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by Neil of Ormsheim
Sun Sep 10, 2017 4:58 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: More evidence for women warriors in the Viking Age
Replies: 2
Views: 345

More evidence for women warriors in the Viking Age

I'll just leave this here.........
I'm fairly sure that it might just provoke a little discussion.........

https://phys.org/news/2017-09-genetic-p ... riors.html
by Neil of Ormsheim
Sun Aug 27, 2017 9:37 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Early Medieval Helmet (Durrow High Cross)
Replies: 1
Views: 224

Re: Early Medieval Helmet (Durrow High Cross)

Given the erosion & wear on the carving, it's extremely difficult to interpret what, exactly, the Cain figure is wearing on their head. It could be a 'Spangen Helm' type helmet, it might have a solid neck piece - but then again - it could be an interpretation of a maille aventail; it could be an...
by Neil of Ormsheim
Sun May 21, 2017 8:54 am
Forum: General History
Topic: splitting headache
Replies: 2
Views: 833

Re: splitting headache

The National Museum of Ireland in Dublin have a couple of prime Viking-Age examples. Exhibit A is a long bone that has three square(ish) dents in its' surface from where it has been hit (but not broken) by a sword. Exhibit B is a skull with one quarter removed completely by a single axe blow. (http:...
by Neil of Ormsheim
Thu Apr 27, 2017 6:59 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Viking Style Combat Gloves/Gauntlets
Replies: 1
Views: 804

Re: Viking Style Combat Gloves/Gauntlets

Merchant of Menace ( http://www.merchantofmenace.co.uk/ ) do very good gloves.
by Neil of Ormsheim
Fri Apr 14, 2017 8:41 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: To hood or not to hood?
Replies: 2
Views: 736

Re: To hood or not to hood?

Hoods are good. I have two I use regularly - a light weight (linen, wool silk mix) for warm weather (factor 5 million sunscreen!) and an all wool one for cooler weather. I would strongly recommend hoods.
by Neil of Ormsheim
Fri Feb 17, 2017 9:58 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Linen needed.
Replies: 6
Views: 811

Re: Linen needed.

Try Fabworks - https://www.facebook.com/fabworks.millshop?fref=ts. They're rather good.........
by Neil of Ormsheim
Tue Dec 06, 2016 7:54 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Wash dirty clothes - Modern detergent
Replies: 2
Views: 774

Re: Wash dirty clothes - Modern detergent

When my wool kit gets oily, I soak it overnight with some Ecover washing stuff then run it through the machine with another dose of Ecover. Occasionally, it might need this doing twice but once through is usually more than enough.
by Neil of Ormsheim
Thu Dec 01, 2016 6:45 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Viking outfit
Replies: 10
Views: 1384

Re: Viking outfit

Dunholm is part of the Vikings and, all weapons need training with and, before you get out onto a battlefield, you'll have to pass the appropriate safety assessment. There is one for swords or axes, one for single handed spears and shields etc.
by Neil of Ormsheim
Wed Nov 30, 2016 6:01 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Viking outfit
Replies: 10
Views: 1384

Re: Viking outfit

I would always start with a hand axe and/or a one handed spear - remember different societies have different rules for weapons, for someone starting with a one handed spear, The Vikings (my lot) limit it's overall maximum length of 5 ft 6 inch butt to point. Axes and spear could also come from Merch...
by Neil of Ormsheim
Tue Nov 29, 2016 7:14 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Viking outfit
Replies: 10
Views: 1384

Re: Viking outfit

I would always recommend making as much of it yourself as possible. Shoes and other leatherwork - try Merchant of Menace. For cloth stuff, try Iduna Crafts (I think that's how you spell it)
by Neil of Ormsheim
Thu Sep 01, 2016 6:52 am
Forum: Re-enactors Wanted
Topic: Casting Saxons for Paramount Pictures Film in Surrey
Replies: 4
Views: 1265

Re: Casting Saxons for Paramount Pictures Film in Surrey

Sounds interesting but, without dates, people who work and would need to book time off, can't - unless they know when it's happening. Unless this falls during half-term (I work in a school) it's not worth me applying.
by Neil of Ormsheim
Mon Jul 25, 2016 9:10 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Hastings contacts
Replies: 8
Views: 1727

Re: Hastings contacts

English Heritage are deciding who to invite to this years bash. If you have not already heard from them, I would either contact them ASAP or assume that you're not on the list for invites this year. Assuming you get an invite, once you are there, The Vikings will be doing the organisation for the au...
by Neil of Ormsheim
Wed Jun 29, 2016 4:33 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Posting weapons to Denmark
Replies: 3
Views: 1056

Re: Posting weapons to Denmark

Assuming it's a blunt, combat chopper...... I doubt that there are any rules and regs in place. I would suggest that wrapping it well to pad and disguise its' shape ought to be enough.
If in doubt, however, consult your local post office.
by Neil of Ormsheim
Wed Jun 29, 2016 4:30 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Hello Everyone,
Replies: 6
Views: 1368

