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by gregory23b
Fri Jun 15, 2012 5:26 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Black armour - right or wrong?
Replies: 91
Views: 28831

Re: Black armour - right or wrong?

"Finally, I'm also against the 'gloss dulux' look. The shiny finish just doesn't look right to me, too high a shine to be a beleivable oil paint." If you look up the recipes and the intended finish of the oil varnish paints and varnish they are glossy, it was prized and in some recipes act...
by gregory23b
Mon Jun 11, 2012 5:26 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Where to start? UK Reenactment
Replies: 27
Views: 7415

Re: Where to start? UK Reenactment

"Kelmarsh might be a bit too far though... "


Given the long term investment of time and cash, going to Kelmarsh would be time and money well spent - you will rarely get to see such a variety of groups of high quality with diverse eras in one place.
by gregory23b
Sat Jun 09, 2012 3:13 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Small tent!
Replies: 5
Views: 2238

Re: Small tent!

They have some lovely stuff, the tents are niiice.
by gregory23b
Sat Jun 09, 2012 11:29 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Archery - Cock feathers in different colours ?
Replies: 14
Views: 3955

Re: Archery - Cock feathers in different colours ?

"After all, its an arrow, not a quill! "

Which don't have any feathers on them at all as it happens, or at least shouldn't have great big plumes ;-)
by gregory23b
Fri Jun 08, 2012 1:07 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Where to start? UK Reenactment
Replies: 27
Views: 7415

Re: Where to start? UK Reenactment

"I was thinking more of a sort of mercenary type" Actually limits you, what kind of mercenary? foreign, rather than English, that leads to later WOTR period and more explanations than you will have time for. Rather than think military, think civilian with the potential for war. That is mor...
by gregory23b
Tue Jun 05, 2012 10:14 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Adding some colour to 1360 - flag, banners etc ..
Replies: 7
Views: 1926

Re: Adding some colour to 1360 - flag, banners etc ..

Good source, just be careful how you render them, many of those are in modern style, check back with period versions to see how they vary.
by gregory23b
Mon May 21, 2012 10:04 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: What to wear in the kitchen
Replies: 17
Views: 3519

Re: What to wear in the kitchen

'particularly out on campaign'

depends on which period. WOTR - which images are these? Or later with more militarised uniform roles eg Scappi?

Problem with cookingal fresco in reenactment is pinning down the when and where.
by gregory23b
Mon May 21, 2012 7:33 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Medieval Longbow Draw Weights
Replies: 92
Views: 19674

Re: Medieval Longbow Draw Weights

"Modern man is obviously weaker than his ancestors... there again we do sit on our backsides all day, have cranes and forklifts to pick up anything heavy, and have health and safety limits on how much you are allowed to pick up, even if you have a manual labour type of job... and then stick it ...
by gregory23b
Tue May 08, 2012 10:12 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: C15 kitchen knives
Replies: 4
Views: 3038

Re: C15 kitchen knives

Mark Vickers - St George Armoury.


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With all cutlers and makers, be very specific about your requirements, type of knife, finish, sheath etc.
by gregory23b
Tue May 08, 2012 4:20 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Medieval and Tudor frying
Replies: 4
Views: 3058

Re: Medieval and Tudor frying

Sausages can be fried perfectly well in a skillet, not everyone is going to have a cauldron.

Bronze or earthenware work fine. Iron, seems to be a modern cheap reenactor version.

Sausages can be poached before frying, seems to occur in medieval recipes too.

Use grease, butter or oil.
by gregory23b
Mon May 07, 2012 9:51 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Re: 14thC Islamic kit
Replies: 49
Views: 10365

Re: 14thC Islamic kit

A great book Sophia, well worth a read.
by gregory23b
Wed May 02, 2012 4:28 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Need help with Bread
Replies: 34
Views: 10732

Re: Need help with Bread

Does Brears reference 15th Century bread or does he extrapolate?
by gregory23b
Sun Apr 29, 2012 6:40 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Re: 14thC Islamic kit
Replies: 49
Views: 10365

Re: 14thC Islamic kit

" If I were to wear everything you see here at, say, Tewks or Tatton, and I were to come at you with the swords you see in the image, would you or your groups be unwilling to fight me or consider me too lightly armoured to fight? Would the fact that I'm dressed in Islamic clothing and obviously...
by gregory23b
Sat Apr 28, 2012 10:46 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Re: 14thC Islamic kit
Replies: 49
Views: 10365

Re: 14thC Islamic kit

"I said it first,..."

nah nah nah nah nah ;-)

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It would be very interesting to see quality interpretation of foreign stuff, good is still good, go for it.
by gregory23b
Fri Apr 27, 2012 4:02 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Re: 14thC Islamic kit
Replies: 49
Views: 10365

Re: 14thC Islamic kit

St George Armoury, makes custom work, v. good quality.
by gregory23b
Wed Apr 25, 2012 10:19 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Re: 14thC Islamic kit
Replies: 49
Views: 10365

Re: 14thC Islamic kit

"My reasoning, then, was that it would be plausable to consider that a Mamluk would travel as far as Italy, become enlisted by an Italian family or merchant who had connections with Britain, and who would end up being shipped out here on some kind of mercenary/guard mission to protect trading s...
by gregory23b
Wed Apr 18, 2012 9:50 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Medieval Restaurants in London?
Replies: 7
Views: 3954

Re: Medieval Restaurants in London?

