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by Adam R
Mon Dec 28, 2009 1:54 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Plate Gauntlets
Replies: 3
Views: 1143

Re: Plate Gauntlets

I'd always recommend looking at original sources (museums and pictures) to get an idea of what looks right and what looks wrong. Never assume that because people buy something they look right! I have seen some gauntlets that were surely made for giants!! Once you have a feel for look you can browse ...
by Adam R
Sun Nov 15, 2009 10:49 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: How do you attach your gussets (voiders)
Replies: 23
Views: 3280

Re: How do you attach your gussets (voiders)

Hi Francis, I reckon that's more to do with how 'compressed' the mail is as you sew it - voiders have to expand to cover the longer line of a lifted underarm but you can account for this by making sure the mail has the flex to accomodate this, ie stitching it with the links at only partial extension...
by Adam R
Thu Nov 05, 2009 2:28 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: How do you attach your gussets (voiders)
Replies: 23
Views: 3280

Re: How do you attach your gussets (voiders)

So you're doing it the right way round? I wish had! - Who is furnishing you with your armour then, care to name names?
by Adam R
Wed Nov 04, 2009 7:53 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: How do you attach your gussets (voiders)
Replies: 23
Views: 3280

Re: How do you attach your gussets (voiders)

Hi Colin, I'll just echo what has already been said - history says sew or implies pointing. Mine are sewn with heavy duty thread and because I am poor my butted links do slip threads from time to time. Be extremely careful about how you line up where the voiders are stitched though because too much ...
by Adam R
Sat Oct 31, 2009 5:09 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Literacy during the Middle Ages
Replies: 26
Views: 4942

Re: Literacy during the Middle Ages

Perhaps it's worth thinking of this from the other side - nowadays illiteracy is a set back because so much of modern day society revolves around the written word. Before the prevalence of literate people society simply worked as it had always done previously - it was not a 'disability' Literacy was...
by Adam R
Thu Oct 29, 2009 1:00 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: How to tell who is a Knight.
Replies: 333
Views: 28182

Re: How to tell who is a Knight.

I've always thought that the 'problem point' would be the inside of the elbow where the couter wraps round and stands proud of the arm. Hi Colin, Don't forget Italian style harness was articulated and didn't tend to have the couter a german or english armour would have - I also read somewhere latel...
by Adam R
Mon Oct 26, 2009 11:10 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: best relaible helms for the price
Replies: 54
Views: 6370

Re: best relaible helms for the price

I believe war harnesses of the time were lighter than modern reproductions - thinner sections and tapered thicknesses and lighter mail out balanced the thicker front sections I believe - think this was from a chat to one of the technical guys at RA a while ago. As a matter of interest my harness is ...
by Adam R
Thu Oct 22, 2009 9:26 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: How to tell who is a Knight.
Replies: 333
Views: 28182

Re: How to tell who is a Knight.

So what is it that stops you from shooting a bow in an arm harness that you can't do in a padded jack? Where does the string catch? Or is it some other issue?
by Adam R
Mon Oct 19, 2009 11:44 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: How to tell who is a Knight.
Replies: 333
Views: 28182

Re: How to tell who is a Knight.

And even then we are only assuming that these men are mounted because it seems to make the most sense, the 200 spears could be 200 men on foot with polearms as the expression was interchangeable (and could even be a logistical term though this is highly unlikely in this instance.) Interesting thoug...
by Adam R
Mon Oct 19, 2009 11:36 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: best relaible helms for the price
Replies: 54
Views: 6370

Re: best relaible helms for the price

... back to my earlier point - how many armourers actually test their armour for it's protection? If so how do they do it? Is it actually desirable to have these tests or is it actually wiser to say that armour is costume only and combatants should rely on training to maintain safety (not suggesting...
by Adam R
Sat Oct 17, 2009 11:00 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: How to tell who is a Knight.
Replies: 333
Views: 28182

Re: How to tell who is a Knight.

I agree and disagree in part. Horses in general are lacking in the 'scene' set by re-enactmet. They were so much more prevalent then than now. But you have to accept what is and is not possible in bringing history 'alive'. On the battlefield then there is a fairly sizeable chunk of our history where...
by Adam R
Sat Oct 17, 2009 6:22 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: best relaible helms for the price
Replies: 54
Views: 6370

Re: best relaible helms for the price

Yes indeed - better less of the good stuff than more of the poor stuff :)
by Adam R
Sat Oct 17, 2009 6:20 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: How to tell who is a Knight.
Replies: 333
Views: 28182

Re: How to tell who is a Knight.

Italy Mr Woodhouse? Do you mean the area of republics and communi of Europe in the area which is now Italy?
:P
by Adam R
Sat Oct 17, 2009 8:54 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: How to tell who is a Knight.
Replies: 333
Views: 28182

Re:

gregory23b wrote:In that case, citizens were soldiers, a bowman is a civilian with a bow - not the class issue as such - class being the wrong word too.


