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by Man from Coventry
Thu Sep 10, 2009 12:59 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: lacquering leather armour (has become Archer vs Armour)
Replies: 141
Views: 19496

Grymm - Valid point - but see my earlier post of Fri Sept 4th, 1.33pm and earlier posts by Glorfindle and Glyndwyr. Easy to miss as there is alot of real "meat" on this thread. The front of horses could be armoured, though this seems to be relatively rare. Though the French on particular occassions ...
by Man from Coventry
Thu Sep 10, 2009 10:02 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: lacquering leather armour (has become Archer vs Armour)
Replies: 141
Views: 19496

Further to my last post A foot target at slow run (charging) 6 mph (2.66m/s) would take approx 15-19s to cross this distance assuming 8 arrows a minute rate of shooting, this equates to 2-3 arrows. A mounted target at a speed of 30mph (13.33s) would cross the same distance in 3-4 seconds 1 arrow at ...
by Man from Coventry
Thu Sep 10, 2009 9:19 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: lacquering leather armour (has become Archer vs Armour)
Replies: 141
Views: 19496

Again referring to Mr Strettons talk and the notes I made at the time, he was of the opinion that a heavy war bodkin (the optimum penetrator against plate )could penetrate armour (unspecified thickness) if the projectile had an energy of ~100J. How exactly this figure was arrived at I don't know and...
by Man from Coventry
Wed Sep 09, 2009 6:22 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Historical novels that aren't utter drivel?
Replies: 79
Views: 21445

Some of my favourites The White Boar, Marian Palmer - Richard III seen through the eyes of a fictitious cousin of Francis Lovell. Generally fairly sympathetic to Richard. One is One, Barbara Leonie Picard - set in the reign of Edward II a boys journey to find himself , chidrens book & deserved Carne...
by Man from Coventry
Mon Sep 07, 2009 5:57 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: lacquering leather armour (has become Archer vs Armour)
Replies: 141
Views: 19496

This was quoted from Mr Strettons talk. However I had heard this before from other sources, though like you Colin I can't be definitive as to how this is actually acheived. I've had a quick look on the web and there are numerous references to Blunt Cardiac Trauma, but they are all in highly technica...
by Man from Coventry
Mon Sep 07, 2009 10:46 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: lacquering leather armour (has become Archer vs Armour)
Replies: 141
Views: 19496

Donald - I wasn't implying that archery was effective in general at Flodden, I'd agree that by all accounts the archery made little impact on the scots pikeblocks, fronted as they were by well-armoured men (including much of the gentry/nobility), but the archery is referred to as being effective aga...
by Man from Coventry
Fri Sep 04, 2009 2:33 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: lacquering leather armour (has become Archer vs Armour)
Replies: 141
Views: 19496

Effectiveness of the Longbow vs improved armour. Certainly after Agincourt the effectiveness of archery seems to decline and it was no longer a battle winner in its own right. Part of the success at Agincourt (1415) may well have been the terrain soft ground and the stakes, slowing the French attack...
by Man from Coventry
Fri Sep 04, 2009 2:29 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: lacquering leather armour (has become Archer vs Armour)
Replies: 141
Views: 19496

There are loads of good points here and to date I’ve been busy organising Blore so have had to resist the temptation to comment, until now….. Blunt Trauma In the aforementioned talk Mr Stretton likened the impact of a warbow arrow hitting you to a 16lb lump hammer swung through 3-4 feet. Even if it ...
by Man from Coventry
Thu Aug 27, 2009 12:23 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: lacquering leather armour (has become Archer vs Armour)
Replies: 141
Views: 19496

Very interesting thread. I'm tempted to offer my tuppence worth in loads of areas, but will do a bit of reading before I poke my head of the parapet. However, in respect of the 12 arrows a minute argument. I attended a talk on the English Warbow given by Mark Stretton at our local Museum earlier thi...
by Man from Coventry
Thu Aug 27, 2009 11:59 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Blore Heath, 19th -20th September, Trading Pitches
Replies: 1
Views: 910

Preparations are well advanced for this year's Blore. I note that from elsewhere on the forum, the gripe that some organisers promise the earth and don’t advertise properly. So I felt it only fair to point out in advance what we’ve done to advertise for this year's Blore to give you some confidence....
by Man from Coventry
Tue Aug 04, 2009 3:36 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Blore Heath, 19th -20th September, Trading Pitches
Replies: 1
Views: 910

Blore Heath, 19th -20th September, Trading Pitches

Trader pitches are still available – please email j.r.hegarty@gmail.com for advance booking form at discount rates. As a consequence of the feedback from last years event we have quadrupled the advertising budget. Can all traders who live locally please contact John at the e-mail above for a publici...
by Man from Coventry
Wed Feb 11, 2009 1:49 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Strykland Muster Roll 1459
Replies: 48
Views: 9102

To get back to the original question where are the Strickland Documents are. I believe the indenture (which probably dates from the 1440's), between a Walter Strickland and Richard Neville, Earl of Salisbury, Warden of the West March at the time is held in the UK Public Record office. The Muster rol...
by Man from Coventry
Fri Sep 26, 2008 2:39 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Blore Heath 2008
Replies: 34
Views: 7356

Some excellent pictures of the event on the Blore heath website www.bloreheath.org. Alot of superb individual portraits, which capture many of the contributors to this forum. (Alas with the exception of my goodself, I appear to have been wearing my invisibility cloak - I don't figure in any of them)...
by Man from Coventry
Tue Sep 23, 2008 9:36 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Safe, authentic, entertaining battles.
Replies: 137
Views: 18222

