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by saxon
Thu Oct 05, 2006 7:17 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Creating beginners guides (Armed Pilgrim~1285)
Replies: 12
Views: 1776

Mac - I wasn't trying to say that the kit would NEVER get used, more like it would be a lot of money to lay out if you weren't intending to use it to any extent. If you were portraying this order every event then no problem. It's all the decision of the individual and their budget. Mac - my own main...
by saxon
Tue Oct 03, 2006 2:01 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Creating beginners guides (Armed Pilgrim~1285)
Replies: 12
Views: 1776

Have to agree with the other posts, if you really DO want to concentrate on Hospitaller then fine, it is a very niche area as regards re-enactment. I invested in the full get up for a Hospitaller many years ago, following the 1206 statute guidelines, however, I make good use of mine as it comes in u...
by saxon
Sun Oct 01, 2006 10:30 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Kites at Hastings
Replies: 13
Views: 2502

Spot on Aelfric ! hows things ??
by saxon
Sun Oct 01, 2006 2:38 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Kites at Hastings
Replies: 13
Views: 2502

Double straps, or a square of straps (4 in all) are both highly authentic if you look at the Bayeux tapestry, plus maybe a guige if you think you require one. Bosses are usually depicted also but seem smaller than on earlier Viking/Saxon shields.
by saxon
Tue Sep 26, 2006 1:57 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Hardest bit of kit to make ??
Replies: 62
Views: 7319

Hardened steel needles made to your requirements for any period ............. not silly prices either ! :wink:
by saxon
Fri Sep 15, 2006 6:28 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Hardest bit of kit to make ??
Replies: 62
Views: 7319

Hardest bit of kit to make ??

What's the hardest piece of kit you've ever made ? i.e. hard as in a 'pain' or 'fiddly' and did it turn out right ? .............. would you make another ? :lol: :P
by saxon
Wed Sep 06, 2006 1:38 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: At Last - A new independant auction site for reenactors
Replies: 1
Views: 726

Good site Steve :wink: wish you loads of luck with it :wink:
by saxon
Mon Sep 04, 2006 9:10 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Would you ?????
Replies: 31
Views: 3942

Excellent post Mark !!!! agree with you 100% :wink: maybe we have advanced in certain areas to the present day, but - as you say - there are so many things we may have lost.
by saxon
Sat Sep 02, 2006 12:49 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sword belts
Replies: 7
Views: 1406

Let us know which method you choose Carl ........... and if it works !! :wink:
by saxon
Thu Aug 31, 2006 12:10 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sword belts
Replies: 7
Views: 1406

I reckon that there is no reason not to have this useful addition. Just because there is no (well not to me) illustrated evidence, to my mind does not disprove its use. It just seems a logical option, that anybody of any era could have adopted. Absolutely ! as with a lot of things, we cannot prove ...
by saxon
Thu Aug 31, 2006 9:36 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sword belts
Replies: 7
Views: 1406

Try a couple of hooks and eyes, put the eyes at the side where the seam of the surcoat is and a couple of hooks in the middle of the sword belt (i.e. if the belt is 1 inch wide put them at half an inch). Have done this before and you only need small hooks and eyes, plus also it is hardly noticeable ...
by saxon
Mon Aug 28, 2006 4:04 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Spiritual connection
Replies: 26
Views: 3597

Spiritual connection

On a similar line as to 'what makes you do it' ......... anyone feel a 'spiritual connection' with the particular period they choose to re-enact ? :shock: i.e. does anyone get the feeling that they've trodden that era for real ??!!! :shock: Anyone feel a certain past connection with a particular pro...
by saxon
Fri Aug 18, 2006 9:26 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Our 15thC clothing.
Replies: 4
Views: 1340

Very smart :) send us the pattern for the boots !!! :lol: :lol: by the way .......... are you bragging with that cod piece ?????? :lol: :P
by saxon
Mon Aug 14, 2006 7:46 pm
Forum: 2000BC-55BC
Topic: Flint knappers
Replies: 9
Views: 8715

Re: flint

Flint flakes are found in ironage archaeology, but rarely as worked pieces in a deliberate shape. Sometimes you just need an instant edge, and a convenient flint to take a flake off is all you need. We cannot even positively identify flakes that have been used for fire making! David I fully agree w...
by saxon
Sat Aug 05, 2006 12:54 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Darkening maille
Replies: 10
Views: 1217

Vinegar CAN work, but spraying it is quicker !! use a car body primer, you'll need to do it a few times and 'jiggle' it around so as to cover the whole rings ............. and it sticks !!!!!!!!!!!! is the stuff you've just got galvanised ?? if not you could WD40 it then blowlamp over it to burn it ...
by saxon
Tue Aug 01, 2006 9:58 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Clothing or costume ??????
Replies: 38
Views: 4894

Clothing or costume ??????

