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by seesinsilhouette
Wed Dec 07, 2011 12:34 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: UK based hussite groups
Replies: 11
Views: 3156

UK based hussite groups

I have a yearning to learn more about the hussite rebellion and was wondering if anyone could recommend a uk based group, preferably midlands.

cheers

michael
by seesinsilhouette
Fri Dec 02, 2011 12:19 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Is my yew bow useless?
Replies: 7
Views: 3299

Re: Is my yew bow useless?

Thanks for the advice. The nocks are both out by that amount. If you imagine a straight vertical line at the center of the bow the top and bottom nock sit maybe 1" -1 1/2" to the left of that line. I've seen self bows with some " twist" in them before but I worried because as far...
by seesinsilhouette
Wed Nov 30, 2011 7:43 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Is my yew bow useless?
Replies: 7
Views: 3299

Is my yew bow useless?

I recently was given a self yew bow with a draw weight of 50lbs I tried to keep it oiled and out of direct heat but it seems to have formed a very slight sideways curve which leaves the nocks about 1 1/2 inches to the left of the center of the bow. It's not getting worse and otherwise the bow is giv...
by seesinsilhouette
Thu Aug 04, 2011 12:04 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Softening a gambeson
Replies: 6
Views: 2336

Re: Softening a gambeson

Thanks for the replys. @ wulfenganck: it's a very densly layered item and Definately not foamy or spongy. It's more to speed up the process of softening the resistance of the" bend points" eg elbows and shoulders etc, so it doesnt have the appearence of bent cardboard! It was made to measu...
by seesinsilhouette
Wed Aug 03, 2011 11:01 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Softening a gambeson
Replies: 6
Views: 2336

Softening a gambeson

Any suggestions on how to soften up a new gambeson ( aside from wearing it constantly!). Been trying to find articles on softening canvas and thick linen but most techniques involve tumble dryers and I don't know if it would help the dryer or the gambeson if I tried that! I've wet it and I'm hoping ...
by seesinsilhouette
Thu Jun 16, 2011 7:34 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 15th century jeweller
Replies: 1
Views: 965

15th century jeweller

ive been wracking my brains of late as to what i could add to my WOTR group in terms of living history and transferrable skills. im a sculptor by trade and have also worked within the jewellry industry and wondered if this (or its 15th century equivalent) is something i could explore. any informatio...
by seesinsilhouette
Thu Jun 09, 2011 5:37 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: looking for crossbow dealer
Replies: 15
Views: 3468

Re: looking for crossbow dealer

It could well have been Tod from "tods stuff" fame. He has a website with contact details and I know he was at that event
by seesinsilhouette
Wed Mar 23, 2011 4:12 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Advice on Elizabethan low status outfit
Replies: 5
Views: 2548

Re: Advice on Elizabethan low status outfit

Many thanks.
by seesinsilhouette
Tue Mar 22, 2011 10:57 am
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Advice on Elizabethan low status outfit
Replies: 5
Views: 2548

Advice on Elizabethan low status outfit

I've been invited to take part in an Elizabethan living history event and need some advice on an outfit. My area of experience is limited to WOTR so I am unfamiliar with what to wear in this late Tudor period. I will be portraying a low status role mainly performing menial tasks, eg chopping wood et...
by seesinsilhouette
Fri Mar 11, 2011 8:20 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Learning Middle English
Replies: 15
Views: 2637

Re: Learning Middle English

Thank you Sally, that's most kind of you :)
by seesinsilhouette
Fri Mar 11, 2011 5:07 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Learning Middle English
Replies: 15
Views: 2637

Re: Learning Middle English

Much appreciated, I shall have a root around and see what I can find. To be honest I'd love to find a course I could do but the only one I'm finding is a Masters in medieval English ( not exactly novice level!) Any other links/ books/ documents people can suggest are most welcome. In the meantime, I...
by seesinsilhouette
Fri Mar 11, 2011 2:05 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Learning Middle English
Replies: 15
Views: 2637

Learning Middle English

Im interested in learning Middle English, can anyone recommend any good instructional reading for a novice beyond Chaucer?
by seesinsilhouette
Wed Jan 26, 2011 3:23 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Cat gutters
Replies: 16
Views: 2606

Re: Cat gutters

Would the same apply for a baselard? The dagger of that shape dating from around 1386 is shown in Wagners medieval costume armour and weapons. Would this stretch to the longer short sword of baselard design?
by seesinsilhouette
Mon Jan 24, 2011 7:11 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Sourcing brass vervelles
Replies: 7
Views: 1975

Re: WTB vervelles

I have managed to find a source for steel vervelles. Although I'm uncertain of the quality of some of their, armour steel mastery in the ukraine have said they would make some for me with long " stems" so I can cut them to the correct length before fitting and peaning them in place in my b...
by seesinsilhouette
Fri Jan 21, 2011 10:29 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Crossbow bolts
Replies: 14
Views: 5186

Re: Crossbow bolts

Thanks for all the help so far. I have 2 more questions 1. How do I go about " bellying" the dowel I'm using and what was the purpose if this ( i noticed in the illustrations above only a few we bellied so wasn't sure if it was a necessity for period accuracy) 2. Does anyone have a good re...
by seesinsilhouette
Wed Jan 19, 2011 9:26 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Sourcing brass vervelles
Replies: 7
Views: 1975

