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by Adam R
Sun Nov 25, 2007 11:31 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Has anyone read these books?
Replies: 20
Views: 2897

...apart from the on-line interpretation with accompanying video from KDF becomes available :) After we have made it... :oops: Which we have been meaning to start for about a year now .... :( Ah well The best you can have is a good translation, a group to train with and lots of time trying to make i...
by Adam R
Sun Nov 25, 2007 12:10 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Has anyone read these books?
Replies: 20
Views: 2897

Good point guthrie :)

If you have done a little Fiore... then try Guy Windsor's book - Swordsman's Companion: Medieval Longsword

Now you see - if I am being a knight - I love to explain how they fought - it's my main interest - horses for courses?
by Adam R
Sat Nov 24, 2007 3:23 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Has anyone read these books?
Replies: 20
Views: 2897

Well - either of these could provide that. They are very difficult to use for 'theatrical' fights though - they are focused on an immediate kill - making these styles last more than a few phrases gets quite contrived :wink: But if combat bores you - is this really the thing to explain to people? Sur...
by Adam R
Fri Nov 23, 2007 7:05 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Has anyone read these books?
Replies: 20
Views: 2897

Whether the books are worth while rather depends on what you want out of them Marcus. If you want an insight into some medieval combat systems - they are fine (well - I speak for Christian's book - I haven't seen Mr Wagner's - only Forgengs translation - which is splendid)... If you want to actually...
by Adam R
Wed Nov 14, 2007 12:21 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Knee armour?
Replies: 68
Views: 10350

I just found this http://www.britishplate.org.uk/under_the_armour.htm#ArmingHose ... Right above 'battle boots'! But yes - not an unreasonable speculation - there is a picture somewhere that implies stuffed padded hose - but I seem to remember it's 16thc Interestingly - apparently the remains at wi...
by Adam R
Thu Nov 08, 2007 6:59 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Knee armour?
Replies: 68
Views: 10350

As a quick aside: are bill blocks a result of re-enactorism traditions (SK etc) of dividing armies into Infantry, Missile infantry and horse? Pretty much bang on, yes. No evidence for such divisions in the late 15thC as far as I have seen. More likely (IMHO) to be combined arms of people of the sam...
by Adam R
Thu Nov 08, 2007 6:56 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Knee armour?
Replies: 68
Views: 10350

The shooting and fighting is exactly what I plan to do. I'm just trying to work out what type of helmet I want. I have a barbute atm, but its too late a design for most english battlefields. Sallet would appear to be the best bet. Opinions? Check out the pics - sallet, visorless or visored - kettle...
by Adam R
Thu Nov 08, 2007 5:52 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Knee armour?
Replies: 68
Views: 10350

I think its important to remember that archers weren't non-com on the medieval battlefield as they are on ours! Absolutely! Archer was a term for a non MAA - whether armed with bill or bow. They were going to a battle and would be expecting to come to handstrokes. Remember Agincourt where the arche...
by Adam R
Thu Nov 08, 2007 5:44 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Knee armour?
Replies: 68
Views: 10350

(although not with the Hastings MSS esque blanket) they locate them beautifully. ??? I fail to understand that comment. Were you referring to the Medieval Siege Society wearing blankets at Hastings? I am not aware that they were (although personally I haven't been). Hi Tim, No - In the arming a Kni...
by Adam R
Thu Nov 08, 2007 4:05 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Knee armour?
Replies: 68
Views: 10350

Interesting, whereabouts can we find such pictures? (just so I can have a look too) Yes - please - the only pic I found after a very brief look had a guy with demi greaves and a short cuisse too. The trouble with straps on the thigh is they tend to puch the poleyn down - although back of the knee s...
by Adam R
Wed Nov 07, 2007 6:53 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Knee armour?
Replies: 68
Views: 10350

zauberdachs wrote:Anyone's whose fought a bill block will appreciate knee protection in general and with wings specifically :)


On the re-enactment field - yes - but does contemporary artwork suggest the same? I can't remember the pictures of poleyns 'a solo'...
by Adam R
Wed Nov 07, 2007 10:26 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Knee armour?
Replies: 68
Views: 10350

Yes - as I thought I had said - weapons of various lengths :roll: :lol:

So - in the pictures are they winged or un-winged, these poleyns without cuisses? If winged it might be more to discourage hooking...?
by Adam R
Mon Nov 05, 2007 9:05 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Knee armour?
Replies: 68
Views: 10350

That Jewish fella Otto and the Italian Fiore mention knee strikes in unarmed and in dagger work. Both are more akin to street fighting manuals than Talhoffen's seems to be. But I bow to you on this Adam. Well - Ott the Jew's works appear in the German fechtbucher (including plays in Talhoffer IIRC)...
by Adam R
Mon Nov 05, 2007 10:30 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Knee armour?
Replies: 68
Views: 10350

Hi Steve, The German medieval material gives several rules; aim at the unarmoured bits, head and neck region are preferred if unarmoured - faster and stronger strikes available to you. Throat not mentioned as I recall - but we aren't talking slashing weapons (falchion/messer aside and that isn't my ...
by Adam R
Sun Nov 04, 2007 8:04 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Knee armour?
Replies: 68
Views: 10350

