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by Will.S
Sat Jul 18, 2015 6:55 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Agincourt
Replies: 5
Views: 2252

Re: Agincourt

The best Agincourt-era archery group you'll find is the Free Company of Aquitaine. They're reenactors who actually use and display genuine warbows, which I don't think most others do, plus they're based in Hampshire. If you're on Facebook you can contact them through their group page, or get in touc...
by Will.S
Tue Aug 26, 2014 12:04 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Newbie saying hi, and a question!
Replies: 42
Views: 10789

Re: Newbie saying hi, and a question!

Thanks! It's not actually a shortened bastard, it's full length (unless you meant the Windlass which is a single hander?) It's pretty tough - I've done some cutting with it and it's held together nicely. The Windlass blades are incredibly well made for good prices. It's actually more sturdy now than...
by Will.S
Mon Aug 25, 2014 8:51 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Newbie saying hi, and a question!
Replies: 42
Views: 10789

Re: Newbie saying hi, and a question!

Ah cheers for that! Forgot about this thread. If I end up buying a new one, I may well look at Armour Class, although I'm not particularly keen on the looks of their products. As it happens, I ended up getting frustrated by the available options as none looked right to me, or fell into my budget, so...
by Will.S
Wed Aug 13, 2014 10:23 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Curved Amputation knife
Replies: 8
Views: 3596

Re: Curved Amputation knife

Pffft!!! I wasn't expecting him to make one to be used. I didn't think he'd be doing any actual surgical work with it, so I made it super simple for a quick n'easy display piece! My point was it's always better to have a go first, if anything to become autodidactic, rather than just buying everythin...
by Will.S
Mon Aug 11, 2014 11:58 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: What would the archer do?
Replies: 1
Views: 1315

Re: What would the archer do?

I'm personally of the belief that the most common head from that period would be the Type 10. I know others share the same thoughts. Mark Stretton has a couple of genuine 14th/15th century type 10s in his possession, which he bases his usual arrow heads off. The Type 16 is also thought to be common ...
by Will.S
Thu Jul 31, 2014 11:20 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Fletching in an authentic setting- a query
Replies: 100
Views: 23319

Re: Fletching in an authentic setting- a query

Personally I think it's a bit of a "'re-enactorism" that soldiers would make their own arrows (or bows for that matter) Fletching free hand is easy, yes. Re-attaching heads is also easy. But to make an arrow from scratch for warfare requires a good understanding of tree types, grain and se...
by Will.S
Tue Jul 08, 2014 5:56 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Feathers used for fletching.
Replies: 3
Views: 1842

Re: Feathers used for fletching.

No idea where I heard this, but something in the back of my memory is telling me that there was a royal decree that farmers retained the first 3 flight feathers from each wing of his geese before market day or something to that extent. What I do know is that if you pick the right month (this one and...
by Will.S
Wed Jun 25, 2014 10:28 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Curved Amputation knife
Replies: 8
Views: 3596

Re: Curved Amputation knife

Can't help on buying I'm afraid, but something like that would be very easy to make yourself. Nice wide sheet of metal cut to shape with a hacksaw then filed/ground down with a fine metal file (can get those for a couple of quid at most hardware/discount shops) to bevel the edges. The handle part of...
by Will.S
Tue Jun 10, 2014 12:30 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: BBC Report on Full Contact event
Replies: 1
Views: 1364

Re: BBC Report on Full Contact event

Battle Of The Nations is certainly the real deal! Well... With blunts that is. Our UK team is fighting at Download festival this year if anybody's going / interested. There are some pretty good clips on YouTube of the 2014 and 2013 championships, and a nice one of the 1v1 duel involving Nikolaj from...
by Will.S
Thu May 08, 2014 8:16 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Arrow Cock Fletching colour
Replies: 8
Views: 4039

Re: Arrow Cock Fletching colour

Not sure about dying/painting, but the way it's usually done is by laying in a small piece of a different colour feather into the fletch. You basically take your normal fletch, use a sharp knife to cut through the quill in two places, removing the piece you've cut to give you the shape you want, and...
by Will.S
Wed Feb 12, 2014 7:13 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Long Bow Archers' Accuracy?
Replies: 18
Views: 6828

Re: Long Bow Archers' Accuracy?