Re: WTB vervelles

Hi I've hunted high and low for suitable chain stays but they are not easy to find on their own. I looked at white rose apparel but couldn't see the vervelles amongst the other cast items. So no luck so far. I found some on an American site but don't really want to pay as much again in shipping and ...
by seesinsilhouette
Wed Jan 19, 2011 11:58 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Sourcing brass vervelles
Replies: 7
Views: 1975

Sourcing brass vervelles

Can anyone recommend a supplier of brass vervelles in the uk?
by seesinsilhouette
Tue Jan 18, 2011 4:57 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Crossbow bolts
Replies: 14
Views: 5186

Re: Crossbow bolts

Thank you all for your help. I shall post pictures when I have completed the project. As far as the "quiver" is concerned I intend to build a waisted trapezoid wooden box which I will then cover in leather. Could anyone suggest which would be an appropriate native english wood to use? Also...
by seesinsilhouette
Mon Jan 17, 2011 9:56 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Crossbow bolts
Replies: 14
Views: 5186

Crossbow bolts

Hi I'm wanting to make some 15th century crossbow bolts with wooden flights but am not quite sure where to start. Any advice on materials needed and a good source for authentic heads would be most appreciated. Well any advice at all on the matter would be welcomed. I'm a fairly handy person so once ...
by seesinsilhouette
Tue Nov 09, 2010 6:35 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Where to buy a decent polearm
Replies: 12
Views: 3739

Re: Where to buy a decent polearm

Thanks for the help one and all!

I finally found what i was after and picked up a bill from Tony watts (the trader who was mentioned earlier in this thread) last week and it looks great.

hopefully will get to try it out in training soon!
by seesinsilhouette
Thu Oct 28, 2010 6:59 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fox tails
Replies: 20
Views: 3304

Re: Fox tails

To be honest, it wasn't my intention to use one, I was just curious to where the idea came from. Option 4 would definately be the most likely. Why clean something you are going to kill someone with? :) practically speaking I also usually go for option 2 or wipe em on my already grubby hose :) mainly...
by seesinsilhouette
Wed Oct 27, 2010 9:01 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fox tails
Replies: 20
Views: 3304

Fox tails

I know I may be about to open a barrel of pain here but I'd just like to determine the truth about 14-15th century archers using fox tails to clean undamaged "reclaimed" arrows. I spotted a couple of people saying that's they regarded them as ridiculous but I just want to determine the fac...
by seesinsilhouette
Wed Oct 20, 2010 9:34 am
Forum: Societies
Topic: Looking for wma/hema group in notts area
Replies: 2
Views: 7883

Looking for wma/hema group in notts area

Hi, I'm looking to join a wma/hema group in the Nottinghamshire area. I'm a beginner and am interested in learning styles such as tahoffer etc.. I looked into the Nottingham KDF but the group is at capacity. Can anyone suggest another group please? Please pm me with details or email at seesinsilhoue...
by seesinsilhouette
Wed Aug 18, 2010 4:51 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Where to buy a decent polearm
Replies: 12
Views: 3739

Re: Where to buy a decent polearm

thanks chaps. i shall try and contact andy once ive found a suitable design and then will send you a message paul

best wishes

michael
by seesinsilhouette
Wed Aug 18, 2010 2:36 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Where to buy a decent polearm
Replies: 12
Views: 3739

Where to buy a decent polearm

Hi can anyone suggest a supplier of good quality polearms? Most that I've seen available online I wouldn't risk taking onto the field, even after blunting the sharp areas. I've seen heads available without shaft ( I presume for ease of shipping). If I were to follow this route where could I source a...
by seesinsilhouette
Tue Aug 17, 2010 8:45 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: how to weather/age plate armour
Replies: 14
Views: 2119

Re: how to weather/age plate armour

yes, im familiar with gun bluing as my "other" hobby is building replica film props and the blue can give a lovely finish. alas, theres no way a man of my (lack of) status could every have afforded such things. work from the bottom is where im at! :)
by seesinsilhouette
Tue Aug 10, 2010 1:04 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: how to weather/age plate armour
Replies: 14
Views: 2119

Re: how to weather/age plate armour

yup i agree, its a good idea but not really to my taste. thanks for the suggestion anyway. i think im gonna polish the bejeezus outta everything that i currently own and let nature and the next few events run their course! :)
by seesinsilhouette
Mon Aug 09, 2010 6:36 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: how to weather/age plate armour
Replies: 14
Views: 2119

Re: how to weather/age plate armour

thanks again folks, youre advice is most welcome. Colin in answer to your question, i am sourcing many of the pieces from various place but i realy like the sound of your plan :)
by seesinsilhouette
Sun Aug 08, 2010 10:26 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: dying a felt hat
Replies: 1
Views: 615

dying a felt hat

hi could anyone tell me if it is safe for me to cold dye a felt hat? im concerned it may disintergrate or lose its shape if i do , but am keen to change its colour.
by seesinsilhouette
Thu Aug 05, 2010 4:29 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: how to weather/age plate armour
Replies: 14
Views: 2119

Re: how to weather/age plate armour

Firstly, thanks for all your advice. There are two reasons why I posed the questions. The first is as I gradually build up my collection effectively piece by piece I want to maintain a more uniform finish to the armour overall and as it has been collected over time obviously some pieces are naturall...

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