thought it was to stop kids running away. People are kinda crazy.

John
by valen
Tue Jun 12, 2007 2:16 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Smallest kit?!
Replies: 270
Views: 10956

So, I was asked to make some clothes for my son, Sebastian, this year. You can check out the costume here; http://livinghistory.ie/~valen/IMG_1315.JPG And how he looked on the day of his first event (Magnus Barelegs 2007, on Strangford Lough) here; http://picasaweb.google.com/john.looney/Magnus/phot...
by valen
Tue Jun 12, 2007 2:03 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 6mm riveted hauberk - recommendations where to get on ?
Replies: 1
Views: 295

6mm riveted hauberk - recommendations where to get on ?

Hey, I'm looking for a fairly light, flat 6mm-ring riveted hauberk. It's for doing 11thC rich Norman/13thC Knights Hospitaller/15thC Irish gallowglass, so I'm not looking for something very period-perfect. It has to look well, and be light (the dome-riveted, round section one I wore at Hastings is w...
by valen
Thu Nov 16, 2006 8:56 pm
Forum: Creative Works
Topic: "We're all going on a viking holday..."
Replies: 3
Views: 1220

Thanks for that. Kail sent me a wee booklet with the lyrics in it. It's just begging for more verses. I stuck it up on:

http://livinghistory.ie/modules.php?nam ... 33a64#4519

John
by valen
Tue Oct 24, 2006 9:48 am
Forum: Creative Works
Topic: "We're all going on a viking holday..."
Replies: 3
Views: 1220

"We're all going on a viking holday..."

Anyone know the lyrics to this song ?

john

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