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by SirRustbucket
Thu Sep 20, 2012 3:34 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: What does the public see?
Replies: 37
Views: 7946

Re: What does the public see?

I try to make my kit and gear as authentic as possible while always telling people that the actual armour, weapons, wool etc was vastly different and normally of a quality I can't match. I find this very admirable. I wish more people would. I had an interesting experience just a few days ago concer...
by SirRustbucket
Sat Sep 08, 2012 11:57 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: What does the public see?
Replies: 37
Views: 7946

Re: What does the public see?

acecat999 wrote:it might be just that reenactment is best looked at through rose tinted glasses?


I always thought sunset was the friend of the re-enactor. Everything looks so much more authentic int he dark. :devil:
by SirRustbucket
Sat Sep 08, 2012 10:24 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: What does the public see?
Replies: 37
Views: 7946

Re: What does the public see?

I am not sure if this is true...I think I read something once that medieval lenses might have been tinted in some cases, especially in blue as it was supposed to have a calming effect? Might be utter hogwash though, you'd have to do some research. If this turns out to be true it would make an intere...
by SirRustbucket
Sat Sep 08, 2012 12:21 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: What does the public see?
Replies: 37
Views: 7946

Re: What does the public see?

Basically, this chap took the lenses out of an existing pair of glasses to use for his leather-frame. I believe he filed them into a circular shape but you might not have to do that. I found this interesting picture here by typing 'leather spectacles' into google image search. http://leatherworkingr...
by SirRustbucket
Fri Sep 07, 2012 11:59 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: What does the public see?
Replies: 37
Views: 7946

Re: What does the public see?

Just a quick helpful hint: I spoke to a capital fellow at Tutbury not so long ago who'd made his own leather-framed glasses. I actually think that would be a really easy DIY project, even for a complete novice to leather crafting, as long as you have an old pair of glasses that you might be willing ...
by SirRustbucket
Fri Sep 07, 2012 11:38 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: peoples thoughts on carrying sharps
Replies: 11
Views: 3623

Re: peoples thoughts on carrying sharps

I didn't necessarily mean for combat use. Just for display. I'd like to see more good replicas of crap kit, rather than crap replicas of good kit, if you take my meaning. Mass-produced also doesn't always mean it'll fall apart as soon as you use it. Take modern armies, for example. Rifles are produc...
by SirRustbucket
Fri Sep 07, 2012 8:45 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: peoples thoughts on carrying sharps
Replies: 11
Views: 3623

Re: peoples thoughts on carrying sharps

Interesting. From a factual point of view I would argue that most re-enactment weapons are nothing like the real deal, so they are unsuitable to educate people with. Even reputable makers like Armour Class mostly produce what can only be described as a sword-shaped brick (though some of their custom...
by SirRustbucket
Fri Sep 07, 2012 8:14 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: What does the public see?
Replies: 37
Views: 7946

Re: What does the public see?

I'm inclined to agree...if you can't afford to buy the right kit for the role or cannot make it yourself, you shouldn't try to portray it. I especially dislike re-enactors portraying nobility in shoddy kit that would make a hobo feel uncomfortable, telling people they're the genuine article. Even if...
by SirRustbucket
Fri Sep 07, 2012 1:22 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: What does the public see?
Replies: 37
Views: 7946

Re: What does the public see?

- but frankly it really annoys me when I see costumed folk in period settings in modern glasses . You might as well not bother with the rest of the kit as far as I'm concerned - sorry if that sounds harsh, but that's my standpoint! I side with Sally in this. It depends on your approach. There are a...
by SirRustbucket
Sat Sep 01, 2012 11:47 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Greenwood axe haft?
Replies: 6
Views: 3663

Re: Greenwood axe haft?

Hi, sorry for delaying my reply for so long. I got a bit lucky. After clearing out an ash tree in a friend's garden I now have plenty of wood slowly drying out in his shed. In the meantime I've found an actual tool handle that was very suitable for making it into an axe haft. I've documented the pro...
by SirRustbucket
Sun Aug 05, 2012 11:07 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Greenwood axe haft?
Replies: 6
Views: 3663

Re: Greenwood axe haft?

Try your local DIY store, they should stock Hickory pick axe handles that can be shaved down to fit, i got one reacently for a mace it was about 9 quid as i remember......good luck I toyed with the idea but it'd be very wasteful. The axe is tiny and pickaxe handles are huge. It'd be a bit like slau...
by SirRustbucket
Sun Aug 05, 2012 3:36 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Greenwood axe haft?
Replies: 6
Views: 3663

Greenwood axe haft?

Hopefully someone can give me some pointers. I'm a little bit at a loss here... I've acquired a pretty little viking axe head. I'm not sure what make it is, I think it's a generic GDFB? It's shiny and rather small, with a thick edge and a thin blade. I'll try to find a pic on the internet... Now, I'...
by SirRustbucket
Sun Jul 15, 2012 10:32 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: steel vs HDPE
Replies: 16
Views: 5545

Re: steel vs HDPE

Ah, coat-of-plates, by now my favourite. I've made about a dozen of these now. Hidden plastic works well in a re-enactment context if you cannot work steel but you have to be crafty to hide it, which in itself is not always possible. First of all: those barrels are cheap and very sturdy. I can pick ...
by SirRustbucket
Mon Jul 25, 2011 10:13 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Sources for Painted Armour ?
Replies: 16
Views: 5564

Re: Sources for Painted Armour ?

