seesinsilhouette wrote:Firstly, thanks for all your advice. There are two reasons why I posed the questions. The first is as I gradually build up my collection effectively piece by piece I want to maintain a more uniform finish to the armour overall and as it has been collected over time obviously some pieces are naturally more weathered than others. I want to capture the same well used feel overall rather than a highly polished look.
The reason I posed this question on this forum is I have no pretentions of being an expert in this field and knew there would be vastly more knowledgable people here who could help me learn more.
The reason I asked about the satin finish is purely out of curiosity as I just aquired some poleyns which are finished with a satin surface
thanks for clarifying, of course the different look of parts of of your armour might be spoiling the whole appearance....but then: wouldn't it be a nicer look to "pimp" your armour, i.e. the older armour instead of "downgrqadiung" the look?
Why aging the armour and therefore having more work after an event to keep it clean and free from rust?
Because every little bit of moisture - be it rain, morning dew, sweat or any liquid being spilled occassionally - will leave stains and a little bit later rust.
Why not instead having it as highly polished as possible, because that was on of the main reasons to have it mirror-polished "back then" (the other may be simply the fashion of the period), as it prevents rust a lot better?
The more armour you get, the weaker the possible backstory gets of a "simple" men-at-arms that can't afford a highclass-shiny-bling-tin; that is, once you're covered in plates it's logical to presume a certain status and wealth and I think those guys would have spent a lot of work in maintaining good (= functional AND good-looking) armour. This is a bit of an ever-occuring zombie-discussion: do we have to much armour on battle-displays or do we have the wrong type?
I think the latter is correct: the ratio between guys wearing a complete armour and the guys wearing a simple kettle-helmet and a mail-shirt/breastplate seems sometimes wrong to me. Of course I'm writing for continental events, therefore I'm leaving out archers, AFAIK there were practically none in battle ecxept England and some french efforts.
Anyway, my idea would be to pimp your armour with polishing and of course better buckles and belts etc.