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by m. demetrius
Wed Dec 21, 2011 4:02 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Merry Christmas, all!
Replies: 0
Views: 1771

Merry Christmas, all!

Merry Christmas, from a believing Roman.

Christmas Card.jpg
by m. demetrius
Tue Nov 29, 2011 5:05 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Galvanised Mail
Replies: 10
Views: 3196

Re: Galvanised Mail

I don't recall reading that the effects are long term , rather you get some nasty side effects, depending on the dose. If you are stupid enough to breathe it for a minute or two it'll kill you . I sense something of irony in this, or am I reading it wrongly? Death, to a Texan anyway, seems like a l...
by m. demetrius
Fri Nov 25, 2011 2:18 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Galvanised Mail
Replies: 10
Views: 3196

Re: Galvanised Mail

The zinc can be removed chemically by immersing the metal in a plastic bucket with enough plain white vinegar to cover. When it stops bubbling, it is done, and that could be a day or two. Do this outdoors, as the zinc gas is toxic. Zinc is nasty, isn't it? Rinse in clear water and dry quickly with a...
by m. demetrius
Sat Nov 19, 2011 4:32 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: No Charcloth Flint & Steel Fire Lighting.
Replies: 30
Views: 8978

Re: No Charcloth Flint & Steel Fire Lighting.

I have one of those Hudson Bay boxes with the lens. I use it to carry charcloth, flint and striker. The lens will put a spark on the charcloth instantly when the sun is shining. To keep the charcloth from crushing, I sewed a very small, wax-dipped deerskin flat pouch. Works just fine. I suppose the ...
by m. demetrius
Wed Oct 12, 2011 2:36 pm
Forum: Creative Works
Topic: Mini Mangonel or Trebuchet...
Replies: 3
Views: 4789

Re: Mini Mangonel or Trebuchet...

http://www.mangonel.com/
They have lots of helps for models, model kits, ideas for all sizes of catapults/mangonels/trebuchets.
I don't think anyone will hold you to your promise of "being good", though.
I suspect everyone will expect the worst.
Heh.
:roll:
by m. demetrius
Sun Oct 02, 2011 1:24 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: machine vs hand sewing
Replies: 14
Views: 2783

Re: machine vs hand sewing

If you want the cloak for warmth I once lined a wool blanket coat with cotton flannel (partly because the wool was very scratchy, and partly because I didn't know any better) and found that the warmth of the coat on a wet morning went to near zero. It would have been much smarter to line it with so...
by m. demetrius
Tue Sep 06, 2011 2:26 pm
Forum: Creative Works
Topic: Portable Forge
Replies: 4
Views: 5459

Re: Portable Forge

You can convert the bottom of a gas water heater tank into a forge, or a cast iron hibachi can be fitted. Small, yes, but the fire pot is the most difficult part. The other things can be made from standard hardware.
by m. demetrius
Thu Aug 04, 2011 10:17 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Smoking !
Replies: 11
Views: 2788

Re: Smoking !

Well, if we can believe Season 2 of Rome HBO, hemp was inhaled by Roman ladies. I don't know, but it seems their method was fairly inefficient and wasteful. But maybe it was less expensive then? Hard to know. However, as we saw it on TV, and Garfield says, "If it's on TV it's gotta be true"...
by m. demetrius
Thu Jul 14, 2011 11:08 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Leaking Tent
Replies: 18
Views: 3856

Re: Leaking Tent

Is it the whole tent, or just seams? If just seams, simply rub them with a plain old candle. Works fine to help seal the thread/needle holes.
by m. demetrius
Thu Jul 14, 2011 11:06 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Mouldy Straw Hat
Replies: 6
Views: 1711

Re: Mouldy Straw Hat

Tried lemon juice? Very mild chlorine bleach?
by m. demetrius
Fri Jun 17, 2011 2:06 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Can anyone provide provenance for this image?
Replies: 8
Views: 4023

Re: Can anyone provide provenance for this image?

I have a question I don't have an answer to and I'm looking for relevant evidence. I will draw my conclusion from that evidence. If the image isn't relevant I can disregard it. That's all. Keep an eye on this one...trying to inject reason and thinking into the hobby. Next thing, we'll all be forced...
by m. demetrius
Tue Jun 14, 2011 1:39 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Canvas Cleaning?!
Replies: 4
Views: 2499

Re: Canvas Cleaning?!

