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by Phoenix Rising
Wed Dec 18, 2013 10:57 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Double wrap Sword belts - any evidence?
Replies: 16
Views: 5943

Double wrap Sword belts - any evidence?

Been looking at either purchasing or making a double wrap sword belt, However, on doing a bit of research, I can't find any real historical evidence for them, and I don't want to do so unless they are an accurate reflection of what was worn / used. So, is there any historical evidence for them, or a...
by Phoenix Rising
Sat Dec 07, 2013 12:37 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...
Replies: 63
Views: 15416

Re: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...

Ah, got it now -thanks for that Will.s - much appreciated!
by Phoenix Rising
Fri Dec 06, 2013 9:10 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...
Replies: 63
Views: 15416

Re: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...

From what I recall, they would have been pointed to the pourpoint (if I've spelt it correctly), then normally the doublet would have gone over that, but in this case because of the thickness of the layered defences they were wearing, that would have been dispensed with.
by Phoenix Rising
Fri Dec 06, 2013 8:35 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...
Replies: 63
Views: 15416

Re: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...

Was it not the case that, if a jack of plates / gambeson / brigandine was worn then, due to their thickness, a doublet was dispensed with so as to give ease of movement?
by Phoenix Rising
Sun Nov 17, 2013 4:53 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: 'Recurved' longbows?
Replies: 6
Views: 3145

Re: 'Recurved' longbows?

Yes, the vid clip is from 'The Weapons that made Britain', which is where I too first saw this being done. I was always surprised that the take up for them wasn't more sustained, as the bow Chris makes is a beauty and no mistake. However, given the illustrations, I can't help but wonder how much of ...
by Phoenix Rising
Thu Nov 14, 2013 8:53 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: 'Recurved' longbows?
Replies: 6
Views: 3145

'Recurved' longbows?

Some of the medieval illustrations of battles etc show bows that seem to have, at least at first glance, a 'recurve' effect (ie, the last part of the limb is curved forward to give more 'snap' to the shot), and that this has been shown by (I think) Chris Boyton to have been a possibility as he steam...
by Phoenix Rising
Tue Oct 29, 2013 10:56 pm
Forum: Societies
Topic: North East Archery Groups and Clubs
Replies: 5
Views: 1767

Re: North East Archery Groups and Clubs

Cleadon Archers are in Bolden : http://www.cleadonarchers.co.uk/

There's also Norton Archers are in Stockton, which would probably be closer to you - http://www.nortonarchers.co.uk/index.html

And there's also Durham City Archers: http://www.durhamcityarchers.org/about/

Hope that might help.
by Phoenix Rising
Fri Oct 18, 2013 10:28 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bollock dagger
Replies: 18
Views: 6195

Re: Bollock dagger

Just as a point, can't say I've had anyone come up to me in the last 3 years of me using mine and say 'Oi, mate, that's not right there here' A lot depends upon what you can afford, and on just how far you need to be 'authentic' - and hate to say it, but the photos don't really do the piece justice....
by Phoenix Rising
Sun Oct 13, 2013 10:27 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bollock dagger
Replies: 18
Views: 6195

Re: Bollock dagger

Could try the Two 'J's -

http://www.twojs.me.uk/daggers.htm

They have one for sale (blunt or sharp) for £30. Decent stuff for good price (got mine from there, and they only charge you what it costs to send it, not a fixed rate which leaves you out of pocket like some companies do!) :)
by Phoenix Rising
Wed Oct 09, 2013 4:05 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Ageing of Medieval Clothing
Replies: 5
Views: 2479

Re: Ageing of Medieval Clothing

Thanks for your suggestions Phil and Frances - might have a go at doing some gardening and sleeping in them to see how they look then! The thought about this came to mind because I'd been watching the 'Making of the Pillars of the Earth' featurette, and the head costumer talked about how they'd had ...
by Phoenix Rising
Mon Oct 07, 2013 12:52 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Ageing of Medieval Clothing
Replies: 5
Views: 2479

Ageing of Medieval Clothing

I've been thinking for a while that my kit would look better if it had more of a 'lived in' look. As an archer I would have been used to dragging about in all kinds of weather and conditions etc, and it would be good perhaps if my clothing could reflect the rigours of such a life. However of course ...
by Phoenix Rising
Wed Sep 25, 2013 8:55 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Newbie saying hi, and a question!
Replies: 42
Views: 11148

Re: Newbie saying hi, and a question!

To echo the posts above there was no real standardisation in many things in those eras, including swords. For myself I use an arming sword, a type of sword that I believe was quite common, mass produced, and seems to be quite suited to close quarter situations. However I would say each to their own,...
by Phoenix Rising
Tue Sep 10, 2013 10:19 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Ageing leather
Replies: 6
Views: 2672

Re: Ageing leather

Thanks for the suggestions folks, think I might go with the idea of letting it all age naturally (a bit like myself). Out of curiosity I might have a go with the oven cleaner idea on some leather scraps I've got knocking about, but on the whole I think the above idea is the best. It'll all probably ...
by Phoenix Rising
Sun Sep 08, 2013 8:03 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Ageing leather
Replies: 6
Views: 2672

Ageing leather

I've got a couple of items of kit that are new, and made of leather. However, because they are new, they don't have that 'lived in' look that I'd like to achieve as my portrayals are of an archer of the Hundred Years War and a Border Reiver, so I would imagine that items would certainly have had tha...
by Phoenix Rising
Sun Sep 01, 2013 10:20 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Spurs - How to wear them?
Replies: 12
Views: 5050

Re: Spurs - How to wear them?