Clothes or costumes ??? which word do you use the most to describe your attire ???
by saxon
Thu Jul 27, 2006 3:33 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Absolute authenticity ?? where do you draw the line ?
Replies: 17
Views: 1973

Sorry guys :roll: ........ was mainly referring to limits as regards clothing, armour, food, materials etc ............ obviously there are limits to battle re-creation, as the word says, it's 're-creation'. :P
by saxon
Thu Jul 27, 2006 3:17 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Absolute authenticity ?? where do you draw the line ?
Replies: 17
Views: 1973

Absolute authenticity ?? where do you draw the line ?

To what lengths do you yourself go to for absolute authenticity ?? what are your limits as regards being 'completely accurate' ? or do you draw the line at a certain point ? :shock:
by saxon
Tue Jul 25, 2006 5:31 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: What makes you do it ??
Replies: 66
Views: 9988

What makes you do it ??

Most of us tend to 'home' in on a particular period in history that we concentrate on to re-enact or whatever ............. what is it about the particular period you yourself chooses to do ? do you feel more of a connection somehow with that era or does it just hold more of an interest for you than...
by saxon
Mon Jul 24, 2006 10:37 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Would you ?????
Replies: 31
Views: 3942

Would you ?????

I'm sure most of you are familiar with the question from MOP'S - ' would you like to have lived back then '? :roll: ........... being honest though - would you ??? or would it just be nice to be able to travel back and be a 'fly on the wall' to see how things really were ?? and just to see how right...
by saxon
Sun Jul 16, 2006 10:58 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Strangest Places ??
Replies: 18
Views: 3381

Strangest Places ??

Most unauthentic or strangest place you've had pictures taken in kit ?? :shock: anyone got any good ones ??? I'll start with a town centre one :lol:
by saxon
Sat Jul 15, 2006 2:50 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Maille Standard Padding
Replies: 17
Views: 1563

Why not use a few layers of wool cloth between a couple of layers of thin leather ?? always the best kind of padding :wink:
by saxon
Wed Jul 12, 2006 10:53 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: chainmail: a better way??
Replies: 7
Views: 957

Just slide some thick pieces of leather over the fingers you need to protect, when demonstrating mail making I just use a thick piece of linen to protect my thumb and forefinger to show MOP's how the wire was coiled. Depends how hard the wire is which you are using.
by saxon
Wed Jun 21, 2006 9:01 am
Forum: 55BC-410AD
Topic: Roman mail required
Replies: 4
Views: 2050

Hi Mark

What's your budget for it ?? what ring size do you require it from ?? butted or riveted ?? when d'ya need it for ? drop me a line if ya wish.
by saxon
Tue Jun 20, 2006 11:38 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Kettle Helmet Question
Replies: 8
Views: 1682

The kettle or 'chapel de fer' is supposed to have been introduced at the end of the 12th century. There are many disputes to say it was later than this also. However, considering most development in body armour and protection in Western Europe was as a result of the Crusades then personally i would ...
by saxon
Sun Jun 18, 2006 10:13 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: protecting armour from rust
Replies: 18
Views: 3086

Heat up the item of armour until it's a cherry red colour then quench it in urine !!!!!!!!!! blackens and rustproofs it for good !!!! but stinks !!!! :lol:
by saxon
Sat Jun 17, 2006 1:56 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Back into the groove !!!!!
Replies: 2
Views: 1124

Back into the groove !!!!!

Been away from living history stuff for a while due to other work commitments and things, looking to trade and demonstrate again big style from 2007 onwards. Any details of events etc for next year would be most appreciated or if any organisers would like to add me to their contacts list then would ...
by saxon
Mon Feb 20, 2006 4:10 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Liability Insurance
Replies: 2
Views: 1383

Liability Insurance

Anyone recommend an insurer ?? can't get it through my previous one as they,ve stopped doing it :( ........... needs to be a company that does a 365 day a year one and include schools stuff, archery etc ........... Fed up of looking through google !!!!!!!!!! :shock: CHEERS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D
by saxon
Mon Jan 16, 2006 10:11 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: ARMOUR WORKSHOPS
Replies: 4
Views: 1331

Chris dobson is the best guy to contact, but as already stated more for a master armourers stage. If you check out his site then you may just about see the riveted mail sabatons I made for him for the Henry VIII foot combat armour :wink:
by saxon
Mon Jan 16, 2006 12:00 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: New 5th Century Show for 2006
Replies: 25
Views: 5966

What kind of crafts are you looking for being demo'd at this event ?? is there a kind of dateline for goods for sale i.e. items relevant to the period ? :)

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