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by Dave B
Thu Mar 03, 2011 11:52 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Edward III's Sword
Replies: 18
Views: 5768

Re: Edward III's Sword

I would be very surprised is this was a 'real' sword, if it is it is surely one of a kind for the period. Interested to hear what else you come up with, particularly on very tall royals. It seem that through most of history, giants have attracted a lot of attention. Being shy about gawking at those ...
by Dave B
Wed Feb 23, 2011 1:20 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Sourcing glave heads or early bills
Replies: 8
Views: 2810

Re: WLTB glave heads or early bill

I would highly reccomend Andy Kirkham, he does very nice work.
by Dave B
Tue Jan 25, 2011 2:45 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Klompen in C15
Replies: 12
Views: 2872

Re: Klompen in C15

But those might be an option for kids if you can be arsed to make footed hose. Just a wooden foot shape with a leather strap to form a sandle type pattern?
by Dave B
Wed Jan 19, 2011 3:43 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: looking for plate legs
Replies: 31
Views: 5594

Re: looking for plate legs

You can get modern shinguards to wear under your kit that also have a kneecop. I have a pair of these I am playing with for training, although I haven't got round to making the soft kit to disguise them properly for battlefield use. Cost about £14! http://www.mister-solutions.co.uk/shin-and-knee-gua...
by Dave B
Mon Jan 17, 2011 3:01 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: looking for plate legs
Replies: 31
Views: 5594

Re: looking for plate legs

I know this may be an annoying response, but do you really want leg harness? I've been doing bill for about 13 years or so now, and I bought leg harness some years back - I never use it for general reenactment stuff. I've had a few knocks on the shinbone which were a bit painfull, but nothing seriou...
by Dave B
Wed Jan 05, 2011 6:05 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: question about a type of kettle hat
Replies: 24
Views: 4775

Re: question about a type of kettle hat

so would "helm" have been used as a generic term for helmets, in the same way most people use "gun" as ageneric term for firearms? Yep, except that the word Gun might not have specifically meant gun either, looks to me as though for a good chunk of the medieval period it also encompassed things lik...
by Dave B
Fri Dec 31, 2010 12:45 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: question about a type of kettle hat
Replies: 24
Views: 4775

Re: question about a type of kettle hat

As far as I can tell the word Sallet did not mean a specific type of helmet at the time, it might have just meant 'Helmet' so I guess you have to be a little careful with these distinctions.
by Dave B
Mon Nov 29, 2010 2:58 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Handgonnes at Towton
Replies: 23
Views: 3385

Re: Handgonnes at Towton

There is one on display in the armouries in leeds dated to 1420, although it could be earlier, and they have several very similar in the reserve collection. ANdrew Kirkham built me a replica based on one of the reserve collection guns. There is more about them on the excellent royal armouries DVD on...
by Dave B
Thu Nov 25, 2010 10:55 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Handgonnes at Towton
Replies: 23
Views: 3385

Re: Handgonnes at Towton

If you're after a hand gun, I believe they were all cast. Cannon were, as far as I understand it, cast or made from hoop and stave construction. Biringuccio in the 1530's instructs how to cast cannon out of bronze, meaning field pieces in size, and an accompanying illustration shows a man beside a ...
by Dave B
Mon Nov 01, 2010 10:30 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Button Lock Arquebus trigger mechanism
Replies: 4
Views: 2344

Re: Button Lock Arquebus trigger mechanism

No, but I'm sure the armouries will help if you email them, I've found them very good
by Dave B
Thu Oct 14, 2010 10:55 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Sleeping bag/bed/bag thing!
Replies: 25
Views: 4285

Re: Sleeping bag/bed/bag thing!

I think that there is now a feeling with the affected industries that the cancer risks from bracken are overstated, the way I understand it the animal studies were all in animals that eat the stuff too, there is no evidence off a substantial risk unless you eat the stuff, or drink standing water wit...
by Dave B
Wed Oct 13, 2010 12:54 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Sleeping bag/bed/bag thing!
Replies: 25
Views: 4285

Re: Sleeping bag/bed/bag thing!

Given that most campaining was done in the summer months (not all, I know, but a lot) perhaps they weren't used with straw as such but with long grass, bracken, or other forage, whatever was available? Pure speculation on my part.
by Dave B
Thu Sep 30, 2010 11:05 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Medieval bed
Replies: 30
Views: 8966

Re: Medieval bed

Make a pallias to fit an airbed then just carry a handfull of straw to position stregically sticking out the end, to pretend you are uberauthenti?
by Dave B
Thu Sep 30, 2010 10:38 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Monk's Gun
Replies: 4
Views: 1366

Re: Monk's Gun

I'd be tempted to see if Martin himself can help you, or the current staff at the royal armouries can help you. I believe that Martin can be contacted through hudesfield uni Arms and armour research group. armsandarmour ( at) hud.ac.uk Or contact the armouries directly and see if they have one. I've...
by Dave B
Wed Sep 29, 2010 10:13 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Medieval bed
Replies: 30
Views: 8966

Re: Medieval bed

If you size it to suit an airbed you can make a linen cover and pretend it is straw-filled? or are you thinking of a 'memory foam' type job?
by Dave B
Tue Sep 28, 2010 11:09 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Medieval bed
Replies: 30
Views: 8966

Re: Medieval bed

How about this one!