Re: Hello Everyone,

BOO! :D
by Neil of Ormsheim
Wed May 11, 2016 6:43 am
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Fresh look for the forums? Yes or No - Thoughts
Replies: 7
Views: 1387

Re: Fresh look for the forums? Yes or No - Thoughts

Ditto. It aint broke, don't fix it.
by Neil of Ormsheim
Mon Feb 22, 2016 7:48 am
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Shame about the shoes
Replies: 11
Views: 1887

Re: Shame about the shoes

Whilst I cannot speak for the other societies involved, all members of The Vikings were in authentic footwear at all times when on public display. I am fairly confident that the other societies involved would have operated in similar vein. However........ There are huge numbers of Members of the Pub...
by Neil of Ormsheim
Sun Jan 17, 2016 10:46 am
Forum: General History
Topic: My boots are too small
Replies: 8
Views: 1344

Re: My boots are too small

Use a sharp knife and trim feet to size? :D :D :o
by Neil of Ormsheim
Wed Jan 13, 2016 10:31 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: My boots are too small
Replies: 8
Views: 1344

Re: My boots are too small

Late Victorian/Edwardian/Belle Epoch boot stretchers? Akin to glove stretchers but slightly different in application......
by Neil of Ormsheim
Mon Sep 14, 2015 5:10 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Help with Kievan Rus gear (945-972AD)
Replies: 1
Views: 852

Re: Help with Kievan Rus gear (945-972AD)

Well, for a start, there is no such thing as a 'low class Druzhina'. The Druzinha were drawn from the ranks of the nobility. Have a look for - The Archaeology of Novgorod - ISBN 0583-9106; The Early Slavs (PM Barford) - ISBN 0 7141 2804X; Pechenegs, Cumans, Iasians - Steppe People in Medieval Hungar...
by Neil of Ormsheim
Mon Aug 24, 2015 8:10 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Silks in the period 1066 - 1216
Replies: 4
Views: 1011

Re: Silks in the period 1066 - 1216

I know it predates your period but....... The Oseberg dress from the Norwegian boat burial is one of the few silk finds known. The silk in question is 'brocaded' with a variety of Byzantine style designs. Many of these pieces of silk have then been cut into strips and used to decorate and re-enforce...
by Neil of Ormsheim
Mon Jul 27, 2015 9:08 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Anglo-Saxon stories
Replies: 3
Views: 1147

Re: Anglo-Saxon stories

Apart from the obvious ones like Beowulf, the Wanderer, Finnsborough Fight and Brunnaborough fragments - look at genealogies for your lord and master as well as for the appropriate Kings for the time. Riddles were also popular. A couple of books you may want to check out include -'English Heroic Leg...
by Neil of Ormsheim
Sat Jun 27, 2015 8:48 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Viking Tent Posts
Replies: 13
Views: 2593

Re: Viking Tent Posts

I know of Roman leather tents but nothing as late as the Viking period. I would suggest woven wool that is subsequently felted, rather than 'traditional' felt might have been used. Summer in Mongolia tends to be somewhat drier than the Northern European 'summer' and felt gets very heavy and fragile ...
by Neil of Ormsheim
Mon Jun 22, 2015 7:53 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Dark Age Children's Toys
Replies: 5
Views: 1507

Re: Dark Age Children's Toys

The idea that such things did not exist is, frankly, absurd. The problem, however, is finding archaeological proof as, being textiles, they are most unlikely to survive in the ground. I am sure I have come across references to games like 'Kingy Bats' - two or more wooden paddles and a soft ball for ...
by Neil of Ormsheim
Sun May 31, 2015 12:45 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: The Whitby Brooch.
Replies: 10
Views: 1937

Re: The Whitby Brooch.

:D :D :D And if it were for sale - how much?
by Neil of Ormsheim
Sun May 31, 2015 8:51 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Viking Tent Posts
Replies: 13
Views: 2593

Re: Viking Tent Posts

Guilty as charged! :D I was, indeed, running around daft at Whitby smacking people with a variety of steel sticks........
by Neil of Ormsheim
Sat May 30, 2015 4:51 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Viking Tent Posts
Replies: 13
Views: 2593

Re: Viking Tent Posts

Some good, and relatively easily available ideas can be had from the original 'Prince Valiant' film. This was made just after the Godstagt ship burial report was published. Ignore the horns and the furry knickers (not to mention the furry everything else) but the tents used in the camp scene were ba...
by Neil of Ormsheim
Wed May 13, 2015 6:59 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Costume Queries
Replies: 2
Views: 951

Re: Costume Queries

You may, also, want to specify a period e.g. Victorian, Napoleonic, Roman, Migration, Saxon/Viking etc.
by Neil of Ormsheim
Thu May 07, 2015 12:46 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Early Mail Length/Shape
Replies: 4
Views: 1194

Re: Early Mail Length/Shape

I have never, actually, sat down down and looked at how many dags and what size......... I would guestimate that 8 - 12 individual triangles attached to the 'hem' of the shirt (so that their bases meet) and between 5 an 8 inches 'hem' to point. You could try making paper dags of different dimensions...

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