We did try the casualty idea, in a very simple form at this years Blore with partial success with the use of the "Smarties of death" green = life, red=death for casualties to respond to gunfire and close range archery fire as the initial lancastrian attack went in. On the plus side this did result i...
by Man from Coventry
Mon Sep 08, 2008 9:45 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Caldicot 2008 -CANCELLED DUE TO FLOODING!!
Replies: 11
Views: 2449

Just to add Blore Heath 20th/21st Sept is still on and taking bookings see www.bloreheath.org

The site is not flood vulnerable being on hill, with good drainage (Sand & Gravel) subsoil. Heavy rains not unknown at some point in the event, but these haven't been a show stopper in the past.
by Man from Coventry
Fri Aug 29, 2008 6:19 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Battle idea
Replies: 22
Views: 3327

This system loosely known as "taking your hits" has been around for many years and it is supposed to be what generally applies i.e it is the basic system, but there are many difficulties with it, i.e - what constitutes a hit any contact with a weapon or a solider blow, do arrows count , - what is th...
by Man from Coventry
Thu Aug 28, 2008 2:30 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Billmen - myth?
Replies: 273
Views: 31316

Mr 23b beat me to it. Clearly this entry from the visitation is to prevent the unauthorised manufacture of weapons. It seems to imply that a "Hegge Bill" is not a weapon of war, but could be used as one, and was sufficiently similar that the name could be used as way of evading the prohibition on ma...
by Man from Coventry
Wed Aug 27, 2008 5:26 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Battle idea
Replies: 22
Views: 3327

I would have a few words if I were you. To my knowledge the 6 minimum was introduced at this years AGM (I'm sure Mr Harley will correct me if I'm wrong), the breakage policy has been around 2/3 years. The Fed arrow spec also exists (mainly stipulates the minimum and prefered flight sizes to avoid in...
by Man from Coventry
Wed Aug 27, 2008 2:56 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: kenilworth 2008
Replies: 10
Views: 2100

Likewise - myself and young Quayn appear to have the same problem in that we're not at all photogenic.

Not like those camera tarts Messrs Harley & Ghost :wink:
by Man from Coventry
Wed Aug 27, 2008 2:49 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Battle idea
Replies: 22
Views: 3327

I should add that 6 is the minimum number of arrows (and this is likely to rise in future years as this requirement has been introduced relatively recently), in practice most groups, particularly those with a strong archery interest such as the Savilles, Woodvilles and Beauforts (ex Coventries) supp...
by Man from Coventry
Wed Aug 27, 2008 10:01 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Animal Tails
Replies: 199
Views: 28729

Colin Middleton wrote Man from Coventry, I agree absolutely with what you said. The food comment was ment to be a quip and I forgot to put an emoticon on to indicate that it was such Very big of you to say so Mr Middleton, it's alas all too difficult (I'm as guilty of this as others) in writing to c...
by Man from Coventry
Wed Aug 27, 2008 9:44 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Battle idea
Replies: 22
Views: 3327

Hazy I do agree more people should go down to arrow fire though, perhaps we could have a random number go down and then collect them on the retreat, so they don't miss too much of the fight? This has already been tried and indeed one battle (Blore) has this specifically written into the script (for ...
by Man from Coventry
Wed Aug 27, 2008 9:26 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Battle idea
Replies: 22
Views: 3327

m300572 Thought on arrows getting broken- budget (say) £100 for each event and spend it on arrows - issue the event arrows at the start and collect the survivors at the end - next event get another £100 worth of arows and issue with the survivors of the previous events. You should end up with a fair...
by Man from Coventry
Thu Aug 21, 2008 2:40 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Animal Tails
Replies: 199
Views: 28729

I think it only fair to point out that whilst things could have been done better, it has to be borne in mind all the other things that the Beaufort's members were doing all day. Allans group not only did the feeding the King, they also provided the Commentators for the main afternoon Bosworth battle...
by Man from Coventry
Wed Aug 20, 2008 9:46 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: 'Feeling the pinch' update - am down and very nearly out
Replies: 49
Views: 10574

Blore still has spaces, though as late in the season 20th/21st Sept weather can be an issue (but thats equally true of the height of "Summer" these days). The event usually attracts approx 1,500 MOPs and 300 re-enactors.
by Man from Coventry
Wed Aug 20, 2008 9:40 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: arrows?
Replies: 3
Views: 1012

I would recommend Tom Foy of the Archery Centre, quality not to the level of Richard Head, but the prices are generally better. Good service and prompt despatch of orders.
by Man from Coventry
Tue Aug 19, 2008 5:47 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Bosworth
Replies: 33
Views: 5216

Quayn they are from Sunday, as that was when Lord Roos was playing King Dick. Somehow he contrived to avoid taking any of me either. Probably wished to avoid damaging his camera !
by Man from Coventry
Fri Aug 01, 2008 9:55 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Safe, authentic, entertaining battles.
Replies: 137
Views: 18222

We are looking to incorporate some of the idea's mentioned above, particularly in relation to the casualties into this years Blore Event - see Allans thread under event announcements. (Though in fairness we have tried many of the ideas at this event for some years hopefully this year we will have mo...
by Man from Coventry
Mon Jul 28, 2008 12:42 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Archers armour breast plates
Replies: 18
Views: 3467

I've shot using a Milanese breast plate with fauld for the last 15 years, I don't have a problem with the breastplate certainly not for re-enactment shooting with blunts. I'm not as slim as I was either and wear a thick jack underneath the breastplate too. However I tend only to draw to the nose, be...
by Man from Coventry
Fri Jul 11, 2008 9:11 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Billmen - myth?
Replies: 273
Views: 31316

Just to recap . What i think we are discussing is was there: - a seperate class of soldier armed with bills/polearms as primary weapon. - were they called billmen (at that time) - did they form a significant proportion of WOTR armies - did they fight in distinct units of like armed men. i.e the bill...