Two things are being discussed at the same time here - distance and accuracy. Reaching 180m is one thing (very easy with light arrows such as those you'd find at a clout shoot) but hitting a small target 180m away with enough force at impact to kill or punch a hole through armour is a whole differen...
by Will.S
Wed Feb 12, 2014 12:01 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Long Bow Archers' Accuracy?
Replies: 18
Views: 6828

Re: Long Bow Archers' Accuracy?

My 50lb bow will reach 220 yds as will my 80lb bow. other members of my club can do that distance no problem without using a warbow..... I don't mean to be an *rse here, or provoke an argument, but saying anybody in an archery club can reach 220 yards is not really relevant because you're probably ...
by Will.S
Tue Jan 21, 2014 10:47 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Double wrap Sword belts - any evidence?
Replies: 16
Views: 5752

Re: Double wrap Sword belts - any evidence?

It must be a recent idea then. Somebody should have told them though, because made properly a double wrap is very comfortable. But then, so are elastic waistbands...
by Will.S
Tue Jan 07, 2014 11:11 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Double wrap Sword belts - any evidence?
Replies: 16
Views: 5752

Re: Double wrap Sword belts - any evidence?

Perhaps the single-belt types I've tried were made badly? I dunno. All I know for sure is that I much prefer a double-wrap belt having tried both. I make my own scabbards and belt systems and will always go to the trouble of making a double-wrap suspension system. Perhaps I'm crazy. I've not handled...
by Will.S
Tue Jan 07, 2014 9:28 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Double wrap Sword belts - any evidence?
Replies: 16
Views: 5752

Re: Double wrap Sword belts - any evidence?

Odd. I find them quite a lot more comfortable than a single sword belt. The weight is supported really nicely over the hips and you can't tell you're wearing one, unlike a single sword belt which has all the sword's weight dragging on one hip. It also allows the belt carrying the scabbard to lay acr...
by Will.S
Tue Jan 07, 2014 4:31 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Double wrap Sword belts - any evidence?
Replies: 16
Views: 5752

Re: Double wrap Sword belts - any evidence?

Ah well, fair enough! I totally get your points about pockets and buttons. Hindsight is a wonderful thing... They're so much more comfortable though! Do you know where the double-wrap first turned up then? It's hugely common now, amongst historical sword collectors and re-enactors alike, so somewher...
by Will.S
Tue Jan 07, 2014 2:02 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Double wrap Sword belts - any evidence?
Replies: 16
Views: 5752

Re: Double wrap Sword belts - any evidence?

I'd be inclined to say they did exist, actually. They're far more comfortable as the hips support the weight of the sword, and while there's no written evidence of them there are plenty of effigies that show two belts used, one angled across the body from a point on the hips and the other (identical...
by Will.S
Tue Jan 07, 2014 12:29 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Height/Length of Early 15thC Split Hose
Replies: 2
Views: 1873

Re: Height/Length of Early 15thC Split Hose

Thanks Guthrie, I'll have a look! I have access to the Bodleian anyway as I lived in Oxford for many years and both my parents are still lecturers in various universities there. I'll pop in next time I'm there. I think I've found what I was looking for now, but if anybody has any images of split hos...
by Will.S
Fri Jan 03, 2014 7:00 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...
Replies: 63
Views: 14762

Re: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...

Will.S, do remember that much of the text in the MTA is getting on for 20 years old now. There have been significant discoveries in historic textiles since then and it has also become much easier to get hold of certain types of fabric than it was. This is one of the reasons why she's working on the...
by Will.S
Wed Jan 01, 2014 1:35 am
Forum: General History
Topic: 'Recurved' longbows?
Replies: 6
Views: 3048

Re: 'Recurved' longbows?