Thinking it through, it may even be a standardtarget point in the fight manuals. Not in the German tradition or later European - can't speak for the Italian medieval - low targets are frowned on because the range to your head is less than to their leg... :shock: But that isn't such a key point in a...
by Adam R
Sat Oct 13, 2007 12:01 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Calving Crossbows
Replies: 13
Views: 2904

Interesting links Mark - they look almost exactly like - Blimey! :shock:

... and yes - near Waltham is right :wink:
by Adam R
Fri Oct 12, 2007 12:03 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Calving Crossbows
Replies: 13
Views: 2904

kast so many caluys ├żat they shall neuer cast qwarellys


Interesting the differentiation between kast and cast too. I like Mark's theory - and not just because we are neighbours ;)
by Adam R
Tue Sep 04, 2007 5:38 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: How do you hang your legs?
Replies: 38
Views: 4615

A couple of options for you from our clan - doublet and 'super-braces'!

The doublet wouldn't mind a leather reinforce like a belt sewing to the inside to stop the front pulling down - but that's because I have a rather thin doublet compared to many.

:)
by Adam R
Wed May 30, 2007 11:19 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Need hellp with business plan
Replies: 12
Views: 2120

Hi,
It's a very important thing and a forum is probably not the best way to discuss it - I would recommend getting in touch with your local Enterprice Agency who will give advice and training on this.
Cheers
Adam
by Adam R
Mon Dec 11, 2006 6:46 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: SWASH-swordplay convention-Leeds 2007
Replies: 7
Views: 1554

Phil the Grips wrote:Indeed you can- that's me doing the "Handkerchief defence" class!

:shock: :shock: :!:
by Adam R
Wed Dec 06, 2006 2:11 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: SWASH-swordplay convention-Leeds 2007
Replies: 7
Views: 1554

If you follow Phil's link now and look at the programme link you can now see the training and events on offer.
Cheers
Adam
by Adam R
Wed Oct 25, 2006 9:50 am
Forum: General History
Topic: 'Ballok' dagger
Replies: 20
Views: 3095

Sophia wrote:That is a fine example of the English sense of humour


Why thank you :)

Bartolo,

Mi dispiace! :oops:

Adam
by Adam R
Tue Sep 05, 2006 9:52 am
Forum: General History
Topic: WotR drill
Replies: 39
Views: 4579

Mark wrote:My other daughter is 21 she's about to start at Nottingham University so she will be busy for a few years.


We have lots of lads and lasses from the Uni training on a Tuedsday night :)
by Adam R
Fri Sep 01, 2006 9:04 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: WotR drill
Replies: 39
Views: 4579

Horns appear quite often as I recall in contemporary artwork - hunting calls would be audible over the clamour (well - more audible than most things) and recognisable to many of the men - hunting was a more common activity for the households than war after all. Get those horns out and get practising...
by Adam R
Tue Aug 29, 2006 11:01 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: What makes you do it ??
Replies: 66
Views: 10121

gregory23b wrote:" 'Treasure Trap' (anyone out there old enough to remember that?)"

yep, hands up. Adam R also did it.


:oops:

To Smeg: v, To hit; to assult; to apply overmuch violence to another eg "I smegged the ba@@*%rd!!"
by Adam R
Wed Aug 23, 2006 11:37 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: 'Ballok' dagger
Replies: 20
Views: 3095

Re: 'Ballok' dagger

chrisanson wrote: sounds like "ballocks" to me :twisted:

chris


Or was that a load of old kidneys? One of the two... ;)
by Adam R
Thu Aug 10, 2006 11:07 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Please get your e(n)tymology right OOPS
Replies: 42
Views: 5391

Certainly the break down he gives shows a fair reasoning. The poll aspect is certainly convergent as it is part of an axe, but a poll axe is a long hafted weapon, a normal axe is an axe yet it has a poll on it and is not called a poll axe. Poll axe could well mean an axe as tall as a head. Is poleA...
by Adam R
Wed Aug 09, 2006 2:48 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Old Archery Laws?
Replies: 14
Views: 3171

"In 1512 an expedition of 10,000 men was sent to Guyenne, half being archers who also carried halberds, which were placed on the ground while they shot. #snip# "Besides, as they used the halbert with the bow, they could fall to execution on the enemy with great advantage.'(11) This expedition retur...
by Adam R
Tue Aug 08, 2006 10:07 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Help with hose...
Replies: 3
Views: 900

Big thanks to the many PMs offering help - from very useful to very generous - all very appreciated!

Thank You!
:)

Adam
by Adam R
Sun Aug 06, 2006 6:56 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Help with hose...
Replies: 3
Views: 900

Help with hose...

Hello, I am in urgent need of some hose and of course have left it to the last minute. I'd ask the Mrs - but she refuses to sew another stitch for me until I have finished her motorcycle off :oops: :cry: So - anyone either able to - or know anyone who can produce some 15thC joined hose for reasonabl...

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