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by Darren Mac
Thu Jun 26, 2014 7:57 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Caring for new leather on armour
Replies: 2
Views: 1657

Re: Caring for new leather on armour

Cheers Steven, I'm just thinking though - do I want the leather to become soft? Will it not stretch then?
As the base for the splinted bits of metal I wondered if it could be protected/coloured/polished without becoming too soft?
by Darren Mac
Thu Jun 26, 2014 11:16 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Caring for new leather on armour
Replies: 2
Views: 1657

Caring for new leather on armour

I have just recieved a new set of splinted arms and want to know the best method of protecting the leather. I had a leather jerkin previously which I have simply used shoe polish to protect and preserve. It looks ok. But what's the best thing to use for new undyed leather used as a base for splinted...
by Darren Mac
Fri Jul 15, 2011 1:10 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: mid 14th century knight
Replies: 57
Views: 12137

Re: mid 14th century knight

I made my coat-of-plates using sizes gained from a Wisby pattern. I found that the dimensions of the plates had to be enlarged to fit as they were originally for a much smaller body type. I rivetted the plates to a velvet-covered thick leather base. It's a lovely piece of kit to fight in.
by Darren Mac
Tue Jul 05, 2011 4:35 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 12-14 centry western Drill.
Replies: 29
Views: 5429

Re: 12-14 centry western Drill.

Dirigo or derigo maybe more appropriate to use as a command to 'fall-in' or 'form-up'.
by Darren Mac
Tue Jul 05, 2011 4:28 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 12-14 centry western Drill.
Replies: 29
Views: 5429

Re: 12-14 centry western Drill.

Did use simple latin commands for Templar troop a few years back. With advice taken from a RC priest adept at (ecclesiastical) latin. After initial english cries of 'Draw weapons, shields to the front!', we used the following: In lineam formatte - form line In lineam ambulate - line will advance Lin...
by Darren Mac
Tue Feb 08, 2011 5:12 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: medieval woodsmen
Replies: 12
Views: 6044

Re: medieval woodsmen

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Medieval-Costume-Fashion-Herbert-Norris/dp/0486404862 http://www.amazon.co.uk/Medieval-Costume-England-France-Centuries/dp/0486290603 I have these books, very, very useful in researching soft-kit. The second one has plenty of contemporary line drawings of people from all wal...
by Darren Mac
Mon Jan 24, 2011 9:51 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Maille beneath plate
Replies: 10
Views: 2410

Re: Maille beneath plate

PaulMurphy wrote:What's the total weight you're carrying when fully kitted up?


I have no idea Paul, but I'm going to find out. In the meantime, I'll try to remedy the fitness issue!
by Darren Mac
Mon Jan 24, 2011 9:46 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Moved topic (used C12th 3rd crusade templar items)
Replies: 37
Views: 6652

Re: WTB the following (used C12th 3rd crusade templar items)

Templars did, it says so in the Rule. Just the one normally, but with the option for hiring a second one if the Master allowed a brother knight to keep more than the usual number of horses. If the knights were going in to charge, their squires were organised in squadrons and rode the remounts in be...
by Darren Mac
Mon Dec 06, 2010 2:02 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Maille beneath plate
Replies: 10
Views: 2410

Re: Maille beneath plate

Zachos wrote:[I] would like to see a pic of your kit before I said for sure [.]


I'm in the Warwick livery in the background, small in frame I know.
by Darren Mac
Wed Dec 01, 2010 9:38 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Maille beneath plate
Replies: 10
Views: 2410

Maille beneath plate

I have mid 14th kit and wear the plate with maille beneath/augmenting it. Not being the fittest person in the world I always struggle to fight in it, its all obviously bloody heavy. Question is, at what point did maille become armour that complimented plate rather than being worn in its entirity (fu...
by Darren Mac
Mon Aug 09, 2010 12:28 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: possible gauntlets
Replies: 8
Views: 1972

Re: possible gauntlets

I have a pair of these from http://www.bestarmour.com/gauntlets_9.html. I have had them for a while, I believe the latest versions to be better. Never had any snags with them, very happy using them.
by Darren Mac
Tue Jun 29, 2010 6:43 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Pictoral evidence of women fighting in C14th
Replies: 105
Views: 19355

Re: Pictoral evidence of women fighting in C14th

Nothing to do with the thread, but any chance of that picture without Slimer please. Chris, I downloaded the image from http://www.wga.hu/frames-e.html?/html/m/master/zunk_fl/15_paint/3/02archer.html Its a late 15th century master depicting an archery festival, but then I reckon you have surmised t...
by Darren Mac
Mon Jun 28, 2010 11:45 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Pictoral evidence of women fighting in C14th
Replies: 105
Views: 19355

Re: Pictoral evidence of women fighting in C14th

Busted... damn your eyes man...!
by Darren Mac
Mon Jun 28, 2010 11:38 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Pictoral evidence of women fighting in C14th
Replies: 105
Views: 19355