Citizen being the wrong word too :P
by Adam R
Thu Oct 15, 2009 11:41 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: best relaible helms for the price
Replies: 54
Views: 6370

Re: best relaible helms for the price

... which is fair enough. I have recommended them myself. For what they are they offer reasonable vfm - I'm only familiar with some of their large range of gear. As a complete aside and digression - 'Battle Ready' is an interesting claim. We don't have a CE standard for re-enactment armour - I wonde...
by Adam R
Thu Oct 15, 2009 9:49 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: best relaible helms for the price
Replies: 54
Views: 6370

Re: best relaible helms for the price

... somone that has bee re-enacting since the 80s and knows what is good and what isnt With the best will in the world re-enacting for a long time doesn't necessarily grant any particular knowledge on the subject. I know a few who re-enact from when I started back then and don't really have any int...
by Adam R
Sat Nov 29, 2008 1:05 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Chain mail infills for plate armour
Replies: 5
Views: 1260

Get dressed for battle do them - not in stock at the moment but worth an enquiry. Perhaps with the dollar being not fully recovered Historic Enterprises are worth a look too? http://www.historicenterprises.com/cart.php?m=product_detail&p=290&c=25
by Adam R
Wed Jul 16, 2008 1:05 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Household Archers in the WOTR. What did they wear.
Replies: 30
Views: 4593

Dave - thanks for that - excellent insight as ever :)
by Adam R
Tue Jul 15, 2008 10:54 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Household Archers in the WOTR. What did they wear.
Replies: 30
Views: 4593

This sounds really good - when others see the amount of fun being had they'll all want to join in!

I'm off to get my on-line arrow shop ready! ;)
by Adam R
Tue Jul 15, 2008 6:31 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Billmen - myth?
Replies: 273
Views: 28940

I think you would have to wait until Silver for commentary on bills - it is 1599(ish) though - possibly they are longer than the medieval bill - but they are referred to for individual combat rather than commentaries on how to use them in groups. Nothing Medieval IIRC though. :roll: This was the on...
by Adam R
Mon Jul 14, 2008 11:12 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Billmen - myth?
Replies: 273
Views: 28940

guthrie wrote:Silver can be found on the internet, and I've Terry Browns book in my library.


Terry Brown is an excellent source I believe - both practical and research wise.
by Adam R
Mon Jul 14, 2008 11:11 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Household Archers in the WOTR. What did they wear.
Replies: 30
Views: 4593

So if a noble mans archers were on the battle field would they have the same full coat of arms on there tabbard? If so how does the enemy tell from a distance that it isnt the guy with the money. Has any body got any ideas on what makes the distinction on who can wear a heraldic tabbard and who sho...
by Adam R
Tue Jul 08, 2008 9:22 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Billmen - myth?
Replies: 273
Views: 28940

From my own WMA experience with pole arms I would say that everything I've seen would inform us only as to the polearm use of the men-at-arms, i.e. the treatises written for gentlemanly use. In these cases they are invariably for individual use rather than for mutually supportive use. I agree I thi...
by Adam R
Sat Jul 05, 2008 9:31 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Billmen - myth?
Replies: 273
Views: 28940

Nice post Marcus

Sweeping the thick dusty floor of popular thinking with the fresh hazel broom of reason and the sparkling dustpan of evidence :shock:
by Adam R
Wed Jul 02, 2008 8:15 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: What is known about Late Medival battlefield Combat?
Replies: 45
Views: 6133

But seriously it just shows how little we know for certain & how much we make educated guestimates of what happened. That's another nail with a headache! But worse are the assumptions based on what is simply old re-enactment practice! Challenge everything - because there might be more fun AND m...
by Adam R
Sun Jun 08, 2008 7:27 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Billmen - myth?
Replies: 273
Views: 28940

That said, Blood Red Roses is supposed to be taken from the reports of the excavations, so that should be a more reliable source. Indeed it is. And it make no reference to wounds by bills - the source of the woulnds isn't clear enough to make and they only differentiate between cut, stab or crushin...
by Adam R
Thu Jun 05, 2008 8:27 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Billmen - myth?
Replies: 273
Views: 28940

I wonder if too much modern - post rennaisance - inclination to categorise might not hp here. Are we trying to apply troop types a way tht wasn't worried abut at the me o much? The muster rolls that survive simpyl refer to being armoured with and able to do the kings service with a weapon of some so...
by Adam R
Sat May 24, 2008 5:54 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: What is known about Late Medival battlefield Combat?
Replies: 45
Views: 6133

Except most people would be relatively well off folk from the artisan and mercantile class so unsused to being in the rural trades (maybe why Foresters etc were prized troops in a fray- just as gamekeepers were in WWII) and likely to have never seen a bill, let alone hefted one, especially not in a...
by Adam R
Fri May 16, 2008 11:55 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: What is known about Late Medival battlefield Combat?
Replies: 45
Views: 6133

On a more 'skills' level of weaponry - a thought for a bloke with a 'bill' - if that bloke used an agricultural bill as a part of his 'civilian' job (and I'm guessing many would) they would be extremely deft with them - able to skillfully turn, chp, poke etc - the use of them for hedge trimming etc ...
by Adam R
Sat Jan 12, 2008 12:26 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: GOTHIC BUILDINGS 1000-1500
Replies: 38
Views: 4814

Nice subject :)

Do you mean this one? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leuven_Town_Hall Intriguing looking place! I'm not sure myself - but I did rather like the Duomo San Martino in Lucca http://www.puccinielasualucca.com/img/lucca/duomo_san_martino_big.jpg Not so much for it's design (which is pretty nice) but for th...

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