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by Black Pear
Fri Oct 23, 2009 1:04 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: History, there's quite a lot of it.
Replies: 38
Views: 4591

Re: History, there's quite a lot of it.

I prefer nicely faded and understated colours anyway. It's not because I am only poor and resent the highborn and their posh clothes. It isn't.
Mellow yellows, nice.
by Black Pear
Wed Oct 21, 2009 1:23 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: History, there's quite a lot of it.
Replies: 38
Views: 4591

Re: History, there's quite a lot of it.

Pelican, how long, and Iron Dwarf, how easy it was to do and how cheap (in period terms) are all the questions I really was getting at I think. I know natural dyes can be really bright, but it is the colourfastness that seems a bit out of place, that's all. Too much black about for me, too!
by Black Pear
Tue Oct 20, 2009 1:57 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: History, there's quite a lot of it.
Replies: 38
Views: 4591

Re: History, there's quite a lot of it.

...I frequentally get asked if it was possible for clothes to be as bright as they are as Hollywood/TV generally has portrayed people in the middle ages as being dressed in gruby, dowdy tat. Good point! Although I think some reenactors do misrepresent the incidence of bright or strongly dyed clothes.
by Black Pear
Mon Oct 19, 2009 1:15 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: History, there's quite a lot of it.
Replies: 38
Views: 4591

Re: History, there's quite a lot of it.

Zauberdachs, yes, that is a particularly virulent and nasty strain of the disease!

On topic (although off period), I am always surprised by photographs of 19thC people, especially the poor. I think it is because we are used to TV/film versions, all dolled up for "Hollywood"
by Black Pear
Wed Oct 14, 2009 12:59 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: History, there's quite a lot of it.
Replies: 38
Views: 4591

Re: History, there's quite a lot of it.

are white shell suits and trainers with undone laces a disease?
by Black Pear
Mon Oct 12, 2009 1:20 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Help us for XIV century!
Replies: 2
Views: 1139

Re: Help us for XIV century!

by Black Pear
Tue Oct 06, 2009 12:54 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Help / advice please!
Replies: 14
Views: 2858

didn't Glyndwr come to Worcester and have a sit on a hill for a few days before going home again?
by Black Pear
Fri Oct 02, 2009 1:22 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Silly, strange and stupid questions from the public.
Replies: 60
Views: 9777

on crescent heads etc., I think the modern use evidence is suggesting birds as the intended target. You're not going to be using heavy war bows for hunting birds and small game (south american tribal bows aren't 80# longbows after all) so they may not be as devastating to the target as it may at fir...
by Black Pear
Fri Oct 02, 2009 12:41 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Crossbows - some questions
Replies: 44
Views: 7455

my fault for saying "volleys", I should have said "en masse", which was more what I meant. My gut instinct is that it would have been more "start shooting now lads" and "stop shooting ya b*ggers" rather than what we would understand as volley firing. Still, in...
by Black Pear
Mon Sep 28, 2009 1:35 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: lacquering leather armour (has become Archer vs Armour)
Replies: 141
Views: 18829

Some great posts there guys, thanks for the info in them. So, period armour is lighter, although of a varying thickness to offer the best protection, have I got that? I think the point about multiple layers/types of armour/protection is very valid to this discussion, penetration of 3/4" would b...
by Black Pear
Mon Sep 28, 2009 1:20 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: pics of braziers?
Replies: 4
Views: 1086

isn't it part of a lady's clothing?!

not useful, sorry. :oops:
by Black Pear
Mon Sep 28, 2009 1:18 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Crossbows - some questions
Replies: 44
Views: 7455

So you are saying that both long & x bows should be used at full power? And a hand spanned bow is OK? "Should" is a strong word, but I would say that there isn't a problem with that, no, as long as the bows and crossbows are of comparitively safe weights. There will be then no concern...
by Black Pear
Fri Sep 25, 2009 1:52 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: lacquering leather armour (has become Archer vs Armour)
Replies: 141
Views: 18829

That doesn't sound too thick to me! I think that confirms the importance of the angle that the arrow strikes the plate, doesn't it? I can see bascinets being thick, to protect against head trauma generally, and armour in sword/bill-exposed areas too, but it does make good sense to keep thickness and...
by Black Pear
Fri Sep 25, 2009 1:34 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Crossbows - some questions
Replies: 44
Views: 7455

What I was trying to say with the equivalence thing (along with a couple of others if I understand right) is that a crossbow of that weight is going to be powerful enough to do serious damage. If you can't span it by hand I would seriously suggest it is too much to shoot at someone. You can't underd...
by Black Pear
Thu Sep 24, 2009 1:38 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Crossbows - some questions
Replies: 44
Views: 7455

I thought crossbows were more target weapons, given their greater "punching" power and flatter trajectory? Lofting a crossbow would look wrong, I think, and is it dubious in period too? I don't know about the equivalence of crossbow to longbow draw weights, but if it is equivalent to a 50#...
by Black Pear
Thu Sep 24, 2009 1:27 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: lacquering leather armour (has become Archer vs Armour)
Replies: 141
Views: 18829

A very good question Glorfindle! Hand-beaten stuff would be superior to munition of course, but as to the modern/period comparison? Mmmm, nice one. I can't answer that at all but would be very interested in an answer! Is period armour thicker? (not much experience of actual period armour so would re...
by Black Pear
Wed Sep 23, 2009 2:10 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: lacquering leather armour (has become Archer vs Armour)
Replies: 141
Views: 18829

