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by Hobbitstomper
Fri Jul 16, 2010 12:54 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: silly question
Replies: 13
Views: 2385

Re: silly question

Like Matt said. I’ve got a thick, solid linen gambeson and it would not be practical to wear mail over the top. It would be much heavier and make it hard to move my arms. Nor would it be practical to have thick padding on the arms because they wouldn’t bend at the elbows. Extra gambesons on the outs...
by Hobbitstomper
Fri Jul 09, 2010 2:44 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Period Maille
Replies: 70
Views: 10751

Re: Period Maille

It depends on the steel. Steel is just iron with the slag/junk removed and can be very soft.

By the time a piece of iron has been beaten to a rod, drawn in to wire, annealed a few times and generally messed about there won’t be much slag left in it.
by Hobbitstomper
Tue Jun 29, 2010 5:29 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 13th century medicine
Replies: 53
Views: 6111

Re: 13th century medicine

I was comparing what medieval people had lots of (linen) against what we use today (cotton). I think linen would make pretty good bandages.
by Hobbitstomper
Mon Jun 21, 2010 4:22 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 13th century medicine
Replies: 53
Views: 6111

Re: 13th century medicine

Why would anyone use linen? It is basically the same as cotton but stronger. Its excellent absorbent properties mean it is better at keeping wounds dry and it is less likely to leak blood all over your clothes. No one complains about cotton bandages dropping fibres in to wounds but cotton is fluffie...
by Hobbitstomper
Thu May 27, 2010 9:00 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Period Maille
Replies: 70
Views: 10751

Re: Period Maille

Try Vegard Vike's paper called Ringweave. Copy on Eric Schmidt's site. http://www.themailresearchsociety.erikds.com/pdf_files/tmrs_pdf_11.pdf Low carbon metal is usually cheaper. They were making steely iron with some pretty high carbon contents from Roman times onwards (but pre-roman iron iron migh...
by Hobbitstomper
Wed May 26, 2010 3:18 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Period Maille
Replies: 70
Views: 10751

Re: Period Maille

Hammer welding needs very accurate temperature control. Too hot and the metal disappears in sparkles, too cold and it doesn’t happen. A wire ring is a reasonable conductor but has a miniscule heat capacity. There will be at most seconds between taking the ring out of the heat and getting a single ha...
by Hobbitstomper
Tue May 25, 2010 3:51 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Period Maille
Replies: 70
Views: 10751

Re: Period Maille

I think it could be to do with the amount of wasted metal you get with punched rings. To make a 12mm outside diameter punched ring (1*2mm section) you need 210mm^3 of material if you make them in offset rows with a couple of mm between rings. To make a 11mm outside diameter forged or riveted round r...
by Hobbitstomper
Tue May 25, 2010 11:42 am
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Robin Hood-the story behind the legend
Replies: 14
Views: 2932

Re: Robin Hood-the story behind the legend

Battle spears are different to hunting spears. The Romans confiscated all the battle spears and only allowed the Keltic tribes hunting spears for sporting purposes. Hunting spears are designed to be used on boar and squirrels. If you look in dark age illustrations you will see that all the spears al...
by Hobbitstomper
Tue May 11, 2010 1:38 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: rusty mail
Replies: 11
Views: 1140

Re: rusty mail

Do they have unmanned laundrettes in Ireland?
by Hobbitstomper
Tue Feb 23, 2010 1:37 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: How much?
Replies: 10
Views: 1896

How much?

How much polyester or nylon is it possible to get away with in wool without anyone noticing? Assuming the garment is made up so can’t be burned or chemically tested.
by Hobbitstomper
Mon Feb 01, 2010 9:59 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Where do you attach your points?
Replies: 122
Views: 14475

Re: Where do you attach your points?

Where do you attach your points?

To the fox tail. :thumbup:
by Hobbitstomper
Mon Jan 18, 2010 2:51 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: mobile warming trays part 2
Replies: 4
Views: 703

Re: mobile warming trays part 2

If you search hard enough you might find online some pictures of Itallian 15th/16th century food hotplates. I found them when I was looking up braziers but can't remember where.
by Hobbitstomper
Fri Oct 23, 2009 2:24 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: How to tell who is a Knight.
Replies: 333
Views: 21189

Re: How to tell who is a Knight.

