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by Phoenix Rising
Fri Jul 27, 2012 4:16 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Scabbard Chapes
Replies: 4
Views: 2977

Re: Scabbard Chapes

Cheers folks - sorry about not replying sooner but been away. Gave up in the end trying to do a metal one, need more skill to do this than I have, plus access to tools etc, and although the 2 J's are good (just got a sword belt from them) the chape they had wouldn't have worked on my scabbard. What ...
by Phoenix Rising
Sat Jul 14, 2012 10:51 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: leather gauntlets
Replies: 7
Views: 4218

Re: leather gauntlets

Duster - this may or may not help but although I don't know of any places that do red leather ones, if you were nifty with a bit of leatherwork I did see some red roe deer hides in Le Prevo in Newcastle the other week. Was tempted to get some myself for a scabbard covering but not quite big enough. ...
by Phoenix Rising
Sun Jul 08, 2012 12:18 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Wolves
Replies: 2
Views: 2679

Wolves

An article I've just seen in the news about wolf cubs being born in a zoo in Scotland got me thinking. I know that wolves were prevalent in the early medieval times, but were they still a problem coming into the 15th / 16th Centuries, with a specific reference to the Anglo-Scottish borders? Does any...
by Phoenix Rising
Thu Jul 05, 2012 10:04 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Scabbard Chapes
Replies: 4
Views: 2977

Scabbard Chapes

Been making my own wood-core scabbard for an arming sword and everything has gione quite well up until the point of trying to make the chape for its end. Have tried playing around with some sheet brass buit can't get things to go right and its getting annoying! Had thought about perhaps using copper...
by Phoenix Rising
Wed Jun 20, 2012 11:48 am
Forum: Societies
Topic: Insulae Draconis - SCA
Replies: 7
Views: 5514

Re: Insulae Draconis - SCA

Okay, thanks for that - Your contact might not get a reply straight away though, as I'm due away at sea for a week or so from tomorrow, but I'll contact them as soon as I'm back if not before.

Cheers,

P.R
by Phoenix Rising
Tue Jun 19, 2012 11:14 pm
Forum: Societies
Topic: Insulae Draconis - SCA
Replies: 7
Views: 5514

Re: Insulae Draconis - SCA

Who would I have to contact in Durham? Interested, but have no ttransport of my own so would have to sort something out with whoever, but definetly interested! :)

P.R
by Phoenix Rising
Sat Jun 09, 2012 6:11 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Battlefield Medicine
Replies: 9
Views: 4170

Re: Battlefield Medicine

Cheers for the replies to this one guys - had a look at the book Brother Kevfael mentions, and should be on its way to me from Amazon as I write this! Has also led me dowsn some paths for research that I hadn't thought of, both from this and from searching this site as Bittersweet suggested. Seems l...
by Phoenix Rising
Sat Jun 09, 2012 1:23 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Archery - Cock feathers in different colours ?
Replies: 14
Views: 6914

Re: Archery - Cock feathers in different colours ?

Ah, the quill bit - 'twas a deliberate mistake m'lords - well, it was actually a 'senior' moment but it sounds better when put like that!!! :wasntme: :drunk: :lol:
by Phoenix Rising
Fri Jun 08, 2012 7:26 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Archery - Cock feathers in different colours ?
Replies: 14
Views: 6914

Re: Archery - Cock feathers in different colours ?

Agree with English Archer - would imagine that both levied and retained archers would have been able to nock their arrows more or less blindfold, having done it so many times, not just for warfare but in their own day-to-day life, hunting, recreation etc. And yes, avoid some of the pitfalls he menti...
by Phoenix Rising
Fri Jun 08, 2012 12:19 am
Forum: Societies
Topic: Medieval Reenactment near Durham
Replies: 15
Views: 9917

Re: Medieval Reenactment near Durham

Not sure if you're still about, Andy 92, but if you're in Durham there is also the Time Bandits, of which two of us who live in the area are a part. We are are multi-period, ranging from Anglo-Saxon through to WW2, and have members from all walks of life. If you look up John Sadler on the net, his p...
by Phoenix Rising
Thu Jun 07, 2012 11:08 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Battlefield Medicine
Replies: 9
Views: 4170