'Luckily I live in Northumberland where good traditional food is incredibly easy to come by (and the fabulous Blackfriar's restaurant is not too far' that is the thing isn't it, how far back do you go for something to be traditional? Traditional food in the regions uses spuds, from the north to lond...
by gregory23b
Sun Apr 15, 2012 7:54 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Medieval Longbow Draw Weights
Replies: 92
Views: 19674

Re: Medieval Longbow Draw Weights

Setting aside the romantic stuff so often pegged to the olde archer. I find there are more contradictions than hard and fast arguments: the following are musings: Wasn't archery well in decline by the 15th century? So where does the pool of archers waiting to do their bit come from by the middle of ...
by gregory23b
Mon Mar 26, 2012 5:51 pm
Forum: Creative Works
Topic: [WIP] Joust Shield
Replies: 3
Views: 3360

Re: [WIP] Joust Shield

I see what you are saying, the thing about the gesso, authenticity aside, is that it adds another layer to the shield, plus is easier to replace than the cloth, you simply soak it off, or scrape and re-coat add patches etc, it does allow for some nice raised work. In your case, I would simply have m...
by gregory23b
Sun Mar 25, 2012 7:35 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Dreaded 'pourpoint' sleeveless doublet question
Replies: 31
Views: 9636

Re: Dreaded 'pourpoint' sleeveless doublet question

Cotton does not appear to be that expensive (necessarily). In the inventory for Hen VIII Blackfriars joust kit, ie for making props, cotton cloth was as cheap as its linen counterpart, it was used to paint on and decorate his themed joust through a glade. I accept the time frame might affect the pri...
by gregory23b
Sun Mar 25, 2012 7:12 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: A portuguese cote armour/gambeson c1385
Replies: 13
Views: 4502

Re: A portuguese cote armour/gambeson c1385

Obrigado Jorge.

Nuts, that is a bit far away from where we are staying.

We will be going to Batalha in any case. Not sure if the wife would let me go to Guimarães, mind, you never know ;-)
by gregory23b
Sun Mar 25, 2012 7:10 pm
Forum: Creative Works
Topic: [WIP] Joust Shield
Replies: 3
Views: 3360

Re: [WIP] Joust Shield

Hi, did you gesso the shield before hand or did you paint directly on to the cloth?
by gregory23b
Sun Mar 25, 2012 7:06 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Dreaded 'pourpoint' sleeveless doublet question
Replies: 31
Views: 9636

Re: Dreaded 'pourpoint' sleeveless doublet question

" I thought that a cotton-wool fustian would be too much for our time period," Occurs in late 15th c statute law, edicts against burning the cotton from fustians. Although that needs looking at in its entirety. As for working clothes and smithery, I recall and can;t find the image online, ...
by gregory23b
Sat Mar 24, 2012 7:05 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Dreaded 'pourpoint' sleeveless doublet question
Replies: 31
Views: 9636

Re: Dreaded 'pourpoint' sleeveless doublet question

Pelican, some fustian is cheaper than wool, as it is a mixed fibre or at least the weft is of a different material, eg, cotton or linen. Far from being too much for a smith, it is likely that it is perfectly reasonable. The real issue is working clothes, do they always follow the fashion or are they...
by gregory23b
Sat Mar 24, 2012 1:15 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: A portuguese cote armour/gambeson c1385
Replies: 13
Views: 4502

Re: A portuguese cote armour/gambeson c1385

If that is in the Batalha museum, I will have a gander this summer, we will be staying up the road from it.
by gregory23b
Sat Mar 24, 2012 1:14 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Dreaded 'pourpoint' sleeveless doublet question
Replies: 31
Views: 9636

Re: Dreaded 'pourpoint' sleeveless doublet question

pourpoint = doublet, sleeveless or not. ;-) scuttles off to a quiet corner.

EA - yep, linen doublet, cheaper than wool and fit for hot work.
by gregory23b
Mon Mar 12, 2012 9:26 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Decorated Banners
Replies: 9
Views: 2006

Re: Decorated Banners

"most of those aren't banners in the strict sense of the word, they're different types of flags." If you mean a full on banner as used by a military commander then that is one thing (it is still a flag at the end of the day as are all of them), but the edging or fringing is not dependent o...
by gregory23b
Mon Mar 12, 2012 9:22 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Adding some colour to 1360 - flag, banners etc ..
Replies: 7
Views: 1926

Re: Adding some colour to 1360 - flag, banners etc ..

Military banners and flags are not heraldic, they may use heraldic devices but are not governed by heraldry. Flags banners, pennons etc come in a range of fruit flavours depending on country, time and context of use. Why not have a simple pennon with the key colours and device of your governing lord.
by gregory23b
Sun Mar 11, 2012 2:35 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Decorated Banners
Replies: 9
Views: 2006

Re: Decorated Banners

The problem you have is that many images of banners are not heraldic, but military, quasi-military, civic and religious, or even for special one off occasions such as feasts or funerals etc. As for decorative edging, presumably tassled or fringed, why not? It is not exactly a major issue if you are ...
by gregory23b
Sun Mar 11, 2012 12:50 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Painting my sallet.
Replies: 20
Views: 4412

Re: Painting my sallet.

It will be very simple, in keeping with the surviving items, there is a tendency for some reenactors to over egg the pudding when it comes to painted helmets, it was often a cheap way to make a cheap helmet look better or to hide defects (in many cases), so personally will not put lettering or such ...

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