Panther Primitives (US tent manufacturer) recommends diluted bottled lemon juice to kill the mildew, but white vinegar should work also. Bad luck on the tent. That's a bother, and the mildew is gradually digesting the cloth. Whatsoever thing ye do, do thou quickly.
by m. demetrius
Tue Jun 07, 2011 12:57 pm
Forum: Creative Works
Topic: How to go about Dyeing wool
Replies: 5
Views: 3755

Re: How to go about Dyeing wool

I'm interested in your booklet, Sally. Might I be able to get one way over here in Texas?
by m. demetrius
Thu Jun 02, 2011 8:59 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Shield
Replies: 3
Views: 1930

Re: Shield

The whole Four and Twenty! I can almost hear them sing from away over here! Good job.

Is this shield flat or curved?
by m. demetrius
Sun Apr 17, 2011 2:26 pm
Forum: 55BC-410AD
Topic: Late Roman dished shield
Replies: 5
Views: 6630

Re: Late Roman dished shield

@Matt Well, not all knowledge is contained on RAT. :roll: Heh. I'll add my name in sig right away. There, done. :$ @Graham Thanks for the reply. I'm working on some tests right now, that may make it possible to dish a shield, and basically, I'll settle for what the wood is willing to do. I have to m...
by m. demetrius
Tue Apr 05, 2011 2:30 pm
Forum: 55BC-410AD
Topic: Late Roman dished shield
Replies: 5
Views: 6630

Late Roman dished shield

Hello, all, I'm starting a project that includes making at least 4 4th Century Late Roman Infantry shields. They were reportedly dished, but I can't seem to locate a number on how deep the dish should be. My guess is somewhere around 7 or so cm. But that's just a guess. The shields are being made in...
by m. demetrius
Sun Dec 26, 2010 3:58 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: dyeing with raspberry leaves
Replies: 3
Views: 1378

Re: dyeing with raspberry leaves

Have you considered just letting the leaves dry, and rehydrating them when you're ready to color the fabric? What color of dye do these leaves yield?
by m. demetrius
Sun Dec 26, 2010 3:51 pm
Forum: 55BC-410AD
Topic: The Roman Army Knife
Replies: 11
Views: 8601

Re: The Roman Army Knife

Interestingly, the "Roman Army Knife" wasn't invented until well after the Helvetii (modern Switzerland) were conquered. I'm not making a connection here: I'm just sayin'.... :crazy:
by m. demetrius
Thu Dec 23, 2010 12:24 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Froe
Replies: 7
Views: 3723

Re: Froe

Does anyone know how far back 'froes' go
Ahem. All the way to the handle, of course.
by m. demetrius
Thu Dec 23, 2010 12:19 am
Forum: 55BC-410AD
Topic: Phalera Discs on Roman Standards
Replies: 3
Views: 5861

Phalera Discs on Roman Standards

Does anyone have information on these discs, not necessarily reconstructions, but the originals?
From what metal were they made?
How were they attached to the pole?
What were the dimensions?
Disc diameter?
Depth of the circumferential ring?

Are there any photos of surviving artifacts?
by m. demetrius
Sat Oct 23, 2010 7:41 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Literally.
Replies: 6
Views: 3168

Re: Literally.

That's funny stuff, no doubt about it. Later times, but same things apply:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsz3Fpy0Jkk
by m. demetrius
Sat Oct 23, 2010 7:34 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Froe
Replies: 7
Views: 3723

Re: Froe

There are finds of froe-like wood splitters from Roman times. The sizes, metals, and angles change, but the needed function still leads to the same form, right?

If you think about it, a froe is basically a long, thin-bladed axe, or a modified blade used for another purpose.
by m. demetrius
Sat Oct 23, 2010 7:25 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: How to authentically waterproof shoes/boots?
Replies: 10
Views: 4192

Re: How to authentically waterproof shoes/boots?

Melt beeswax and mix with a little olive or other cooking oil. Makes a very similar-to-shoepolish blend. Helps keep the water out. You can also use it on chapped lips.
by m. demetrius
Thu Oct 07, 2010 4:04 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Lining of hoods
Replies: 32
Views: 5864

Re: Lining of hoods

The rabbit skins mentioned somewhere previously are very warm, that is until they get damp. Then they're not so comfortable. They hold water in rather than shield the body. But if you can keep them dry, they are a very inexpensive and comfortable undercoat. Don't bother to use them as shoe liners, t...

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