Battlefield Medicine

Been looking for some ideas to widen both my own knowledge and to enhance my archer persona, and been trying to find out a bit about the sort of treatment that would have been available for battlefield wounds / injuries in the era, specifically 1300 / 1400. I've found references to barbour surgeons ...
by Phoenix Rising
Thu Jun 07, 2012 10:45 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Wool garment protection
Replies: 9
Views: 4877

Re: Wool garment protection

Looks as if it was a combination of herbs and giving your clothes a good airing! Can't see the garderobe idea myself either, as guthrie says theres not a lot of room. Someone has also mentioned woodshavings to me, but not sure how this would make a difference? (unless I'm not thinking along the righ...
by Phoenix Rising
Mon Jun 04, 2012 10:20 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Wool garment protection
Replies: 9
Views: 4877

Wool garment protection

Following on from a post made by Helen Cox in Friends and gossip - she gave a warning about carpet beetles and moths at this time of the year and the potential for damage to wool garments that they can present. This got me thinking, as although in these modern times we have moth balls etc, how did f...
by Phoenix Rising
Fri May 25, 2012 3:34 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Half-scabbards for swords - any basis in history?
Replies: 19
Views: 7155

Re: Half-scabbards for swords - any basis in history?

Ah, did wonder anout the LARP side of it, but as most stuff does usually have a basis in fact (however loosley), I just wondered if this 'half scabbard' idea did. Picking brains again - Is the same also true of the sword / axe rings that I've also seen being sold on some reenactment sites as well, o...
by Phoenix Rising
Wed May 23, 2012 7:39 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Half-scabbards for swords - any basis in history?
Replies: 19
Views: 7155

Half-scabbards for swords - any basis in history?

Browsing around (as you do) I came across a video on Youtube featuring some folks from Wolfshead bowmen. The video was very interesting, but I happened to notice that one of them had a sword in a half-scabbard attached to his belt. Thus intrigued (partly out of curiosity, partly from the fact it loo...
by Phoenix Rising
Wed Apr 11, 2012 10:05 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: ECW - Sashes urgent help needed
Replies: 2
Views: 1398

Re: ECW - Sashes urgent help needed

Cheers Nigel, much appreciated! :D
by Phoenix Rising
Mon Apr 09, 2012 9:08 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: ECW - Sashes urgent help needed
Replies: 2
Views: 1398

ECW - Sashes urgent help needed

Hi All, Have just been told will be attending an event with a ECW theme this weekend, and I was wondering if anyone can tell me what material would have been used for sashes (one to be worn about the waist), what length they should be and where would be the best place to get said material from. Any ...
by Phoenix Rising
Sun Apr 01, 2012 4:14 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Baldrics, Rapiers and Bucklers
Replies: 5
Views: 3063

Re: Baldrics, Rapiers and Bucklers

Cheers joolz! Wasn't quite sure what Phil meant, but get it now. Have seen these myself, but must have had a 'senior' moment and couldn't recall them!

In a castle? Drinking port? Forsooth my friend, but he's a lucky sod!!!!

All best,

PR
by Phoenix Rising
Sat Mar 31, 2012 11:58 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Baldrics, Rapiers and Bucklers
Replies: 5
Views: 3063

Re: Baldrics, Rapiers and Bucklers

Phil, can you point me in the right direction for any illustrations of the girdle you mentioned? Might just be useful to see it to get a better idea of it? Am I wrong in thinking that baldrics were used throughout history by soldiers up until after the ECW, or did they sort of come in and out of fas...
by Phoenix Rising
Sun Mar 25, 2012 10:50 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Baldrics, Rapiers and Bucklers
Replies: 5
Views: 3063

Baldrics, Rapiers and Bucklers

A question with regard to bucklers. From all accounts when rapiers were worn and dueling was 'fashionable' bucklers too were used (with many treatises / manuscripts from fencing schools giving directions for their use etc). However, if a person were to be wearing their rapier in a baldric, how then ...
by Phoenix Rising
Fri Jan 13, 2012 9:20 pm
Forum: Societies
Topic: The mysterious case of the vanishing BOTWOTS
Replies: 6
Views: 5185

Re: The mysterious case of the vanishing BOTWOTS

Cheers Graham, was just really wondering if they were indeed still going, with their website being down. If you woul next time you see them could you ask them if they intend to put up another website or not?