Re-enactors are generally fatter than period archers?
by Hobbitstomper
Tue Oct 06, 2009 1:40 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Evidence or Discussions of "blued" weapons
Replies: 3
Views: 1799

Put blue steel or blue iron in the search box on http://www.northvegr.org/lore/viking/index.php The blue is probably not a chemical blue but the oxide you get on polished steel when you heat it to the right temperature for tempering. You can get all the colours of the rainbow - each corresponding to...
by Hobbitstomper
Mon Oct 05, 2009 1:48 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Help / advice please!
Replies: 14
Views: 1969

What about Spanish mercenaries in Wales? Would they have worn big floppy hats or the more local sheep based headgear?
by Hobbitstomper
Fri Oct 02, 2009 4:27 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Kings involved in the invasion of 1066
Replies: 22
Views: 4962

WorkMonkey wrote::x


My work here is done.
by Hobbitstomper
Wed Sep 30, 2009 4:53 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Kings involved in the invasion of 1066
Replies: 22
Views: 4962

No need to go to the Norman camp. They can give you a chorus when you are all lying down on top of Senlac ridge in a couple of weeks time.
by Hobbitstomper
Tue Sep 29, 2009 4:36 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Kings involved in the invasion of 1066
Replies: 22
Views: 4962

It reads a bit better if you put fat before Norman in the chorus but that would be plain wrong. There is no such thing as a plump Norman.
by Hobbitstomper
Tue Sep 29, 2009 3:15 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Kings involved in the invasion of 1066
Replies: 22
Views: 4962

Thought that was obvious :(

Daydream Believer by the Monkees
by Hobbitstomper
Tue Sep 29, 2009 2:01 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Crossbows - some questions
Replies: 44
Views: 6120

Any fool can block a single arrow with a shield if he sees it coming. It isn't possible against volley fire.
by Hobbitstomper
Tue Sep 29, 2009 1:43 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Kings involved in the invasion of 1066
Replies: 22
Views: 4962

Stirring? Oh you can see, on the hill, There’s a sign of your lord’s will, A brand new Norman castle towers high. So you work, till your spent, Just to pay tax and the rent, You’ll never rest now ‘till you die. Cheer up Saxon reeve How worse can it be? Your king’s a Norman bastard And you’re his pro...
by Hobbitstomper
Mon Sep 28, 2009 1:55 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: lacquering leather armour (has become Archer vs Armour)
Replies: 141
Views: 14704

Our metal is more consistent and can be far better than any of the simple carbon steels in period armour. Unfortunately, most of our armourers can't/won't use the more advanced materials, or even materials as good as the quality end of period materials. Less advanced modern materials like mild steel...
by Hobbitstomper
Fri Sep 25, 2009 10:03 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Kings involved in the invasion of 1066
Replies: 22
Views: 4962

Only William had any influence afterwards. The rest died in 1066.
by Hobbitstomper
Thu Sep 24, 2009 2:35 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Crossbows - some questions
Replies: 44
Views: 6120

You might find your lofted crossbow quarrel disappears somewhere beyond the crowd line.
by Hobbitstomper
Wed Sep 23, 2009 4:46 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Crossbows - some questions
Replies: 44
Views: 6120

Not going to help much on the blunts but if you are having problems hand spanning a 100lb crossbow you are either a big gurls blouse :) or it isn't a 100lb crossbow. Mine is 240lb and that is hard work to hand draw. Even a 100lb crossbow might hurt with blunts so get someone to check it is a safeish...
by Hobbitstomper
Tue Sep 22, 2009 1:56 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Silly, strange and stupid questions from the public.
Replies: 60
Views: 7367

Excellent. Now we just need someone outside the UK (not legal here) to have a go with them and give us the results. PS- if you get the chance, have a look at the armoury in the Madrid royal palace. The armour makes anything on the re-enactment scene look bland. Free on a Wednesday with a EU passport.
by Hobbitstomper
Fri Sep 18, 2009 3:13 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 13th Century Sword Belt help
Replies: 7
Views: 1955

Means you can dye the top layer without so much chance of the dye getting on your clothes when it gets wet. Means that any fancy metalwork on the outside can be rivetted through the top layer then the back of the rivets covered up with the inner layer. Means you can do other stuff with the attachmen...
by Hobbitstomper
Thu Sep 17, 2009 5:02 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Silly, strange and stupid questions from the public.
Replies: 60
Views: 7367

Not sure what you mean Mike about geese.

I think the theory is that they are plenty for pheasants, pigeons and the like but are more likely to twist themselves out of they hit a tree or just bounce off undergrowth. A bit like a zudo point. Needs someone to do some experimentation.
by Hobbitstomper
Thu Sep 17, 2009 4:11 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Silly, strange and stupid questions from the public.
Replies: 60
Views: 7367

Alledgedly birds.
by Hobbitstomper
Mon Sep 14, 2009 5:06 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: "garandes," clay jars filled with inflammable liqu
Replies: 18
Views: 3939

The book "The Crusades and The Holy Land" (Tempus I think) has pictures of incendary stuff from a period book.

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