This is a debate that is never ending amongst bowyers. Nobody is quite sure, but the general consensus is that the typical medieval warbow had no recurves. None of the Mary Rose bows show any real sign of recurves, although plenty are set back in the handle, either naturally, or heat induced or as a...
by Will.S
Tue Dec 31, 2013 5:31 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Height/Length of Early 15thC Split Hose
Replies: 2
Views: 1873

Height/Length of Early 15thC Split Hose

I apologise in advance if this has been asked before - I had a good look through using the search function and found bits and pieces almost answering the question but nothing finite! I'm about to get started on a 1415 era soft kit, but can't quite get my head around the "grey area" between...
by Will.S
Mon Dec 23, 2013 8:19 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...
Replies: 63
Views: 14762

Re: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...

Excellent, cheers fellas! Again I apologise for being so difficult, and really appreciate all the help! Looks like moleskin will be fine for the first run, and I can take my time looking for a suitable wool as the real deal.

Thanks all so much!
by Will.S
Mon Dec 23, 2013 12:47 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...
Replies: 63
Views: 14762

Re: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...

Ok, so at the risk of sounding blunt, where are we on a suitable outer material for a 1415 doublet? Fustian, wool or linen? If each of you guys had to pick one fabric for a doublet from this period worn by the average man (not poor, not nobility/wealthy) what would you go for personally? I know that...
by Will.S
Thu Dec 19, 2013 10:27 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...
Replies: 63
Views: 14762

Re: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...

Excellent, cheers Colin! Herts Fabrics look really good, nice range of wool there.
by Will.S
Wed Dec 18, 2013 6:38 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...
Replies: 63
Views: 14762

Re: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...

Colin, I live in Bournemouth. Any recommendations of online suppliers of doublet-suitable wool would be fantastic, as I can use them for a better version if my first try goes wrong! I think what I might do at this point is use either the twill moleskin or linen as I've bought faded, earthy coloured ...
by Will.S
Wed Dec 18, 2013 4:12 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...
Replies: 63
Views: 14762

Re: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...

That's actually a bit of a backwards step for me. The one material I can't seem to find at a reasonable price is wool that looks traditional. I can only find very shiny, super fine wool which I really don't like. I was hoping that linen (and now moleskin!) would be fine for a 1415 doublet, but now I...
by Will.S
Wed Dec 18, 2013 2:20 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...
Replies: 63
Views: 14762

Re: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...

Thanks Colin! Looks like I'll never be able to win, but then again it also seems like many people don't really know and it's a lot of supposition at best! Maybe my character is a heartless b***ard and he stole a nice doublet during a fight... Or won it in a game of dice... I'm gonna be a heartless d...
by Will.S
Tue Dec 17, 2013 12:27 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...
Replies: 63
Views: 14762

Re: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...

That's kinda my point :D With the discussions always going on, and nobody quite sure what is and what isn't suitable/correct, I wanted to aim straight down the middle and go for something that would definitely have been used, while possibly sacrificing a believable "backstory" for any char...
by Will.S
Mon Dec 16, 2013 10:16 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...
Replies: 63
Views: 14762

Re: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...

Hi Gregory, thanks for the reply! The main reason I went for linen in the end was because it's a fairly safe option considering my lack of knowledge in this subject. I've not had enough contact with those who really know their stuff to fully understand materials and their modern counterparts. Linen ...
by Will.S
Mon Dec 16, 2013 8:07 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...
Replies: 63
Views: 14762

Re: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...

Well I've bought some brown linen for the outer shell, so can start making my first attempt now. I had a look at cotton moleskin but it seemed far too "posh" for the status I'm aiming for, so went for something as simple as possible. Couldn't get any coarse looking wool thin enough for a f...

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