Lucy, the word 'ouch' doesn't quite cover that one! :roll:
by Phoenix Rising
Thu Aug 29, 2013 10:12 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Spurs - How to wear them?
Replies: 12
Views: 5050

Re: Spurs - How to wear them?

My thanks to both of you for the info - think I've just about got the hang of them now. Having never worn them I was a bit perplexed by the strapping arrangements, but with your explanations and the picture it now makes a lot more sense! The walking around bit I'll be wary of - as you pointed out Co...
by Phoenix Rising
Wed Aug 28, 2013 7:22 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Spurs - How to wear them?
Replies: 12
Views: 5050

Spurs - How to wear them?

Okay, this might seem a bit of a daft question, but I've managed to acquire a pair of Get Dressed for Battle spurs (says on the website that they're Norman ones). The metal work curves upwards, presumably to cup the heel, with the short shank and prickers coming out from the centre. Got this bit, I ...
by Phoenix Rising
Fri Aug 23, 2013 7:39 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Colour "bends"
Replies: 3
Views: 2121

Re: Colour "bends"

2nd that, the article made very good and interesting reading - cheers!
by Phoenix Rising
Mon Aug 19, 2013 7:50 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Belts and how many of them?
Replies: 5
Views: 2345

Re: Belts and how many of them?

Cheers Tod / Matt! Thought I might be right but its better to try and make sure. Only things I'll be hanging off the other belt will be the list I gave - and I concur - NO FOX TAILS!!! One thing I found straight away was the prevalence of these and yet they are not correct at all, along with all of ...
by Phoenix Rising
Sun Aug 18, 2013 8:51 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Belts and how many of them?
Replies: 5
Views: 2345

Belts and how many of them?

I've Sometimes seen medieval / tudor reenactors pictured wearing several belts, usually with lots of accoutrements hanging from them, and its got me wondering. Do many people do this, or is it more the case of wearing a single belt? As I portray an archer of the medieval period, would I be correct i...
by Phoenix Rising
Tue Aug 06, 2013 11:22 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Attachment of mail skirt
Replies: 5
Views: 1979

Re: Attachment of mail skirt

Cheers Colin, sounds a good idea! :D
by Phoenix Rising
Tue Aug 06, 2013 8:44 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Attachment of mail skirt
Replies: 5
Views: 1979

Re: Attachment of mail skirt

That's exactly what I was looking for! Cheers Strickland, makes sense now.

All best,

P.R
by Phoenix Rising
Mon Aug 05, 2013 9:06 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Attachment of mail skirt
Replies: 5
Views: 1979

Attachment of mail skirt

I've been considering buying a mail skirt to go along with the Archer kit (hundred years war, etc), but none of the illustrations I've seen show how it is attached / what is attached to. All I can find on the net are the, well, female variety! Might seem a dense question, but can anyone advise me as...
by Phoenix Rising
Sun Jul 28, 2013 10:24 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Sword Fullers
Replies: 3
Views: 2330

Re: Sword Fullers

Thanks for all the information - I meant to post this earlier but I've been away over the weekend at Alnwick Castle, and the info was invaluable for this!

So ta to all, very much appreciated.

P.R
by Phoenix Rising
Thu Jul 25, 2013 6:36 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Sword Fullers
Replies: 3
Views: 2330

Sword Fullers

Having just attended an event at Alnwiick Castle, a question arose as to the fullering of a blade. Whilst I know fine enough that this is not the much fabled but highly untrue 'blood groove' and it is there to lighten the blade whilst maintaining inherent strength, not all swords are made with them ...
by Phoenix Rising
Thu Jul 04, 2013 10:36 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Padded arms for Gambeson
Replies: 1
Views: 1521

Padded arms for Gambeson

I've got a lightly padded gambeson, but it's sleeveless. Have been thinking for a while about making some sleeves for it so I can attach them with points, but not sure how to go about the process.

Anyone know how to do this - all guidance / instructions gratefully received.
by Phoenix Rising
Thu Jul 04, 2013 10:32 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Arm Guards - Medieval Archers 1300 / 1500
Replies: 5
Views: 2712

Re: Arm Guards - Medieval Archers 1300 / 1500

Just had a look at some, see what you mean. Basic arm protection to allow a sword blow to 'slide' off the metal rather than cut.
by Phoenix Rising
Wed Jul 03, 2013 4:23 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Arm Guards - Medieval Archers 1300 / 1500
Replies: 5
Views: 2712

Re: Arm Guards - Medieval Archers 1300 / 1500

Much as my thoughts about them were, but it pays to make sure. Out of curiosity, I looked through a copy of Osprey's English Longbowman 1330 - 1515 earlier today and found the following mentioned : The household accounts of Sir John Howard for the proposed Scottish Campaign of 1480 have numerous ent...
by Phoenix Rising
Tue Jul 02, 2013 7:06 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Arm Guards - Medieval Archers 1300 / 1500
Replies: 5
Views: 2712

Arm Guards - Medieval Archers 1300 / 1500

I've seen a few photos knocking around the net of arm guards - essentially leather tubes either laced up on one side or buckled, and some seem to be using them to keep the sleeves of shirts etc out of the way and to act as protection to the forearms. Are these authentic? Asking as I know that archer...
by Phoenix Rising
Thu Jun 27, 2013 12:00 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Weight and composition of coin
Replies: 9
Views: 3245

Re: Weight and composition of coin

Thanks for that, Dave, much obliged to you sir. I owe thee a pint! :)

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