Re: Pictoral evidence of women fighting in C14th

the real lord duvet wrote:[P]ictorial evidence of aliens in the 15th century.
02archer.jpg
Pretty conclusive in my opinion...
by Darren Mac
Thu Jun 10, 2010 10:19 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Chapeau de fer/Kettle hat
Replies: 9
Views: 2628

Re: Chapeau de fer/Kettle hat

Or there's me :wink: God knows how the bloody PM function works, can't send this as PM and found an unsent message in my outbox from flippin last year! So posted here - sorry Nice work Matt, I know there's no such thing as an average price. However, any ideas on a (average ) cost for a mid-13th stl...
by Darren Mac
Wed Jun 09, 2010 8:16 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Black Wool
Replies: 0
Views: 598

Black Wool

I know there is many threads relating to this topic from the past, but I am trying to trace someone who I had email contact with a few years ago, relating to this material. So, bit of a long shot, does any reader/supplier of wool remember such an email conversation? It was with a lady, and as i reca...
by Darren Mac
Tue May 25, 2010 7:57 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Haircuts
Replies: 17
Views: 3047

Re: Haircuts

[...] I worry about being followed home by Sailors (which is what my Grandad used to say would happen if he ever caught me wearing aftershave!) I'm a sailor and I wouldn't follow you home because you were wearing aftershave. However, if you were wearing a dress you may have to keep looking over you...
by Darren Mac
Mon May 24, 2010 10:33 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Chapeau de fer/Kettle hat
Replies: 9
Views: 2628

Chapeau de fer/Kettle hat

Any suggestions please for suppliers of this item? Most suppliers I have seen only seem to supply later period examples
by Darren Mac
Mon Mar 22, 2010 8:55 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Coat of plates Vs Plate
Replies: 37
Views: 4978

Re: Coat of plates Vs Plate

[I]think that they would be less effective at stopping blunt force blows as while plate armour might stay rigid and spread the force out, plated armour is free to move and would just get pushed inwards with the attack. Brendan I haven't found this to be the case with my CoP, based upon Wisby No.1. ...
by Darren Mac
Tue Feb 23, 2010 1:14 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Robin the Templar?
Replies: 1
Views: 889

Re: Robin the Templar?

Mmm... yet another attempt by the conspiracy theorists to link the Templars to another path of history/legend. Take with a pinch of salt, a very small pinch. Perhaps a single grain?
by Darren Mac
Tue Feb 16, 2010 1:45 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Templar Cloak
Replies: 17
Views: 2449

Re: Templar Cloak

Although the original Rule maybe the legal precedent at the time, do you believe that it would have been religiously adhered-to (excuse the pun) for the entire life of the Order? Even by the time of the hierarchical statutes surely some parts of the Rule would have become less rigidly enforced, let ...
by Darren Mac
Mon Feb 15, 2010 9:06 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Templar Cloak
Replies: 17
Views: 2449

Re: Templar Cloak

Interesting points raised... I had always read the statute about a cloak lined with fur to mean literally that. Could the term fur be interpreted as something other than the immediate object that springs to mind ie a fur as we understand it. Could it refer to a fleece lining - although sheeps wool' ...
by Darren Mac
Sat Feb 13, 2010 1:52 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Templar Cloak
Replies: 17
Views: 2449

Re: Templar Cloak

PS... I'm looking forward to bitch slapping you across the field this season :wink:
by Darren Mac
Sat Feb 13, 2010 1:50 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Templar Cloak
Replies: 17
Views: 2449

Re: Templar Cloak

Stink, ring me you dullard, I'll show you mine. I have read (can't remember where) that the cross may have been on the side/shoulder when the cloak was straight and open to the front. If the cloak was then pulled around the neck to free the sword arm (R), the cross would end up over your left breast...
by Darren Mac
Mon Sep 28, 2009 9:31 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Paint Question
Replies: 7
Views: 1652

Cheers that's very helpful. On the subject of varnish then... I take it by your referencing it, that it was used?
by Darren Mac
Thu Sep 24, 2009 8:41 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Paint Question
Replies: 7
Views: 1652

Which period? it helps to know that [...] More specifics please. Early to mid 14th. I want to paint a shield with the Warwick heraldry. I thought to cover a leather surface with gesso and then paint with red and yellow (gold?). I do intend to use the shield in shows so something robust would be goo...
by Darren Mac
Thu Sep 24, 2009 6:25 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Paint Question
Replies: 7
Views: 1652

Paint Question

I'm looking for advice on paint to use for a shield. Is anything available that is similar to paint of the times, what was the paint of the times, was it bright and vivid? etc etc. Anyone help?
by Darren Mac
Mon Aug 17, 2009 9:25 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Coat of Plates
Replies: 41
Views: 6750

Which ones would these be? I'm extremely keen to find a bit more practical information o torso armour of the period, as I'm just experimentally dishing plates in my spare time. I am quite convinced that most depictions, of early CoPs are quite knaff...most people just bend strips of iron, they don'...
by Darren Mac
Mon Aug 17, 2009 9:24 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Coat of Plates
Replies: 41
Views: 6750

Actually, the thread seems to have been misinterpreted somewhere and has developed into one about cops... :!:

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