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Stage 1 of the great 'Joust Royal' armour project is complete!

This is a hot forged RAISED (not just hollowed out of sheet) breastplate based on a late 15th/early 16th cent one. It is a test piece made to work out a few design issues with similar armours, rarely reproduced, that will be used for steel coronel, solid lance jousting.

It has assymetrical tassets, a much thicker left side to the right, (inc the tassrts) and steel straps with pins and snecks rather than leathers. This means its a more effective rollcage that one with leathers. Its not been hardened as there are still a few holes to be put in to test the flaon bolt and suspension rings for the mannifer but its ready to go basically.

Stage 2, starting next week once the workshop floor has been strengthened so 4-5mm steel can be pounded away at, is a copy of the Master H harness made for Maximillian I in the Rustkammer, Vienna.

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Hi. I take it that you do full on contact jousting. Were can i see this event please?

This does look nice, how much would it cost?

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Earl Mortimer wrote:This does look nice, how much would it cost?
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not taking my time and fuel back and fro to fittings etc, about £2k.

But it was hand delivered by a very smiley armourer this afternoon.

There are a few places to see 'full contact' (although there may be several versions of this appearing in varying degrees) jousting. One is the EH 'King Henry;s Jousts' that are taking place across the summer, first at Kenilworth next weekend. This is being run by 'Destrier Pro'. I have the easy job, sitting in my silks and furs and watching as the main man.

2nd is the Tournament at the Tower, run by me, on 16th & 17th August, Tower of London. Fun and fatalities for all the family.

This does rather depend on absolutely everything being as I would want it. The saddles, lances, armour etc all has to be spot on or it will get nasty. Hence the testing process. But wearing that cuirass and running at a brick wall with a lance seemed to have no ill effects tonight. Lets just try it on a horse at 25mph. At the Tower we have the space to get up to breaking speed as well as having a solid tilt to protect the horses.
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And I, and most other full plate jousters (especially ones that were at smashfest '07 at The Tower) will contend that there isn't a great deal of difference between what we have been doing and solid lances with steel coronels. Just at the moment the replaceable tip gives a false sense of security. Many instances last year prove that to be the case unfortunately.
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and I should have said....

Made by 'Master M', all round armour genius and lovely guy.
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Possibly the nicest armourer in the world! Always beyond my purse of course, i'll be displaying a friends collection of his helmets at Eastnor this weekend, thats added to RSB's own collection.

Very spiffy cuirrass Mark.

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Mark Griffin wrote: But wearing that cuirass and running at a brick wall with a lance seemed to have no ill effects tonight.
Ok, I read that 4-5 times before it sank in, :shock:

So me old mucker, you know if you ever need anywhere to store that nice piece of kit...I have just the place for it... :lol:
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Mark Griffin wrote:about £2k.
That's very good value. 8)

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should add thats without the lance rest too!
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Mark Griffin wrote:and I should have said....

Made by 'Master M', all round armour genius and lovely guy.
yes and whens he has finsidhed your bloddy armour he might make me the breast palte I want :D
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Does anybody know if Master M has his own website? I've tried googling but without success.....

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Nope- like the A Team, he contacts you :)
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Crazy fool.
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Nope bloody good armourer if Griff would stop hogging him
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So you have a new breastplate, We have a new gun, how's about putting them together and see what happens?.............. :shock:


should be a BIG clang this time?!!!!!!!! :lol:

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this will be for sale soon as the master H harness is nearly complete...... :sweat: :sweat: :sweat: :sweat:
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*So* glad it's be too small for me so I don't have to worry about being the best defended homeless guy in Edinburgh
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I'm amazed at the price. I'd expected it to be at least twice that amout!

A very nice peice, I must try to see it in action. Do we get to see the rest of the harness?

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