It'd be nice if someone could support the appearance of painted armour at Tewkes historically. I have my doubts though, just a gut feeling. I love painted armour but it just doesn't fit anywhere reliably. I suppose the latest craze for it stems from ever more people buying mass-produced import armou...
by SirRustbucket
Mon Jul 25, 2011 10:11 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Mad people with handgonnes
Replies: 35
Views: 5918

Re: Mad people with handgonnes

I must admit, I haven't got a clue about ancient guns and proper gunpowder use at all.

Could someone educate me and explain what it is I'm seeing?
by SirRustbucket
Mon Oct 04, 2010 2:43 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Helmhauben
Replies: 10
Views: 2067

Re: Helmhauben

My two pence worth:

'Helmhaube' literally translates to 'helmet-coif' or possibly 'helmet-cap'. Without looking at the pictures, the word along would suggest they go inside your tin hat.
by SirRustbucket
Sun Jun 27, 2010 1:36 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: When it's REALLY hot!
Replies: 10
Views: 2712

Re: When it's REALLY hot!

The photos below were taken during our pilgrimage to Walsingham in May 2010. We walked in full medieval kit from Castle Acre to Walsingham on what was, until this weekend, the hottest of the year. Temperatures were approaching 30C at some points during the day. As you can see we are fully and prope...
by SirRustbucket
Fri Apr 02, 2010 7:46 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Aketon with detachable sleeves?
Replies: 19
Views: 3475

Re: Aketon with detachable sleeves?

Pardon my ignorance, but why are you using a soft, shrinkable fabric like wool which often leaches its dye in water as a outer layer on a specialist work garment designed to take punishment (and friction if worn under other protection)? There is no special intention behind it, except that I've got ...
by SirRustbucket
Thu Apr 01, 2010 9:08 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Aketon with detachable sleeves?
Replies: 19
Views: 3475

Re: Aketon with detachable sleeves?

Thank you, that is very useful to know!
What about the coating wool i intended to use for the outer material? It's got about 5 percent man-made fibers in according to the lady I got it from. If i wash that in the machine, will it continue to shrink with subsequent washes?
by SirRustbucket
Wed Mar 31, 2010 9:38 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Aketon with detachable sleeves?
Replies: 19
Views: 3475

Re: Aketon with detachable sleeves?

I have found a useful shop that may be of interest to some: http://ew-trading.com/shop/index/index_php/ They carry very reasonably priced wool army blankets. I might purchase some. Hopefully they will be suitable for quilting my aketon with. I suspect that some of those blankets may be a wool blend ...
by SirRustbucket
Mon Mar 29, 2010 10:26 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Aketon with detachable sleeves?
Replies: 19
Views: 3475

Re: Aketon with detachable sleeves?

Wow! So much feedback, thanks muchly everyone! :D How shall we know what thickness of oadding is sufficient for you? I don't even know your intentions, if it's all about dressing up, okay, doesn't need to be too thick at all. If you're going for "beat-the-s**t-out-of-you-eastern-european"-...
by SirRustbucket
Sun Mar 28, 2010 7:58 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Aketon with detachable sleeves?
Replies: 19
Views: 3475

Re: Aketon with detachable sleeves?

Oh, I like the hook and eye idea, but how do I do it so the things don't come apart?

Something else entirely now: I have found about 2 meters of thick cotton ovenglove wadding. Do you know that stuff? Would one or two layers suffice for a good aketon?
by SirRustbucket
Sat Mar 27, 2010 9:46 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Aketon with detachable sleeves?
Replies: 19
Views: 3475

Re: Aketon with detachable sleeves?

Nigel wrote:easy enough which period are you doing


Battle of Crecy era. So how shall I fasten my aketon, Nigel?
by SirRustbucket
Sat Mar 27, 2010 1:35 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Aketon with detachable sleeves?
Replies: 19
Views: 3475

Aketon with detachable sleeves?

As I mentioned in my other (first) thread, I'm working on something which I have just been told is NOT an arming jack but more commonly known as aketon? Is that right? I mean to make a quilted undergarment onto which I can tie/lace/buckle whatever armour is to follow. I've done a bit of internet res...
by SirRustbucket
Sat Mar 27, 2010 1:26 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Wanting to assemble beginners armour
Replies: 4
Views: 1438

Re: Wanting to assemble beginners armour

Thanks for the link, that's a really interesting site. Some of the pictures folks have posted are brilliant and that's given me some inspiration. I have though about making armour by cutting pieces out with a jigsaw and apparently there is a gentleman at one of the big markets (I went to TORM alread...
by SirRustbucket
Thu Mar 25, 2010 8:51 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Wanting to assemble beginners armour
Replies: 4
Views: 1438

Wanting to assemble beginners armour

Greetings all! :) My apologies if I posted this thread on the wrong board - I'm new to this place. Basically I'm only just starting out with medieval re-enactment after dabbling with a celtic group a few years ago. Gosh, the kit is so much more elaborate and expensive! :o I'd love to make what I can...

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