All best,

PR
by Phoenix Rising
Sun Jan 08, 2012 11:12 pm
Forum: Societies
Topic: The mysterious case of the vanishing BOTWOTS
Replies: 6
Views: 5185

The mysterious case of the vanishing BOTWOTS

Just curious, but does anyone know what's happened to the 'Best of Times, Worst of Times' (BOTWOT) group that used to re-enact the life and times of the Border Reivers in the North East of England? Believe they were based in Redcar and were originally called the 'Steel Bonnets'. Saw them last year a...
by Phoenix Rising
Thu Jan 05, 2012 12:50 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Thigh Length Riding Boots
Replies: 6
Views: 2812

Re: Thigh Length Riding Boots

The boots in question are more medieval - 16th C, but think the answer about the straps may have solved the problem! Thing is they can be hell to get into and out of but they are really comfortable when they are on!

All best and ta to all,

PR
by Phoenix Rising
Thu Dec 22, 2011 6:30 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Thigh Length Riding Boots
Replies: 6
Views: 2812

Thigh Length Riding Boots

Just a quick query for any folks who wear these. It might seem a daft question, but I've had apair of these for a while and, whilst they are very comfortable to wear (once I've had the fun of actually getting into them!), they do have a bit of a habit of feeling as though they are 'sliding' down a b...
by Phoenix Rising
Thu Dec 22, 2011 6:20 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Arrow Bags - Sorting fact from fiction?
Replies: 40
Views: 21037

Re: Arrow Bags - Sorting fact from fiction?

From reading the posts it seems clear to me that, despite the advances in archeology and related sciences, we still know very little about the medieval world. However, just to add to the mix - If we think of today's archers, we have those who are average, those who are good and those who are excelle...
by Phoenix Rising
Mon Dec 05, 2011 5:44 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Is my yew bow useless?
Replies: 7
Views: 4450

Re: Is my yew bow useless?

One thing though, do not upon any account try and straighten it yourself! If it is a problem, take it to a bowyer. Wood bows can be steamed and brought back into shape, but its not a job for those who haven't done it before. Those that try usually end up with a pile of matchwood for their trouble!!!...
by Phoenix Rising
Sun Nov 13, 2011 9:31 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Wearing and Care of Chainmail
Replies: 15
Views: 10913

Re: Wearing and Care of Chainmail

Cheers folks! just got back from my sea-going duties (offshore assessor) and got your replies in. Will have a look in B +Q for the spray, but I'm pleased to report that nearly two weeks since I bit the bullet and dunked the mail in the tub full of boiling water it still looks as good as it did befor...
by Phoenix Rising
Fri Nov 04, 2011 11:39 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Wearing and Care of Chainmail
Replies: 15
Views: 10913

Re: Wearing and Care of Chainmail

Cheers to all for your comments and suggestions. The other night I bit the bullet and used the boiling water method, (and believe me, the water was indeed boiling!) Did this several times and got the oil off, then laid out the maille and rapidly dried it using a very hot hair drier - not that there ...
by Phoenix Rising
Mon Oct 31, 2011 11:23 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Wearing and Care of Chainmail
Replies: 15
Views: 10913

Re: Wearing and Care of Chainmail

Excellent! Sounds cool to me - thanks for that Neil! :D

All best,

PR
by Phoenix Rising
Mon Oct 31, 2011 9:29 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Wearing and Care of Chainmail
Replies: 15
Views: 10913

Re: Wearing and Care of Chainmail

Cheers for the replies - very useful info. Biro, could maybe do as you suggest - periods I enact as an archer are the Wars of the Roses / Hundred Years war and the Riever periods are Tudor / Elizabethan. Would a wool or leather lining therfore be appropriate to either of these periods? Problem for m...