I am thinking that even as close as 50 yards penetration of armour would be unusual given the variables - angle of incidence (is that right?!), movement of the target etc. etc. I think there would still be a lot of soft tissue and "soft" armour penetration by direct strikes, though, and de...
by Black Pear
Tue Sep 15, 2009 2:14 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: lacquering leather armour (has become Archer vs Armour)
Replies: 141
Views: 18829

Marcus, that was what I was trying to say, that I don't think sniping was an option in open battle. Rain those arrows in at a distance, carpet bombing style, and you're going to do something useful eventually. Phil, that's a good resource, cheers. What I wanted to ask was, what was the military nece...
by Black Pear
Mon Sep 14, 2009 2:01 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: lacquering leather armour (has become Archer vs Armour)
Replies: 141
Views: 18829

Nice post Colin. The "murder" arrow sounds as if it would be a hunting arrow (I would think, anyway, as wouldn't it be the most available for a murder?), which are typically designed for making a big hole on impact and then waving about to keep that hole open and the blood flowing. The mur...
by Black Pear
Mon Sep 14, 2009 1:05 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Fletching in an authentic setting- a query
Replies: 100
Views: 24467

Re: fletchng in an authentic setting

zauberdachs wrote:
glyndwr 50 wrote:And it is a hobby ,lets not forget that .A HOBBY nothing more .


Indeed. But that doesn't mean that we shouldn't put any effort into it ;)


Oh yes. Well said.
by Black Pear
Wed Sep 09, 2009 1:28 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: lacquering leather armour (has become Archer vs Armour)
Replies: 141
Views: 18829

Hobbitstomper said: Imagine a knife weighting a few ounces thrown out of a car passing at 110mph. That's still going to be a hefty whack though, isn't it? And isn't a better analogy hundreds of knives weighing a few ounces etc. etc.?? It is the numbers of arrows hitting that provides the effectivene...
by Black Pear
Tue Sep 08, 2009 1:14 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: lacquering leather armour (has become Archer vs Armour)
Replies: 141
Views: 18829

I'm no medico (other than "put a plaster on that, it'll get dirty") but could it be that a severe shock to the chest interrupts the heart's pumping rhthym and causes the heart to go into that fluttery condition that the electric paddles are designed to reset? I think Man from Coventry has ...
by Black Pear
Thu Sep 03, 2009 1:53 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: lacquering leather armour (has become Archer vs Armour)
Replies: 141
Views: 18829

Oh yes, the effect of an arrow storm would be terrifying (tis bad enough with blunts after all!). I think that is one of the reasons for its legend, the fear that amount of arrows can generate. The question was very much "what if"? It exercises the brain though! Hobbitstomper said: It wasn...
by Black Pear
Thu Sep 03, 2009 1:22 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: bizarre weapons and armor
Replies: 76
Views: 21785

Colin, pointing my bow at someone else is often a guarantee of their safety given my accuracy at anything more than 40 yards! Would there be any really local variations as in "I had the local blacksmith make this slightly weird thing for me"...? The Conyers falchion has always looked a bit...
by Black Pear
Wed Sep 02, 2009 2:10 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: bizarre weapons and armor
Replies: 76
Views: 21785

Lucas, there are different types of composite bows but Hungarian bows are typical in their design: http://www.recurvebowshop.com/hungarian+recurve+bows.htm This is a modern supplier but you will get the idea. Made from wood, sinew and leather (that is, more than one material, so they are "compo...
by Black Pear
Wed Sep 02, 2009 1:53 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: lacquering leather armour (has become Archer vs Armour)
Replies: 141
Views: 18829

I think you're right there. The rings would naturally "catch" the point and stop it skidding off, directing the arrow through either of the holes you mention, popping the ring. I am sure it hurts when your ring gets popped. Wearing mail under a padded jack would be very effective protectio...
by Black Pear
Wed Sep 02, 2009 12:03 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Coat of Plates
Replies: 41
Views: 6979

Colin, that was the sort of thinking I was coming around to, that someone had to keep order otherwise you got anarchy, and local bigwigs would want to keep their prestige high if they could by maintaining a prosperous city without too much crime etc. and would invest in a good nightwatch etc. Modern...
by Black Pear
Tue Sep 01, 2009 11:56 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: bizarre weapons and armor
Replies: 76
Views: 21785

I'm with WorkMonkey on this one.

The most exotic I would go with is a Goedendaag. Been to the continent, met some Flemish troops, brought a pointy pickaxe handle home. Enough said.

Seriously, a Dha?
by Black Pear
Tue Sep 01, 2009 10:53 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: lacquering leather armour (has become Archer vs Armour)
Replies: 141
Views: 18829

That's just what I meant, WorkMonkey, I think it was more than just the physical effect of the arrow hitting the man and penetrating, there were a lot more aspects to the weapon.
by Black Pear
Tue Sep 01, 2009 2:22 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: lacquering leather armour (has become Archer vs Armour)
Replies: 141
Views: 18829

Man From Coventry said: He stated that he had shot at a rate of 12 arrows a minute for approx 1.5 mins, from his usual bow (140lbs), but the cramps induced from the lactic acid build up meant that he could not then shoot for about 15 minutes. He believed that under battlefield conditions and sustain...

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