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by Dave B
Fri Sep 24, 2010 7:20 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Caldicot 2010 pictures
Replies: 23
Views: 6790

Re: Caldicot 2010 pictures

Come on chap, no need to start another pointless argument. Whilst there was no direct call for bringing the thread back, it did seem rather implicit in the sarcasm about that not happening. The point about my comment about the voluntary status of the moderators was that they don't have time to endle...
by Dave B
Thu Sep 23, 2010 10:50 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Caldicot 2010 pictures
Replies: 23
Views: 6790

Re: Caldicot 2010 pictures

Look, the whole episode has been quite pathetic. Most of the posts were people responding to what someone said someone had said, or meant, rather than what was actually written down. Personally I'd have ignored the requests to remove it, but what's the value in bringing it back, just so that someone...
by Dave B
Fri Sep 17, 2010 10:34 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Looking for views on this pot
Replies: 4
Views: 1334

Re: Looking for views on this pot

The fact that it tapers out slightly suggests to me that it could well be raised (not riveted) sheet metal.

We have one rather like it but a bit bigger.

http://www.battlemerchant.com/Camp-and- ... :2388.html
by Dave B
Thu Sep 09, 2010 11:18 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Hand guns 14th/15th century
Replies: 74
Views: 15359

Re: Hand guns 14th/15th century

I'm prepared to be shouted down, but I'm not aware of ramrod slots or bobbins on anything this early. I think you just stick it in your belt.
by Dave B
Thu Sep 09, 2010 4:21 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Hand guns 14th/15th century
Replies: 74
Views: 15359

Re: Hand guns 14th/15th century

Interesting. So is the plan to leave the breech with an unscrewable plug, and leave the square inset into the woodwork?
by Dave B
Thu Sep 09, 2010 3:15 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Hand guns 14th/15th century
Replies: 74
Views: 15359

Re: Hand guns 14th/15th century

Interested, any chance of photos?

I'm sure my wife would like one for christmas.

Have you thought about ash for a stock? might be worth talking to Lucy and Timbo, they seem to have some very nice sources of wood.
by Dave B
Sat Aug 28, 2010 12:01 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: kovex ars falcions
Replies: 48
Views: 9308

Re: kovex ars falcions

I had a chance to handle some 'real' swords from the royal armouries reserve collection earlier this year - very interesting, I recommend it.
by Dave B
Tue Aug 24, 2010 3:34 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Vegan alternatives to felt & leather
Replies: 23
Views: 3738

Re: Vegan alternatives to felt & leather

http://www.veganpeace.com/animal_cruelty/wool.htm . I'm from sheepfarming country, and this isn't a picture of the wool industry I recognise. Whilst there may well be some countries that farm sheep in a cruel way, I don't see that it follows that you shouldn't use wool at all. Its a bit like saying...
by Dave B
Wed Aug 11, 2010 9:45 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Square Tents
Replies: 6
Views: 2041

Re: Square Tents

As I recall he desribes his as 17thC, not medieval.
by Dave B
Mon Aug 09, 2010 2:03 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Rondel daggers
Replies: 23
Views: 5471

Re: Rondel daggers

Sure. We know that doublets were generaly interlined, and a couple of layers of linen canvas would be pretty cut resistant.
by Dave B
Thu Aug 05, 2010 10:37 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: kovex ars falcions
Replies: 48
Views: 9308

Re: kovex ars falcions

Coming back to the sword quality think, wouldn't it also depend on the type of sword. I'd imagine (and this is purely extroplating from illustrations) that the mass produced swords would have been shorter single handed stuff, Messers perhaps, whereas longer or more complex swords would always have b...
by Dave B
Wed Aug 04, 2010 11:36 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Asians in C15 England
Replies: 64
Views: 9761

Re: Asians in C15 England

If EH did say they wen't happy with a group because it had coloured people in it I think they would regret it.
by Dave B
Tue Aug 03, 2010 10:36 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Asians in C15 England
Replies: 64
Views: 9761

Re: Asians in C15 England

I'm interested that you don't think that gypsies in europe at the time would look foreign. I have to be carefull here, but to me roma / Sinti gypsies look a bit indian now, maybe 35 - 40 generations after leaving india, and presumably occasionaly interbreeding with other populations. I'd have though...
by Dave B
Thu Jul 29, 2010 7:03 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Asians in C15 England
Replies: 64
Views: 9761

Re: Asians in C15 England

So perhaps a reasonable answer to the question 'were there coloured people in england in the middle ages' would be: There were plenty of people of african origin in spain. There were a reasonable number of sinti gypsies in germany and some other european countries in the 1400's There may have been c...